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Chapter 1 - Living life on their own terms

Stepping softly on the earth

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A new film from Marcos Colón interviews indigenous leaders from across the Amazon whose thinking could transform our world as modern extraction and exploitation tip us further towards chaos and the destruction of the planet
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.
Fondo, directed by Alejandro Bercovich, Argentina, 2019 The complete film can be viewed from this link. Alejandro Bercovich’s documentary-critique Fondo starts with what looks like a slick, modern and engaging advertisement. ‘Countries of the world working together for the good of all’, it declares. This, however, is not Alejandro Bercovich’s own work, but a commercial for the International Monetary Fund. Quickly,...
The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires organized a virtual dialogue 'Thinking about Latin America After the Pandemic' on Friday 26 June, with guest participants Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina and the former Brazilian president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva. In his speech, Lula da Silva stressed the links he has with Argentina and remembered the...
This important article was originally published in Spanish in August 2019 (read the original here). Cristina Flores has translated it for LAB as a contribution to our ongoing project Voices of Latin America, represented by our book of that name, and the ongoing website which continues the work of the book. There is life and struggle beyond elections. In...
This article by Pepe Escobar first appeared in the Asia Times of 11 November. You can read the original here. Pepe Escobar is a Brazilian journalist. He writes a column – The Roving Eye – for Asia Times Online, and works as an analyst for RT, Sputnik News, and Press TV. In addition, he previously worked for Al Jazeera. He’s back....
LAB received this report from a long-term friend and supporter in Chile. Santiago, 1 November Dear friends at LAB, our country received so much help from you in its struggle to regain democracy, that I decided to send you this mini-report. After all, what are friends for? The thing to ask about the recent social explosion in Chile is ‘why didn’t this...

Lula speaks from prison

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In a subtitled interview, above, the political prisoner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks of strategic errors made by the PT, BRICS, and the documented US involvement in the Lava Jato investigation, which the Intercept has now revealed was a key actor in the 2016 coup against Dilma Rousseff In a historic interview with Pepe Escobar and journalists...

Lula: I’m on the side of truth

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This interview, by special correspondent Bruno Meyerfeld, appeared in Le Monde on 12 September 2019. The original, in French, can be read here. It was translated for LAB by Francis McDonagh. With a firm stride Lula comes into an anonymous room at the headquarters of the Brazilian Federal Police in Curitiba, Paraná, which has been remodelled as a press briefing room. This...
Interview with British marxist geographer David Harvey in which he addresses Brazil's current problems. "You went through far worse things," he says, "during the military dictatorship." He regards the Bolsonaro ascendancy (and that of Trump and other populists) as strictly temporary. He also addresses climate change and events in the Amazon. Video: BrasilDeFato 31 August...

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