Friday, January 19, 2018
28 November 2017 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Elections Chile: Results in the first round of Chile’s presidential elections, on November 19, confounded all the pollsters. Sebastián Piñera, candidate for the Chile Vamos coalition, universally tipped to win and possibly to gain an absolute majority in the first round, slid to only 36.5%. Alejandro Guillier, standing for Nueva Mayoría, and the intended...
Brigadier General Gustavo Moreno is sitting behind a wide desk in his air-conditioned office. It overlooks the parade ground of the police compound which sits vacant, belted by the midday sun. A receptionist brings in cups of weak, sugary coffee that Colombians call tinto. As the police commander for ‘Region Five’, General Moreno is in charge of security for one...
Authorities, representatives of social and cultural movements, and an appreciative audience gathered in Belo Horizonte for the opening of the Farmers' Market Shop, another permanent space for sale of products from Land Reform farms. The shop occupies a prime location in the capital city of Minas Gerais, on the corner of Avenida Augusto de Lima, in the Barro Preto neighbourhood,...
Without addressing crucial elements of the original agreement, the revised peace deal risks not living up to expectations in Colombia. It has been a year since the Colombian government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebel leader ‘Timochenko’ signed the agreement to end more than 50 years of conflict in Colombia. It was a historic moment. Since then, we...
This article was published by Centro Estratégico Latinoamericano de Geopolítica (CELAG). It was translated for LAB by Mike Gatehouse. You can read the original, in Spanish here. 20 November 2017: This Sunday’s elections delivered many surprises. One scarcely knows where to begin. Perhaps with what seems best to sum up the sensations left by the results: the left has...
This article was first published by UpsideDownWorld. You can see the original here. Header image: Over 400,000 people from 13 different countries including El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and Nicaragua are able to live in the United States under Temporary Protected Status. Source: CHTV T he Trump administration is mulling revoking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for tens of thousands of immigrants from Central...
This article was first published by UpsideDownWorld. You can see the original here. Header image: Guatemalan feminist hip hop artist Rebeca Lane. Source: Courtesy / Cynthia Vance "Who knows what March 8 is?"Rebeca Lane is half-way through her hip hop show and the question seems almost trite after 30 minutes of singing about reclaiming identity and feminism.  Everyone looks around; it’s...
¿La paz es ahora? Questions of peace and violence in Colombia An ambitious conference at Newcastle University in September 2017 examined the nature of violence in Colombia, as the signing of the peace agreement poses a myriad of questions in the post-conflict situation. Alba Griffin, Martha Borras Guevara and Diana Morales prepared this report for LAB. Last year’s signing of a...
Nicaragua: Rosa’s incredible journey Rosa of the Wild Grass was one of LAB’s most successful publications in many years. Practical Action Publishing, who produce and distribute LAB books, named it in their top ten titles for 2016. This success is due both to the quality of the book and the story it tells, and to the incredible energy of...
Jan Rocha takes a break from her usual razor-sharp analyses of Brazil's political landscape. Yet, even in Santarém, Pará, where the Tapajos river joins the Amazon, she finds that all is change: rapid urbanisation, a massive grain terminal, clearance of forest for soya and the arrival of indigenous people from Venezuela. A full moon hangs in the sky over...

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