Mapping the Moment

In our final print issue, “Mapping the Moment,” we chart the social and economic conditions shaping both U.S. hegemony and resistance today. You’ll read about Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, free-trade policy showdowns, Obama’s new Cuba policy, the left turn’s legacy, the drug war’s entrenched bureaucracy, and the role of our earth’s finite resources in societal transformation. You’ll also read about the contentious solidarity work of movements struggling for change along identity-based lines, be they Latina/o, LGBT, Afro-descendant, feminist—or all of the above.

Our Report, “Global Water Grab in the Andes,” guest-edited by Heather Williams, explores the clash between basic needs and the demands of transnational capital, nowhere more acute than in the Andes. With U.S., European, and Chinese demand driving global commodity prices upward in the last decade, Andean governments are now allocating existing surface and groundwater to the highest bidder, and ignoring the objections of communities to the de facto theft of water by failing to regulate polluters.


Taking Note

Colette Perold
In our final print issue, “Mapping the Moment,” we chart the social and economic conditions shaping both U.S. hegemony and resistance today.

From Around the Region

Ed Morales
The Radical Statehood doctrine made assertions that seem all the more relevant for U.S. Latinos today.
Coletta A. Youngers and Adam Schaffer
Washington has succeeded in creating an entrenched drug-war bureaucracy across Latin America. But the momentum in favor of reform is building in unexpected places.
Elisabeth Jay Friedman
For feminist organizing in Latin America, divergent identities and political beliefs must be seen as fundamental, rather than incidental, to the movement.
Rachel Sieder
Today's indigenous women's organizations are proposing alternatives to the hegemonic language of “gender equality” of the global feminist movement.
Alejandro Velasco
Beyond binaries and generalizations, vilification and glorification, where do we find Latin America’s “left turn” today?
Nicole Fabricant and Bret Gustafson
Extractivism today shapes a new hegemonic order that is sutured to global capitalism. What might a long-term mapping of its social and economic consequences reveal?
Ed Morales
Latina/os are best positioned to form a broad left agenda—beyond advocating immigration reform—to tackle hemispheric inequality at its roots.
Tanya Katerí Hernández
Advocates in the fight against poverty in Latin America often center class above race as the factor that most determines Afro-descendants’ life-chances. But a growing movement is setting the record straight.
Kirsten Weld
The NSA disclosures, Latin American backlash, and what it means for hemispheric relations.
R.A. Dello Buono and Ximena de la Barra
From the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas in 2005, to Washington’s sub-regional free-trade showdowns, to now, the biggest threat, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Arturo López-Levy
While Washington won’t be able to break apart Latin America’s “pink tide,” its new stance on Cuba is a test case for reasserting U.S. hegemony in the Western Hemisphere.
Annie Wilkinson
The high-profile LGBT rights gains of the last decade remain inaccessible or irrelevant for much of Latin America’s LGBT population.


Barbara Lynch
Peru’s 2009 water reform is not about alleviating water conflict, but about brokering the interests of international institutions and private sector investors.
Heather Williams
Climate-linked threats to economies, human health, and agro-ecosystems undoubtedly will occupy a growing place in the politics of land and water in the Andes.
Rachel Conrad
The Hidrotambo hydroelectric dam threatens one of Ecuador’s richest food-producing regions, without reducing Ecuador’s reliance on fossil fuels.
Rachel Conrad
"We have seen that there is bountiful knowledge and bravery here to defend the right to water. We are always united."
Heather Williams
International demand for gold, groceries, and energy is driving destructive policies that pollute and deplete the water supplies of rural communities and parched cities.
Heather Williams
Humala’s 2014 ban on informal mining has made for good press, but done little for the local communities the mines pollute or the majority of mine workers they employ.
Raúl Zurita
Original publication by Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, with translation by poet Daniel Borzutzky.


Von Díaz
Shifting Landscapes in ‘Latina/o Contemporary Media.’ . . .


María Ospina
Radio Ambulante co-founder and executive producer Daniel Alarcón talks to NACLA about the radio program’s journalistic lineage, the new immigrant reality, and stories that blow borders to bits.
David Hernández
NACLA panel discussion on open borders and lessons from the summer’s child migrant crisis.

From the Archive

Eduardo Galeano
In the name of free enterprise, freeways, and the freedom to buy, city air has been made unbreathable. The car is not the only guilty party, but it is the one that attacks city dwellers most directly.