NACLA’s Winter issue has shipped and is now live on nacla.org! 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 nacla.org!