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Uruguay’s paradox: will the pandemic accelerate neo-liberal policies?

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To many citizens' dismay, Uruguay's exemplary handling of the pandemic could help pave the way for the Lacalle Pou administration to pass new, seemingly neoliberal, legislation.

Brazil: The FBI and Lava Jato

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Leaked documents have revealed the cosy relationship between Brazilian prosecutors and the FBI in the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigations – including a meeting kept secret from the Dilma Rousseff administration.

Venezuela’s wealth is being plundered

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The political stalemate in Venezuela leaves the country wide open to plunder by international creditors, banks and vulture funds. Meanwhile, the country cannot spend its own money to combat Covid-19.

Fondo: the IMF’s recipe for disaster

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Fondo, directed by Alejandro Bercovich, Argentina, 2019 The complete film can be viewed from this link. Alejandro Bercovich’s documentary-critique Fondo starts with what looks like a...

Chileans demand the right to live in dignity

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'No son $30' On Friday 18 October, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera announced a state of emergency in the country’s capital Santiago. As protests spread throughout the country...

Alan García – the broken leader

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In 1980, I was working for small weekly newspaper in my native Peru called Kausachum, a quechua word that means ‘Long life’. The editor was Augusto...

Bolsonaro: from bananas to pineapples

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São Paulo, April 5: ‘If he sees a banana skin on the pavement across the road, he will cross over to slip on it’,...

Brazil announces end to Amazon mega-dam building policy

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Brazil’s government this week announced a major shift away from its policy of building mega-dams in the Brazilian Amazon – a strategy born...

Tapajos under attack 15: Brazil on verge of legitimizing Amazon land...

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Brazil’s president has until 22 June to approve or veto two bills (PLC 4 and PLC 5) turning over more than 600,000 hectares...

The Political Cloudscape of Brazil: changing shape by the minute

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São Paulo, May 25. A week is a long time in Brazilian politics, and President Michel Temer has revealed himself to be a stubborn...

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