Democracy and Society

Venezuela: Petro-‘Socialism’ in its Labyrinth

Escrito por  |  20 / April / 2014

Economic crisis, product shortages, and polarization paint a scenario in which the continuity of the Bolivarian movement is at stake. So is the sovereignty of a country that dared to challenge dependence on the global superpower.

“Because we remember, we sow justice”

Escrito por  |  9 / April / 2014

There have been major advances in truth and justice movements in recent years. But of all the goals of the movements for truth and justice, the most important is the least achieved: to guarantee the crimes will not be repeated.

Migrant Shelter Sees Growing Number of Minors Heading North

Escrito por  |  9 / April / 2014

Increasingly, children are found among the thousands of Central American migrants traversing Mexico in hopes of making it into the United States. Although shelters take them in, current immigration policy and practices are not equipped to protect their rights.

NAFTA Linked to Massive Human Rights Violations in Mexico

Escrito por  |  3 / April / 2014

In a series of preliminary opinions, an international tribunal of conscience has condemned massive violations of human rights in Mexico.

Lessons from the Costa Rican Elections

Escrito por  |  2 / April / 2014
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The results of the Feb. 2 elections in Costa Rica surprised the left party, leaving it out of what is now a one-candidate run-off election. We talked to Maria Florez-Estrada of the Broad Front about what happened and what to expect.

Brazil’s World Cup Security Turns Repressive

Escrito por  |  1 / April / 2014

The fear that mass demonstrations could take place during the World Cup – like those during the Confederations Cup last June – is leading the government to militarize against the protests, with incredibly repressive strategies. And half of the Brazilian population rejects the Cup.

Salvadoran Youth, Facing Big Challenges, Mobilize for Mar. 9 Election

Escrito por  |  7 / March / 2014

As El Salvador heads into the March 9 run-off election to decide who will be the next president, its youth suffer the brunt of problems facing the nation. Lack of job opportunities, a declining economy, and continued gang violence have spurred young people to get more involved this election.