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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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...

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

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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