Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) Brazil: rural land conflicts are part of a planned project of killing (Luciano Velleda/Latin America Bureau)
A damning report from the catholic church’s Land Commission denounces the mounting death toll in rural conflicts.
2) When Salvador Allende told us happiness is a human right (Luis Sepúlveda/The Nation)
Now, for the first time, an adviser recalls a remarkable 1971 conversation with Chile’s socialist leader.
3) Borders and the Displacements They Create are Human Artefacts (Jacqueline Bhabha/Revista: Harvard Review of Latin America)
Displacement implies some measure of compulsion to leave home, when staying put, overwhelmingly the preferred default option, is no longer viable.
4) FARC’s step towards peace in Colombia must not be met with another ‘political genocide’ (Jan Boesten/The Conversation)
Even with the peace process apparently underway, the threat is still there – and since the negotiations began, threats against social leaders and assassinations have not receded, but surged.
5) Strangling Puerto Rico in Order to Save It (Mark Weisbrot/Center for Economic and Policy Research)
A US congressional board’s remedy for Puerto Rico’s financial ills will only deepen the island’s impoverishment for decades.
6) Using radio to confront climate change in Peru (Neil Giardino/Al Jazeera English)
Radio hosts use indigenous language radio broadcasts in Peruvian Amazon to raise awareness and rally isolated villages.
7) The Media on Venezuela: Double Standards and First Impressions (Ricardo Vaz/Investig’Action)
A dissection of the common fake news techniques used by the mainstream media in its reporting on Venezuela.
8) A New Life for Indigenous Languages in New York City (Hannah Wallis/NACLA)
How two radio shows in New York City are uniting indigenous immigrant communities from Latin America.
9) Argentine Paper Stood Up to the Generals, but Succumbed to Market Forces (Daniel Politi/New York Times)
The Buenos Aires Herald opened its doors nearly 141 years ago, but became legendary by exposing forced disappearances during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, a chapter of Argentina’s history that other papers whitewashed.
10) The Hour of the Furnaces – Part 1: Neocolonialism and Violence (Fernando Solanas & Octavio Getino, Argentina, 1968)
Argentinian filmmaker Fernando Solanas’ controversial look at the past, current and future politics of Latin America.