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Argentina - Nisman murder still a mystery

Argentina - Nisman murder still a mystery

A fascinating article by a US investigative journalist argues convincingly that Nisman was not murdered because he had irrefutable proof that Iran and the Argentina government were covering up those behind the AMIA bombing.  

State violence and repression

State violence and repression

While Latin America is pressing hard for increased rights, advances are being blocked by repressive police forces, says Raul Zibechi.  

Tribute to indigenous leaders

Tribute to indigenous leaders

Profiles of four individuals who have fought mining, logging and land-seizures to protect their communities.  

Guatemala: Judicial system in desperate need of reform

Guatemala: Judicial system in desperate need of reform

Suspension of the retrial of Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt has dashed hopes of justice and underlined the need for a radical shake-up of the judiciary.  

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New Violence Against Journalists and Community Radio in Guatemala

New Violence Against Journalists and Community Radio in Guatemala

Community radio is the heart of rural communities across Guatemala and Latin America.  

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

A strike that has brought activity to a halt since January on three major banana plantations on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, along the border with Panama, has highlighted the abuses in a sector in the hands of transnational corporations.  

Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence

Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence

On the evening Jan. 27, a bus of Indigenous Lenca community leaders returning from Rio Blanco, Honduras, the site of an almost two-year Lenca blockade and struggle against the construction of the Agua Zarca dam, was waived to a stop by the police.  

Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions

Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions

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.  

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Land in Brazil 2

Land in Brazil 2

MST leader João Pedro Stédile says that "political reform" is the only solution for the country's political crisis  

Until the Rulers Obey: the growing strength of Latin America's social movements

Until the Rulers Obey: the growing strength of Latin America's social movements

A new collection of interviews and testimonies is discussed by a panel of experts in London on April 21  

Land in Brazil

Land in Brazil

This is the second of a LAB blog which is looking at land issues in Brazil.  

Venezuela: the struggle to preserve a dream

Venezuela: the struggle to preserve a dream

Former LAB editor Javier Farje visited Caracas recently and explored communities and walked the streets of the Venezuelan capital to find a people who are not prepared to give up just yet.  

Focus on Rights Struggles in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia & Nicaragua's Grand Canal

Brazil: Why land demarcation matters to indigenous people

Brazil: Why land demarcation matters to indigenous people

Marking out land is to stake out rights, ownership, stewardship. Unmarked land can just be seized. Felipe Garcia, a volunteer at the Munduruku Demarcation Mission, explains.  

Argentina: role of social media in protest

Argentina: role of social media in protest

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks and the nature of their protests is very different to those of the 1990s.  

Argentina -- the Madres are still walking round the Plaza

Argentina -- the Madres are still walking round the Plaza

With a new play about Argentina's 'disappeared' opening in London later this month, LAB brings you an exclusive interview with one of the leading Madres.  

Bolivia -- fighting patriarchy

Bolivia -- fighting patriarchy

Finally, after decades of struggle, women in Bolivia are getting their rights respected.  

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 5 -- The Geopolitics of the Canal

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 5 -- The Geopolitics of the Canal

In the last of the series, Russell White looks at the geo-strategic implications of the Nicaraguan Canal and wonders why the United States has not been more vocal.  

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 4 --The Emperor's New Funds

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 4 --The Emperor's New Funds

One of the largest construction projects in the world, costing four times Nicaragua's annual GDP --so where is the money coming from?  

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 3 --No excavation without consultation

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: 3 --No excavation without consultation

Protest against Ortega's Canal project is concentrated in farms, communities and indigenous groups along the planned route.  

Nicaragua: trouble along the route of the Canal

Nicaragua: trouble along the route of the Canal

Dutch journalist Teake Zuidema gave a lift to some Nicaraguan police on their way to control demonstrations by farmers afraid of compulsory purchase and forced relocation.  

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Now for something quite different -- an interesting blog in English about the Brazilian artist, Candido Portinari

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| Brazil via Globo | Thousands of cyclists celebrate the suspended injunction to paralise the construction of cycle paths of São Paulo city. The suspension was announced while bikers were protesting,

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| Guatemala - LAB | An urgent petition to demand the release of two Guatemalan indigenous community leaders from Huehuetenango who have been protesting against a hydro-electric dam.

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