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On August 8, three members of Colombia's Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores (ASOTRECOL) sewed their lips shut, joining four others in a hunger strike to demand that GM assume responsibility for their workplace injuries. More people are expected to join each week that GM fails to address their demands.
The new face of global capitalism is everywhere in Latin America, from the fast-food chains and superstores that dominate local markets to vast new fields of soy run by transnational agribusiness. This article is the introduction to the Summer 2012 issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas, "Latin America and the Global Economy."
John Gibler's 2011 book, "To Die in Mexico," does not pretend to offer an easy solution to Mexico’s drug war, but the voices of survival and courage in the face of the country’s brutal narco-violence are a testament to the strength of the human soul and a reminder to keep fighting for the change we want to see.
In the violent agrarian conflict in the Bajo Aguan region of Honduras, a new financial deal and continued eviction threats are catching the attention of the international community.
Peruvian president Ollanta Humala was elected in 2011 as a left-wing “candidate of change,” promising to end corruption, strengthen national sovereignty, and expand social-welfare programs. But once in office, Humala quickly appointed neoliberal technocrats from previous administrations and struck out against major anti-mining mobilizations.
U. Roberto Romano’s 2011 documentary The Harvest (La Cosecha) reminds us of the human cost of what we eat. “In some countries, children work 14 hours a day, seven days a week,” he explains in the film. “In some countries, children 12 and younger pick crops. The United States of America is one of those countries.”
In Who Killed Che?, radical attorneys Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith lay out a forceful case indicting the U.S. government of having, in effect, killed Ernesto “Che” Guevara on October 9, 1967. This book review was published in the Spring 2012 issue of the NACLA Report on the Americas, "Central America: Legacies of War."
In Zapatista Spring, author Ramor Ryan reveals the ambivalent, contradictory, and neocolonial nature of “solidarity work” in one of the Zapatista autonomous municipalities of Chiapas, Mexico. His work blends the genres of diary, ethnography, novel, and zine in an allegory of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Writing for The New York Times’ Economix blog on March 15, Simon Johnson, a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), provides a well-argued defense of populism. But by offhandedly dismissing Latin American populism, his comentary examplifies the imperial double standard that keeps even “pro-populist” commentators from seeing the reality in developing countries.
On March 22, the global day of water, thousands participated in the Plurinational March for Water, Life, and Dignity to protest the Ecuadorian government’s promotion of large-scale mining—Correa’s government is the first to open up the country to large-scale mining.