Latin America - Culture and Politics
Chemical Warfare in Colombia
Sue Branford, Hugh O'Shaughnessy
While the US wages the 'War on Terror' in the Middle East, it is conducting a terror campaign of its own closer to home. Chemical spraying is being used in Colombia as a deterrent and to destroy 'illicit' coca crops. But most people growing coca are poor campesinos with no alternatives to make a liv...
Last Resorts 2nd Edition
The Caribbean has the fortune--and the misfortune--to be everyone's idea of a tropical paradise. Its sun, sand and scenery attract millions of visitors each year and make it a profitable destination for the world's fastest growing industry. Tourism is increasingly touted as its only hope of creating...
Patterns of Protest
Bolivia leapt onto the front pages of the news in October 2003, when the 'Gas Wars' protests caused the ousting of Bolivia's President, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. In the Gas Wars the indigenous inhabitants, trade unions, and other civil society groups came together to protest the sale of Bolivian na...
The Future of Memory
Children experience the world in vivid and indelible ways. For those who had to suffer the reality of the last Argentinian dictatorship (1976-1983), the memories of that time remain powerfully present. The Future of Memory is made up of almost thirty testimonies, which between them provide a uni...
The Left in the City
Daniel Chavez, Benjamin Goldfrank
The Left in the City explores examples of the left in local and state government from across the continent, from Mexico to Uruguay, and examines its successes and failures in government.
The Battle of Venezuela
Venezuelan President Hugh Chavez inspires hatred and devotion in equal measure in his country. Historically one of South America's more stable democracies, since 2000 Venezuela has become increasingly polarised politically, as the divide among the pro- and anti-Chavistas has grown ever wider. Chavez...
State Repression and the Struggles for Memory
Opening the newspapers in South America at the beginning of the 21st century can feel like being caught in static time: so many of the contemporary news stories point to the persistence of a past which is definitely not "over". The attempts to try Pinochet, the continuing searches for the disappeare...
We Are Millions
Neo-liberalism has claimed another victim: Argentina. Since the 1970s, a brutal transference of resources from the poor to the rich has taken place here. The wealthy have exploited the tools of neo-liberalism to make fast profits for themselves and international interests without a thought for the c...
This work is an introduction to who's who and what is really happening in Colombia. In one volume, it brings together the best material published on the war, the economy, social impact and prospects of peace in Colombia. It sets out, in a clear journalistic style, the human rights and internal refug...
Sue Branford, Bernardo Kucinski, Hilary Wainwright
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula) became Latin America's first democratically elected socialist leaders since Salvador Allende on October 27, 2002. He achieved nearly 62 per cent of the vote, to become the first left-wing politician to win his country's presidency. But behind this victory for Lula an...