Category: Latin America

Openings and Labyrinths of Latin America’s Left

Openings and Labyrinths of Latin America’s Left

By Benjamin Dangl Published on May 17, 2016 Source: Toward Freedom The new Latin American left, in all its shades of red or pink, has lately been experiencing perhaps its roughest string of months since it came to power. From embattled Venezuela to the possible political death of the Workers’ Party in Brazil, from the…

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The Right Rises Up as Latin American Left Faces Setbacks

The Right Rises Up as Latin American Left Faces Setbacks

By Benjamin Dangl Source: Toward Freedom Published on April 20, 2016 Fidel Castro, in an address to the Cuban Communist Party congress yesterday, spoke of his own mortality, mentioning that soon he will be 90, “but the ideas of Cuban communism will endure.” Earlier this week, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was the victim of right wing parliamentary coup efforts;…

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While Left Governments in South America Face Setbacks, Gains of Progressive Period Likely to Endure

While Left Governments in South America Face Setbacks, Gains of Progressive Period Likely to Endure

By Benjamin Dangl Published on December 7, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom It’s hard to tell before the dust settles, and the situation in each country is unique, but it’s very likely that 2015 will be viewed as a critical year for leftist governments in South America. Chavismo took a blow yesterday in the country’s Parliamentary…

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Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America: Looking Back at Half a Decade of Political Struggle

Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America: Looking Back at Half a Decade of Political Struggle

By Benjamin Dangl Published on November 10, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom This month marks five years since the publication of my bookDancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, (AK Press). Thanks to everyone who has read, borrowed, pirated, or stolen it. The dance with dynamite between social movements and states in Latin…

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Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent

Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent

By Benjamin Dangl April 13, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom The world lost one of its great writers today. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died at age 74 in Montevideo. He left a magical body of work behind him, and his reach is as wide as his continent. During Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic crisis, Galeano’s words walked down…

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Washington Should Follow Latin America’s Lead in Condemning Israel’s War on Palestine

Washington Should Follow Latin America’s Lead in Condemning Israel’s War on Palestine

By Ben Dangl Published 15 August 2014 Source: TeleSUR English As Washington supports Israel’s violence, Latin American heads of state have stood up against the offensive, acting as moral leaders for the hemisphere, and demonstrating their independence from the historically-hegemonic empire to the north. Major conflicts have flared up across the globe in recent months, many…

Nationwide Protests Rock Peru, Bush Seeks Allies In Latin America

Nationwide Protests Rock Peru, Bush Seeks Allies In Latin America

By Ben Dangl Originally published on July 19, 2007 in TowardFreedom.com National protests rock Peru as President Alan Garcia navigates through an increasingly tumultuous labor and teacher uprising. Rejections of a free trade agreement with the US and neoliberal economic policies are at the heart of the national uprising which has left three people dead and several…

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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…

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

The Politics of Pachamama: Natural Resource Extraction vs. Indigenous Rights and the Environment in Latin America

Originally published on April 2, 2014 at TowardFreedom.com En Español: La política de Pachamama: Extracción de recursos naturales contra derechos de los indígenas y el medioambiente en América Latina When I sat down to an early morning interview with Evo Morales over a decade ago in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the then-coca farmer leader and dissident congressman…

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Pachamama and Progress: Conflicting Visions for Latin America’s Future

Pachamama and Progress: Conflicting Visions for Latin America’s Future

By Ben Dangl Originally published on August 26, 2010 in TowardFreedom.com Miners in Potosí, Bolivia set off sticks of dynamite as cold winter winds zipped through the city, passing street barricades, protests, hunger strikers and an occupied electrical plant. These actions took place place from late July to mid-August against the perceived neglect of the…