Past is present in Latin America

Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (2/2)

January 2, 2017

The second part of our look at how governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in amidst high dissatisfaction with government

Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (1/2)

December 31, 2016

In Part one, we look at how in Brazil, Peru, and Argentina, governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in a context of high dissatisfaction with government

Obama and the Decline of the Left in Latin America

December 12, 2016

Obama’s presidency treated the prospect of democratic nationalism in Latin America similarly as other US presidents, and nearly everybody who was allied with Chavez is now gone, says Consortium News contributor Ted Snider

Castro’s Legacy for Cuba, Latin America, and the World

August 17, 2016

Fidel Castro died on Nov. 25, 2016. We replay a TRNN interview with Aviva Chomsky on the occasion of Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday that discusses his impact on Cuba and the global revolutionary movement

Peru’s New Conservative President A Close Ally of the US

June 15, 2016

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has narrowly won the Peruvian presidential runoff, defeating Keiko Fujimori by 0.23 percent of the vote. But his “interests are more close to the interests of multinationals than” the citizenry, said sociologist Francesca Emanuele. While serving as Prime Minister during the presidency of Alejandro, Kaczynski was also working as an advisor to the Hunt Oil company. Kuczynski pushed for changes to laws that had required extracted resources to be used for internal consumption. The changes allowed for exports of natural gas to Mexico. Peru lost an estimated $20 billion in revenue. Emanuele cites Kuczynski’s call to fight narco-trafficking, and his unwillingness to privatize the water system, as positives for the new presidency. But Kuczynski is likely to request military aid from the United States and subsequently align himself with US interests. “He’s going to be allied with the US. He’s going to be allied with the new governments like Macri, for example, and he is going to support this new allies of right-wing government against, in many ways or many aspects, against sovereignty in the region, and that’s unfortunate,” said Emanuele.

Anything Can Happen in Peru’s Presidential Election

April 8, 2016

Prof. Gerardo Renique talks about the candidates and how the far right and left both have a genuine chance of winning in Sunday’s election

US Meddling in Venezuela’s Elections

December 5, 2015

National Lawyers Guild President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan discusses the U.S. interests and the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton leading up to Venezuela’s parliamentary elections

Latin American Leaders Demand UN Reforms

September 29, 2015

Journalist Andrea Ixchiu and Alex Main of the Center for Economic and Policy Research weigh in on the statements of the most outspoken leaders of Latin America and their call on larger nations to pay for the economic and environmental havoc unfolding across the world

War Crimes and Land Reform in the Colombian Agreement with FARC

September 25, 2015

Joshua Large, professor of international relations at the Universidad Eafit in Medellin, Colombia, the agreement was made possible because of the increasing weakness of FARC and neo-liberal economic interests of the Colombian government

Eduardo Galeano Ruptured the Veins of Imperialism in Latin America

April 19, 2015

Mark Fried, Galeano’s long-time collaborator and translator, gives us an inside look at the poet and his verse

Senate Tackles Root Causes of Central American Migration, But Ignores Trade Deals

April 2, 2015

The Senate Homeland Security Committee said that crime is driving the recent uptick in immigration to the U.S., while ignoring the effects sweeping trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA

Bill O’Reilly May Have Covered-Up a Massacre

February 25, 2015

Greg Grandin, columnist for The Nation, reports that Bill O’Reilly may have deliberately ignored the 1982 massacre of hundreds in El Mozote, El Salvador while reporting as a foreign correspondent for CBS Nightly News

Black, Brown and Woman: Afro-Latinas and Legacies of Imperialism

February 24, 2015

Activist Charo Mina-Rojas talks African history in Latin America and the specific struggles of Afro-Latinas in Colombia.

Nicaraguan President Ortega’s Power Grab

November 20, 2013

James Henry: Daniel Ortega accumulating power, giving tax breaks to the rich instead of addressing inequality

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in Amazon Rain Forest

October 15, 2013

On October 3rd 2013, Ecuador’s National Assembly authorized the project to drill for oil in the Yasuni National forest, which is a biosphere reserve and home of endemic tribes and unique animal species.

Brazil Agrobusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber

October 13, 2013

Indigenous organizations protest in Brasilia, against the proposed Constitutional Reform PEC 215 to put the fate of Amazonian Forests in the hands of Congress; this motion was promoted by “Bancada Ruralista”, the Agribusiness’ lobby many years ago and it is being discussed now.

Brazil, Corruption and the Mass Movement

October 3, 2013

As the Supreme Court of Brazil orders a retrial of convicted PT politicians, Joao Pedro Stedile, Leader of the Landless Rural Workers Movement, says the mass movement must become capable of setting the political agenda

Brazil Police Torture and Disappear Slum Residents With Impunity

September 4, 2013

Brazil’s police have tortured and disappeared more people under democratic leadership (1985-present) then during its military dictatorship (1964 – 1985)

Pope Seduced Brazil, Echoes the Right

August 5, 2013

Pope Francis impressed Brazilians with his modest lifestyle and sympathy for the poor, but he did not support the mass struggle for economic justice and instead echoed the right-wing focus on corruption in government

How the Media Got Guatemala’s Dos Erres Massacre Wrong

August 1, 2013

Keane Bhatt: NPR received a Peabody award for their piece on the 1982 massacre, but they omit one important fact; the US directly sponsored the Guatemalan special forces that brutally killed thousands of civilians