Comment & Analysis: Israel and Mexico Swap Notes on Abusing Rights (Jimmy Johnson and Linda Quiquivix/The Electronic Intifada)

[In May, Jorge Luis Llaven Abarca, Mexico’s newly-appointed secretary of public security in Chiapas, announced that discussions had taken place between his office and the Israeli defense ministry.]


Comment & Analysis: Brazil: Rio’s Olympic Iron Heel (Mike Davis/Red Pepper)

[As host of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, the Brazilian government is trying to ‘pacify’ the gangs in Rio’s favelas. But, the needs of the favelados have taken a back seat.]


Comment & Analysis: After Chavez: Grassroots Fight on Despite Opposition’s War of Attrition (Tamara Pearson/Venezuelanalysis)

[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.]


Comment & Analysis: Latin America’s Radical Left in Power: Complexities and Challenges in the Twenty-First Century (Steve Ellner/Latin American Perspectives)

[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.]


Comment & Analysis: Chilean Refugees Give Thanks for Scottish Welcome in 1973 (Brian Donnelly/Herald Scotland)

[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.]


The Spirit of '70: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Salvador Allende (Wednesday 26 June/London, UK)

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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 ( 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:

- A talk by Victor Figueroa-Clark, author of a forthcoming political biography about Allende for Pluto Press (more info about the book here:

- 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.


Comment & Analysis: Bolivia: Nationalisation Puts Wealth in Hands of the People (Federico Fuentes/Bolivia Rising)

[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.]


Music: Mercedes Sosa - Canción Con Todos


News: Hunt For Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda's Alleged Killer, 'Price,' Ordered By Chilean Judge (AP)

[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.]


News: Belfast Peace Skills Aid talks Between FARC and Colombian Government (Seumas Milne/The Guardian)

[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.]

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