FOR A LIMITED TIME: Open Access to NACLA's Winter Issue "Radical Cities"


Dear Naclistas,

We hope you are having a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season. As 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to share a selection of articles from the Winter issue of the NACLA Report currently available open access—but only for a limited time. "Radical Cities" is a collaboration with the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU that looks at radical urban politics in Latin America, from the 1980s onwards. Below, you will find articles on popular movements in Venezuela; El Alto, Bolivia; Medellín, Colombia; and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Also available from the archives is a reflection on the enduring legacy of OSPAAAL in Cuba, which closed this year. (Click here to see the full Table of Contents)

These articles represent the best of what NACLA has to offer: in-depth progressive news and analysis on Latin America from some of the best experts from around the region, in English AND Spanish. Which is why we are asking our readers to make a small, tax-deductibe donation of just $25 to ensure NACLA can continue this work in 2020. As always, we are thankful for your support and look forward to the year ahead. Visit or click the button below to donate.



Once-hopeful experiments in local democracy have largely succumbed to the crushing crisis gripping Venezuela. What can we learn from their demise?
Known as the epicenter of anti-austerity rebellion during Bolivia’s Gas War, El Alto remains a powerful example of the potential for local movements to leverage their cities to shape national politics.
Alexandra Young
Medellín's flagship public space interventions fall short of remedying structural problems, but for local residents in Comuna 13, the city's changes offer a platform to advance their struggles for social justice in creative ways.
Leandro Benmergui & Rafael Soares Gonçalves
Rio de Janiero's poor communities face increasing vulnerability as armed groups expand control of entire neighborhoods, operating illicit businesses from protection rackets to real estate, with dire consequences for local residents living under a violent parallel state.
Fernando Camacho Padilla & Eugenia Palieraki
Closing its doors after over half a century of promoting internationalism from Havana, the Organization of Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America leaves a historical and artistic record of unprecedented Third World solidarity.
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