Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Politics & Parties

La Población: an album for a shanty town

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Victor Jara's 1982 album told the story of the población Herminda de la Victoria. It will be celebrated at this year's El Sueño Existe festival (on Zoom from Machynlleth, Wales). Malcolm Boorer tells the story behind the album.

Brazil is on fire

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With crucial votes pending on land rights, Bolsonaro ramps up threats of violence and casts the shadow of coup across the 2022 presidential elections

Haiti needs solidarity not charity

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In an urgent and impassioned statement, Haiti Support Group warns that the country's 'apparent fragility to "natural" disaster is no accident. The world made it that way. What the country needs now, desperately, is solidarity, not charity.

Brazil: deforestation financed from US & Argentina

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Communities awaiting compensation from the worst environmental disaster in Brazilian history say they’re being stymied by a convoluted legal process that favors those responsible.

Window into Dilma’s downfall

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Anna Muylaert’s documentary film 'Alvorada Palace' captures the stoicism of Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, in the days and hours leading up to her impeachment.

Voz I | Hunger for Justice

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This is the first issue of Voz, LAB’s new series of guest-written quarterly dispatches, available exclusively to patrons (paid subscribers). Natalia addresses poverty and inequality under Pinochet’s lasting neoliberal economic model, the student uprisings that led to the estallido social, her traumatic eye injury and her political beginnings.

Brazil’s vaccine underworld

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Brazil's CPI senate commission is hearing damning evidence of widespread corruption in the vaccine procurement of the Bolsonaro government, with evidence mounting of the direct involvement of the president himself and his family. One of the main planks of his diminishing reputation is crumbling - his claim to be the clean, anti-corrpution candidate.

Brazil: Indigenous people take their fight to Brasilia

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Brazil's indigenous peoples took their struggle to Brasilia, to protest against PL 490, a law being debated in congress, which would further weaken their rights and accelerate the land theft which has stripped them of their lands

Brazil: no prayers for the dead

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President Bolsonaro is beginning to discover fear -- as deaths mount, protests multiply and his old adversary Lula emerges onto the political scene as a credible threat in next year's elections. However, those elections might spark a coup spearheaded by the Bolsonaro-loyal Policia Militar.

Chile: long path towards a democratic constitution

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Chile's constituent process, which, led by the consistent work of social movements, seeks to dismantle the first laboratory of neoliberal capitalism, offers lessons to the left in the UK and worldwide.

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