SOUTH AMERICA

The Fourth Transformation: Benefit of the doubt or responsible criticism?

Escrito por  |  14 / December / 2018

There’s no doubt that after the blue skies and sunshine of December 1st, there are already clouds on the horizon. But the role of an engaged citizen cannot be to simply cross your arms and watch the storm roll in while saying “I told you so”. Giving President López Obrador the benefit of the doubt is to replicate the old styles of rulers who demanded unconditional support for their actions and cloaked themselves in authoritarian power and self-praise. Seeing treachery before it happens ignores the need for facts-based judgement and closes doors.

AMLO’s Inauguration and the Future of Mexico

Escrito por  |  4 / December / 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador was inaugurated Saturday, in a ceremony unlike any other seen in Mexico. What’s next for the new president?

The Extreme Right in Brazil and Lessons for Renewing the Left in Latin America

Escrito por  |  20 / November / 2018

The victory of the extreme right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, in Brazil’s presidential elections and the fall of the Workers Party are having a profound impact on the rest of the countries of Latin America. These dramatic events require close analysis on the left– to learn from what happened and avoid being shut out as an option for change, and to prevent further victories of the ultra-right.

The Man Who Hopes to Block the Ultra-Right in Brazil

Escrito por  |  19 / October / 2018

After a major defeat in the first round, the Brazilian Workers’ Party and progressives are pinning their waning hopes on a second-round miracle for candidate Fernando Haddad.

Brazil’s Far-Right Candidate Banks on Fear and Fundamentalism

Escrito por  |  29 / September / 2018

Supported by evangelical churches and the right, Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate is hoping his extreme views can convince a majority.

Argentina’s Dead-End Relationship with the IMF

Escrito por  |  17 / September / 2018

Facing a recession, the Argentine government is renegotiating its stand-by agreement with the IMF, turning Argentina into a scenario of political crisis and growing social mobilization.

Patagonia, the Mapuche struggle for the survival of the planet

Escrito por  |  14 / September / 2018

The current government of Argentina has waged a fierce fight against the Mapuche who defend their territory with assassinations, political imprisonment and criminalization of defenders of the land.