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Colombia's Plebiscite: catharsis in writing

Published on: Wed Nov 30, 2016
Author: Tatiana Sánchez, María Inés Romero & Nathalia Salamanca-Sarmiento
Colombia's Plebiscite: catharsis in writing

Colombians’ rejection of the peace deal on 2 October led to mass demonstrations in the streets, with people demanding a new agreement, fast. ‘Friends of peace’ in Colombian cities like Bogotá, Cali, Medellín, Barranquilla, and Montería gave voice to the urgent need to find a way out of the post-plebiscite debacle. Meanwhile, Colombian nationals living in the UK who were in favour of the agreements were anxious to express their support for peace, and to heal the trauma of this serious setback: the…

The Unchanging Face of Dilma

Published on: Sat Aug 27, 2016
Author: Sue Branford
The Unchanging Face of Dilma

    Taken by the photographer Lula Marques, the photo (above) has in the background the famous picture of Dilma as the young guerrilla fighter and in the foreground Dilma as President. Dilma has the same fearless gaze. In the earlier picture she is defying her torturers during the worst period of the military dictatorship. In the later picture she, the first woman elected president of Brazil, is being unjustly hounded, about to be overthrown in a coup organised by her Vice-President. Two historic…

Brazil's Social Movements and the Olympics

Published on: Sun Aug 7, 2016
Author: Sue Branford
Brazil's Social Movements and the Olympics

  As the Olympics gets underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians and foreigners alike will almost certainly have a great time. Despite the delays, the protests and the Zica virus (now apparently under control), there is a lot going for these Olympics: no other people in the world are as good as the Brazilians at organising spontaneous street parties; the weather is warm but not sweltering; and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Leadiers from the Brazil's main social movements…

Mexico: Footprints of Memory -- searching for the disappeared

Published on: Fri Jul 1, 2016
Author: Danielle House
Mexico: Footprints of Memory -- searching for the disappeared

Two of the footprints. Messages on others read: “My name is Guadalupe Aguilar. I am searching for my son José Luis, disappeared on the 17th of January 2011 in Tonalá, Jalisco. My feet will tire from the journey but my soul and heart will never stop searching for you Pepe. Your mum.” “I am Leonel Orozco García, I am 8 years old. My Dad, Moises Orozco, was detained and disappeared on the 22nd May 2012 in Apatzingán, Michoacán. I am searching for my Dad until I find him because he's my Dad and we…

PERU: Time to stop counting and start doing

Published on: Fri Jun 24, 2016
Author: Susana Villar??n
PERU: Time to stop counting and start doing

Recent elections in Peru saw the right-wing eocnomist Padro Pablo Kuczynski narrowly defeat Keiko Fujimori in the presidential contest. In this article, Susana Villaran, the former mayor of Lima and someone who was in the forefront of the fight to return Peru to democracy when Keiko's father Alberto Fujimori was in power in the late 1990s, argues that the new government must continue the task of creating real democracy in this Andean nation:. So democracy has won by a hair’s breadth, but Peru is…

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