Thursday, August 18, 2022

Elections

Nicaragua: a contested election

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William Robinson in NACLA argued that the recent Nicaraguan presidential election was a 'sham'. Here two journlists examine his arguments in detail and offer a very different view.

Venezuela: empowering the poor

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Steve Ellner, an adjunct professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, takes a close look at the attempts of the Chavez government to incorporate excluded and semi-excluded groups into the life of the nation.

Nicaragua: no contest

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The result of the Sunday 7 November presidential and congressional elections in Nicaragua is a foregone conclusion. Current president Daniel Ortega and his vice-president wife Rosario Murillo are certain to win a landslide victory, and the Sandinistas will continue to dominate the National Assembly. Yet this result comes with a substantial cost: the arrest of opposition leaders and outlawing of many NGOs.

Chile: the threat of a far right victory

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On 19 December, Chileans will vote in the second round of the presidential election. Currently ultra-right-winger José Antonio Kast is leading. Details of his programme are denounced.

Brazil: not only bad, but mad

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Jair Bolsonaro has launched a frontal assault on the same electoral system which brought him to the presidency. This is part of a three-pronged strategy to discredit Brazil's democracy and refuse to accept any outcome other than his own victory

Colombia has awakened

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Despite everything – the media, the fear mongering, the status quo – Petro won. Omar Rincón unpicks the recent Colombian elections.

Brazil: Letter for democracy

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Recalling the famous 1977 Letter for Democracy, the 2022 Carta pela Democracia has gathered more than a million signatures from lawyers, academics, trade unionists, black leaders, business leaders and trades unionists -- all warning against any attempt by Bolsonaro to stage a coup if he should lose the presidential election

Bulletin

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Venezuela leaves human rights organisation ♦ Colombia: Constitutional court says no Uribe re-election ♦ Telefónica increases profits ♦ Uruguay and the ethical house

Bulletin

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 Mexico: Calderón presents plan for Ciudad Juárez ♦ Haiti: US missionaries released ♦ Peru: “Accomplice” of Montesinos arrested ♦ Lula changes his party’s economic plans ♦ Forest fires continue in Venezuela

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Venezuela rejects Colombian accusations of illegal incursion ♦ Brazilian President cancels trip to Davos due to illness ♦ Peru: guerrilla leader “surrounded” ♦ Chile: salmon production to fall ♦ Venezuelan parliament

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