Category: Uruguay

Uruguay’s Legalization of Marijuana Makes Sense in a Senseless Drug War

Uruguay’s Legalization of Marijuana Makes Sense in a Senseless Drug War

By Ben Dangl September 22, 2014 Source: TeleSUR English Conflicts over turf, profit and power in Latin America’s drug war have claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people, from Tijuana to Montevideo. While Washington wants to keep throwing bullets and prisons at a problem that requires broad-based social, political and economic solutions, various…

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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A Step Toward Justice in the Long “War on Terror”: Uruguay Offers to Welcome Guantanamo Detainees

A Step Toward Justice in the Long “War on Terror”: Uruguay Offers to Welcome Guantanamo Detainees

By Ben Dangl Originally published on March 21, 2014 in TowardFreedom.com Under the Presidency of José “Pepe” Mujica, Uruguay has made a number of international headlines in recent years for progressive moves such as legalizing same sex marriage, abortion and marijuana cultivation and trade, as well as withdrawing its troops from Haiti. This week, Mujica…

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Celebrating Compromises in Uruguay: José Mujica Inaugurated as President

Celebrating Compromises in Uruguay: José Mujica Inaugurated as President

By Ben Dangl Originally published on March 4, 2010 in TowardFreedom.com “The donkey is an intelligent animal because it never forgets where it can eat.” – Farmer, Ex-Guerrilla and current Uruguayan President José “Pepé” Mujica, in an interview with La Brecha. The smell of fried food and sausage sandwiches filled the Montevideo air as José “Pepe”…

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Turning Activists into Voters in Uruguay: Frente Amplio and José Mujica

Turning Activists into Voters in Uruguay: Frente Amplio and José Mujica

Written by Benjamin Dangl December 3, 2009 Torrential rain didn’t keep voters away from the polls on Sunday, November 29th when José “Pepe” Mujica was elected president with 52% of the vote. The 74-year-old Agricultural Minister spent 14 years in jail for his participation in the Tupamaro guerilla movement, and has pledged to continue the…

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Reclaiming a Continent: Latin American Experiments in Democracy

Reclaiming a Continent: Latin American Experiments in Democracy

Written by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 25 August 2009 Reviewed: Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy, Edited by Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlam. Zed Books (August 18, 2009), 288 pages Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy provides an in depth and accessible introduction to Latin American politics for people seeking to understand…

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Feet to the Flames: Tabaré Vázquez Elected in Uruguay

Feet to the Flames: Tabaré Vázquez Elected in Uruguay

by Benjamin Dangl 3/24/05 On March 1, 2005, the night Tabaré Vázquez was inaugurated as President of Uruguay, a sea of people, flags and drum brigades surged through the streets of Montevideo. Fireworks pounded the air and car horns shrieked. The city bubbled with a cathartic happiness. In Uruguay, 30 per cent of the population…

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