COVID-19 Emergency

Domestic violence and the pandemic

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Argentina-based security and defence think tank RESDAL looks at trends in Latin America, asking what the data can tell us about gender-based violence during the pandemic, and how this can inform public policy in the region.

Mexico’s double pandemic

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For over a year, Mexico has been battling the COVID-19 health emergency but another worrying, silent pandemic is currently unfolding. Violence against women, including femicides, has increased exponentially.

Dominican Republic: a wall of division

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The Dominican president has announced plans to build a new, Trump-style wall, to exclude Haitian migrants. This responds to and will further fuel his country's sad record of discrimination against Haitians and will penalise poor border areas which rely on trade and exchange.

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Book & Film Reviews

A slow-burning Argentinean ghost story

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Film review of Un Crimen Común which follows a middle class academic mother whose life unravels after she becomes implicated in the death of her housekeeper’s son.

Chile: narrating dictatorship violence

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La mirada incendiada (The Burning Gaze, 2021) attempts to work through recent trauma, yet risks sensationalising a catastrophic event remembered by many Chileans, not least the families of the aggrieved.

Dive, Tierra Bomba, Dive

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Dive Tierra Bomba Dive, made in 2020 by The Right to Roam Films, tells the story of 19-year-old Yassandra Barrios, who emerges as the environmental leader of her Colombian island, Tierra Bomba, home to the Varadero Reef.

El Salvador’s double bind: toxic masculinity in ‘Imperdonable’

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Imperdonable is a compelling short film that condemns the hegemonic model of masculinity in El Salvador.

Voices’ strength lies in its breadth and richness

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Voices of Latin America does an excellent job of providing deeply personalized accounts of how social movements and organizations emerged and sustained themselves under difficult circumstances -- New Voices review is published in US journal Science and Society.

Toxic masculinity in Chilean schools

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In 'Animales Extintos', Lucas Quintana takes a closer look at the cultures within which machismo exists, offering a sensitively rendered vision of the toxicity of certain male friendships, and their potentially noxious consequences.

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Brazil: Remembering the Eldorado massacre

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Telling the story of a collective act of creativity -- to create a monument in memory of the 19 landless farmers killed on 17...

Seven Heavens: the live cult of Queen María Lionza

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A short video by OjosIlegales, Venezuela, shows the cult of Queen María Lionza, growing in popularity in Venezuela, which unified indigenous, black African and white European peoples in defence of nature, love, peace and harmony

Latin America at breaking point: a look back at two tumultuous...

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Tom Gatehouse, author of Voices of Latin America: Social Movements and the New Activism and the upcoming The Heart of Our Earth: Community Resistance to Mining in Latin America, will then present ‘Latin America at breaking point: a look back at two tumultuous years’

Podcasts

Resisting and transforming intersectional gendered violence

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LAB council members and academics at King’s College are embarking on a new project to explore and celebrate grassroots campaigns and organisations that counter violence against women and girls in Latin America -- through a podcast series, website, workshop and book.

Martinique: The Poisoning of Paradise

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Slavery was abolished in Martinique in 1848. But today the islanders are victims of a toxic pesticide called chlordecone, that’s poisoned the soil and water and been linked by scientists to unusually high rates of prostate cancer.

Inspired by Jara – a three-part podcast

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This three-part podcast by the Manics' James Dean Bradfield looks at the lasting influence which Chilean musician and revolutionary singer, Victor Jara, has had on modern music.

LAB Publications

Mexico: is this the ‘fourth transformation’?

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Nick Caistor sets the context for his new LAB Book, Mexico Inside Out. Has AMLO fulfilled his promises?

Mexico Inside Out

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LAB's latest book, Mexico Inside Out by Nick Caistor, is published on 17 April 2021, and is launched at the 'Calling Mexico' virtual festival....

LAB interviews Bernardo Kucinski, author of ‘The Past Is An Imperfect...

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For LAB's online book launch event, Sue Branford and Tom Gatehouse, interview Bernardo Kucinski about his recent novel 'The Past Is An Imperfect Tense' and read extracts from the book, published by Practical Action Publishing.

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