UN’s top court bars Venezuela from action in Guyana border dispute
Lula faces numerous challenges as Brazil assumes G20 presidency
Maduro’s rise to power demonstrates how difficult he will be to unseat. Illiberal and dictatorial regimes do not simply relinquish power under popular and external pressure, and Maduro has proven his ability to disregard opposition in favor of his interests. To foster democratic reforms, regime change must start from within the regime itself. #LatinAmerica #authoritarianism #Venezeula #dictatorship #trade #sanctions #FailedState https://responsiblestatecraft.org/maduro-machado-venezuela/
RT by @WorkersEESC: Unadécima reunión del Comité Consultivo Mixto UE-Chile 🇪🇺🇨🇱
Ahora mismo en Santiago de Chile
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The Verdict on Henry Kissinger
In the United States, one of the twentieth century’s most prolific butchers died as he lived — beloved by the rich and powerful, regardless of their partisan affiliation.
The Enduring Tradition of Horse-Drawn Funeral Carriages in Nicaragua
Exhausted after the wake in the early hours, Mariela López leads the procession behind an elegant black horse-drawn carriage towards the cemetery of Granada, a colonial city in Nicaragua where both rich and poor share this tradition dating back to the 19th century. Her mother lies in the coffin. “We are fulfilling her wish (…) […]
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Nicaragua Closes 5 NGOs, Dissolves 10 More
On Monday, the government of Nicaragua revoked the legal status of five NGOs, four of them linked to evangelical churches and one promoting agricultural development, and ordered the confiscation of their assets. Additionally, the Ministry of the Interior approved a request for the “voluntary” closure of another 10 NGOs, including the Congregation of the Sisters […]
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Miss Universe Seeks Safety from Nicaragua
The Miss Universe organization on Saturday asked the Nicaraguan government to “guarantee” the safety of the affiliates of the local contest, whose director, Karen Celebertti, was banned from returning to the country after Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios won the crown. “We are working to ensure the safety of all the affiliates of the organization, and we […]
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El Salvador Urges Panama to Open Humanitarian Passage
El Salvador has requested this Sunday from the government of Panama and “leaders” of civil society to enable a “humanitarian corridor” so that Salvadoran transporters stranded by road blockades against the contract with a Canadian mining company can leave that country. “Our country calls on the competent authorities and the leaders of civil society who […]
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The new president is a poster boy for countries who cannot get their sh#t together. Since the end of the #DirtyWar, #LatinAmerica’s 2nd largest country has struggled with hyper inflation, a public finance crisis and an inability to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities available within it’s borders
There will be more lost years
Mexican journalists freed days after being abducted in southern province
Milei’s solution for the crisis — as far as he has revealed — is some version of neoliberal shock therapy, with deregulation and draconian cuts to public spending. As noted, this has all been done before... So Milei, like Menem-Cavallo, wants to sell off the few state-owned companies still standing. This, however, will take time — time that the crisis might not give him. #Argentina #Melei #economics #libertarianism #extremism #policy #LatinAmerica #inflation https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/25/argentina-milei-libertarian-agenda-history/
Nicaraguan Pageant Director Banned from Country
Nicaraguan authorities have banned the national director of the Miss Universe pageant from returning to the country and raided her home, days after Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios won the crown, media and exiled opposition activists reported on Friday. Karen Celebertti, organizer of Miss Nicaragua, and her daughter were prevented from entering the country upon their return […]
Insightful & instructive interview with author Camilla Townsend about Aztec (Mexica people) history:
#CamillaTownsend’s book is “Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs” https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B098L5TQ1Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Yet Argentina, whose population is mainly descended from immigrants from Europe, especially Italy and Spain, is also a country of immense creative prowess... From the music of the tango to film and football Argentina has made its mark in the world... The following books, one of which is for readers of Spanish, offer a window onto this country of paradoxes. #Argentina #BookReview #history #culture #PoliSci #LatinAmerica https://www.economist.com/the-economist-reads/2023/11/17/what-to-read-about-argentina
Growing Sino–US Rivalry in #LatinAmerica: Victor Mijares analyses in current #GIGAFocus #China’s increasing and the #US’s decreasing influence in the region and the implications for EU’s engagement.
