Wirikuta is the most important sacred place for the Indigenous Wixárika people in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico. In 2010, the communities discovered that mining companies were threatening this place, which is of great importance for biodiversity and culture. Since then, they have been fighting a legal battle to annul the 78 contracts threatening the site’s existence. Although mining activity is currently suspended thanks to a protection order obtained by the Indigenous community, there is still no definitive resolution. In 2024, they hope this will finally change, and the Mexican judicial system will rule in their favor
Amazon journalists
Journalists in the Amazon face unique dangers, as the murders of Dom Philips and Bruno Pereira underlined. Amazônia Latitude interviewed a number of journalists working in the Amazon who stress the need for local journalism, 'committed to life'.
Communities of the Intag Valley are engaging in new tactics, using citizen science to resist mining through legal battles. A pioneering organisation, Ecoforensic, is training a growing movement of ‘paraecologists’ to gather the ecological data needed to win legal cases against mining companies – and it’s working.
The now-forgotten Tenentes rebellion in São Paulo in 1924 caused widespread destruction, killed many people, and paved the way for Getulio Vargas' reforms in the 1930s and, later, for the dictatorship
A new project, ‘Archiving Real-Time Literary Responses to the Covid-19 in Latin America’, is housed at the University of Birmingham. aims to document some of this literary production in this exceptional period of global history. It will make a body of viral literature in Latin America available through open access for future researchers and the wider public before it is lost.
Roads are the main threat to the Amazon, argues Ecuadorean Indigenous leader José Gualinga. They are the trojan horse concealing miners, loggers, land-grabbers, behind the false promise of 'development'.
Twuliá Wayuu community sues Colombian government for climate change-induced coastal erosion causing devastating effects on their livelihood and culture in the northern La Guajira peninsula.
Costa Rica is a relatively safe haven in the region for migrants fleeing the North Triangle, including LGBTQ+ people. Costa Rican film Abrázame como antes (Hold Me Like Before), which looks at sex work in Costa Rica, maternal care, and compassion, is part of the New Central American Cinema season at the Garden Cinema in […]
During the 1960-73 period, squatter movements for better housing were active and effective. Brutally suppressed during the dictatorship, they have never regained their importance. Malcolm Boorer went to one, Herminda de la Victoria, to find out why.
LAB caught up with Frente Amplio leader Fernando Pereira and his vice-president to find out how they propose to address the challenges the new government will face like the rise of the far-right, organised crime, and persistent poverty and marginalisation.