Past is present in Latin America
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Mark Fried, Galeano’s long-time collaborator and translator, gives us an inside look at the poet and his verse
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
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
Activist Charo Mina-Rojas talks African history in Latin America and the specific struggles of Afro-Latinas in Colombia.
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’s police have tortured and disappeared more people under democratic leadership (1985-present) then during its military dictatorship (1964 – 1985)