Peru Support Group Annual Conference (Saturday 14th November/Oxford)

Saturday 14th November 10am-5pm
St Antony's College, University of Oxford


Alborada e-news: November 2009

Alborada e-news: November 2009


Welcome to the November 2009 Alborada e-news. Our e-news will inform you about our activities, as well as the latest news and events related to Latin America. This e-news can also be found here:

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Photography Exhibition: 'Cuba, Treasured Island' by Alejandro Gortazar (November 09/London)

Exhibition by Cuban photographer Alejandro Gortazar
Opus, 10-13 King Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8HN
2 November 2009 - 23 November 2009

Opus is pleased to present a photographic exhibition of Cuban landscape, wildlife and people by Alejandro Gortazar.

This exhibition reveals a Cuba beyond the clichés of salsa, decaying buildings, cigars and revolution.


Conference: Latin America 2009 (Saturday 5th December/London)

TUC, Congress House, WC1 (conference) Bolivar Hall (social)
Saturday 5 December

9.30am-5pm (conference) 5-10pm (social)

This year's conference 'Latin America - facing the challenges' reflecst the efforts by the US to reassert its pre eminence in the region. This is most seriously seen in the coup in Honduras and the expansion of US military presence in Colombia.


Live Music: Movimientos (Thursday 5th November/London)

Movimientos celebrates
@ Chamucos Basement Bar
(Green & Red)

Thursday 5th November


Comment & Analysis: Hope and Disappointment in Uruguay's Election (Mike Fox/Upside Down World)

Hope and Disappointment in Uruguay's Election

Monday 2nd November 2009, by Mike Fox - Upside Down World

"Democracy doesn’t exist without truth and justice. We have the right to know where our dead are and we have the right to demand that these people, although they are old, pay for the crimes they committed," said Graciela Pintado Nuñez, as their bus reached the outskirts of Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo.


Public Talk: Political Prisoners in Colombia (Wednesday 25th November/London)

Organised by 'The Parliamentary Friends of Colombia'

Former Colombian political prisoner Martin Sandoval will give a public meeting on political prisoners in Colombia in Westminster at 6pm on Wednesday 25th November.

Mr Sandoval, a regional president of Colombia’s largest human rights group (the Permanent Committee for Human Rights), spent six month in jail without being convicted of any crime before being released without charge in May of this year. His release came shortly after several Members of Parliament had visited him in jail in Colombia and then pressed the regime in Bogota to free him.


Comment & Analysis: Honduras: Solution or Stall? (Greg Grandin/The Nation)

Honduras: Solution or Stall?

Friday 30th October, by Greg Grandin - The Nation

The Honduran crisis may soon be over. Maybe. The leader of the coup government, Roberto Micheletti, agreed to a nine-point plan to end the country's political impasse, brokered by Thomas Shannon, the former US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs and Barack Obama's yet-to-be-confirmed ambassador to Brazil. The deal would return Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president deposed in a military coup four months ago, to office; in exchange, the international community will end Honduras' diplomatic isolation and recognize upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for November 29.


Book Introduction: Hugo Chávez presents Simón Bolívar: The Bolívarian Revolution

[In this extract of his introduction to this collection of Bolívar’s writings, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez explains why Bolívar continues to inspire.]

Hugo Chávez presents Simón Bolívar: The Bolivarian Revolution

Published in August 2009 by Verso Books

An extract from the book's introduction by Hugo Chávez


Comment & Analysis: Human Rights Under Attack: The Case of Colombia (Kat Craig & Marcela Navarrete/Socialist Lawyer)

Human Rights Under Attack: The Case of Colombia

October 2009, by Kat Craig & Marcela Navarrete - Socialist Lawyer (Issue 53)

Situated on one of the world’s political fault lines and forming an involuntary buffer between the US and various burgeoning socialist Latin American states, the Colombian people have been subjected to international interventionist policy and a domestic armed conflict for decades. Colombia boasts some unenviable statistics: the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist, the country with the second highest number of internally displaced persons in the world (after Sudan) and one of the most precarious places in the world to be a human rights defender.

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