The World Watches as Brazil’s Presidential Election Goes to a Second Round

By Gustavo Maranges and Bill Hackwell on October 2, 2022

The  results of the first round of the presidential election in Brazil are coming and without a doubt  it is the most anticipated news in Brazil, Latin America and the world too for that matter.  Eleven candidates ran, but as everyone knew it was really a battle between the former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the current president Jair Bolsonaro. (more…)

Brazil: A Presidential Election that will Mark the Immediate Future of Latin America

By Gustavo A Maranges on September 29, 2022

Lula verses Bolsonaro

Interview with Latin American political scientist and film maker Micaela Ovelar on the current scenario in the South American country and other defining issues ahead of the presidential election (more…)

What are the Summits of the Americas Remembered For?

By Gustavo Maranges on June 2, 2022

Chavez gives Obama, a book to read about imperialism in Latin America at the V Summit

The IX Summit of the Americas is about to start. The event will be held between June 8th and 10th in Los Angeles, California. This gathering been deemed a space to discuss matters of regional concern, but its historical results are very poor and forever tilted towards the developed Northern part of the hemisphere. (more…)

Colombia: ‘The Most Ambitious Labor Reform of the Century’

By Gustavo A Maranges on March 21, 2023

Labor Minister Gloria Ines Ramirez and President Petro present labor reform bill.

This is how Colombia’s Labor Minister Gloria Ines Ramirez described the labor reform bill introduced to Congress on March 17. Improving workers’ conditions and rights is a major part of President Gustavo Petro’s plan to reduce inequality. (more…)

How Could a Country on US’s State Sponsors of Terrorism List be the Chosen Country for Colombian Peace Talks?

By Gustavo A  Maranges on March 16, 2023 from Havana

Just a week ago, the second round of peace talks between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government ended. The negotiations took place in the Mexico DF, and despite not achieving the expected ceasefire, “substantial progress” was made to advance on issues like civil society participation and the points of the agenda. (more…)

Colombia: Petro is Willing to Put All the Cards on the Table to Reach Total Peace, Including Investigating His Own Family

By Gustavo A Maranges on March 7, 2023

The peace process in Colombia is one of President Gustavo Petro’s government primary initiatives. During his presidential campaign, Petro pledged to achieve “Total Peace” in the country during his term, which is a very ambitious goal given the huge setback the country experienced during Ivan Duque’s right-wing administration and the oligarchy’s dependency on violence. (more…)

Lula Moves Forward with His Ukraine Peace Proposal

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 27, 2023

February 24 marked one year since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. During all that time, few proposals for ending the conflict have advanced. However, this not-desired anniversary comes with a ray of hope from an unexpected place: Latin America. Whether it becomes a reality or not, looking for a negotiated solution shows once again the commitment to progress and world peace by Latin America progressive forces. (more…)

Guantanamo: The Meaning of 120 Years of Illegal Occupation

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 23, 2023 from Havana

the view of the people of Guantanamo, photo: Bill Hackwell

To a great many people of the world the word Guantanamo has become synonymous with torture since the US opened up their military prison center there in 2002. Over 780 people captured by US forces have suffered from massive human rights violations there carried out by the CIA since that time. (more…)

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