Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia (Benjamin Dangl/CounterPunch)
Returning to La Paz, Bolivia after last November’s coup was like returning to the scene of a crime. Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from power, right-wing regime leader Jeanine Áñez has led the country with an iron fist.
2) Black Brazilian Women Take Bold Action Against Gender-Based Violence (Bruna Pereira & Macarena Aguilar/Open Democracy)
As President Bolsonaro’s far-right government decimates state support, activists are stepping into combat abuse during the coronavirus crisis.
3) In Chile, the Post-Neoliberal Future is Now (Víctor Orellana Calderón/NACLA Report on the Americas)
In the laboratory of neoliberalism, Chileans are rejecting the commodification of humanity and widening the cracks that will tear the system down.
4) Pandemic Response A Partisan War On The People In Honduras (Jared Olson/Toward Freedom)
Hundreds of people, many wearing medical masks, brought traffic to a standstill on an outer Tegucigalpa highway to protest the Honduran government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re hungry, they say, demanding food and support.
5) Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases (Alan Macleod/Mint Press News)
Many Latin American countries have been hollowed out after decades of neoliberal “reforms,” leaving them weaker than ever.
6) Guardian Blames Trump’s Murderous US Exceptionalism on Hugo Chávez (Lucas Koerner & Ricardo Vaz/Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
What better time to vilify the popular former leader of a country under deadly US siege than a deadly pandemic?
7) Cuba Has Sent 2,000 Doctors and Nurses Overseas to Fight Covid-19 (Ed Augustin/The Nation)
Emergency medical response teams from the island have touched down in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and—for the first time—Europe. In March, the first batch of 51 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Lombardy, Italy, at the time the epicenter of the pandemic, to cheering crowds.
8) Sociopathic Neoliberalism Is Brazil’s Biggest Obstacle In Fight Against Pandemic (Marcelo Zero/Brasil Wire)
It is not just the Brazilian president and his followers’ flat-earthism that prevents Brazil overcoming the pandemic and the crisis it has generated. Sociopathic neoliberalism and its prioritisation of economic dogma over public safety, threatens everybody.
9) Ecuador’s Moreno Govt Persecutes Opponents As Coronavirus Catastrophe Exposes Its Neoliberal War On Public Sector (Denis Rogatyuk/The Grayzone)
Sentencing former President Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas to eight years in jail and barring them from public office for an additional 25 years is a desperate move by a repressive administration trapped in a socio-economic crisis of its own making.
10) We Will Hug Each Other After The Pandemic (Producers: Nicole Kramm and Noelia Gonzalez/AJ + Español – in settings click for subtitles in English)
While her family in Chile does everything possible to protect Katy from the new coronavirus, a girl with chronic respiratory problems and Down syndrome, her father has to keep going to work to bring food home. This is how they live together: extreme hygiene measures and avoiding kissing and hugging.
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