The growing use of social media in political protests is an exciting new democratic tool, isn’t it? Not always, warns Venezuela expert Dr Julia Buxton, looking at the alarming ways in which it is being used in Venezuela today.
Amid mounting tensions, the Maduro government shows some restraint
Self-defence units are springing up all over Mexico.The Peña Nieto government has signed a pact legalizing many of them, but will it be able to control their activities?
A recent constitutional court ruling reduces the term in office of Claudia Paz y Paz who as attorney-general has led the fight against impunity.

The Colombia Connection

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'The Colombia Connection', explores Colombia's armed and social conflict and the historic role played by the US government in the conflict. The documentary will be introduced by its director Pablo Navarrete who will then take part in a post-screening discussion, alongside Grace Livingstone (journalist and author of ‘Inside Colombia’) and Daniel Kovalik (Adjunct Professor of Law, Univerity of Pittsburgh). The...
Speaking in Madrid, Bolivia's Vice-President puts forwards his compelling vision for the left across the world
The Amazon activist, Chico Mendes, was murdered outside the door of his house on 22 December 1988. Jan Rocha, who met him, looks at his legacy.
Carlos Fonseca Teran, deputy leader of the Sandinista International Department and son of one of the founding members of the FSLN,talks to LAB's Nick Caistor.

Revisiting Paraguay 2

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So the economy's booming? Tell that to the poor, says Jan Rocha in the second of her blog posts.
With local elections on 8 December, President Maduro gambles his future on tightening his control, says Julia Buxton

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