Saturday, July 2, 2022

Politics & Parties

Brazil: reaction vs progress

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Professor David Treece reviews Jan Rocha's chronicle of her years reporting for the BBC on Brazil during the military dictatorship

Lula leads the polls

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Lula is riding high in the polls, but faces daunting challenges if he is elected. Will Bolsonaro go quietly or imitate Trump. If Bolsonaro wins, the Amazon will be lost.

Mexico: the violence blighting children’s lives

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It is almost 12 years since the Mexican government ‘declared war on violence’. Since then there have been thousands more homicides and people declared missing. Narcoculture and violence have become normalised in Mexican society. Everyone is affected, but none more so than children, who exhibit more aggressive behaviour and violent play.

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.

Brazil: a gift of honey

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At the Monument to 500 Years of Resistance by the Indigneous Peoples of Brazil, Braga, a Pataxó chief, imagines a gift of honey for senators as they debate PL490, which threatens indigenous land rights. It is a gift 'to disarm the media, touch the people, enchant the world'.

Chile: on Boric, the constitution and the future

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Natasha Tinsley interviews a cross-section of young Chileans about the recent elections and the victory of new-left candidate Gabriel Boric. They express their hopes, fears and expectations for the future.

Brazil: timber export boom under Bolsonaro

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Police investigations implicated then Brazilian environment minister Riacrdo Salles in illegal exports of high-value timber from the Amazon to consumers in the US and Europe.

No quiet evening in Chile

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LAB editor Emily Gregg reports from Concepción Chile on the historic night of Gabriel Boric' election victor

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.

Peru: teachers and social justice

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A prolonged and bitter teachers' strike in Peru in 2017 was about much wider social discontents and eventually brought militant strikers' leader Pedro Castillo victory in the country's presidential elections.

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