Peru: More than Repression, it is State Terrorism

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 14, 2023

Not one murder more! Dina resign now!

It has been just two months since Dina Boluarte took over Peru’s presidency after a coup d’état very well designed by the conservative elite and executed by the Congress and the military. Since then, 64 people have been killed during social protests across the country. (more…)

Ecuador: The Crumbling of another Neo-liberal Restoration Project

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 7, 2023

former Ecuador Pres. Rafael Correa and supporters celebrate in Mexico the defeat of Lasso and CREO in regional elections.

Last Sunday, regional elections were held in Ecuador. Thirteen million people were called to elect 5,700 (governors, mayors, counselors, and parish board members) and the seven Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (Citizen Council or CPCCS)’s counselors and their substitutes. In addition, the executive led by Guillermo Lasso submitted eight Constitutional Referendum questions, which were grouped into three topics: security, environment, and the country’s political work. (more…)

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…)

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…)

For the Welfare of the People of US and Cuba – Cooperation in Health Treatments Must Accelerate

By Gustavo A Maranges and Bill Hackwell on January 26, 2023

During the last months, there has been an upward trend in bilateral exchanges between Cuba and the United States. Several delegations of government officials, congressmen, senators, and businessmen have visited the island, something not seen since the Obama administration. It is a positive sign that matches most people’s desires in both nations, so there is no logical justification for not moving forward quickly. (more…)

Changes in Brazilian Security Forces: Tactic or Strategy?

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 23, 2023


Several changes in the leadership of the Brazilian security forces’ were confirmed this weekend arousing great interest around not just Brazil but internationally as well. The strong shakeup in 18 different departments by the recently elected government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is meant to be enormous. (more…)

Cuba Assumes the Head of the G-77 at a Critical Time

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 15, 2023

Cuba, photo: Bill Hackwell

On January 12, Cuba took the presidency of the G77+China for the first time in history after being elected in September 2022 during the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Caribbean state got this relevant position at a transcendental moment not only for the island but for developing countries in general. It should be remembered that the G-77 began in 1964 by seventy seven developing nations who banded together to articulate and promote their collective interests while enhancing their joint negotiating capacity. (more…)

The North American Leaders’ Summit: Real Change or Just Talk

By Gustavo A Maranges on January 12, 2023

Biden, AMLO, Trudeau photo: China Daily

The North American Leaders’ Summit recently ended in Mexico City with several analysts giving it a positive spin. The meeting took place in harmony, which not only speaks of the diplomatic efforts to avoid including the thorniest issues on the agenda but also of the respect, although begrudgingly, that the United States and Canada must have towards the administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). (more…)

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