News: UK Firm's Partner 'Wanted Peru to Curb Priests in Mine Conflict Areas'

[BHP Billiton associate urged removal of teachers and clergy, according to leaked US embassy cables.]

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News: Venezuela’s Chavez Calls for Non-Interference in Egypt

[In reaction to the six days, so far, of protests in Egypt against president Hosni Mubarak, who has been president for 29 years, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez criticised U.S “meddling” in the issue, and expressed solidarity with the “Arab world”.]

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Music: Inti Illimani - Canción del Poder Popular

[Chilean band Inti Illimani perform their song 'Canción del Poder Popular' written in homage to the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende (1970-1973) in Chile.]

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Comment & Analysis: Arizona's Cultural Genocide Law (Roberto Cintli Rodriguez/The Guardian)

[Legislators in Arizona are pursuing a white supremacist campaign to erase Mexican American presence from teaching.]

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Blog: Bolivians Ask British Government to Respect Their Coca (Derek Wall/Alborada.net)

[Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca visited Britain on 20 January, as part of a tour of European Union countries, to lobby the British government to support Bolivia's amendment to the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.]

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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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