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.
"Anywhere in Latin America there is a potential threat of the pathology of caudillismo and it has to be guarded against." -- Noam Chomsky
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.
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.
Ed Rampell: “Olvidados” graphically dramatizes social struggles south of the border, the dictatorial reactionary regimes armed and trained by the Yankee colossus in the north
Diane Lefer: With advocacy journalism, we’re often addressing people who already agree with us, but a good novel can reach and influence readers who have never before stopped to think about the issues we try so hard to bring to public awareness.
View image | gettyimages.com t the most recent Oscars, the Academy recognized the talents of numerous Mexicans who worked on the acclaimed film Birdman. During his acceptance speech for the Best Director award, Alejandro González Iñárritu made two statements meant to resonate with Mexicans living on both sides of the Mexico-United States border. In regard […]
Murray Polner: Most Latin Americans have had enough of American imperialism. Obama’s order sounded like most of our past presidents whose policies have led to so much injustice and suffering.
John Peeler: The transition to democracy, now 30 years old, has passed a major test with the trial and conviction of Ríos Montt. The impediments to full democratization remain huge, but there is still good cause for Guatemalans to celebrate.
Joseph Palermo: Now that a Guatemalan court has convicted General Erfrain Rios Montt of “genocide” maybe we can better come to terms with the history of the early 1980s when the Reagan Administration was determined to vanquish communism in Central America.