Comment & Analysis Video: Ecuador's President Attacks US Over Press Freedom Critique (Oscar Leon/The Real News Network)

[Critics say Correa is creating a pro-government media system; Correa says there is a fundamental contradiction with corporate for-profit media involved in distributing public information.]

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Comment & Analysis: The New York Times on Venezuela and Honduras: A Case of Journalistic Misconduct (Keane Bhatt/NACLA)

[As a careful examination of the language and coverage of nearly four years of New York Times articles reveals, concern for freedom and democracy in Latin America has not been an honest concern for the liberal media institution. The paper’s unwavering conformity to the posture of the U.S. State Department—consistently vilifying an official U.S. enemy while systematically downplaying the crimes of a U.S. ally—shows that its foremost priority is to subordinate itself to the priorities of Washington.]

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Comment & Analysis: Paraguay: What Does Cartes' Victory Mean? (Claudia Pompa/LAB)

[Cartes’ election raises significant concerns among all Paraguayans who are concerned with politics. Under Cartes we can expect, over the next five years, continuing high levels of inequality in land ownership and social justice and poor or declining quality of our democratic institutions. This is certainly not a positive outlook for a nation in dire need of structural change.]

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Alborada e-news: May 2013

Alborada e-news: May 2013

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We hope you are all well. Our May e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest information related to Latin America.

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Comment & Analysis: Blood Along the Border: Environmental Activism and Violence in Juarez, Mexico (Dawn Paley/Toward Freedom)

[In the years before her death, Josefina became one of the strongest critics of the Mexican army's role in policing the drug war. Five thousand soldiers entered Juarez and the Valley in May of 2008, bringing along with them a wave of murders and kidnappings. Miguel Ángel Reyes Salazar, Josefina’s son, was kidnapped by soldiers in August 2008, and released a month later. Following his kidnapping, Josefina didn’t back down. Not until she was killed, that is.]

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Comment & Analysis: Colombia: Marcha Patriótica Gains Momentum in the Struggle for Peace with Social Justice (Peter Bolton and Alejandro Gonzalez/Upside Down World)

[Colombia's ruling class have every reason to be fearful. The sheer show of popular support that Marcha Patriótica demonstrated on April 9 was breathtaking. There are plans for a Marcha Patriótica television and radio station, and it recently began publishing a newspaper. As has been noted, Marcha Patriótica aims to be a political party in the long-term. With a movement like this and its momentum, there is hope for a true peace, a peace with social justice, and the emergence of a new, exciting force in Colombian politics.]

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Comment & Analysis: Michelle Bachelet: Inequality in Chile (Matthew Owens/Upside Down World)

[Center-left coalition leader and former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet looks for a second Presidential term, focusing on themes of inequality, universal education, and tax reform. But have lessons been learned from the previous coalition terms?]

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Comment & Analysis: Bolivia Expels USAID: Not Why, but Why Not Sooner (Jake Johnston/CEPR)

[The role of USAID in Bolivia has been a primary point of contention between the U.S. and Bolivia dating back to at least 2006. State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell characterized Morales’ statement as “baseless allegations.” While State Department spokespeople and many commentators will characterize USAID's work with oppositional groups as appropriate, a look at the agency's work over the past decade paints a very different picture.]

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