Music: Cal Jader & Arias' Fresh Cuban Beats (Movimientos)

[A good spread of music and funky beats from the contemporary music scene in Cuba.]

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Comment & Analysis Video: Breathing Life into Argentina's Abandoned Railways (Paul Byrne/VJ Movement)

[In the past fifty years thousands of kilometres of railway were abandoned in Argentina leaving hundreds of communities cut off from the rest of the country. Depopulation and ghost towns were the result. Now a group of friends is working hard to restore Argentina's once mighty railroad to it's former glory.]

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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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Amig@s,

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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