[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.]
[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.]
Catatumbo Resists. Credit: Daniel Kovalik. Source: www.alborada.net
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'.
[Denying the Bolivian president air space was a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world.]
Alborada e-news: July 2013
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[Opposition to the widespread introduction of GM maize by international companies in Mexico is growing ahead of a crucial decision on the subject by Enrique Peña Nieto’s government.]
[While Colombia is unable to join NATO due to its geographical location, the agreement portends future collaboration in matters of security, and facilitates the participation of Colombia in a number of NATO activities. Although the idea might strike some as bizarre, this is actually a rather logical development when one considers the contemporary geopolitical situation in the region.]
[El Impenetrable, the first Argentine film to be presented in the International Competition at this year’s edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, is a lavish feast for a wide range of cinemagoers, as it blends the documentary approach with politics, environmental struggles, social critique and astonishing cinematography.]
[We are interested in exploring what the movement that bears his name—Chavismo—was all about. We are interested in identifying the institutional structures that were created under his leadership and that, to one degree or another, carry out his legacy today.]
[Moisés Paredes speaks for a movement which has defied police brutality to put education reform high on the election agenda.]