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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.  

Free trade and Mexico's junk food epidemic

Free trade and Mexico's junk food epidemic

There's been a real explosion in obesity and diabetes in Mexico, largely because NAFTA has changed profoundly the country's food systems.  

UN Grills Mexico Over Handling of 43 Missing Students

UN Grills Mexico Over Handling of 43 Missing Students

In Geneva a UN Committee asks an official Mexican delegation tough questions about the disappearance of the 43 students  

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.  

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Two Latin American conservationists win awards

Two Latin American conservationists win awards

Conservations working with the giant armadillo in Brazil and the tiny cotton-top tamarin in Colombia win the "Green Nobel Prize".  

Colombia: legal uncertainty over gay rights

Colombia: legal uncertainty over gay rights

Despite legislation guaranteeing equal rights to LGBT couples, the battle for the acceptance of same-sex marriage and adoption is far from won.  

Brazil -- GM crops may be causing cancer

Brazil -- GM crops may be causing cancer

Brazil's National Cancer Institute is concerned about the health of the country's population, now that glyphosate, widely used in the cultivation of soya, has been classified as a "probable carcinogen".  

Chile: President Bachelet's reform agenda

Chile: President Bachelet's reform agenda

In her second term as president, Michelle Bachelet seems in a hurry to push through wide-ranging reforms, despite opposition in Congress and a dip in her popularity ratings  

Latin America Inside Out Blog: Latest Posts

'K' shortlisted for literary award

'K' shortlisted for literary award

Bernardo Kucinski's beautiful novel/memoir 'K', published by LAB in 2013, is up for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  

Argentina: these trees are made of blood

Argentina: these trees are made of blood

Set in a Buenos Aires cabaret club before, during and after Argentina’s brutal “Dirty War”, These Trees Are Made of Blood tells the story of a mother’s search for her missing daughter, one of thousands of people “disappeared” by the military junta.  

Colombia: the forgotten children of Las Pavas

Colombia: the forgotten children of Las Pavas

Work to help children who face malnutrition in one of the many communities of families displaced during the country's armed conflict.  

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  

Focus on Central America & Brazil

El Salvador: the blessing of Romero

El Salvador: the blessing of Romero

Why the Pope's elevation of the martyr Oscar Romero is so important for Catholics and progressives across Latin America.  

El Salvador: election even stevens

El Salvador: election even stevens

No party emerges a clear winner from the March 1 National Assembly and mayoral elections  

El Salvador: Indigenous rights-still waiting

El Salvador: Indigenous rights-still waiting

Despite official recognition of their rights, no public policies or laws have made these constitutional rights a reality for indigenous people.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

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.  

Brazil - the death of the PT

Brazil - the death of the PT

Bernardo Kucinski argues "The PT is certainly finished. Perhaps a new left will emerge from the cinders but I have my doubts."  

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The Munduruku indians in the Brazilian Amazon take their struggle to Brasilia:bit.ly/1JcF2mD

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In a surprise move, warmly welcomed by the Madres, Pope Francis has ordered the Vatican to make available all its papers on the Argentine dictatorship:

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More information about the film about the Tupinamba indians in Brazil on 15 May:

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LAB interviews two conservationists who have just been awarded the "Green Nobel Prize" for their work, respectively, with giant armadillos in Brazil and the tiny cotton-top tamarin monkeys in Colombia:

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CORRECTION I didn't realise there was an embargo on the announcement of the Whitley awards, so I have been asked to 'unpublish' the article just facebooked, until 18.00. So I have temporarily removed

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The English translation of a remarkable novel written by the Brazilian journalist Bernardo Kucinski which tells the true story of a father's search for his daughter, 'disappeared' during the military dictatorship.

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