Brazil’s New Anti-Terrorism Bill Criminalizes Social Protest

Escrito por  |  31 / August / 2015

The government of Brazil is on a determined path to place the country among the list of nations that have restructured their legal framework as it pertains to antiterrorism statutes, even though Brazil has never experienced an actual terrorist attack.

Brazil-US Accords: Back to the Backyard?

Escrito por  |  31 / August / 2015

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.”

Primaries in Argentina: The Ruling Party Near Triumph

Escrito por  |  28 / August / 2015

Primary elections in Argentina have confirmed the rumors. The ruling party, in its conservative strain embodied by the Governor of Buenos Aires Province, Daniel Scioli, can almost taste a final triumph with 38 %.

Sacred Land of Amazonian Munduruku To Be Flooded By Dam

Escrito por  |  24 / August / 2015

The federal government’s plan to expel the Munduruku from their ancestral lands goes against the constitution because the displacement of indigenous people is prohibited under Article 231. Article 231 recognizes the right of indigenous people to live permanently on their traditional territories.

Join the Campaign for Justice for Victor Jara

Escrito por  |  20 / August / 2015

The School of Americas Watch and the Center for Justice and Accountability are spearheading an international campaign for justice in the execution of Chilean folksinger, poet and activist Victor Jara. Please sign the petition and send the letters listed below. Our voices may not be as eloquent as Victor’s, but there is no more powerful expression than the demand for justice shared by thousands.

Rebuilding Community in Medellin’s Violent Slums

Escrito por  |  22 / July / 2015
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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.

Bolivia Takes its Case to International Court: Why Now?

Escrito por  |  27 / June / 2015

The perennial Bolivian quest for a sovereign Pacific port took a surprising turn in April 2013 when the Evo Morales administration instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, calling on it to rule that Chile had an obligation to negotiate an agreement with Bolivia granting it sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.