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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.

Brazil-U.S. Accords: Back to the Backyard?

At a time when Brazil is going through severe economic and political instability, the rapprochement of the United States could cut the wings of a region that had taken solid steps toward independence, and reaffirm its subordination as “backyard.”

Rebuilding Community in Medellin’s Violent Slums

A huge amphitheater bordered by mountains. Below, in the depths of the valley crossed by the Medellin River, buildings signal the city center, highways full of cars, and as your gaze ascends the slopes, thousands of huddled houses hanging from cliffs, ravines, and gorges. Waves of migrants have tamed the hillsides, making them into a kind of vertical city.

China reorganizes Latin America’s economic map

Changes in the regional scenario are proceeding at a surprising velocity. At the opening of the first China CELAC forum in Beijing on January 8th, President Xi Jinping of China announced plans to double bilateral trade, to $500 billion in 2025.

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