Comment & Analysis: Human Rights in Colombia: How Bad do Things Have to Get? (Ellie Mae O'Hagan/The Guardian)

[The trade union leader Huber Ballesteros has been arrested on dubious grounds. Such violations are Colombia's dirty little secret.]

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Comment & Analysis Video: Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Victor Figueroa Clark/Pluto Press)

[Dr Victor Figueroa-Clark, LSE historian and author of 'Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat' (Pluto Press), a political biography of Allende, talks about the life and ideas of Salvador Allende, Chile's radical President who was overthrow in a CIA supported coup in 1973. Figueroa-Clark will be discussing his book after a free screening of Patricio Guzman's documentary 'Salvador Allende' on Wednesday 25 September in London - click here for more information.]

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Comment & Analysis: Miranda's Rights: How Europe Can Learn From Latin America's Independence (Mark Weisbrot/The Guardian)

[Brazil's action over the detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner shows South American nations no longer toe Washington's line.]

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Comment & Analysis: Dispatch From Catatumbo: Capitalism, Genocide & Colombia (Daniel Kovalik/Counterpunch)

[I have just returned from Catatumbo, Colombia where thousands of peasants are waging a life-and-death struggle against the U.S.-backed Colombian military and its paramilitary allies. For over 60 days, the peasants have been demonstrating against the deplorable living conditions and economic circumstances in which they live, and in support of their proposal for a Peasant Farmer Reserve Zone of 10 million hectares.]

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Comment & Analysis: Cuito Cuanavale 25 Years On: Celebrating Cuba's Revolutionary Internationalism in the Struggle Against Colonialism and Apartheid (Carlos Martinez/Invent The Future)

[Twenty-five years ago, on 27 June 1988, the army of apartheid South Africa was forced to start withdrawing from Angola after 13 years’ intervention in that country’s civil war. The South Africans had been outmanoeuvred and outgunned by the Angolan defence forces (FAPLA – the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola), in combination with thousands of Cuban soldiers, and units from both the MK (uMkhonto weSizwe – the armed wing of the ANC) and PLAN (People’s Liberation Army of Namibia – the armed wing of the South West African People’s Organisation). The four-month battle between the SADF and the Cuban-Angolan force at Cuito Cuanavale was, to use the words of Nelson Mandela, “the turning point for the liberation of Africa from the scourge of apartheid.”]

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Comment & Analysis: Why is Evo Morales Still Popular? (Fernando Molina/Bolivia Rising)

[Last January Evo Morales celebrated seven years in power, which already puts him on the short list of governments with the longest mandates in a history characterised by political and social instability. Notwithstanding the wear and tear of his administration, the Bolivian president maintains an approval rating of at least 50%. Why this strong standing, which shields him for the time being against any of his potential electoral rivals? This article, citing statistics and socio-political analysis, explains the economic, political and social strengths of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) in an economic context that was unimaginable a decade ago.]

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Comment & Analysis: Brazil: Ructions in Rio (Sue Branford and Hilary Wainwright/Red Pepper)

[The scale of the protests rocking Brazil took everyone by surprise - even the demonstrators themselves. Where did they came from and where are they going?]

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Alborada e-news: August 2013

Alborada e-news: August 2013

http://www.alborada.net

Amig@s,

We hope you are all well. Our August e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest information related to Latin America.

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Comment & Analysis: What the Empire Didn’t Hear: US Spying and Resistance in Latin America (Benjamin Dangl/Toward Freedom)

[US imperialism spreads across Latin America through military bases and trade deals, corporate exploitation and debt. It also relies on a vast communications surveillance network, the recent uncovering of which laid bare Washington’s reach into the region’s streets and halls of power. Yet more than McDonald’s and bullets, an empire depends on fear, and fear of the empire is lacking these days in Latin America.]

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Comment & Analysis: Free to Watch Online: Ten Political Films from Latin America 1964-1999 (Nick MacWilliam/Sounds & Colours)

[Cinema has always played a major role in the dissemination of political understanding and in developing a collective memory of past events. The widespread accessibility, popularity, and ability to relate complex political systems to realistic situations with which audiences can identify gives film a far larger reach and influence than most political organisations can ever manage.]

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