While the Piñera government attempts to repair the economy by rapidly moving the country out of lock-down, opinion is polarised regarding constitutional reform and the campaign to oppose constitutional change is backed by the police. This article was published by Pagina 12 on 11 September. You can read the original (in Spanish) here. It...
“It is not just the pandemic of Covid-19 that strikes and ends the lives of peasants, but another pandemic that is far worse. This is the forced and violent eradication by the Army.” Community member from Cύcuta, Norte de Santander, May 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn_UtdZLn_0
8 July 2020. In Colombia, children from the Chocó Robotics Club located in one of the remotest, poorest, and most violence-scarred departments, have used their resources to create plastic masks for medical staff working in the underfunded hospitals that lack basic tools to confront the coronavirus. People are used to facing problems alone in this region as...
For the university professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha, Bolsonaro and his followers are defined by a revanchist and revisionist vision of Brazilian history. This narrative justifies the systematic creation and elimination of enemies, while simultaneously making it impossible to govern. Translated by Tom Gatehouse, as part of LAB’s ongoing partnership with Agência Pública....
Main image: Aerial photo of agricultural land near Ipiales, Colombia. Photo by Luis Eduardo Bernal M. 2009. In February 2019, Darío Acevedo was appointed president of Colombia's National Center for Historic Memory (CNMH) whose objective is to discover the historical truth of the country's...
This is the second of two articles with testimony from Chile’s protest movements. The first can be read here. See also our January article 'Chile's long hot summer of discontent' Stop Press: there were new street protests in Santiago over the weekend of 16-17 April in...
This article was originally published on the the author's own website. You can see the original here. El Salvador ranked 142nd out of 163 countries for Societal Safety and Security in the 2019 Global Peace Index. Nayib Bukele coincidentally became president the same month the report was published. He claimed his victory would...
Between the 24 and 27 April 2020, 76 gang-related murders were reported in El Salvador - a significant hike from the 65 murders which took place across the country in the previous month. As a reaction to the bloodiest few days that El Salvador had seen for a while, President Nayib...
In 1991 a group of 325 Salvadorean refugees returned to their country after 10 years of exile in Nicaragua. They faced great difficulties in reaching and establishing their new settlement at Nueva Esperanza, in the Bajo Lempa area of Usulután. Video in Spanish, with English subtitles.

Bolsonaro the grave-digger

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April 23 2020. I'm not a gravedigger’ said President Jair Bolsonaro scornfully, when a reporter tried to question him about the number of coronavirus deaths in Brazil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imkh0RGZjvQ But that is exactly what he is, because by insisting on making impromptu visits to street traders and padarias (bakeries), drawing crowds, shaking...

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