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Brazil: the dummies' guide to the constitutional crisis

Brazil: the dummies' guide to the constitutional crisis

A further update to LAB's quick guide to understanding Mensalão, Lava Jato, impeachment, the judiciary, the constitution and Lula's cabinet appointment.  

Drug policy: myths, moralism & hypocrisy

Drug policy: myths, moralism & hypocrisy

International drug policies reflect a bias towards the global north, with damaging consequences for the south.  

BNDES 2: The Bank for Business Credit

BNDES 2: The Bank for Business Credit

Bolsa Familia has helped Brazil's poor. Dubbed 'Bolsa Empresário', BNDES has helped big business and the rich.  

Haiti: A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Elections

Haiti: A Beginner's Guide to Fixing Elections

The run-off for the presidential elections are set for January 24 2016 but many observers are questioning their democratic validity. This article by the UK based Haiti Support Group highlights the many ways in which Haitian elections can be manipulated.  

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Uruguay: the Tupamaros at 50

Uruguay: the Tupamaros at 50

An interview with Mauricio Rosencof, one of the founding members of the Uruguayan guerrilla group the Tupamaros, which first came to international attention in 1966.  

Victory for Rio favela

Victory for Rio favela

Residents of the small favela of Vila Autódromo in Rio de Janeiro who refused to make way for the Olympics have finally won new homes.  

Brazil: No need to despair, a new historic struggle is under way

Brazil: No need to despair, a new historic struggle is under way

Leaders of Brazil's powerful social movements call for mobilization 'against the coup'.  

BNDES 6: The Bank speaks out

BNDES 6: The Bank speaks out

The giant Brazilian bank offers a rare in-depth interview  

Nicaragua: Rosa of the Wild Grass

Nicaragua: Rosa of the Wild Grass

A new book from LAB tells the graphic story of the women of a Nicaraguan peasant family over 5 decades  

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Checkmate for Cunha?

Checkmate for Cunha?

Eduardo Cunha, who just a few days ago seemed untouchable, despite being strongly linked wth corruption, has been removed from office by Brazil's Supreme Court. Many Brazilian celebrated the decision.  

Brazil watches and waits

Brazil watches and waits

As the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff moves inexorably closer, Brazil watches and waits. It is like seeing a play that both fascinates and repels.  

6. Iriri families fight for their homelands

6. Iriri families fight for their homelands

The extraordinary story of Doña Zefa's fight to remain on her land in the face of an over-literal interpretation of conservation law which may see her evicted.  

Brazil: 'Impeeshmon' goes to the Senate

Brazil: 'Impeeshmon' goes to the Senate

The impeachment of Dilma looks almost certain. But the forces likely to be unleashed are hard to predict and harder to control.  

Signs of hope for the Munduruku

Signs of hope for the Munduruku

Two important advances for the Munduruku Indians in the Brazilian Amazon in recent days suggest that they could pull off an extraordinary victory.  

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Brazil: the new 'government' already in crisis

Brazil: the new 'government' already in crisis

Anti-Temer protests are spreading like wildfire as the new government is forced to make U turn after U turn  

Brazil -- Forward into the Past

Brazil -- Forward into the Past

Interim President Michel Temer has chosen a white, male cabinet which ignores all the social advances of the last 14 years  

Brazil: Pixacao Sao Paulo’s Urban Calligraphy

Brazil: Pixacao Sao Paulo’s Urban Calligraphy

Brutal repression and commercial bids to co-opt them have failed. The pixadores --the city's graphic rap-artists- fight to maintain their transgressive art of tagging walls and buildings.  

Brazil: Dilma will be replaced by the corrupt, the inexperienced and the incompetent

Brazil: Dilma will be replaced by the corrupt, the inexperienced and the incompetent

The senate votes to proceed with Impeachment and suspend Dilma. Some of Temer's cabinet choices have provoked indignation, even horror.  

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Brazil prepares to roll back green laws

Dilma's government has done all too little to protect the environment and indigenous areas. Temer's could be much worse.  

Argentina: Malvinas veterans relive the war

Argentina: Malvinas veterans relive the war

Director Lola Arias' new play puts on stage six veterans of the Malvinas conflict  

Colombia: peace must overcome the legacy of fear

Colombia: peace must overcome the legacy of fear

A sober assessment of the tasks facing the peace-makers. All parties must compromise and reconciliation cannot be rushed.  

Bolivia: What future for Evo Morales and MAS?

Bolivia: What future for Evo Morales and MAS?

What is the future of Bolivian president Evo Morales and MAS in the wake of the referendum setback.  

MEXICO: Still no answers for Ayotzinapa relatives

MEXICO: Still no answers for Ayotzinapa relatives

Relatives of the victims are threatening to break off all talks with the government, for failing to clarify what happened to their loved ones.  

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Rosa of the Wild Grass - The Story of a Nicaraguan Family

Rosa of the Wild Grass - The Story of a Nicaraguan Family

From the days of the Somoza dictatorship, through insurrection, the Sandinista victory, the Contra war, election defeat, the struggle for survival up to 2013: three generations of the women of one peasant family tell their story

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