Venezuela Hosts Global Grassroots Women’s Conference to Mark 100-year Anniversary of International Women’s Day

March 11, 2011 Cory Fischer-Hoffman 0

On March 8, International Women’s Day, women from the Global Grassroots Women’s Conference, as well as other Venezuelan organizations and parties joined in a festive march through the center of Caracas. A delegation from the Confederation of Ecuadorian Women for Change (CONFEMEC) , 150 strong, roused the crowds with chants saying “Bella, bella, bella, que cosa mas bonita, las mujeres organizadas luchando por la vida (Beautiful, beuatiful, beautiful, what a lovely sight, Organized women fighting for their lives).”


Independence is Another Name for Dignity

All of our nations were born in lies. Independence abandoned those who put their lives at risk fighting for it; and the women, the illiterate, the poor, the indigenous and the blacks were not invited to the party. I suggest taking a look at our first Constitutions, which give legal prestige to this mutilation. The Constitutions granted the right of citizenship to the few who could buy it. The others continued to be invisible.

Moving to the Latin Beat: Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America

March 10, 2011 Mike Geddes 0

From a position of engagement with, and sympathy for, social movements such as the landless movement in Brazil, indigenous peoples in Ecuador or the explosive mixture of urban, rural, trade union and campesino movements in Bolivia, Dancing with Dynamite explores the complex ways in which different social movements have worked with, against or apart from states and governments.

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Chavez Gambles on Gaddafi Diplomacy

March 9, 2011 Correspondents* 0

(IPS/Al Jazeera) – Hugo Chavez’s offer to mediate in the Libyan crisis marks the Venezuelan president’s latest attention-grabbing foray onto the world stage, yet analysts warn that he risks “ending up on the wrong side […]

From Red October to Evo Morales: The Politics of Rebellion and Reform in Bolivia

March 9, 2011 The Commune 0

The politics articulated through the movements of the 2000-2005 revolutionary epoch in Bolivia are best conceived through what I call the “combined oppositional consciousness” of their leading layers of activists and organisers. This consciousness drew on the two most important popular cultures of resistance and opposition in the last few centuries in the Bolivian context – an eclectic politics of revolutionary Marxism and indigenous liberation.


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