[US imperialism spreads across Latin America through military bases and trade deals, corporate exploitation and debt. It also relies on a vast communications surveillance network, the recent uncovering of which laid bare Washington’s reach into the region’s streets and halls of power. Yet more than McDonald’s and bullets, an empire depends on fear, and fear of the empire is lacking these days in Latin America.]
[Cinema has always played a major role in the dissemination of political understanding and in developing a collective memory of past events. The widespread accessibility, popularity, and ability to relate complex political systems to realistic situations with which audiences can identify gives film a far larger reach and influence than most political organisations can ever manage.]
[More than a year has passed since a US government Drug Enforcement Agency-assisted drug war operation in the Honduran Moskitia killed four indigenous Miskitu civilians, and relatives of the victims are still looking for answers.]
[In Venezuela there are powerful movements, understood as collective practices capable of transforming parts of society, modifying the material and symbolic place of those who form part of them. On occasions this part of society has felt and feels supported by the state and by diverse governments. On occasions, it hasn’t. The truth is that there are people in movements, doing things to change their lives and society. Whatever happens will happen in the next few years, they will be there, fighting for a better world.]
[Today, Latin America is politically freer, but the horrors of the past, and more specifically the role of the US government in them, have not been forgotten, as we have seen during the recent protests in Guatemala and Chile. Many Latin Americans will thus consider the comments made by Samantha Power’s, the Obama administration’s nominee for the role of ambassador to the United Nations, about Venezuela’s “crackdown on civil society” ideologically driven and hypocritical, in light of the US government's record in the region.]
Catatumbo Resists. Credit: Daniel Kovalik. Source: www.alborada.net
In July 2013, a delegation of trade unionists, politicians and journalists from the US, Canada and the UK visited Colombia for a human rights fact-finding mission organised by the UK-based human rights organisation 'Justice for Colombia'.
[Denying the Bolivian president air space was a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world.]
Alborada e-news: July 2013
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[Opposition to the widespread introduction of GM maize by international companies in Mexico is growing ahead of a crucial decision on the subject by Enrique Peña Nieto’s government.]
[While Colombia is unable to join NATO due to its geographical location, the agreement portends future collaboration in matters of security, and facilitates the participation of Colombia in a number of NATO activities. Although the idea might strike some as bizarre, this is actually a rather logical development when one considers the contemporary geopolitical situation in the region.]