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Retracing Galeano’s Open Veins

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'Gold, Oil and Avocados, A Recent History of Latin America in Sixteen Commodities' by Andy Robinson is a detailed account of export extractivism in Latin America, offering rich context.

Cuba-US relations: the thaw is halted

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The Biden Administration has disappointed all who seek more positive relations between Cuba and the US - by renewing accusations that Cuba is failing to co-operate with US anti-terrorism efforts

Mexico: informal workers and the pandemic

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Mexico has a vast army of informal workers who receive little in the way of formal state benefits. Covid lockdowns have hit them hard and only neighbourhood cooperation is helping them survive.

Colombia: prospects of the legal cannabis market

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The emerging Colombian cannabis market has a predicted value of $54 billion USD by 2025. Its potential to uphold the peace agreement, create jobs for rural farmers and boost the national economy is remarkable, although there are stubborn obstructions to progress.

Argentina’s Year of the Pig

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Just when Argentina’s economy seemed to be at its darkest hour, Chinese president Xi Jinping proposed a multi-billion investment in the domestic pork meat industry. What originally seemed like a great opportunity has morphed into the source of a deep societal division.

Haitians revolt against president’s ‘state terrorism’

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Haiti is not unfamiliar with violent uprisings. However, since the US-backed installation of Jovenel Moïse in 2004, unrest has been relentless, with violence and repression reaching a bloody crescendo in recent weeks.

Peru: a procession of presidents

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Scandals, corruption, protest are the new normal as November has seen a procession of three presidents in the national palace in Lima. But Peru’s institutional instability dates back much further. Nick Caistor reports.

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.

Colombia: lessons of the pandemic

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8 July 2020. In Colombia, children from the Chocó Robotics Club located in one of the remotest, poorest, and most violence-scarred departments, have used...

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...

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