Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.

1) Paulo Freire and Popular Struggle in South Africa (Zamalotshwa Sefatsa/The Tricontinental)

Paulo Freire was a radical educator from Brazil whose work was tied to struggles for human freedom and dignity.

2) EmpoderArte uses film to empower Peruvian women (Gianna Giordani/Latin American Bureau)

Social arts organisation EmpoderArte is run by Karoline Pelikan, LAB’s film editor and director of Cine Latino and Pelikan Pictures. Having won important funding from Peru’s Ministry of Culture, Gianna Giordani finds out more about the organisation and its plans for the future.

3) Washington Bullets w/ Vijay Prashad (Guerrilla History podcast)

In this episode of Guerrilla History, the guys run through some of the long and sordid history of US interventions abroad, whether by the military, the CIA, the IMF, or other even less thought about methods.

4) Maradona: the Bolivarian Soccer Genius (Danny Shaw and William Camacaro/CounterPunch)

The fighting peoples of the world lost a humble legend yesterday. Arguably the greatest soccer player to ever grace the pitches, the spirited striker combined unparalleled skills in his sport and an unflinching outspokenness before oppression.

5) Brazilian Organized Crime Has a Close Friend in Jair Bolsonaro (Damian Platt/Jacobin)

Brazil is governed by a president with well-documented links to Rio’s mafias. In order to understand Jair Bolsonaro’s rise, it is key to understand the link between his brutal law-and-order politics and the increasing stranglehold of organized crime over Rio.

6) Peru: The Streets Are Rising Up (Carlos Alberto Adrianzén/Progressive International)

The ongoing protests and political turmoil in Peru have exposed a deep divide in Peruvian society.

7) Demands for Land and Housing Continue After Guernica Eviction (Lucía Cholakian Herrera/NACLA)

A land occupation on the outskirts of Buenos Aires showed the cracks in an increasingly unequal system and the resilience of community organization.

8) Hurricane Eta hits the Mosquito Coast (John Perry/London Review of Books)

Central America’s ‘Mosquito Coast’, the home of the Miskito people, stretches between Honduras and Nicaragua. The border is at a point that juts out into the Caribbean: Columbus called it Cabo Gracias a Dios for the shelter it provided on his last voyage.

9) The Devil’s Backbone: Horror films highlight human rights abuses in Latin America (Deborah Shaw/The Conversation)

Recent Latin American movies have combined realism, fantasy and the supernatural to shine a light on social ills and human rights abuses.


10) Bojaya: Colombia’s community leaders caught in the crossfire (Al Jazeera English)

Undeterred by death threats, Leyner Palacios, a community leader in Colombia, fights for peace and human rights.