Society and Politics

Gwen Burnyeat visits Comuna 13, the Medellín community blighted by guerrilla, militia and state violence during Colombia's civil war and finds that graffiti and urban escalators have achieved a sense of pride and reconciliation. What does the Colombian peace deal mean to the communities that...
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The Tapajós River Basin lies at the heart of the Amazon, and at the heart of an exploding controversy: whether to build 40+ large dams, a railway, and highways, turning the Basin into a vast industrialized commodities export corridor; or to curb this development impulse and conserve one of the most...
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Walk around London and it’s hard to avoid the Spanish vowels swirling around the air. The recent influx of Spaniards and Latin Americans arriving through Spain adds yet another layer to the original Spanish speaking communities. To the English ear, it may all sound the same, but of course, a...
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Recently diagnosed with a complex form of blood cancer, friends of Ruby, a Salvadorian mother of two, have started a campaign to find a bone marrow donor of Salvadorian or Latin American descent to save her life. Elspeth Fuller makes a personal plea to the Latin American community to register as a...
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Artist and revolutionary, Ciro Bustos was a key confident of Che Guevara in his fated attempt to trigger revolution across Latin America, through Argentina and Bolivia. He was wrongly accused of betraying Che, when it is now largely believe to be Fidel himself who informed the secret services as to...
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A flurry of brutal deaths in Brazil's overcrowded prisons has shocked the country.
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David Wright in Lima reports on a scandal that spans three Peruvian presidencies and probably includes the current one...
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The Supreme Court and the Senate found a 'jeitinho' to get around part of their present impasse. But time and their credibility are running out.
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Colombians in the UK blog to express their hope, sadness and determination to keep peace alive
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Richard Gott, historian, journalist and one of the few foreigners who met both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, recounts his impressions of the 20th century revolutionary icon.
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More than a decade after the Pasta de Conchos mining disaster killed 65 miners in Mexico, families are asking the UK to help with their struggle for justice, reports Elizabeth Mistry
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Maya and Garifuna communities are resisting over-zealous national park regulation and encroaching oil exploration. Rachel Simon explores indigenous land rights and social issues in southern Belize over three blog posts. Rachel spent time in Belize recording voices of indigenous community land...
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A moving tribute to Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns on his 95th birthday
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