Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) Who Killed Jakelin Caal Maquín at the US Border? (Greg Grandin and Elizabeth Oglesbey/The Nation)
She died of cardiac arrest, but the real killer was decades of US policy in support of Guatemalan regimes that have displaced and slaughtered the Maya population.
2) The Strange Case Of The Guardian & Brasil (Brasil Wire)
“If The Guardian was what it purports to be, Brasil Wire wouldn’t need to exist”. The British Newspaper’s coverage serves as a case study of how perception of what happened in Brasil became so distorted internationally.
3) #2018: Victories and defeats of the Latin American feminist movement (Open Democracy)
2018 has been a year of great achievements and challenges for the women’s rights movement. The absolution of Imelda Cortez, the Green Tide and Bolsonaro in Brazil represent simultaneous progression and digression.
4) The IMF is at it Again in Argentina’s Economic Crisis (The Real News)
Now that Argentina received the International Monetary Fund’s largest loan ever, of $56 billion, it is recommending more austerity, which, as the data so far shows, will only prolong the country’s economic crisis, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot.
5) AMLO’s Inauguration and the Future of Mexico (Laura Carlsen/NACLA)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador was inaugurated Saturday, in a ceremony unlike any other seen in Mexico. What’s next for the new president?
6) The slow strangling of Ecuador’s democracy (Daniel McAvoy/Morning Star)
As Ecuador’s government delivers for the elites, the space for democratic resistance is being restricted.
As Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office on Tuesday, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election.
8) Chavez and the Twilight of Capitalism: A Conversation with Eduardo Rothe (Venezuelanalysis)
A philosopher, fisherman and former member of the Situationist International reflects on the Bolivarian Revolution.
9) AUDIO: The Mirabal Sisters of the Dominican Republic (Latino Rebels)
The history of the Mirabal sisters, whose assassinations by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo led the United Nations to eventually recognize the Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
10) A Moment in Mexico (New York Times)
Mexico is making some of the best documentaries in the world today. Here, Op-Docs presents six shorts by Mexican directors.