Comment & Analysis: The Empire Strikes Back: The Republicans Target Latin America (Conn Hallinan/Counterpunch)

[For the past decade, American policy vis-à-vis Latin America has been relatively low-key, partly because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and partly because the region has seen an unprecedented growth in economic power and political independence. But, with Republicans taking over the House of Representatives, that is about to change, and, while the Southern Cone no longer stands to attention when Washington snaps its fingers, an aggressive and right wing Congress is capable of causing considerable mischief.]

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News: Human Rights Report Alleges Torture Of Young Mapuche Prisoners in Chile

[Despite Chile’s ratification of international treaties to protect the rights of its prisoners, children, and indigenous populations, local non-governmental organizations have documented repeated incidents of torture and mistreatment of imprisoned Mapuche youth.]

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Comment & Analysis: Note To Amnesty Regarding Venezuela (Joe Emersberger/Venezuela Analysis)

[Amnesty should immediately correct its inaccurate alert about Venezuela and, more importantly, maintain appropriate standards in its research and in its decisions about when to make public statements.]

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Music: Colombian Music - A la Orden Mix (Phillipe Noël/Sofrito)

[Fresh from his trip to Colombia, Montreal Canadian Phillipe Noël has over the last month scoured every basement, loft and garage from Bogota to Barranquilla and has kindly produced an exclusive mix for Sofrito.]

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Documentary: Dancing with the Devil (Director: Jon Blair)

[With unprecedented access to Rio de Janeiro's dangerous backstreets, Oscar-winning filmmaker Jon Blair provides an unflinching look at one of the bloodiest urban conflicts in the world, which leaves more than 1,000 people dead each year. Documentary only viewable if you're based in the UK.]

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Alborada e-news: January 2011

Alborada e-news: January 2011

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Welcome to the January 2011 Alborada e-news. Our e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest information related to Latin America.

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Comment & Analysis: Cuban Internationalism As Engaged Empathy (Gary Olson/Znet)

[Cuba's 'social empathy' (Gould, 2010) extends across nation-state borders to embody transnational solidarity with the stranger, with the Other. For that reason alone the Cuban example needs to be widely publicised.]

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Comment & Analysis: Cablegate: How the US Sees the Landless Movement in Brazil (Natalia Viana/Wikileaks)

[New cables published by Wikileaks reveal that the U.S. embassy and consulates in Brazil are deeply concerned about the Landless People’s Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra or MST).]

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Comment & Analysis: Why Bolivia Stood Alone in Opposing the Cancún Climate Agreement (Pablo Solon/The Guardian)

[We were accused of being obstructionist, obstinate and unrealistic. But we feel an enormous obligation to set aside diplomacy and tell the truth.]

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Documentary: Secrets of the Tribe (Director: Jose Padilha)

[The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in a fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians, also known as the 'Fierce People'. In the 1960s and 70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this 'virgin' society untouched by modern life. Thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting. Documentary only viewable if you're based in the UK.]

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