Category: Brazil

Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America: Invisible Empires, State Power and 21st Century Colonialism

By Ben Dangl Originally published on June 17. 2014 at TowardFreedom.com “Soccer, metaphor for war, at times turns into real war,” wrote Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. For many people in Brazil, a war has indeed broken out surrounding the current World Cup. Poor communities have been displaced by stadiums and related infrastructure for the event, the…

Will Julian Assange be Moving to a Squatters’ Settlement in Brazil?

Will Julian Assange be Moving to a Squatters’ Settlement in Brazil?

By Ben Dangl Originally published on May 22, 2014 in Vice.com On May 14, João Paulo Rodrigues, a leader of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The two men discussed ways in which Latin American social movements might help Wikileaks. Following their two-hour discussion, the leader…

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Tensions escalate over Amazon mega dam

Tensions escalate over Amazon mega dam

By Ben Dangl Originally published on April 7, 2011 in Al Jazeera Indigenous communities say $10bn reservoir in Brazil’s largest rainforest will destroy their way of life. In early March, while boisterous Carnival celebrations filled the streets of Rio de Janiero, bulldozers began clearing away Amazonian jungle for roads leading to the construction site of…

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The bloody cost of Amazon deforestation

The bloody cost of Amazon deforestation

By Ben Dangl Originally published on 12 June 2011 in The Guardian Unlimited The murder of environmental activists Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria calls into question Brazil’s will to protect the rainforest Early in the morning on 24 May, in the northern Brazilian Amazon, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espírito…

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Why land reform makes sense for Dilma Rousseff

Why land reform makes sense for Dilma Rousseff

By Ben Dangl Originally published on  Thursday 27 January 2011 in The Guardian Unlimited If Brazil’s president would follow the lead of agrarian reformers, both her social goals and the environment would benefit Just days after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was inaugurated on new year’s day, thousands of activists from the Landless Farmers Movement (MST) took…

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Dilma Rousseff: In Lula’s Shadow

Dilma Rousseff: In Lula’s Shadow

By Ben Dangl Originally published on December 19, 2010 in The Nation The first female president of Brazil will likely build on her predecessor’s legacy. When the confetti was still falling after her victory at the polls on October 31, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president-elect, said, “I want to state my first commitment after…

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Dissecting Utopia: New Book Assesses Latin American Left

Dissecting Utopia: New Book Assesses Latin American Left

Written by Benjamin Dangl July 28, 2009 Reviewed: The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn, edited by Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez and Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito. Published by Pluto Press (2008), 320 pages. The conflict in Honduras has been an ongoing challenge for governments across the political spectrum in Latin America. In the years leading up to…

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Bolivia, Evo Morales and the Progressive Mandate in Latin America

Bolivia, Evo Morales and the Progressive Mandate in Latin America

Written by Benjamin Dangl & Mark Engler Wednesday, 05 April 2006 On January 21, on a hill outside of La Paz, a traditional ceremony marked both a major shift in Bolivian politics and a milestone for the growing New Left in Latin America. At Tiwanaku, a site of pre-Incan ruins significant to the country’s indigenous…

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The 2005 World Social Forum in Brazil

The 2005 World Social Forum in Brazil

Written by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 24 January 2006 Maybe it had to do with the beer, or the heady mixture of languages, or the humidity, but it felt like something unique was growing out of the sweaty discussions and incessant drum circles. It wasn’t the same energy one feels at a large protest or indoor…

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Samba and Revolution: Dispatches from the International Youth Camp at the 2005 World Social Forum

Samba and Revolution: Dispatches from the International Youth Camp at the 2005 World Social Forum

By Benjamin Dangl 2/5/05 Samba, reggae and drum music pounded at the air above a sea of nylon tents. Earnest discussions sizzled in the steaming heat; people mopped sweat off their foreheads as sporadic protests clamored past. In the eclectic, globalized stew of the fifth annual International Youth Camp, 35,000 people from around the planet…

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