Latin America has always had a vigorous and challenging cultural life.
This week, thanks to LAB collaborator Bruna Rocha, we are turning our attention to the struggles of a host of small communities along the basin of the river Tapajós in the Brazilian Amazon.
With the world facing prolonged financial turmoil and food shortages because of the deepening climate crisis, land has become a ‘commodity’. Investors are confident that it will increase in value and give them a good return on their capital.

The drugs trade

The problem of the drugs trade has taken centre stage in Latin America.

Land occupations

perfectly illustrate the themes we explored in our last newsletter: who controls the natural resources and how this is being contested;

Land in Latin America

Land is an issue that underlies almost every aspect of life in Latin America.
As Barack Obama flies to Cartagena in Colombia this week to attend the Summit of Americas, LAB has produced a special issue of the newsletter focussed on relations between Latin America and the United States.
Soya, a plant that was virtually unknown throughout the world (outside China) until the 1940s, has transformed farming in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.
In this newsletter, the second in our series on women, we have commissioned two articles looking specifically at the female presidents of two leading countries in the region: Cristina Fernández in Argentina and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.

Carbon credits

This week we are focusing on the way carbon credits are being used in Latin America. Along with many of our partners, we are deeply concerned at the way the system is being abused.

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