Latin America solidarity – general or not otherwise covered

This includes articles and alerts about Latin America that are general in nature, or that are not already covered in more specific geographical categories.

REVIEW: The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American

The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American By Emir Sader, Verso, 2011, 169 pp. Review by Midge Quandt The title of The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American Left, by Brazilian writer, Emir Sader, is taken from Marx to refer to the revolutionary impulse, which burrows quietly underground until it comes to the…

Book Review: New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence,

New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence, Eds. Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg and Kenneth E. Sharpe, New York, 2012, 263 pages. Review by Midge Quandt           This book consists of a group of essays about participatory democracy in Latin America. Participatory democracy is direct citizen participation in the political arena;…

A MAGNIFICENT WOMAN. 9/11 40th anniversary

9/11 is the 40th anniversary of the appalling Nixon/Kissinger/Pinochet coup in Chile, the first terrorist act on that fateful date. To honor Salvador Allende, Victor Jara and the thousands of other victims whose loved ones still cry out their names into the darkness (including those of the World Trade Center), here’s an article recognizing the…

Latin America Goes Global

In the Periodical Literature: Reviews of Essays from the Journals Midge Quandt Latin America Goes Global “Latin America in the New Global Capitalism,” by William I. Robinson, from NACLA: Report on the Americas 45, No. 2 (Summer 2012): 3-18. In a recent article, William Robinson, a University of California professor, assesses the transition in Latin…

Guatemalan Femicide: The Legacy of Repression and Injustice

by Cyril Mychalejko (Reprinted from Toward Freedom–please check out their “AFGJ-recommended” website at:  http://www.towardfreedom.com/ ) One generally overlooked feature of Guatemalan government and military’s 36-year (1960-96) genocidal counterinsurgency campaign against the country’s Mayan population is the strategy of targeting women with violence.

Occupy Wall Street and Grassroots Movements in Latin America

by Midge  Quandt (AFGJ Board Emeritus) The Occupy Wall Street movement that by December 2011 had spread to 900 cities world-wide led me to question my earlier allegiance to the idea that government/the state is the most effective avenue to radical social change. The Occupy movement also led me to revisit a related argument that…

Labor, Sweatshops and CAFTA in Nicaragua

By Steve Watrous (Watrous is a professor and Chair of the Milwaukee Fair Trade Coalition.) As I walked through the big room of a clothing factory in Managua’s free trade zone, where about 800 workers were busy sewing and ironing black Wrangler jeans, the heat was horrible for a visitor from the north. I saw…

November 18-20, 2011: Converge at the gates of Ft. Benning

Stand up for dignity, justice, solidarity and self-determination at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia! Shut Down the SOA and Resist U.S. Militarization in the Americas! (The following alert was originally sent by our friends at SOA Watch.) Join thousands of solidarity activists, torture survivors, union workers, people of faith, students, immigrants, veterans and others…