Latin America & Caribbean

Venezuela’s Revolutionary Humanized Birth Plan

March 3, 2020

Despite U.S. sanctions, medicine shortages, and on-going economic crisis, Venezuela has been quietly implementing one of the world’s first nationwide plans to support pregnant women across the country and to humanize birth in Venezuela.

Argentina’s Fracking Boom Is Creating Climate Justice Concerns

February 26, 2020

Big Oil hopes Argentina’s shale oil and gas boom can rival the United States’. Backed by US dollar diplomacy, the boom has come at the cost of climate change, ecological damage, and encroachment on indigenous land.

Surviving the Onslaught of Fracking in Argentina

February 26, 2020

The Argentine government is trying to dig out of an economic crisis, and views fracking as one of its key solutions. But for people living in the industry’s shadow, including indigenous Mapuche communities, the costs are steep.

Afro-Feminist Resistance in Brazil’s Carnival

February 25, 2020

In Southern Brazil, the all women’s carnival block Cores de Aide is marching for political resistance and in defense of women, who have been particularly under attack during the far-right presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.

Unreported Opposition Violence Continues in Venezuela

February 21, 2020

Venezuela’s opposition has a long history of burning government buildings, health clinics, and the local headquarters of the country’s social missions. The violence continues, but these acts of opposition violence are rarely covered in the press.

Presidential Campaigns Begin in Bolivia Despite Ongoing Repression

February 14, 2020

As campaigning begins to repeat the Oct. 20 election that ended in a coup against former President Evo Morales, it remains far from certain whether this new election, under right-wing President Jeanine Añez, will be free and fair.

El Salvador’s President Militarizes Legislature to Strengthen Police Force

February 13, 2020

President Nayyib Bukele tried to intimidate lawmakers into approving his national security plan, which is supposed to bring down El Salvador’s sky-high crime rate. But the law and order plan follows US dictates and doesn’t address real causes of crime.

US Sanctions Venezuela Again to Prove Socialism Doesn’t Work

February 10, 2020

Shortly after Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaidó got a standing ovation at Trump’s State of the Union address, United States officials promised more sanctions on Venezuela. Why?

Fighting for Housing Rights in Brazil’s Largest City

February 7, 2020

Despite cuts to the state housing budget and the criminalization of housing movements in Sao Paulo, thousands of poor Brazilians remain in occupied buildings across the city, demanding their social right to housing.

Black Communities in Brazil Under Threat from US Satellite Deal

January 31, 2020

Dozens of traditional black communities, or Quilombos, in Northern Brazil are at risk of being removed from their ancestral land, due to an agreement that will give the United States access to Brazil’s Alcantara Satellite Launch Center. Families have vowed to resist.