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.”]

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.]

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?]

Alborada e-news: August 2013

Alborada e-news: August 2013


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.

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.]

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.]

Comment & Analysis: US Embassy, DEA Obstructing Investigation into Drug War Killings in Honduras (Sandra Cuffe and Karen Spring/Truthout)

[More than a year has passed since a US government Drug Enforcement Agency-assisted drug war operation in the Honduran Moskitia killed four indigenous Miskitu civilians, and relatives of the victims are still looking for answers.]

Comment & Analysis: Extraction-ism, Movements, and Revolution in Venezuela (Raul Zibechi/La Jornada)

[In Venezuela there are powerful movements, understood as collective practices capable of transforming parts of society, modifying the material and symbolic place of those who form part of them. On occasions this part of society has felt and feels supported by the state and by diverse governments. On occasions, it hasn’t. The truth is that there are people in movements, doing things to change their lives and society. Whatever happens will happen in the next few years, they will be there, fighting for a better world.]

Comment & Analysis: A Breathtaking Hypocrisy Why the US Has No Right to Lecture Latin America (Daniel Wickham/Counterpunch)

[Today, Latin America is politically freer, but the horrors of the past, and more specifically the role of the US government in them, have not been forgotten, as we have seen during the recent protests in Guatemala and Chile. Many Latin Americans will thus consider the comments made by Samantha Power’s, the Obama administration’s nominee for the role of ambassador to the United Nations, about Venezuela’s “crackdown on civil society” ideologically driven and hypocritical, in light of the US government's record in the region.]

Photo: Colombia: Catatumbo Resists (Daniel Kovalik/Alborada)

Catatumbo Resists. Credit: Daniel Kovalik. Source:

In July 2013, a delegation of trade unionists, politicians and journalists from the US, Canada and the UK visited Colombia for a human rights fact-finding mission organised by the UK-based human rights organisation 'Justice for Colombia'.

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