[The happy revolution continues in Venezuela. Yet the fact that things are largely the same as before Chavez died is both a huge achievement and statement about the maturity of this revolution, and also a concern.]
[The governments of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador have been subject to intense political conflict and class and political polarization, the social democrats favored moderate policies designed to avoid discord and achieve broad consensuses.]
[They huddled together anxiously on their 7000-mile journey from Chile to Scotland in the hope of escaping the violence and terror of the Pinochet regime.]
Alborada & Chile 40 Years On present
The Spirit of '70: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Salvador Allende
On Wednesday 26 June 2013, Chile's former president Salvador Allende would have turned 105 years old. Join us for an evening celebrating his life and legacy.
The event will be hosted by Pablo Navarrete (www.alborada.net) and will include:
- The launch of the London section of the 'Chile 40 Years On' network. Maria Vasquez-Aguilar, chair of the London section, will talk about its planned activities (more info about the network here: http://chile40yearson.org/).
- A talk by Victor Figueroa-Clark, author of a forthcoming political biography about Allende for Pluto Press (more info about the book here: http://bit.ly/10XEdgp).
- A Q&A with Victor about Allende and his legacy, chaired by Simon Dubbins, Head of International Affairs for Unite, the largest trade union in Europe.
[Bolivia is demonstrating to the world why nationalising natural resources is a crucial first step for any government seeking to put people and the environment before profits.]
[Forty years after the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, a judge has issued an order for police to make a portrait of and find the man who prosecutors allege may have poisoned him.]
[Northern Ireland MPs and legislators become first international delegation to meet leaders of the Colombian guerrilla group the FARC since peace talks between them and the Coombian government began in November last year.]
[Peace talks between the FARC and the Colombian government have taken a significant step with agreement being reached on the first of six points on the negotiating agenda: land and rural development.]
[The rising repression against rural populations in Colombia seems to be motivated by two primary factors: 1) the desire of the Colombian oligarchy and transnational corporate interests to augment and consolidate the appropriation of peasant land in the event of a successful peace process and land reform; and, 2) an attempt to prevent the emergence of a strong Left political bloc.]