NACLA Update 10/21/2011

Dear NACLA friends,

The new issue, "The Politics of Human Rights," went live online yesterday. Print Subscribers will start receiving this NACLA Report within a couple of weeks, but can already access the full issue online.

This edition collects a handful of essays on the question of human rights in Latin America, and how it is being used as a political weapon by the U.S. government in concert with its right-wing allies to discredit governments in the region that have most aggressively undermined U.S. hegemony.

The Human Rights Issue:

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:

Ed Stocker: 'Argentine Strength' Carrying Cristina Fernández to Presidential Re-Election

Emily Achtenberg: TIPNIS Marchers, Bolivian Voters Send Wake-Up Call to Evo Morales

Suzanna Reiss: A Right to Work for All

Fred Rosen: The President, the PRI, and the Poet

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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