Our monthly selection of the best articles on Latin America from around the internet.
1) The Original 9/11: 45 Years After Pinochet’s Coup (Yves Engler/ CounterPunch)
On the 11th September 1973 the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown by the dictator General Augusto Pinochet. In the aftermath, 3000 leftists were murdered, tens of thousands tortured and hundreds of thousands driven from the country.
2) Naomi Klein: A Year After Hurricane Maria, There Is Nothing Natural About Puerto Rico’s Disaster (Naomi Klein with Amy Goodman / Democracy Now)
One year since Hurricanes Maria and Irma killed thousands in Puerto Rico and caused the longest blackout in U.S. history, we are joined by Naomi Klein, author of “The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists,” whose recent report for The Intercept is titled “There’s Nothing Natural About Puerto Rico’s Disaster.”
3) The Brazilian Elite’s Plan to Destroy the Workers’ Party Has Failed (Andy Robinson / The Nation)
The party’s Fernando Haddad is rising in the polls, but the neofascist – and front-runner – Jair Bolsonaro is gaining elite support.
4) Four years of impunity for Ayotzinapa (Parker Asmann / InSight Crime)
On September 26, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Mexico disappeared. 4 years after, the crime remains unsolved. The unsolved disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college in Mexico four years ago put the level of collusion between the country’s organized crime groups and security forces on stark display, but questions remain as to whether the incoming administration will be able to tackle it.
5) The Latin American Left’s Shifting Tides (Rene Rojas / Catalyst)
Viewed by many as the most promising development for the global left in decades, the Pink Tide is in retreat. To understand its decline, this essay compares its rise and achievements to the rise of the region’s classical left, which emerged following the Cuban Revolution. Whereas the classical left’s accomplishments were rooted in the structural leverage of industrial labor, the Pink Tide has been based on movements of informal workers and precarious communities.
6) From Rojava to the Mapuche Struggle: The Kurdish Revolutionary Seed Spreads in Latin America (Pilar Vilanueva / Toward Freedom)
In Latin America, one of the places where Rojava thought has taken root is Wallmapu, the ancestral territory of the Mapuche people, the largest indigenous group in Chile and Argentina. The Mapuche have struggled for centuries against repression, displacement, and dispossession of their territory and lands.
7) The monopolistic firewall against democratic communication in Latin America and the Caribbean (Javier Tolcachier / Alainet)
We have become media beings, we live online, we are connected, we are between media and very little of what we do has nothing to do with them. Moreover, communication today has gone beyond the limits of time and space. The digital world of communication is replacing the old analog world. Everything is immediate and close.
8) Coal’s Open Wounds/ Las Heridas Abiertas del Carbón (Hilda Lloréns and Ruth Santiago / NACLA)
Coal mining in La Guajira, Colombia, has caused widespread devastation—physical, environmental, and cultural—for Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. It is time for it to end.
9) How an American Anthropologist Tied to US Regime-Change Proxies Became the MSM’s Man in Nicaragua (Max Blumenthal / Mint Press News)
It might seem cavalier for an academically credentialed anthropologist to assert political influence on the population he is supposed to be studying; however, Goette-Luciak’s activities fit within a long tradition.
10) Shelter: Human Stories from Central America (Matthew K. Firpo / Vimeo)
A quiet look at the lives on the line. First-hand stories from Central American migrants and asylum seekers searching for a better life in the north.
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