Sunday, August 1, 2021
Closure of the border with Bolivia in response to covid-19 has exposed a legal vacuum in Argentina surrounding the consumption, importation and cultivation of coca leaves in the country’s northern provinces. Coca leaves have been used for millennia by indigenous groups in the area, as well as in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, for medicinal and ritualistic purposes. However its usage...
Main image: Without water, the virus spreads. Image: Facebook profile of Barrios de Pie Ramona Medina, one of the community leaders of Villa 31, a Buenos Aires villa miseria, has died from coronavirus after constantly denouncing the lack of water and the conditions for maintaining social distancing measures in her neighborhood. Ramona appeared on various media to raise awareness...
The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires organized a virtual dialogue 'Thinking about Latin America After the Pandemic' on Friday 26 June, with guest participants Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina and the former Brazilian president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva. In his speech, Lula da Silva stressed the links he has with Argentina and remembered the...
Argentine tango teacher and LGBT activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma made this video for the (15 June) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. LAB's Nina Meghji and her mother joined others all over the world to support this cause. Edgardo was interviewed (by Nina) in LAB's Voices of Latin America, Chapter 3.
This important article was originally published in Spanish in August 2019 (read the original here). Cristina Flores has translated it for LAB as a contribution to our ongoing project Voices of Latin America, represented by our book of that name, and the ongoing website which continues the work of the book. There is life and struggle beyond elections. In...
As large parts of the country remain in lockdown, Argentina’s northernmost province, Jujuy, has all but ended its quarantine amid harsh restrictions on freedoms. Main image (above): Hygiene and Safety Protocol. Obligatory during Covid-19 for all activities in the tourist sector. May 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfLA68eaxlk As provincial tourism has restarted under the initiative “Jujuy para Los Jujeños, the provincial governor, Gerardo Morales, has...

Buenos Aires under curfew

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On 19 March towards 7.30 p.m., I receive a WhatsApp message from Pedro, one of my main contacts for my PhD research in Buenos Aires. ‘Is it true that they declared the quarantine’, he asks. ‘Yes, until 31 March’, I type. I had just read the newspaper headings announcing what many observers had assumed for days: President Alberto Fernández...
‘I’m not afraid of this virus’, said Idrissa. ‘For me, the problem is the money. There is no money coming in.’ He was sitting on an upturned Quilmes beer crate, leaning his back against a parked car. Few people walked by, nobody seemed to pay attention to the neatly arranged sunglasses on their portable stand that leaned against the...
Camila Pierobon is a Research Associate at CEBRAP (São Paulo). She wrote this piece in a text to a friend after arriving home in Brazil on 18 March. It is published here with the author's permission The chaos where this crazy and irresponsible lunatic is taking us is unblievable. Bolsonaro has to be shut down NOW! Yesterday I needed...
The rainforests of Central America have come to north London. One day Tintin decided he would like to sit on one of my freshly made works - so it became Tintin’s sofa To walk through the huge, vividly coloured canvases hanging from the walls and ceiling of the Camden Arts Centre is to be uncannily immersed in the heat and humidity...

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