The Communal State: Communal Councils, Communes, and Workplace Democracy By Dario Azzellini

9 July 2013 — NACLA


The particular character of what Hugo Chávez called the Bolivarian process lies in the understanding that social transformation can be constructed from two directions, “from above” and “from below.” Bolivarianism—or Chavismo—includes among its participants both traditional organizations and new autonomous groups; it encompasses both state-centric and anti-systemic currents. The process thus differs from traditional Leninist or social democratic approaches, both of which see the state as the central agent of change; it differs as well from movement-based approaches that conceive of no role whatsoever for the state in a process of revolutionary change.

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Photo Essay: Profit and Violence in the Name of Comprehensive Immigration Reform By Todd Miller

17 April 2013 — NACLA Border Wars

On April 16, the U.S. Senate’s so-called “Gang of 8” released their 844-page plan for comprehensive immigration reform entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The border policing aspect of the bill (among many other things) envisions $3 billion for more surveillance systems, including unmanned aerial drones, $1.5 billion for more barriers on the boundary, and the addition of 3,500 more Customs and Border Protection agents (CBP includes the U.S. Border Patrol). This would be on top of the $18 billion (figure from 2012) that the U.S. government already spends on border and immigration enforcement per year, an expense that is more than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined.

NYT Debates Hugo Chavez–Minus the Debate By Peter Hart

8 March 2013 — FAIR Blog 

nyt-ch“On Eve of His Funeral, Debating Chávez’s Legacy” is the headline over William Neuman‘s piece in the New York Times today (3/8/13). Funny headline, since there was no one in the Times‘ “debate” who argued that Chávez left much of anything.

Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo ticks off the countries that supposedly didn’t follow the Chávez model. A former U.S. ambassador weighs in, talking about how unappealing Venezuela is to other countries. “The intention of Venezuela to be the shining light of the new left has not been realized,” explains a Brazilian professor. He was “a very polarizing figure,” says ubiquitous media source (and walking conflict of interest) Michael Shifter. Continue reading

Video: Chavez Misses Inauguration, Will Be Sworn in by Supreme Court if he Recovers

11 January, 2013The Real News Network


Alex Main (CEPR): Venezuelan opposition hopes to take advantage of crisis but after sweeping state elections and winning decisively in the Presidential election, Chavez forces unlikely to lose power in a new election


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The “Enforcers”: MINUSTAH and the Culture of Violence in Port-au-Prince

28 November 2011 — COHA

This analysis was prepared by COHA Research Associate Courtney Frantz

  • Although at first glance it may seem that Haitian protests against the presence of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) are due to scattered incidents of violence committed by its members against locals, a close examination reveals a pattern of systematic acts of heavy repression against the population. Continue reading

New on 27 May, 2010: Latin America & China / Puerto Rico / Bolivia elections

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What’s Left for Latin America to Do With China?
by Kevin Gallagher
The high-gloss, made-for-flat-screen multi-billion dollar signing ceremonies between Chinese and Latin American officials have been staged to portray the triumphant return of the New International Economic Order. Yes, it’s true, the Global South is banding together again to trade once more. But wait a minute. Why are recent reports by the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development also hailing this increase in China-Latin American trade relations?

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2010 edition of NACLA Report on the Americas.

Student Strike in Puerto Rico Continues With Increasing International Support
by Paola Reyes
Monday, May 24 marked the sixth week of a student strike at the University of Puerto Rico after protests began on April 21. Students are protesting $100 million budget cuts, increases in tuition, and changes to the university program. The student strike was intended to be only a 48 hour stoppage, but university officials were unwilling to negotiate with students. Now, after six weeks, the strike continues amidst reports of police brutality. International support is increasing for the students, including from New Yorkers who held a rally on May 18.

Bolivia: Elections Deepen Local Democracy
by Emily Achtenberg
While the results of Bolivia’s April 4 regional and local elections are now officially certified, their significance-who really won and lost-continues to be debated. President Evo Morales’s political party MAS has extended the geographic reach of its support, making important gains in the resource-rich lowland regions, a bastion of the right-wing opposition. But the vote also shows that MAS is far from a hegemonic political machine. Moreover, the major political challenge confronting them today is coming not from the largely discredited right, but from emergent new forces on the left, including strong, local grass-roots initiatives.

New on NACLA Report on the Americas 6 May, 2010

Hollman Morris to Be Awarded Chavkin Journalism Prize
Investigative journalist Hollman Morris will receive the 2010 Samuel Chavkin Prize for Integrity in Latin American Journalism in honor of his brave work exposing human rights abuses committed by paramilitaries and the Colombian state.

Oaxaca Caravan Attack: The Paramilitarization of Mexico
by Kristin Bricker
On April 27, gunmen killed two activists on their way to the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, as a part of an international aid caravan. The caravan’s goal was to break a paramilitary siege that has left San Juan Copala, in the indigenous Triqui region of southern Mexico, cut off from the outside world since January, and to deliver food, clothing, and medicine. The attack, representative of Mexico’s long history of paramilitarism, again exposes the country’s political war against dissent, a reality too often hidden amidst Mexico’s daily drug-related violence.
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From the May/June 2010 NACLA Report
Out of the Past, a New Honduran Culture of Resistance
by Dana Frank

Whatever comes next in Honduras, tens of thousands of ordinary Hondurans, from its new culture of resistance, will meet it with nerves of steel, forged in the terrible repression that followed the military coup last June. At least 40 people in the resistance have been killed, more than 3,000 illegally detained, and hundreds raped, beaten, and/or tortured in detention. For every person who has bravely come forward to testify about human rights abuses, there are five behind him or her terrified to speak out for fear of reprisals. And yet Hondurans have emerged from all this with a new sense of their own personal and collective powers. What exactly is this new creature, the Honduran resistance?

This article appears in the May/June 2010 edition of NACLA Report on the Americas.

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