➡️ Read here: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/publications/giga-focus/growing-sino-us-rivalry-in-latin-america-an-opportunity-for-the-eu
Amid Gaza war, activists in Argentina aim to expel Israeli water company
At first, Mr. Colmenares said he struggled to find a job, going from business to business, offering to do anything. “There was a lot of us looking for work,” he said. “You’d see a lot of, ‘Oh, you’re Venezuelan. No, no, no, we don’t want anything to do with the Venezuelans.’” #Colombia #Venezuela #LatinAmerica #culture #baseball #xenophobia #migration https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/24/sports/baseball/baseball-colombia-bogota-venezuela.html
Business heir Daniel Noboa sworn in as Ecuador president
¡Hola Latin America! 🌎
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Surge in Cuban & Haitian US Migration via Nicaragua
The recent surge in Cuban and Haitian migration to the United States via Nicaragua has led to an increase in subleased flights, featuring special routes and exorbitant prices. This situation has drawn the attention of Washington, resulting in sanctions amidst a spike in migrant flow. Irma Pérez, a 28-year-old Cuban, arrived with her family at […]
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Trend Micro reports a malicious Chrome extension ParaSiteSnatcher targeting Latin America (primarily Brazil) for sensitive account and financial information of banks and payment systems. It also works on Chromium-based browsers such as Edge, Brave and Opera. Technical analysis and IOC provided.
Once an ordinary city, Uruapan is now plagued by corruption, violence and terror. The avocado industry, with all its evils, has overwhelmed the town of my ancestors. My relatives now endure daily kidnappings and extortion by the cartels. And for what? So that people in other countries can dip their Doritos in guacamole while watching a football game.
#Mexico #LatinAmerica #organizedcrime #cartels #trade #agricultural #crime https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/22/avocados-violence-mexico-united-states/
Nicaragua VP Slams Opposition Over Miss Universe
Nicaragua’s Vice President Rosario Murillo accused the opposition on Wednesday of seeking to manipulate and take advantage of the victory of Nicaraguan Sheynnis Palacios in the Miss Universe pageant for political purposes. “We see the gross exploitation, and the crude and evil terrorist communication, which aims to turn a beautiful and deserved moment of pride […]
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A Latinobarómetro poll this past summer surveyed thousands across Latin America, finding that only 48 percent of respondents said democracy is preferable to any other form of government, the lowest share since the poll began in 1995. Some 54 percent said they would accept nondemocratic government if it could solve the nation’s problems. #Argentina #democracy #liberalism #populism #corruption #authoritarianism #Peru #Mexico #ElSalvador #Brazil #LatinAmerica #fascism https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/11/21/argentina-milei-election-latin-america/
“It used to be toxic for politicians in Argentina to deny the dictatorial past,” Argentine historian Federico Finchelstein told me. But the current moment “shows that Argentine political culture regarding dictatorship and the past has degraded significantly,” he added, gesturing to the animus also on show among Trump and Bolsonaro supporters. “This cannot be good for the democratic future.” #Argentina #Melei #fascism #authoritarianism #extremist #LatinAmerica https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2023/11/21/milei-trump-bolsonaro-argentina-election/
Earth to warm up to 2.9C even with current climate pledges: UN
Panama marks 27 days of protests against mining contract · General Strike in northern Dominican Republic · Argentine steelworkers block plant · Chicago ...
Panamá continues to be roiled by protests over First Quantum Minerals mine deal while rural mail carriers in Bemidji, Minnesota are staging daily informational pickets over deluge of work.#workers #strike #LatinAmerica #Panamá #FirstQuantumMinerals #HowardBrownHealth #DominicanRepublic #Acindarsteel #ruralmailcarrier #RogersCommunications #RogersSugar
Workers Struggles: The Americas
In Brazil’s favelas, activists find common ground with Palestinians in Gaza
Mixed reactions as Javier Milei wins Argentina presidential election
Argentina election: What’s next after Javier Milei’s victory?
Torrential rains kill at least 21 in Dominican Republic
Argentina elects outsider Javier Milei on platform of radical reform
Argentina holds key presidential election with economy at stake
Argentina presidential election run-off: Here’s what’s to know
It's Film Fra Sør festival this week — the largest film festival in Oslo 🇳🇴 that showcases the jewels of international film production from outside of the western hemisphere.
