Articles by: NACLA
On January 12, 2010, for 30 seconds the earth shook and reduced Haiti—a nation already struggling with the historical weight of slavery, underdevelopment, imperialism, and intense internal divisions—to rubble. Haiti dominated the airwaves and cyberspace for weeks, bombarding world citizens with words and images at once contradictory, controversial, consuming, and ultimately confusing: The earthquake seemed to have as many meanings as people with access to a blog. In the newest edition of NACLA Report on the Americas (July/August 2010), we aim to sort out critical perspectives on the disaster. This means not only understanding the tectonic fault lines running beneath Haiti but also the deep economic, political, social, and historical cleavages within and surrounding the country.
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.
The mainstream media erupted with stories about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez publicly giving President Obama a Spanish-language copy of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America during the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad - but for all of the coverage, the media isn't telling the truth about this important book's message.
In early September, NACLA invited Lesley Gill, Greg Grandin, Deborah Poole, and Mark Weisbrot to participate in a roundtable discussion on the question of proposing a progressive U.S. foreign policy agenda toward Latin America. What follows is an amended version of that conversation, moderated by NACLA director and publisher Christy Thornton.