Upside Down World
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Latin America and Spain's Podemos: Between Hegemony and Multitude
Written by Bruno Cava, Translated by Devin Beaulieu   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:25

Iñigo Erregón, Spanish intellectual of the new party Podemos, took Laclau as reference in his thesis of 650 pages that deals with the arrival to power of Evo Morales and the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia.

“Sovereignty in My Country and in My Body”: The Fight for Women’s Reproductive Rights in Latin America
Written by April Howard   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:42

Women in Latin America are fighting on both sides of the law to save lives. In Latin American countries where abortion is illegal or inaccessible, thousands of women die each year from forced life-threatening pregnancies, unsafe abortions and suicide due to pregnancy.

Two Years of the Autodefensas Movement in Michoacán, Mexico: Persecution and Politics
Written by Valentina Valle Baroz, Translated by April Howard   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:48

Two years ago, citizens  of the Mexican state of Michoacán, rose up in armed resistance against the Knights Templar cartel. Sick of the violence, the abuses and the indifference and complicity with which the authorities were treating the narcotraffickers, the citizens decided to solve the problems that none of the three levels of government: municipal, state and federal, had dared to confront up to that date. The Self-Defenses of Michoacán had been born. Two years later, the future of Michoacán and the Autodefensas [Self-Defenses] Movement remains in question.

Women up in Arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds Embrace a New Gender Politics
Written by Charlotte Maria Sáenz   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:52

Resistance and strength manifest like weeds through cracks in Chiapas, Mexico and transnational Kurdistan where the respective Zapatista and Kurdish resistance movements are creating new gender relations as a primary part of their struggle and process for building a better world. In both places, women’s participation in the armed forces has been an entry-point for a new social construction of gender relations based on equity.

“They Use Bullets Because They Don’t Like the Truth:” New Violence Against Journalists and Community Radio in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbot   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:38

Community radio is the heart of rural communities across Guatemala and Latin America. These radios stations are spaces for the transmission of not just news, but spaces for sharing the voice of the people in their own languages, and sharing their culture. Yet community radio stations have increasingly come under assault, especially in communities that are in resistance to mega-projects in their territory.

Education as a Commodity: Chile Seeks to Break with a Dictator’s Legacy
Written by Emily Achtenberg   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:30

In late January, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law the most significant educational reform the country has seen in 30 years. Enacted after an eight-month legislative battle, the new law will gradually ban profits, tuition fees and selective admissions practices in privately owned primary and secondary schools that receive state subsidies.

Latin America’s Safe Abortion Hotlines: Women Take Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands
Written by April Howard   
Monday, 09 March 2015 10:04

Abortion is illegal or prohibitively restricted in most of Latin America. While even pro-woman governments and politicians in Latin America struggle against strong opposition to legalizing abortion, women and activists across the continent are safely taking access to chemical abortion out of the clinic and into their own hands.

Escaping Economic Orthodoxy in Latin America
Written by Dan Beeton   
Friday, 06 March 2015 06:55

An interview with Ha-Joon Chang on the region’s alternatives to the Washington Consensus. “I think on the whole the departure has been a success,” said Chang.

Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:17

Following defeats for Evo Morales’ MAS party in Bolivian regional elections, new checks and balances to MAS power from a variety of political positions may continue to open up spaces of dissent, debate and contestation that will deepen Bolivia’s wider process of change, a process that the MAS doesn’t, nor did it ever, completely control.

Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions
Written by Edgardo Ayala   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:43

Textile companies that make clothing for transnational brands in El Salvador are accused of forging alliances with gang members to make death threats against workers and break up their unions. Forced labor is also widespread in the maquilas, where the women have to work 12 hours a day to meet the high production targets set for them.

An Interview with Uruguay's José Mujica: From Armed Struggle to the Presidency
Written by Carlos Gabetta   
Monday, 23 March 2015 20:18

“It’s worth fighting for people to have a bit more food, a better roof over their heads, better health, better education, and be able to spend their days on this earth the best they can.” - José Mujica

Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:35

Bolivia’s road toward decolonization is a rocky and contested one. But, as Bolivia's Vice Minister of Decolonization Félix Cárdenas argues below, in a bleak world full of capitalist tyrants, bloody wars and racist exploitation, the country’s Process of Change under President Evo Morales continues to shine as an alternative to the dominant global order.

China Stakes Its Claim in Latin America
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:37

“The United States is no longer our privileged partner. Now the privileged partner is China,” Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño stated at the close of the third summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Costa Rica on January 29.

Brazil: The Dictatorship’s Perfect Crime
Written by Marcelo Pellegrini, Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:37

In São Paulo, bones in a clandestine grave from a cemetery deteriorate while awaiting identification. Among the unidentified skeletons are disappeared political activists, victims of the infamous Death Squad of rogue police active in the 1960s and 1970s, and children who died in a 1970's São Paulo epidemic of meningitis, which the dictatorship tried to cover up.

Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence
Written by Brigitte Gynther   
Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:50

With the Canjel Dam already under construction, one must wonder, why the threats against Berta Caceres and COPINH? The reality is that much more is at stake than just the small Canjel Dam. In fact, there are so many dam projects planned for the area it seems as if every river the Lenca people have carefully stewarded for generations will soon be dammed.

Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement Blames Federal Institutions for Recent Killing of Land Squatters
Written by Armando Carmona   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:30

A family of six squatting land in northern Brazil was killed on the morning hours of February 17th. This land conflict is emblematic of the larger struggles over land that Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) has been involved in for decades.


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