Comment & Analysis: Ballots or Banners? Chile’s Student Uprising (Pablo Navarrete/Socialist Lawyer)

[Below are extracts of interviews carried out by Roberto Navarrete with former Chilean student leaders Camila Vallejo and Giorgio Jackson in December 2011, sections of which are included in our upcoming documentary 'Chile's Student Uprising'.]

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Alborada e-news: November 2013

Alborada e-news: November 2013

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Amig@s,

We hope you are all well. Our November e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest information related to Latin America.

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Comment & Analysis: Keeping Us in the Dark About Latin America (Carl Bloice/Black Commentator)

['It’s like it didn’t happen; not even a two-inch World Briefing. On October 29, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly, for the 22nd time, to condemn the 5-decade-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba. The New York Times did about as much as it could to ignore it. So, for those amongst us that rely on the newspaper of record for all the news that’s fit to print, here’s what had occurred.]

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Comment & Analysis: Repressive Memories: Terror, Insurgency, and the Drug War in Mexico (Dawn Paley /Occupied London)

[What is happening today with regards to the drug war in Mexico has important precedent elsewhere in the hemisphere, namely, in Colombia. There is a legitimate focus on how events in Colombia preceded what is taking place in the “drug war” in Mexico. Key to the importance of Colombia from 2000 onwards in understanding Mexico today is Plan Colombia and the multi-billion-dollar investment the US government made in the war on drugs there.]

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Comment & Analysis Video: Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in Amazon Rain Forest (The Real News)

[On October 3rd 2013, Ecuador's National Assembly authorized the project to drill for oil in the Yasuni National forest, which is a biosphere reserve and home of endemic tribes and unique animal species.]

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Comment & Analysis Video: The Colony: Chile's Dark Past Uncovered (Lucia Newman/Al Jazeera English)

[How did a secret German sect in Chile become a haven for Nazi fugitives and a torture centre for the Pinochet regime?]

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Comment & Analysis: Bolivia’s Black October, Ten Years Later (Emily Achtenberg/NACLA)

[Last month, Bolivians marked the tenth anniversary of “Black October,” when the government of then-president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (“Goni”) violently repressed indigenous citizens who were protesting his plan to export cheap natural gas to the United States through Chilean ports. The anniversary of this watershed moment in Bolivian history has spawned its own controversies, as both Morales and popular sectors view the legacy of Black October through the lens of their own political agendas.]

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Ten Films, Ten Countries: Political And Social Films From Latin America 1999–2009 (Free To Watch Online)(Nick MacWilliam/Sounds & Colours)

[Once again then, here is a list of ten films of topical content, from ten different countries, which look at distinct aspects of modern life (a level of Spanish or Portuguese will be required for some of them). As always, this is more or less a random selection of films which will hopefully open up some doors for further exploration of South American cinema.]

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Comment & Analysis: Where Will the Children Play? Neoliberal Militarization in Pre-Election Honduras (Adrienne Pine/Upside Down World)

[In the months leading up to the first national elections in Honduras since the 2009 coup in which members of the Resistance movement will participate, state-led terror and the criminalization of social protest have intensified.]

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