Alborada Magazine on Latin American Politics and Culture (Issue 1)

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The Esmeralda, the Chilean Navy Ship with a Dark Past Visits Britain (Robbie Wilson/Alborada.net)

[The death on 7 August of the former chief of General Pinochet’s DINA secret police, Manuel Contreras, prompted celebrations outside the Santiago military hospital in which he passed away and across Chile. Contreras’ death once again brought into the international spotlight the painful legacy of Pinochet's 17-year military rule. In the midst of renewed interest in the dictatorship’s human rights violations, the scheduled arrival of the Esmeralda, a Chilean naval ship with a dark past, to Britain on the 26 August seems ill judged.]

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Book Review - A World to Build: New Paths Toward Twenty-first Century Socialism by Marta Harnecker (Derek Wall/Alborada Magazine)

A World to Build: new paths toward twenty-first century socialism
Marta Harnecker
Monthly Review Press, 2015
Reviewed by Derek Wall - Alborada Magazine (Issue 1 - Spring/Summer 2015)

The 2008/9 financial crisis was triggered by corrupt banks and unsustainable capitalism but has been used as an excuse for austerity, making the poorest pay for a catastrophe created by the rich and powerful. The balance of class forces seems to favour an elite, and in most of the world the Left has been in retreat since the 1980s. In her new book, A World to Build: new paths toward twenty-first century socialism, Marta Harnecker, a Chilean political theorist and social thinker, asks us to debate how we can create a new socialism, using the phrase popularised by the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez: ’21st-century socialism.’

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Singing Truth to Power (T.M. Scruggs/Alborada Magazine)

[The great Argentinian folk singer Mercedes Sosa, who died in 2009, would have been 80 in July. T.M. Scruggs explores the legacy of an artist hailed as ‘the voice of Latin America’.]

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Documentaries about Latin America at Sheffield’s 22nd Documentary Film Festival 2015 (Kate Clark/alborada.net)

[Sheffield’s 22nd Documentary Film Festival, held in June 2015, showed over 150 documentaries, including some from Latin America.]

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Pinochet's Press Gang (Nick MacWilliam/Alborada Magazine)

[Want to know how much media ownership matters? Just look at Chile. Nick MacWilliam reports on a probing documentary into the El Mercurio media group.]

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Venezuela: Maduro and the Market (Steve Ellner/Alborada Magazine)

[With the recent plunge in oil prices and radicalised opposition forces, can President Maduro keep the Bolivarian revolution on track? Steve Ellner writes. Click here to read a Spanish translation of the article.]

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Alborada Magazine Editorial: Beyond The Mainstream (Pablo Navarrete)

[In the pages that follow we offer stories that contrast with the dominant media narratives served up about Latin America. Galeano once put it like this: ‘One writes out of a need to communicate and to commune with others, to denounce that which gives pain and to share that which gives happiness.’ These words also encapsulate the sentiment behind this magazine’s production. We hope you enjoy it. Gracias Galeano. La lucha continúa!]

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University of Chile Makes 150 Historic Chilean Films Available Online (Nick MacWilliam/Alborada.net)

[The Cineteca of the University of Chile, the oldest film archive in the country, has made over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online.]

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Poem: That Which Returns: A Poem for Alexander Mora (R. Rahal/Subversiones)

[On Sunday 7 December it was confirmed that the remains of 1 of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico had been identified. He was 21, named Alexander Mora, from a very poor indigenous community called Teponoapa in Guerrero. Below moving poem written in his memory that has been translated into English. The original poem In Spanish can be found below the English translation.]

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