Ecuador: A Constitutional Referendum Intended to Solidify Control by Elites

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 2, 2023

Lasso pushes new referendum down the throats of the people. photo Dolores Ochoa

On Sunday, February 7, sectional elections will take place in Ecuador to elect mayors, prefects, rural or urban councilors, parish boards, and members of the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS). At the same time, the executive led by Guillermo Lasso heavily pushed to hold a Constitutional Referendum on the same date, which has raised serious concerns among the Ecuadorian opposition. (more…)

Homelessness and other Realities of the American Dream

By José Luis Méndez Méndez on February 2, 2023

photo: Bill Hackwell

More than 95% of the population of the city of Hialeah is of Cuban origin. There is a slogan that seems to be the key that unlocks the city: “Hialeah is more Cuba, it has human warmth. That’s what this country lacks,” say two sales clerks at “Tu Café,” a business that has been open in this Floridian city since the late 1960s. (more…)

Peru: Between Repression and “Signs” from Washington

By Elson Concepción Pérez on February 1, 2023

photo: Prensa Latina

During a whirlwind visit to Washington, the current Peruvian Foreign Minister, Cecilia Gervasi, found a constant among her hosts, the officials of Joe Biden’s administration and the US Congress that there is a “commitment of the United States to support democratic institutions in Peru”. (more…)

Brazil: Democracy at Risk

By Frei Betto on February 1, 2023

President João Goulart, at the Automóvel Clube, on March 30, 1964, the eve of his overthrow.

Let’s not fool ourselves again; our fragile democracy is still at risk. I remember the government of João (Jango) Goulart in the early 1960s and his declarations that he would carry out grassroots reforms. The Ligas Campesinas were lifting up the northeasterners. The unions were ardently defending the rights acquired during the Vargas presidency. The National Union of Students was feared for its power to mobilize the youth. (more…)

Latin America: the Region Most Affected by the Current Food Crisis

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 31, 2023

photo: Bill Hackwell

Today, the high and growing food prices are one of the most worrying issues in the world from families to nations. If 10 years ago, hunger and malnutrition were issues of concern to the international community, today, they are way more urgent than ever before since. They have grown to the point that they are no longer limited to underdeveloped countries, but have also spread to the first world. (more…)

Cuba vs Vulture Fund: The Island Fights Neoliberalism in London Trial

By Alejandra Garcia on January 31, 2023

In the 2000s, a vulture fund succeeded in driving Argentina out of the international markets, preventing it from accessing them for 12 years. The case transcended as Argentina versus Elliott Management Corporation, a group of investors that won a lawsuit against Buenos Aires in 2002 and, in 2012, even seized the Libertad frigate, the flagship of the Argentine Navy. (more…)

Appeal to the World’s Conscience by the Network in Defense of Humanity

January 30, 2023

photo: Bill Hackwell

When many thought that the bitter lessons of the pandemic would lead political leaders to try to build a more caring, inclusive and generous world, exactly the opposite has happened. Perhaps there is truth in the rumor that this attitude is due to their aim of reducing the world’s population by 25%. (more…)

Proposals for a Common Currency between Argentina and Brazil Generates a Controversy

By Micaela Ovelar on January 30, 2023

Presidents and Ministers of Economy from Brazil and Argentina (Buenos Aires, 01/23/23)

Lula da Silva decided to make his first official international visit, since he assumed the presidency of Brazil for the third time, to Argentina, thus affirming the strategic relationship between the two largest economies of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur). (more…)

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