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Tag: Latin America

Do You Live in One of the Most—or Least—Happy Places in America?

A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE

Muckraking Brazilian Radio Journalist Shot Dead While on Air

Gleydson Carvalho, known for his exposure of political corruption in Brazil, was presenting a program on Radio Liberdade FM when two gunmen entered the station’s offices during a musical interlude and killed him.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

In Paraguay, Pope Francis Continues Historic Critique of Global Capitalism

“The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution,” wrote The New York Times on Friday as Pope Francis’ Latin American tour, featuring “left-leaning critiques” of “the inequalities of capitalism” and of “a ‘new colonialism’ rooted in an inequitable economic order,” approached its end.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Begins South American Visit With Mass Attended by a Million Followers

Ecuador is the first stop on the pontiff’s highly anticipated weeklong South American trip, which includes visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Now the World’s Second-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country

The United States now has 41 million native Spanish speakers and 11 million people who are bilingual.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE

‘No Human Considered Illegal’ Under Ecuador’s New Migration Law

President Rafael Correa has announced radical plans to support refugees and asylum seekers.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

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Pro-Choice Protesters to Rally in Paraguay After Child Rape Victim Is Denied Abortion

The Catholic country in which, on average, two children under the age of 16 give birth each day, is facing backlash after authorities ordered a 10-year-old victim of sexual abuse to carry out her pregnancy.

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Is Trying to Put an End to Its Extreme Isolation

The renowned activist and linguist weighs in on the recent shift in relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as drone strikes in Yemen and the activities of the leftist parties Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, among other current events.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

Open Veins, Healing Wounds in Latin America

For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE

Beloved Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano Dies

The Latin American writer commonly regarded as the poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement has succumbed to lung cancer at age 74. Watch all of his interviews on “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Did the Pentagon Just Concede That Israel Also Has Nuclear Bombs?

U.S. officials have finally publicly stated a fact about Israel many already feared was true; researchers are starting to study the effects of the Internet on education; and Latin America’s leaders are taking Venezuela’s side in its recent rift with the United States. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE

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Uruguay Takes In Several Guantanamo Bay Prisoners After President Mujica’s Offer

After the second time the outgoing Uruguayan President José Mujica urged President Obama to release the “human beings who [are] suffering an atrocious kidnapping at Guantanamo” and reiterated his offer to take several detainees in, the U.S. government obliged.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE

Send Back Those Immigrant Kids

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

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An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

From Death to Doughnuts: Why Immigrants Dream of America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We look at America’s birthday through the eyes and words of refugees. Also, Hobby Lobby’s religious freedom and the war on women.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

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Where Macondo Came Alive

Years before I met him, Gabriel Garcia Marquez changed my life.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

Gabriel García Márquez

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Gabriel García Márquez

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Colombian Nobel Laureate, Author and Journalist Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87

The writer, who is considered by many to be the creator of magical realism, died Thursday in Mexico where he’d lived for 30 years.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE

Venezuelan Hard-Liner Resurfaces as Maduro Expels U.S. Officials

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has appeared in a video asking his fellow citizens to join him in a march Tuesday to demand an end to a government crackdown that followed last week’s deadly protests.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE

Argentina’s Peso Devalued

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

Now You See Me

Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed, which is why I traveled thousands of miles to a Zapatista “organizing school” in the heart of the Lacandon jungle in southeastern Mexico to try to sort out just what I’d been missing.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Samantha Sais

Dreaming With Dignity

Undocumented students use a bold new strategy in their pursuit of documents, diplomas and immigration reform.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE

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Petty Politics: U.S. vs. Venezuela

Three American diplomats were kicked out of Caracas on Tuesday for “plotting to sabotage the economy” according to President Nicolas Maduro. And the U.S. government has decided to retaliate.

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 READ MORE

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Latin America’s Behind on Women’s Reproductive Rights

While other parts of the world were witnessing the growth of feminist movements, many South American countries were fighting dictatorships. For this reason, and thanks to the governments’ strong ties with the Catholic Church, many women are still denied the right to an abortion in Latin America.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE

Revolutionary Learning: The Zapatistas’ First School

More than a thousand students have enrolled in the leftist group’s la escuelita de libertad to learn about the Mexican rebels’ life philosophies; a Canadian teenager protests Monsanto by eloquently refuting a bumbling TV host; meanwhile, same-sex marriage is garnering immense support in Latin America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Eduardo Galeano: ‘This World Is Not Democratic at All’  (Video)

The “poet laureate of the anti-globalization movement,” who has been published here at Truthdig, says “the world is organized by the war economy and the war culture.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE

iKnife: The Surgical Tool That Detects Cancer

A new device takes seconds to find tumors during an operation; Attorney General Eric Holder gives a speech that questions vigilantism in the wake of the Zimmerman trial and rebukes U.S. drone policy in the process; meanwhile, most Americans believe political parties are corrupt. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 READ MORE


The Digital Empire’s Threat to Latin America

“Every day, hundreds of millions of messages from the entire Latin American continent are devoured by US spy agencies, and stored forever in warehouses the size of small cities,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange writes in The Guardian on Tuesday. “The geographical facts about the infrastructure of the internet therefore have consequences for the independence and sovereignty of Latin America.”

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE

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U.S. Seeks Confirmation of Venezuelan Election Outcome (Video)

The United States is inserting itself into Venezuelan politics again by questioning the victory of Hugo Chavez successor Nicolas Maduro and calling for a recount of the vote from Sunday’s closely fought election.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE

Nicolas Maduro and Hugo Chavez

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Oded Balilty

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity

In winning election as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio defied the papal pundits, even though they should have seen him coming. His rise marks the decisive shift within Roman Catholicism toward Latin America and the developing world.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Gregorio Borgia

Meet the New Pope

As The New York Times points out, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Ariana Cubillos

Truthdigger of the Week: Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died this week after a two-year battle with cancer, recognized and respected poverty and the poor.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE

Chavez to Ashes

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE

Court Delving Into Latin American Terrorism Effort

A trial under way in Argentina is expected to reveal new details about how Latin American countries coordinated with one another in the 1970s and ’80s to kill political dissidents in a campaign known as “Operation Condor.”

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE

ABr / José Cruz via WikiMedia Commons (rights reserved)

Venezuela and the Middle East After Chavez

The foreign policy of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez imagined that socialism and anti-imperialism are the same thing, and that he could lead a new sort of socialist international. These considerations shaped his Middle East policy in ways that were contradictory and hypocritical.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE

Who Was Hugo Chavez?

Much is being written about former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the wake of his death Tuesday. Australian journalist John Pilger’s 2007 documentary on the United States’ hostile, decades-long campaign against Latin American democracy helps separate fact from fiction in Chavez’s legacy.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

Hugo Chavez No More

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

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The Latin American Exception

On a map published in conjunction with the Global Society Institute’s damning new CIA report, no region except Latin America escapes the red stain of the United States’ global rendition and torture gulag.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE

South of the Border

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE

Mexico’s War Against Hunger

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE

Fixing U.S. Image

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Fernando Llano

Ailing Hugo Chavez Names Successor

Although he was only recently elected to a fourth term as Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez has flown to Cuba for yet another surgery to address malignant cancer.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE

America Is the Cause of Its Immigration ‘Problem’

“Civil rights are for blacks,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter said on ABC’s “This Week” during a show on immigration and the Latino vote Sunday. That’s nonsense, says “Democracy Now!” co-host Juan Gonzalez, who along with filmmaker Eduardo Lopez directed a deeply informative film about the root causes of Latin American immigration to the United States.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE

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