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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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Brazil: racism of Temer government threatens quilombos

Brazil: racism of Temer government threatens quilombos

Brazil's new government has dissolved INCRA, threatening land rights of the country's quilombos  

Brazil's Scandals: Cunha on the rack

Brazil's Scandals: Cunha on the rack

The net appears to be tightening in corruption investigations involving the former speaker of Brazil's Lower House and members of his family.  

Argentina: Culture Wars

Argentina: Culture Wars

The new administration under President Mauricio Macri is busy setting about removing all traces of the cultural heritage promoted by Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during their twelve years of Peronist government.  

Brazil -- recolonising a continent

Brazil -- recolonising a continent

So what are prospects for the left in the face of a concerted US-backed right-wing offensive? Left-wing activists in Brazil give us their views.  

Brazil -- A Bridge to the Future?

Brazil -- A Bridge to the Future?

The programme introduced by acting President Michel Temer consists of extreme neo-liberal measures that the government believes can be imposed by force. But will it work?  

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PERU: Time to stop counting and start doing

PERU: Time to stop counting and start doing

Former Lima mayor Susana Villaran, who was in the forefront of efforts to restore democracy to Peru when strognman Alberto Fujimori was in power in the 1990s, argues that the new government under Pedro Pablo Kuscinsky has to renew the fight.  

Clashing over role of Brazilian media

Clashing over role of Brazilian media

Controversy over role of Brazilian media in current crisis. Editor of Folha de S. Paulo, Otávio Frias, reacts angrily to a paper given by LAB editor.  

Colombia: Shakespeare and the Peace Process

Colombia: Shakespeare and the Peace Process

As the country awaits the signing of a definitive ceasefire, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet offers instructive parallels.  

Colombia: the long road for women survivors

Colombia: the long road for women survivors

May 25 is the National Day of Dignity for Women Victims of Sexual Violence, but progress is limited.  

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.  

Focus on Brazil

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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