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Mexico: Chiapas votes for women

Mexico: Chiapas votes for women

Recent elections in the Mexican state of Chiapas have seen historic advances by women candidates determined to make the new electoral law on gender parity a meaningful reality  

Ecuador: hard times ahead for President Correa?

Ecuador: hard times ahead for President Correa?

Recent economic woes and increasing protests and strikes are calling into question President Rafael Correa's attempts to win popular support to run again for the presidency in 2017  

Argentina lagging on the climate and environment

Argentina lagging on the climate and environment

Even though its carbon emissions are comparable with those of most European countries, Argentina's new climate plan is disappointingly timid.  

Guatemala: the criminal state

Guatemala: the criminal state

Days after the arrest of President Perez Molina, Guatemalans have voted to elect a new head of state but none of the candidates seems likely to resolve country's pressing problems.  

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Haiti: Fear and Loathing in a Broken Democracy

Haiti: Fear and Loathing in a Broken Democracy

Attempts to hold a runoff vote to elect a new president in Haiti have failed amid violence and protests of fraud. Now, as LAB's Russell White explains, the recriminations have begun, while the country faces a long period of further unrest.  

Photo Series: MPL Protests in São Paulo

Photo Series: MPL Protests in São Paulo

MPL (the Free Fare Movement) is back on Brazil's streets to protest at the 2016 price tickets increase. These images show peaceful protesters in São Paulo being followed and attacked by the police.  

Brazil: transport is not a commodity

Brazil: transport is not a commodity

Passe Livre has held 7 mass demonstrations in São Paulo aiming to force the government to rescind fare rises.  

Paraguay: Curuguaty paved the way for the multinationals

Paraguay: Curuguaty paved the way for the multinationals

A leading rural workers' rights activist speaks out about the steady concentration of land and political power and the ethnocide of rural peoples.  

Architecture: international recognition for Chile's Alejandro Aravena

Architecture: international recognition for Chile's Alejandro Aravena

The Pritzker award salutes practical architecture with a social purpose, local scale and from the South  

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Colombia: the biggest conversation in the world

Colombia: the biggest conversation in the world

Real efforts are being made to promote not just dialogue, but real conversation among all actors in Colombia's peace process, at local as much as at national level  

Brazil's environment is under stress

Brazil's environment is under stress

With forest fires in the Amazon and a terrible dam burst in Minas Gerais, Brazil is paying the cost of its failure to regulate properly human activities  

Brazil's sea of mud

Brazil's sea of mud

With the bursting of a dam full of iron ore tailings and other toxic metals in Minas Gerais state, Brazil is facing one its most serious environmental disasters ever.  

Colombia: Collective land titles for Afro communities.

Colombia: Collective land titles for Afro communities.

In Caño del Oro, on an island close to Cartagena, efforts to win collective land titles boost the resilience of the Afro-Colombian community.  

Interview with the director of Casa 2015

Interview with the director of Casa 2015

CASA's eighth Latin American Theatre Festival has just finished. Ella Jessel interviews Daniel Goldmann, Artistic Director of Casa 2015.  

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Mexico: the 'autistic' government

Mexico: the 'autistic' government

President Pena Nieto's PRI government is increasingly accused of offering few answers to the many problems facing Mexico.  

Mexico: Slim pickings

Mexico: Slim pickings

How can a country where half the population lives below the poverty line, produce Carlos Slim often regarded as the world's richest man?  

Colombia: students tell amazing stories

Colombia: students tell amazing stories

Students at the Nacional University in Bogotá give a fascinating insight into life in Colombia  

Colombia: historic agreement reached for victims

Colombia: historic agreement reached for victims

Peace negotiators in Havana have at last signed off the Agreement on Victims, a key part of the peace process and a great advance.  

Paramilitaries active in in San José de Apartadó

Paramilitaries active in in San José de Apartadó

Paramilitaries, perhaps fearful of the peace negotations in Cuba, are issuing death threats to members of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó and neighbouring families  

The Lettered City: Political Graffiti in the Nacional University

The Lettered City: Political Graffiti in the Nacional University

A debate rages within the student community at the Nacional University in Bogotá about whether or not political graffiti should be permitted.  

Colombia: Peace, the Peace Community and social reconciliation

Colombia: Peace, the Peace Community and social reconciliation

Colombia's current peace process is at least attempting to involve the victims of war and violence and adopt a 'territorial' approach. But members of the Peace Community in Antioquia and Córdoba remain sceptical.  

Brazil -- federal police have a sense of humour

Brazil -- federal police have a sense of humour

The last episode in Brazil's fast-moving political drama around the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff gives us more arrests, head-butting and fisticuffs.  

Brazil -- Theatre of the Absurd

Brazil -- Theatre of the Absurd

With the extreme right in control of the Brazilian Congress, ethics has been stood on its head and events beggar belief. Jan Rocha reports from Sāo Paulo.  

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Brazil -- from euphoria to despair

Brazil -- from euphoria to despair

LAB launches the first of its new series of Special Reports -- a critical look at the the decade of rule by the Workers' Party (PT) in Brazil. Reviewers seem to like it. Look at what they have to say.

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