Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Movimento de Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (Landless Rural Worker's Movement, MST) has a gender-balanced national directorate of 52 individuals, with two people elected periodically in each of its 26 state assemblies. Gilmar Mauro is a member of the national directorate of MST, representing the state of São Paulo. Brian Mier, COHA research associate and Brasilwire contributor,  caught up...
This is a slightly edited version of an article, first published by Brasil Wire. You can see the original here. It is always hard to explain Brazilian politics to foreigners. There is a lot of history and many characters and there are 25 political parties represented in Congress alone. It is even harder to explain how illegitimate president Michel Temer,...
Pretty Faces, Grisly Interests This article was published on the website of Canadian progressive magazine Briarpatch. LAB has added titles and images. Main image: Banner at peaceful protest near Escobal mine. Guatemala’s Constitution states that resistance is legitimate when done to protect and defend human rights. Photo: Sandra Cuffe/MiningWatch Canada Though Mexico was a punching bag throughout Donald Trump’s successful campaign...
If the immigration agenda of Donald Trump and his administration is not enough of a racist assault on the human rights of Mexicans, the overall impact of this demagogue’s agenda on the economy of its long-suffering southern neighbour adds insult to injury. The immediate effect of Trump’s victory and first 100 days in power has been to weaken an already...
In 1992 the United Nations-backed Chapultepec peace accords brought decades of civil war in El Salvador to an end. Now, 25 years after the peace accords, El Salvador still faces the challenges of social divisions, high crime rates, and controversial amnesty laws. A recent event in London examined the legacy of the conflict and the deep-seated problems still facing Salvadorean society. Peace...
‘My painting is an act of decolonisation, not in a physical sense, but a mental one’. These are the words of one of the greatest Latin American painters of the twentieth century, the Cuban Wifredo (the ‘l’ of his Christian name disappeared due to a bureaucratic mistake, which the painter enjoyed) Lam. His powerful paintings show how he assimilated modernist movements...

Temer out!

Demonstrations against Brazil's new President, Michel Temer, widely regarded as a usurper, are taking place in many cities and towns.
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