📅 11-19 November
Get out and see something new! 🎥 🍿
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How criminalisation is being used to silence #ClimateActivists across the world
Guardian investigation finds growing number of countries passing #AntiProtest laws as part of playbook of tactics to intimidate people peacefully raising the alarm
“Criminalisation is the most common tactic used against #HumanRights defenders, because it’s so easy and has such a big impact.”
Nina Lakhani, Damien Gayle and Matthew Taylor
Thu 12 Oct 2023 07.00 EDT
"As #wildfires and #ExtremeTmperatures rage across the planet, sea temperature records tumble and polar glaciers disappear, the scale and speed of the climate crisis is impossible to ignore. Scientific experts are unanimous that there needs to be an urgent clampdown on fossil fuel production, a major boost in renewable energy and support for communities to rapidly move towards a fairer, healthier and sustainable low-carbon future.
"Many governments, however, seem to have different priorities. According to climate experts, senior figures at the UN and grassroots advocates contacted by the Guardian, some political leaders and law enforcement agencies around the world are instead launching a fierce crackdown on people trying to peacefully raise the alarm.
"'These defenders are basically trying to #SaveThePlanet, and in doing so save #humanity,' said Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on #HumanRights defenders. 'These are people we should be protecting, but are seen by #governments and #corporations as a threat to be neutralised. In the end it’s about power and #economics.'
"#Climate and #EnvironmentalJustice groups report a significant increase in draconian, and often arbitrary, charges for peaceful protesters as part of what they claim is a playbook of tactics to vilify, discredit, intimidate and silence activists.
"The Guardian has also found striking similarities in the way governments from #Canada and the #US to #Guatemala and #Chile, from #India and #Tanzania to the #UK, #Europe and #Australia, are cracking down on activists trying to protect the planet.
"The legal contexts vary, but the charges – such as #subversion, illicit association, terrorism and tax evasion – are often vague and time-consuming to disprove, while a growing number of countries, including the US and UK, have passed controversial anti-protest laws ostensibly intended to protect national security or so-called critical infrastructure such as #FossilFuel #pipelines.
"The systematic criminalisation of environmental defenders is not new. Natural resources on #Indigenous land have long been exploited, driving big profits for some but also fuelling violence and inequality.
"Experts say the Marlin mine in Guatemala was one of the earliest documented cases of a transnational #corporation – and its state allies – weaponising the legal system against environmental defenders. Since then, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights has repeatedly condemned what it describes as the alarming rise in the misuse of criminal justice systems against environmental, land and other human rights defenders across #LatinAmerica.
"'Criminalising defenders encourages collective stigma and sends off an intimidating message,' the IACHR said last year.
"'At its core it’s about maintaining the #PowerStructures in place. This is true regardless of whether it’s a #dictatorship, #democracy or a corrupt #NarcoState, and regardless of the state’s professed commitment to human rights, protecting the environment and combating #ClimateChange.' she said.
"'Smearing defenders as lawbreakers or anti-development distracts from the cause and changes the narrative … What’s clear is that states learn from each other.'
"#ClimateActivism is well and truly back. Paolo Gerbaudo, an academic at King’s College London who studies social movements, said that before the 2008 financial crash, the climate emergency felt like 'the challenge of our time'. But it 'largely slipped off the social and political agenda” as activists such as #Occupy turned their attention to opposing #austerity policies and pushing for global economic reforms.
"As scientific warnings grew ever more dire during the 2010s, there was a deepening feeling that traditional environmental campaigning was failing, and that politicians were not delivering – with potentially catastrophic consequences.
"It was into this context that more #DirectAction, and more #radical environmental protest groups emerged. Over the past five years, the UK has been not only at the forefront of these new forms of non-violent activism, but also novel means of silencing it."
Argentina, Brazil seek 12.5 bln euro financial aid in EU-Mercosur talks
Argentina and Brazil are requesting 12.5 billion euros ($13.2 billion) in financial aid from the European Union in talks to conclude a trade agreement with South America's Mercosur bloc.
Considering that climate change is expected to increase both the frequency and intensity of extreme climate events, this figure is likely to be significantly higher. "
The most effective and least expensive way to prevent this is to reduce carbon emissions.
The US is continuing to build a wall on its border with Mexico.
#Brazil is the largest producer of coffee beans.
