Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) As Momentum Grows to Remove Brazil’s President, New Pressure Campaign Sparks Rage (Glenn Greenwald & Erick Dau/The Intercept)
Temer himself has now been formally charged with accepting bribes, making him the first sitting president in Brazil’s history to be a criminal defendant while in office.
2) Which Way Out of the Venezuelan Crisis? (George Ciccariello-Maher/Jacobin)
As Venezuelans go to the polls this Sunday, the country faces a choice between deepening revolution and an elite-enforced rollback.
3) Why I Chose to Not be Latinx (Hugo Marin González/Latino Rebels)
Being of Latin origin resonates as of being a colonial trophy for Latin Europe, while “Hispanidad” only covers a very limited percentage of my cultural heritage.
4) Being Arab in Latin America (Lamia Oulalou/Le Monde Diplomatique)
The first wave of migrants from the Middle East to Latin America were accepted by the locals as hardworking mercantile successes. Newer arrivals have had a harder time.
5) Is Guatemala the Next Uber Frontier? Taxi Drivers Say ‘Hell No’ (Jeff Abbott/In These Times)
More than 1,000 taxi drivers took to the streets of Guatemala City on June 7 to protest the arrival of the ride-sharing app, Uber, to Guatemala. The workers blocked bus routes and shut down sections of the historic center of Guatemala City, before they drove to the municipal building to demand a dialogue.
6) The Surrealist Continent (Oriana Baddeley and Valerie Fraser/Verso)
Throughout the twentieth century the concerns of artists in Europe and North America have had an obvious impact on the art of Latin America, yet it is important to recognize the particular significance of movements such as Surrealism or abstraction within a non-Western context.
7) A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia (Bladimir Sanchez Espitia/The Real News)
Bladimir Sanchez Espitia discusses recent cases of human rights violations by paramilitaries in Colombia.
8) Tropical deforestation in Paraguay and our BBQ (Toby Hill/Open Democracy)
On a vast, hot plateau in Paraguay, a little-known environmental crisis is playing out.
9) Is Lula’s sentence ‘another coup’? (Vanessa Baird/New Internationalist)
Brazil’s ex-president was the favourite for next year’s election. Are the corruption charges politically motivated?
10) A young mother commutes from Mexico to the US (Andrea Kurland/Huck Magazine)
Karla Nutter commutes every day from Juárez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas, straddling a line that her husband is barred from crossing. Her story is shared in Mitad Y Mitad (Half and Half), an original Huck film.