Latin America & Caribbean

Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

Corruption, Mismanagement, and Disrespect Fuel Puerto Rico Protests

July 22, 2019

The political crisis in Puerto Rico is deepening, with a massive strike and hundreds of thousands taking to the streets, demanding Governor Rosselló resign for his corrupt management of the island. Activist Julio Lopez Varona analyzes the situation

Ecuador Takes Harmful IMF Loan, Even Though it Doesn't Need it

Ecuador Takes Harmful IMF Loan, Even Though it Doesn’t Need it

July 22, 2019

According to an analysis of the Center for Economic and Policy Analysis, Ecuador’s recent IMF loan of $4.2 billion comes with strings that will hurt economic growth. Ecuador doesn’t even need the loan, says the report’s co-author, Andrés Arauz

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Real Talk Tho: How will Baltimore Respond to Immigration Policy”

July 16, 2019

As Trump Ratchets Up Anti-immigrant Rhetoric, How Will Baltimore Respond? Images of children at the border locked in cages and starving have sparked protests across the country. Meanwhile, President Trump’s threats to carry out raids in cities like Baltimore have immigrant communities living in fear of being detained or deported. Do these harsh immigration policies…

Lula da Silva's Attorney: Intercept Revelations Confirm Political and Unfair Trial

Lula da Silva’s Attorney: Intercept Revelations Confirm Political and Unfair Trial

July 15, 2019

Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva was “a victim of a politically motivated trial,” says Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins, Lula’s co-defense counsel. The Intercept’s explosive revelations about the collaboration between judge Moro and prosecutors prove this      

War by Other Means: Understanding and Challenging U.S. Sanctions Policies

July 15, 2019
Sanctions are often presented as a diplomatic and peaceful alternative to direct military engagement, sanctions ironically can have just as devastating outcomes. Addressing the situations of Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, this 2019 Left Forum panel addresses the origins, implementation, and impact of US-imposed sanctions.
UN Report on Venezuela Fails to Reflect the Causes and Severity of the Economic Crisis - Why? (2/2)

De Zayas: UN Human Rights Council’s Report on Venezuela is 'Unbalanced'

July 14, 2019
Alfred de Zayas says the UN Human Rights Council’s report on Venezuela left out essential aspects in its otherwise damning report on Venezuela because the council has increasingly fallen under the sway of the demands of the US government
Amazon in Danger of Total Destruction Under Brazil's Right-Wing President Bolsonaro

Amazon in Danger of Total Destruction Under Brazil’s Right-Wing President Bolsonaro

July 12, 2019

If another 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest is destroyed, it could start a vicious cycle of self-destruction, unleashing enormous amounts of CO2 and massively impacting regional and global climate, says Alexander Zaitchik

Honduras Now Ruled By A "Criminal Gang" - With Western Government Support

Honduras Now Ruled By A “Criminal Gang” – With Western Government Support

July 10, 2019

Honduran Congressman Ramón Soto Bonilla says it is now more dangerous in Honduras to be a land defender than a narco-trafficker

Brazilians Celebrate LGBT Pride, Rejecting Bolsonaro's Homophobic Backlash

Brazilians Celebrate LGBT Pride, Rejecting Bolsonaro’s Homophobic Backlash

July 1, 2019

Brazil’s LGBT community celebrated across the country over the last week, for Gay Pride. Michael Fox reports