NACLA Update 10/28/2011

Dear NACLA friends,

Join the National Lawyers' Guild, NY CISPES, Brandworkers International and NACLA for a discussion on the work of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Human Rights in El Salvador. Special guest from El Salvador, Yanira Cortez Estévez, will discuss the protection and promotion of the environment as a human right. NACLA readers can also get more information about environmental protection in El Salvador in our current Human Rights issue.

Where: Fordham University School of Law, Rm. 211, 140 W. 62nd St.
When: November 1, 2011 , 12:30PM

Next week, NACLA will also cosponsor "Impugning Impunity: A human Rights Documentary Film Series."  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.

Where: Mueseum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
When: November 3rd thru 5th, screenings begin at 6 and 6:30 pm.

This Week Online:

Todd Miller: Mexico Goverment-Drug Cartel Collusion: The Hybrid Threat
Fred Rosen: Double Speak and Intervention in Mexico
Nazih Richani: Is the FARC Retaking the Military Offensive in Colombia?
Emily Achtenberg: TIPNIS Marchers, Bolivian Voters Send Wake-Up Call to Evo Morales

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.

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