Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Dedicated, yet underpaid and under-trained, “barefoot” community health workers managed the epidemic in the absence of any resident public health SUS doctors. The only exception was a single Cuban doctor working in a small peripheral rural villa.
Yohuru Williams: Last Sunday in the southern state of Oaxaca, demonstrations turned deadly. Government security forces opened fire on a group of teachers engaged in an act of civil disobedience, undertaken to focus attention on government efforts to undermine public education.
Yuisa Gimeno: The havoc and misery wreaked on the most vulnerable — poor women, Black Puerto Ricans, youth, LGBTQ and disabled folks — will spike exploitation and discrimination against them.
Diane Lefer: The last time (1985) the FARC engaged in electoral politics after negotiations with the government, what followed was the targeted and systematic assassination of their candidates and office holders on both the national and municipal level.
Rosemary Jenkins: Chávez, considered “one of our country’s most recognized civil rights leaders, became a role model for the world and proved that one person can make a difference.”
Rosemary Joyce: Cáceres, honored by the award of the Goldman Environmental Prize only the year before her death, was an iconic figure in Honduran activism for indigenous rights and environmental justice.
Steve Ybarra: When 50,000 children sought to escape the drug war in Central America and Mexico, the Democrats were silent until it became to embarrassing to say nothing.
Steve Hochstadt: Long after the juvenile Republican presidential campaigns and campaigners of 2016 are forgotten, President Barack Obama’s movement toward normalization of relations with Cuba will still be talked about.
John Peeler: President Obama has been pretty much like his predecessors on this. He really hasn’t paid that much attention to Latin America, but he has just completed a historic visit to Cuba, and is now in Argentina.
Murray Polner: At war’s end, about 75,000 Salvadorans were dead, tens of thousands had fled north for safety, and as the Truth for El Salvador Commission reported in 1993, “The government forces were responsible for eighty-five percent of the atrocities and human rights abuses.”
Yuisa Gimeno: The economic disaster is an outgrowth of long-term siphoning away of Puerto Rico’s resources by its colonial overlord, the USA, and finance capital’s relentless pressure to implement neoliberal austerity measures. Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
Anthony J. Cascardi: The U.S. support of Cuba’s independence from Spain did nothing to help heal the past; it became a way to bolster U.S. economic interests in sugar, tobacco, and fruit.
John Peeler: While the administration continues to pursue closure on a case-by-case basis, I think it is time to consider again the option of just returning the entire base to Cuba.