Lithium: draining the desert

Peine, Chile and Susques, Argentina – Within minutes of driving out of tourist hotspot San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile you are deep in the Earth’s driest desert. Vast stretches of reddish-orange sand fly past on both sides. Every now and then you pass the odd dwelling, but this sparse setting changes when you reach the Salar de Atacama:...
Cartonera books – cheap books with cardboard covers and photocopied texts – were originally a by-product of the Cartonero movement in Argentina, when people from the shanty towns travelled into Buenos Aires and other big cities in the wake of the 2001 economic collapse to collect and sell cardboard and other waste left on the streets.

Pintó La Isla

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Pintó la isla is a project of urban art developed in Isla Maciel, Avellanada, Buenos Aires. The aim is to integrate the neighbourhood into the tourist circuit with the aim of breaking down the stigma surroudning it. The residents themselves should take ownership of the project to project a new vision of what the neighbourhood is really...
Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, 27 March 2019 Voices versus the new populism Alzira de Fátima Venâncio Barbosa, who lives by the Paraopebas River. Alzira’s income was dependent on the river, as she would fish and cook for fisherman. Photo: Rodrigo Zaim/Christian Aid Voices of Latin America:...
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An interview with Marcelo Giraud, of the Asamblea Popular por el Agua, about the efforts of the mining companies to have Mendoza's Law 7722, which restricts mining, declared unconstitutional. Video: MdZ TV, October 2015
19 December 2018. A major indigenous group in Argentina has filed a criminal complaint against BP subsidiary Pan American Energy for illegally dumping toxic fracking waste in the “sensitive Patagonian environment”. According to Greenpeace analysis, the “hazardous waste” contains high levels of hydrocarbons, heavy metals, and radioactive elements that pose reproduction and inhalation risks.
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Argentine film (1hr 35mins) directed by Hector Olivera. Showing events in September 1976, in La Plata, Argentina, when a number of secondary school students, most of them less than 18 years old, were kidnapped and murdered by security forces in one of the most notorious actions of the military dictatorship. Video: Aries Films, Argentina...
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Edgardo Fernández Sesma and Esteban Mioni dance, alternating and mixing up roles without changing their hold. They are dancing a typically Milonguero tango ("Farewell Buenos Aires" by Sciamarella-Torres Ríos, and the Orquesta Víctor-Angel Vargas, 1938) - Performed at the closing night of the "IX BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL QUEER TANGO FESTIVAL" in the beautiful art-nouveau "Unione...
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The distinguished Argentine sociologist and researcher visits the Universidad del Cuyo to speak about political and social changes taking place in Latin America today. Video: Señal U Académico. 25 September 2017
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Argentine sociologist Maristella Svampa, a researcher for CONICET, speaks to the Facultad Libre in Buenos Aires, 19 January 2016. Her lecture addresses the problem of development models, relentless economic growth, and models of extraction.

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