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 Zimmerman, an experienced journalist who had been the press chief of General Juan Velasco, former leader of an improbable left-wing military government from 1968 to 1975. One day, Luis González...
Since taking office on 1 December 2018, president Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has been a man in a hurry. Aged 65, he is said to get up every day at six, hold a daily press conference at seven, and then begin a twelve-hour day. At weekends, he flies off to one of Mexico’s 32 states to examine local projects and...
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Honduras is a tropical country punished by poverty, corruption and violence. As if that weren’t enough, on November 26th, 2017 Honduras had some very peculiar elections: even though millions of people were called on to vote that day, only one vote counted in the end: that of President Juan Orlando Hernández, who decided to stay for another four years,...
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Raul Sohr interviewed about his book Alejandro Guillier de Cara al País, about the presidential candidate for the Nueva Mayoría coalition, who came second in the November 2017 elections, representing a break from traditional politics in Chile.
07 January 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, LAB News Only two weeks to go! Reserve your tickets now! Voices of Latin America - social movements and the new activism will be published on 18 January. The launch party on that day is at popular London music venue Rich Mix, in Shoreditch, starting at 7:00 pm. You can reserve tickets (and a...
Brazil’s 1988 constitution and other laws established the right of landless peasants to claim unused and underutilized lands. Thousands, with the support of the landless movement, occupied tracts. At times, they even succeeded in getting authorities to set up agrarian reform settlements. Big landowners always opposed giving large tracts of land to the landless but, until roads began...
President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has chosen Ricardo Salles as Brazil’s environment minister. The former São Paulo state government environment secretary is under investigation for allegedly redrawing maps allowing protected lands to be developed for mining and factories. His statements are heavily pro-agribusiness and sometimes espouse violence. The selection of ruralist Tereza Cristina as agriculture minister, and Ernesto Araújo as...
19 December 2018 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, LAB News Two new major LAB publications in two months. First Amazon Besieged - by dams, soya, agribusiness and land-grabbing, by Mauricio Torres and Sue Branford. And then, on January 18, Voices of Latin America - social movements and the new activism, edited by Tom Gatehouse. Voices of Latin America - social movements and...
São Paulo, 3 December:  During the election campaign, president-elect Jair Bolsonaro boasted he would pare the number of cabinet ministers down from its present total of 29 to a mere 15, but he has been overtaken by reality and the number is 22 and counting. The new government includes generals (and an admiral), Cold War warriors, climate deniers and...
30 November 2018 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, LAB News LAB's new book Amazon Besieged is published on 1 December. We are launching it at a special lunchtime meeting 'Will the Amazon Survive Bolsonaro' within the Latin America Adelante 2018 Conference at TUC Congress House, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS. The meeting (in Congress Suite 1-2, Lower Ground Floor) starts...

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