On 18th November Latin America Bureau (LAB) will be launching its new multimedia website ( www.lab.org.uk ) at the Candid Arts Trust, Islington, London (see details below).
[What is the real story? Exactly what some of us have been saying all along - that Washington played the coup out as long as possible, trying to gain legitimacy and credibility for the dictatorial regime, but when that strategy failed, and the United Nations, OAS and countries around the world still refused to recognize the illegal regime as a "government" and further reiterated over and over again that the upcoming presidential elections on November 29th would not be recognized, the Obama/Clinton team went for Plan B.]
Don't Believe the Hype about the "Historic Deal" Reached in Honduras
Friday 30th October 2009, by Eva Golinger - Postcards from the Revolution
Agreement to End Honduran Coup Marks Victory and Challenge
Friday 30th October 2009 by Laura Carlsen - Americas MexicoBlog
Last night, Oct. 29, Honduras' de facto regime finally agreed to allow Congress to vote to "restore full executive power prior to June 28". Conceding to international and national pressure, the Honduran coup appears to be facing its final days.
June 28 was the date when the Armed Forces kidnapped the elected president, Manuel Zelaya, and forcibly exiled him to Costa Rica. If the agreement brokered this week holds, the Honduran resistance movement will have turned the ugly precedent of a modern-day military coup d'etat into an example of the strength of nonviolent grassroots resistance.
100 days since the coup detat that ousted Manuel Zelaya, Al Jazeera's Fault Lines with Avi Lewis travels to Honduras to look at polarisation and power in the Americas, and finds resistance and repression in the streets.
Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela
(Director Pablo Navarrete, 65mins, Alborada Films, 2009)
February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in the country, Chavez's policies and his strongly-worded criticisms of the U.S. government have also made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad, especially in the media.
[Ecuador and Bolivia are achieving remarkable growth because they reject conventional economic wisdom.]
Latin America's Economic Rebels
Wednesday 27th October 2009, by Mark Weisbrot - Comment is Free (The Guardian)
Among the conventional wisdom that we hear every day in the business press is that developing countries should bend over backwards to create a friendly climate for foreign corporations, follow orthodox (neoliberal) macro-economic policy advice and strive to achieve an investment-grade sovereign credit rating so as to attract more foreign capital.
[Media laws in Argentina favoring big corporations over small community groups were changed this month recently with a new law which will radically transform media ownership regulations, and possibly open airwaves to community groups across the country. Media conglomerates have been fighting the bill in an attempt to preserve their control over news and information.]
Community on the Airwaves: End to Dictatorship Media Law in Argentina
Monday 19th October 2009, by Marie Trigona - Upside Down World
Like the United States, media laws in Argentina favor big corporations over small community groups. But this changed recently when Argentina passed a media law which will radically transform media ownership regulations. Senate approved the bill, which could open the airwaves to community groups with a 44 to 24 vote. Media conglomerates have been fighting the bill in an attempt to preserve their control over news and information. The passage was met with celebrations outside of congress, where thousands of government supporters, union representatives, human rights groups and artists converged in support of the law.
Choc Quib Town is an amazing group of Afro Colombian artists who define their music as "Afro Colombian Hip Hop Funk".
Desde Bogotá, Colombia: CHOC QUIB TOWN, representing folklore music from the pacific coast of the country. A great ensemble of afro descendant rhythms, Hip Hop, Afro beat, Ragga, Reggae and Salsa, with a mixture of regional instruments (tambora, congas and marimba) drums, electric bass and guitar. With their name, they make tribute to the land they where born Chocó, a region of exquisite flavors and open hearts of tears and struggles, a land of people with the will power to overcome every difficulty stepping on their way.
+ DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos)
Thursday 29th October
The album comes out on 26th October on Brownswood Recordings:
Download an exclusive free album podcast and song:
More info: www.havana-cultura.com
Watch a video previewing the album: