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Across Latin America, mining has expanded massively in recent decades. Vast landscapes have been stripped to feed the factories of Europe, North America and Asia – and not only in traditional mining regions, but also in hitherto pristine areas in places like Argentine Patagonia, the Amazon Rainforest and the Guatemalan Highlands. But communities aren’t...
The verdict of the Spanish case in the trial of the former Salvadorean minister and army colonel, Inocente Orlando Montano.
A former Salvadorean army colonel has been on trial in Madrid, accused of playing a direct role in the murder of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15-year-old daughter, in their house next to the Catholic university campus, on 16 November 1989.
This three-part podcast by the Manics' James Dean Bradfield looks at the lasting influence which Chilean musician and revolutionary singer, Victor Jara, has had on modern music.
Britain and the Dictatorships of Argentina and Chile 1973-82: Foreign Policy, Corporations and Social Movements by Grace Livingstone, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. ISBN: 978-3-030-08666-4 Reviewed for LAB by Pablo Bradbury Ask anyone active in the British left during the 1970s and 1980s and they are likely to remember stories about Chile:...
On October 29, 2019, the indigenous governor of the Tacueyó Reserve, Cristina Bautista, was attacked and killed in the Cauca region of Colombia by members of the Estructura Dagoberto Ramos, a dissident FARC group which wished to extend its control over the communities that she led. She died, along with four members of an indigenous guard...
Progressio, formerly CIIR, the Catholic Institute for International Relations, closed in June 2017 after 76 years of campaigning for social justice across the world, including Latin America. Jon Barnes has written the definitive history of the organisation which was, in 1977, one of the founders of LAB, and many of whose workers went on to become...
For the university professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Bolsonaro and his followers are defined by a revanchist and revisionist vision of Brazilian history. This narrative justifies the systematic creation and elimination of enemies, while simultaneously making it impossible to govern. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública....
Argentine tango teacher and LGBT activist Edgardo Fernández Sesma made this video for the (15 June) World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. LAB's Nina Meghji and her mother joined others all over the world to support this cause. Edgardo was interviewed (by Nina) in LAB's Voices of Latin America, Chapter...
In an important new investigation, journalist Natalia Viana of Agência Pública has revealed how, during Sergio Moro’s 15 month tenure as Justice and Security Minister under Jair Bolsonaro, he quickly enabled the US Federal bureau of investigation to drastically expand its activities and reach in Brazil. The report reveals meetings involving the representatives from...

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