NACLA Update 10/13/2011

Dear NACLA friends,

Subscribers will already have online access early next week to the upcoming issue, "The Politics of Human Rights." This edition of the NACLA Report will examine how the United States government and its right-wing allies have adopted a human rights discourse to discredit progressive Latin American governments.

Human Rights Issue Preview:

Lorraine Bayard de Volo, a political scientist who focuses on women's political mobilization and the history of feminism in Latin America, looks at Cuba's Damas de Blanco, and how WikiLeaks documents have linked them with the support of powerful allies, including the U.S. government.

International relations scholar Arturo López Levy discusses the centerpiece of U.S policy toward Cuba, the Helms-Burton law, which mandates a "soft" approach to bolstering civil society and "democracy promotion" in Cuba, while causing many humanitarian concerns.

Anthropologist Nicole Fabricant sketches a critical portrait of Bolivia's aggrieved regionalist right-wingers, who today assert themselves as the victims of a totalitarian regime under President Evo Morales.

Gregory Wilpert, a sociologist and frequent commentator on Venezuelan politics, argues that the right has successfully harnessed the power of the country's political polarization, staging protests and other actions that are deliberately calculated to provoke conflict and create spectacles in which the Chávez government will react in a heavy-handed manner.

Finally, NACLA editor Michael Fox interviews Bertha Oliva, a leading human rights activist in Honduras. Her organization, COFADEH, was founded in 1982, just as the Reagan administration was discovering human rights to be the potent rhetorical weapon it is today.

This week Online:

Todd Miller: Photo Essay: Migration in Oaxaca

Fred Rosen: Gangsters or Paramilitaries: What's in a Name?

Nazih Richani: Congress Prepares for U.S.-Colombia FTA Vote: Producers Expect the Worst

Emily Achtenberg: Bolivia: Exploiting the TIPNIS Conflict

Suzanna Reiss: Dancing With the Devil: Drug War Politics in Bolivia

NACLA's Digital Archive

Now that we are approaching our 45th anniversary, don't forget to visit our archive and read the award-winning articles that have made the NACLA Report on the Americas the most reliable resource for progressive politics in the region. Subscribers and customers will be able to download PDFs of full issues soon.

Upcoming NACLA Events:

NACLA will cosponsor "Impugning Impunity: A human Rights Documentary Film Series" from November 3-5 at the Museum of the City of New York. The festival will kick off with Hollman Morris' "Impunity" on November 3rd at 6 pm, followed by a Q&A with the Colombian journalist. Other films featured are: "Prosecutor," "The Mexican Suitcase," "Granito," and "Nostalgia of Light." Subscribers can read a review of "Nostalgia of Light" in our archive.

Stay tuned for upcoming interviews, event announcements, and previews.

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