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Building New Worlds in the Favelas

The favela is a complex world where poverty coexists with police and drug-trafficking violence. At first glance it would seem to be the most difficult place to build alternatives from the bottom up and from the Left. Nevertheless, hundreds of activists have chosen favelas as the place to create something new.

Bolivia: The Risks of Co-opting Social Movements

The protest in El Alto, Bolivia that left six dead, in which MAS militants attacked city hall using the excuse of a student-parent protest, warrants reflection on the cooptation of social movements by the state.

The New South American Political Map

The election results in Venezuela and Argentina, the Brazilian crisis, and the erosion of the “citizens’ revolution” in Ecuador are part of a change in political climate that puts the transformative processes underway on the defensive.

Mining is Bad Business

A decade-long mining boom has left a string of complications–environmental liabilities, social polarization and loss of governmental legitimacy. Meanwhile it has not resolved a single underlying problem.

Mining in Decline: An Opportunity for the Peoples

For the first time in many years, the mining industry has taken a dip in Latin America. The fall in international prices and increased production costs, and the resulting decrease in profits, is compounded by society’s growing resistance to its environmental and social impacts.

Interconnection without Integration: 15 years of IIRSA

It has been 15 years since the creation of the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America (IIRSA), and from the perspective of its contribution to integration, evaluation is necessary.

The United States Wins In Brazil

The right and the financial sector got the Workers’ Party (PT) and Dilma Rousseff’s government to agree to advance its neoliberal program and its close alliance with Washington.

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