Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) The Rolling Coup: How Michel Temer is Turning Brazil into a Banana Republic (Brian Mier/New Socialist)
The unravelling of the Brazilian social welfare system and assault on human rights is an ongoing process. The coup is being enacted on Brazilian workers on a daily basis and, in fact, is only just beginning.
2) Honduras: The Never-ending Coup (Jesse Freeston/The Real News)
A special report for The Real News on the hemisphere’s most controversial inauguration.
3) Marichuy, Mexico’s Indigenous Candidate: “My Goal Goes Beyond Being President” (Angélica Almazán/Intercontinental Cry)
“We do not bring promises, we do not bring anything to give away, more than the heart, more than sweat, more than the effort of each day. It has been a difficult road because people no longer believe in anything and are tired of hearing promises. That is why we are not promising things. We are launching a call to the organization of society, to a union that goes beyond elections. This is the moment of youth, of childhood, of women. It is time for us to be aware that we can move forward together.”
4) Why is the Inter-American Human Rights System Lagging on Climate change? (Juan Auz/Open Global Rights)
The Inter-American Human Rights System is an important tool for Latin American human rights defenders, but why are the Court and the Commission lagging behind on climate change issues?
5) A Deal with the Devil: The Fujimori Pardon (Jo-Marie Burt/NACLA)
Peruvian President Kuczynski’s humanitarian pardon for Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations, was a quid pro quo to avoid impeachment. Can it be revoked?
6) Grounding the Currents of Indigenous Resistence (Alex Wilson and Praba Pilar/Red Pepper)
Those joining the centuries-old Indigenous resistence in the Americas should discard Eurocentric narratives, epistemic violence and salvation narratives.
7) Meet the Candidates (Americas Quarterly)
A closer look at the leading candidates in this year’s presidential elections in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela.
8) Murales Rebeldes (Paul Von Blum/Truthdig)
The artist had no intention of creating a pleasant visual appendage to capitalism. Instead, his work was a stark critique of US imperialism and its devastating effects on indigenous populations. The centerpiece of ‘América Tropical’ featured a Mexican-Indian on a cross, capped by an intimidating US eagle.
9) El Salvador’s Worst Shitholes Are ‘Made in America’ (Roberto Lovato/Latino Rebels)
My journalist’s hiking boots still have leftover feces and dirt from the ultimate shitholes of El Salvador: its mass graves. Many of the thousands of graves that my sources there have mapped were dug by U.S.-trained and funded security forces in the 80s. Most of the rest were dug more recently by L.A.based-gangs steadily deported to El Salvador by U.S. immigration authorities since the 90s.
10) Video – Defiance of the Mapuche (Glenn Ellis and Guido Bilbao/Al Jazeera English)