Sunday, October 24, 2021
Chile's constituent process, which, led by the consistent work of social movements, seeks to dismantle the first laboratory of neoliberal capitalism, offers lessons to the left in the UK and worldwide.
On Sunday, thousands of Peruvians flocked to social media to debate the validity of the Spanish language term 'cosecha de agua' (water harvesting). This virtual war of words followed political sparring earlier that day when Peru’s presidential candidates took to the podium in the southern city of Arequipa for their second and final televised debate prior to the runoff...

El Salvador elections

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With El Salvador's election results still being counted, a look at the spectacular rise of populist party Nuevas Ideas, and its leader Nayib Bukele, as authoritarian populism threatens to sweep to victory.
Bolsonaro and his brand of extreme right wing politics have emerged as the big losers in Brazil’s recent local elections, but established left wing parties have not done so well either. Jan Rocha reports.
LAB is publishing this second special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 28 October, it contains details of the final results of the election and excellent background analysis. CandidateLa PazCocha-bambaSanta CruzChuqui-sacaOruroPotosíTarijaBeniPandoArce65.363.1  62.451.5  45.8Mesa   52.4  51.041.3 Camacho  45.2       Arce wins with 55.10% As reported in our Special Bulletin of 19 October, quick count polls carried out on polling day gave the MAS candidate Luis Arce Catacora with David...
Inspired by the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian mayors have been distributing chloroquine and ivermectin to treat Covid-19 ahead of municipal elections in November. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública. You can read the original article (in Portuguese) here. The anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine came to global attention in March when Donald Trump hailed it...
This article was translated for LAB by Fuschia Fowke. You can read the original in Spanish here. Preparations for Mexico’s 2020/21 elections began at the start of September. This is an exceptionally important and complex process, as more than 21,000 seats are to be contested,  including federal deputies, local deputies, town councillors and 15 governorships. It will be a test...

Bolivia: MAS is back

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LAB is publishing this special bulletin from Bolivia Information Forum. Written on 19 October, before final results were known, it nevertheless contains details of the voting and excellent background analysis. 19 October: with unofficial polls showing the Movimiento al Socialismo candidate, Luis Arce, the outright winner of the 18 October election, Bolivia seemed to be adjusting itself to the prospect...
Splendidly Chilean video from #ganadecambiarestepaisculiao and EstoNoParaNo, urging young people to vote in the 25 October plebiscite to determine whether a new constitution will be drawn up and, if so, by what method.
© Luis Bustamente
Luis Bustamante's images of Chile's estallido social - which began on October 18, 2019, now a whole year ago - speak for themselves. Most were taken of protesters in Santiago around Plaza Baquedano, renamed by protestors as Plaza de la Diginidad. Others cover graffiti and stencil work that popped up during this period, taken in a range of Chilean cities.

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