NACLA's Final Print Issue is Here! Mapping the Moment

NACLA Update


Dear Naclistas,


NACLA’s Winter issue has shipped and is now live on! 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, crucially, all of the above.


Our Report, “Global Water Grab in the Andes,” explores the clash between basic needs and the demands of transnational capital, nowhere more acute than in the Andes, where Latin America’s greatest percentage of people live in arid regions. 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.


And finally, be sure to check out our photo essay by architect Felipe Arturo, our interview with Radio Ambulante’s Daniel Alarcón, and our original poetry by Raúl Zurita!


We hope you enjoy this final edition of the Report, and that you continue to follow us on!

What Obama’s New Cuba Policy Means for the Rest of the Americas

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.

Radically Reshaping Latina/o America

Ed Morales

Latina/os are best positioned to form a broad left agenda—beyond advocating immigration reform—to tackle hemispheric inequality at its roots.

Washington’s Prying Eyes

Kirsten Weld

The NSA disclosures, Latin American backlash, and what it means for hemispheric relations.

Peru’s Media-Friendly Mining Ban Conceals Toxic Inaction

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.

Reimagining Latin America’s Most Beloved News Source

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.