The Chilean Spring

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It is spring in the Southern hemisphere. But in Chile, this spring is different - Santiago, 29 October ‘Chile has woken up’  is one of the most popular slogans in the recent eruption of social unrest in the country. It has been fêted as the most prosperous country of Latin America, a model, and most recently, by its president as ‘an oasis’ ....
'No son $30' On Friday 18 October, Chilean president Sebastian Piñera announced a state of emergency in the country’s capital Santiago. As protests spread throughout the country over the following days, the state of emergency and its accompanying curfews were also extended. Chile has not experienced a state of emergency since the one declared in the wake of 2011’s devastating earthquake, and has not endured...

Voices at El Sueño Existe, 2019

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LAB was present at Wales’ own Latin America Festival, called El Sueño Existe, held in Machynlleth every other year since 2001. We had a lively session on our latest books, Amazon Besieged and Voices of Latin America; LAB author Louise Morris took part in the discussion workshop on Reproductive Rights in Latin America, while...
Film by Judy Jackson, 2019 The migrant crisis through the eyes of Pastor Ignacio Martinez, the founder of ABBA safehouse in Celaya. It started when Ignacio and his family took food to migrants jumping freight trains Some were sick, there was nowhere to wash or sleep. So he founded ABBA, where they can rest, receive food and medical and psychological...

Cartucho

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Trailer to a film by Colombian director Andrés Chávez. In Spanish, with English subtitles It is completely unprecedented in Colombian history for a magnificent colonial neighborhood made up of traditional families and businesses to become home to thousands of homeless people and mafias. Its streets and old homes were converted into crack houses. This is a documentary...

A Savage Marx

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Jean Tible argues that a living Marxism must be open to contamination in order to break the spell of bewitched capitalism. We must introduce Marx into spaces, times, outlooks and practices that are different from its habitual, white, rationalist ones: "A Marx undomesticated, fuel for struggles. A black, feminist, indigenous, worker, peasant, transgender Marx....
Sulay Pino is waiting for us at the main entrance to the San Javier metro station wearing a bright green t-shirt that reads ‘Stairway Storytellers’, the name of the project she founded along with her friend and co-worker Stiven Álvarez. https://vimeo.com/260256060 We are booked to go on the popular ‘free graffiti walking tour’ of the Comuna 13 neighbourhood in Medellín which...
This post by Lisa Sullivan is from her own blog, Lisa's Venezuela. February 27, Palo Verde. As the Humanitarian Aid Battle revved its engines on Saturday morning on the Venezuela/Colombia border, our group of young conuqueros (farmers)was gathering for our weekly work day. The morocha arrived with a kilo of rice to share, generating some excitement. Her mom is in the...

Brazil’s Bolsa Familia

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Discover the experiences across ten years of two different families in the North East of Brazil who received Bolsa Família. They took opposite paths and changed greatly, but both remain dependent on the state. Read more here. Video: TV Folha. 13 July 2015
In November-December 2018 Christian Aid promoted a Month of Awareness of Gender Based Violence, working with its partners in the region, around the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November) and International Human Rights Day (10 December). The Latin American and Caribbean region has the highest rates of violence against women, girls and LGBTI population in...

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