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The changing aesthetics of power in Colombia

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'We saw the meeting of official symbols with transgressive, popular, and marginal symbols.' Three experts analyse the aesthetics and symbolism of Gustavo Petro's inauguration ceremony last month.

Hugh O’Shaughnessy Obituary

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British journalist Hugh O'Shaughnessy, who died on 1 March 2022, was one of the founders of Latin America Bureau. He reported from Latin America for the Financial Times and the Observer.

Chile: una revolución de hembras

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Gabriel Boric, elected President of Chile with a sound majority in December, took office on 11 March, swearing in a cabinet with 14 women and 10 men. To Imogen Mark this felt like a real revolution.

Is the coronavirus epidemic worse in Brazil or in the UK?

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Strong opinions about the gravity of the Covid outbreak in Brazil and international comparisons. Read Sue Branford's post and join the discussion on Facebook.

No carnival in Recife

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Covid must be bad in Brazil, even carnivals are being postponed. My favourite, Recife, will not take place in February. A new date of 9–17 July has been set, but even this may be cancelled.

Colombia: street art and social justice in Bogotá

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A virtual dialogue was organised to discuss Alba Griffin's new chapter in Pedagogías de la disidencia en América Latina, titled ‘No Somos Falsos Somos Positivos: teorías vernáculas sobre la violencia política y cotidiana en el puente del grafitero’.

ILAS, London, may be closed down

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The Institute of Latin American Studies ILAS, which is part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, stands at the...

“Creaction Amazónica”

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"CreAction Amazónica" - a virtual caravan against the climate crisis. Appeal to join, send in your own video. Results to be broadcast on 24 September on YouTube and Facebook.

Nicaragua’s youth movement for agro-ecology

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Young people and rural trade unions in Nicaragua are campaigning for a better, more sustainable agriculture industry.

Britain and the southern cone dictatorships

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Britain and the Dictatorships of Argentina and Chile 1973-82: Foreign Policy, Corporations and Social Movements by Grace Livingstone, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. ISBN: 978-3-030-08666-4 Reviewed for...

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