Latin America

Sent by Ricardo Plaul, Argentina

Washington Still Has Problems With Democracy in Latin América (Mark Weisbrot) Sent by Ricardo Plaul, Argentina

NAFTA & Political Economy of Immigration (Collin Harris)

Why are Marines Disembarking in Costa Rica? (Atilio Boron)

Haiti:  Six months later, the situation has not improved (Wooldy Edson Louidor)

Argentina: Indigenous groups demand plurinational state (Hernán Scandizzo)

America Latina, EE.UU: Life Imitates Art: That Completes My Argument (Mark Weisbrot)

Latin America in the New World Order

    A series of international meetings and seminars held in Latin America and elsewhere in 1990-1991 indicate a common evaluation of the nature of Latin America's crisis, its dominant tendencies and counter-tendencies, and a constellation of surprisingly coinciding alternatives. All this takes place at a historical moment dominated by the crisis of model and theory as well as of an alternative vision of society and history itself. (See ARGENTINA)



 The Turbulent Waters of Pan de Azucar

     Published Date: 05-05-2009 , Type: Report , Source Date: 06-04-2009

      The mining company, Carmen de Andacollo (owned by Teck Cominco) has polluted the life of the town of Chepiquilla in Chile's Andacollo region for more than ten years. See


Pascua Lama Project (Argentina).

    Pascua Lama project moves forward - and so do citizens' groups

    Published Date: 05-05-2009 / Type: Report / Source Date: 30-04-2009
          As Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama gold project, straddling Chile and Argentina, comes closer to fruition, a meeting of Argentina's unique Union of Citizens' Assemblies delivers resoundingly rejects "economic model(s)... plundering natural resources and destroying livelihoods."

Argentina: Water is Worth More Than Gold! 300 Organizations Collectively Say "No To Open-Pit Mining"

Also see Proyecto Minero de Pascua Lama (in Spanish)


Latin American Crises , by Héctor Penna, Argentina

The southern part of America beginning in Mexico was called in the XIX Century "Latin America" (LA) (1) as a way to extend continental European territoriality in a so called fourth stage of expansion of the Roman Empire. Some sources attribute to Michel Chevalier (an adviser of Napoleon III in France) to coin the term LA when the 1853 expedition to Mexico.


Latin America in the New World order


                             Revista "ENVÍO", Nicaragua


         Speech by Xabier Gorostiaga, president of the Regional Coordinator of Economic and Social Research (CRIES), to the Latin America Sociology Association Conference, Havana, May 1991.

"The depth and speed of the changes throughout the world make the 1990s very strategic. The structural and all-encompassing nature of these changes has the character of a "fourth long wave" in the cycles described by the Soviet economist Kondratief. It is thus in this decade that the correlation of international forces that will dominate the first part of the 21st century will be defined"


What really happened in Venezuela?

            A senior election observer, Jennifer McCoy, gives an insider's account of last month's controversial referendum on Hugo ChávezSep 2nd 2004

The beginning of the End for Hugo Chávez



            Apathy, splits and a revitalised opposition thwart “21st-century socialism” Dec 6th 2007From The Economist  print edition

         Defeat for Hugo Chávez

 The wind goes out of the revolution 

                Venezuelans have seen the future—and many of them realise that it doesn't work


     Marital bliss 

                A different Kirchner is in charge, but many of the policies remain the sameDec 13th 2007        




Latin America at the margin of World System History

   Latin America was outside the Afro-Eurasian world system until its  incorporation in 1492. Then, as part of one of the cyclical upswing  expansions of this world system, what came to be known as Latin  America was incorporated into the same. However, Latin America was  only incorporated into a subordinate and dependent position therein from which it has never emerged



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