"Farmers in the region have long viewed #coffee as a good way to make a living. Today the coffee industry employs more than 14 million people across #LatinAmerica. In recent years, though, #ClimateChange, pests and declining coffee prices have created a perfect storm that threatens the welfare of millions of producers and their families."
The U.S. will aim to resettle up to 50,000 refugees from Latin America and the Caribbean in the next 12 months as part of a Biden administration plan to welcome as many as 125,000 people fleeing violence across the globe in fiscal year 2024.
CBS News reports on the plan: https://flip.it/BeSbPO
The protest strike was organized by the National Parents Movement, Educators and Transit Unions. The latter had begun campaigning for a general strike ...
One-half million government workers in Panama mobilized last week over poor pay and terrible conditions while 4,000 Loblaw grocery workers in Manitoba and British Columbia have authorized a strike.#workers #strike #LatinAmerica #Peru #Panama #copperminingcontract #Thombertmanufacturing #District216 #Loblaw #Haiti #fuelprices
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On this day in 1980 Cuban astronaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez entered space as part of the Soyuz 38 mission. Arnaldo is of Afro-Cuban descent, making him the first Cuban, Latin American, and person of African descent to travel into Earth’s orbit.
More on Arnaldo:
#CopCities in a Militarized World
Not just in #LatinAmerica, m8...
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Salvador Allende, the revolutionary and socialist President of Chile.
Allende was assassinated in a military coup sponsored by US and CIA in a bid to wipe out communist ideology from Latin America.
However the left ideologies have made a big comeback in Latin America and including Chile majority of countries are ruled by left now..
UK publisher Pamenar Press is calling bilingual #Spanish #writers, #scholars, and contemporary #MexicanLit enthusiasts!
They're publishing my book #ScaryStory, translated by D. P. Snyder.
Interested in reviewing it? They'd love to hear from you. (And I'd love it, too!)
More info: https://buff.ly/3P6mnn9
#books #bookstodon #bookreview #bookreviews #bookworm #LatinAmericanLiterature #LatinAmericanLit #LatinAmerica
Fifty years after Chile’s coup, the search for truth continues
Authoritarian #Bukele seeking re-election in #ElSalvador in clear violation to our constitution. The international community has remained silent and lukewarm ... until today's statement. 🤔 #politics #LatinAmerica
I'll be sharing things I find interesting about the energy situation in Mexico and #LatinAmerica
Nice to meet you all!! ✌️
#LatinAmerica is the region with the highest number of cases of recorded violence against environmental defenders.
The countries with the most cases are Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Honduras.
Last Wednesday, Chilean teachers began a 48-hour strike against the ... If not, they will organize a national strike of indefinite duration.
Teachers in Chile are demanding unpaid bonuses and other demands presented to the Ministry of Education, while Dominican Republic health workers demand a resolution of the country’s insurance crisis.#workers #strike #LatinAmerica #MendocinoCounty #SLSMC #StLawrenceSeaway #Chileanteachers #Colombia #paramilitaries #Tucumánprovince #AmalgamatedSugarCompany
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Discounts for the #GlobalSouth, younger people (≤ 25 y.o.), and for buying all 3 items.
Brazilian Indigenous chief demands greater role in climate debate
Dataxis estimates that in 📆 2022, #Starlink generated $607.3 million 💰 in service revenue. #NorthAmerica is the only territory where the average #revenue level has been rising. In the other markets, Starlink adjusted its pricing aggressively to match the competitive environment and gain volume. Between Q4 2021 and Q4 2022, #Oceania's #ARPU fell by 11%, while the decrease reached 41.5% in #Europe and 52.3% in #LatinAmerica.
In 📆 2027, Dataxis projects that Starlink could have 31 million customers and service revenues of $16 billion 💰💰💰💰💰💰 https://dataxis.com/researches-highlights/1056069/by-2027-starlinks-multi-regional-approach-could-generate-16b-annual-revenues
ARPU = average monthly revenue per subscriber
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Police in #Italy have arrested 41 people in in an operation targeting the 'Ndrangheta mafia. Suspects are accused of drugs trafficking with counterparts in #LatinAmerica using money brokers from #China. https://www.agi.it/cronaca/news/2023-05-30/ndrangheta-cina-riciclaggio-droga-soldi-21611989/