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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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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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Isabel Camus worked for Chile’s nationalized copper company and was a close aide of Salvador Allende. In the days leading up to the coup in 1973, Isabel travelled to Europe to try to counteract a big legal operation mounted by the Americans to stop governments buying Chilean copper. This journey...
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Ciro Bustos was Che Guevara’s right-hand man in Argentina and survivor of Che’s Bolivia campaign. Once accused of betraying Che, in his new book ‘Che Wants to See You’ Ciro relates what really happened and his life beside the world’s most famous revolutionary. Latinolife talked to the painter-...
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Liberation theology is a brand of Catholicism that prioritises the helping of the poor by actively seeking social change, and came to prominence in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s. Many priests who took this position were persecuted by the Vatican and assassinated by the dictatorships of the...
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In 1937, as Bilbao was being bombarded, 4,000 Basque children arrived in Southamption, thanks to some extraordinary individuals who defied the British government's official policy of appeasement (which ultimately contributed to the victory of Fascism in Spain). This is the incredible story of...
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2011's Latin American bi-centenaries saw governments celebrating their national heroes again. In Argentina, a broader process of revising its recent 'Dirty War' history has made many eager to revisit their more distant past of indigenous annihilation. It means uncovering some...
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In this second part of our article on the Argentine national hero, we travel with Sarmiento to Africa where he took notes on how the French waged war on the natives to promote white immigration and settlement. The lessons he learnt, argues Richard Gott, were to be crucial to Argentina's future.
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From Francisco de Miranda and the revolutionaries of the Wars of Independence to Ricky Villa and the workers of today.
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Despite countless books, documentaries and feature films about Latin America's most famous drugs lord, until now a word has never been publically uttered about Pablo Escobar by his family. Sixteen years after his death, now residing in Argentina, Escobar’s son has finally agreed to share his...
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The word ‘Latino’ may conjure up style and swagger (Latino Life, of course, equalling all things cool). But having been created as a tool in Europe’s colonial tussle for territory, is the word really cool or has Latin America come to signify relegated America? Being an introspective and thoughtful...
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