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Facebook distorts the concept of free speech, allows free rein to rich, powerful interests

By Keith Spencer Only three months ago, social media megalith Facebook made the universally-reviled announcement that they would not be fact-checking, censoring, or otherwise banning political ads that deceive or mislead. “We don’t believe [that] it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and […]

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Flood of Venezuelans makes life more difficult for Ecuador’s Colombian refugees

By Jeffrey D. Pugh, Luis F. Jiménez, and Bettina Latuff As a result of its decades-long international conflict, Colombia produced more than seven million displaced persons, a large portion of whom turned south, making Ecuador the largest recipient of refugees and asylum seekers in Latin America. During two decades of experience as a major host […]

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News media accepts OAS version of Bolivia election, refuses to acknowledge report criticism

By Joe Emersberger Organization of American States (OAS) election monitors  published a “final report” on December 4 on Bolivia’s October 20 presidential election, won by President Evo Morales — 22 days later than promised. The tardy release of the final report contrasted sharply with the way the OAS rushed to impugn the election the day […]

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Latin American protests show distrust of government and declining support for democracy

By Dinorah Azpuru  In the past few weeks, violent protests in Latin America have resulted in destroyed property, thousands of arrests and dozens of deaths. Observers, including scholars of the region, are surprised by the recent turmoil in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and especially in Chile. Nobody saw it coming. And yet these don’t come […]

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What’s behind the upheaval in Latin America?: The reasons go far beyond ideological labels

By Rafael Romo “What’s happening in Latin America?” That’s the question I’ve been getting in recent weeks from those who may not necessarily be familiar with the region but have noticed a spike in headlines this year about Latin America and the turmoil that countries like Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia have experienced. […]

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Evo Morales was ousted by a military coup but the mainstream media won’t report it

By Caitlin Johnstone There has been a military coup in Bolivia backed by violent right-wing  rioters and the U.S. government, but you’d hardly know this from any of the mainstream media headlines. “Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down following accusations of election fraud” proclaims CNN. “Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests” reports […]

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The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago but the brutality, greed and inequality of the old regime persists

By Lev Golinkin Thirty years ago, on November 9, the world was stunned to see ordinary Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, the dreaded symbol of totalitarianism. Seemingly overnight, Communist regimes across Eastern Europe dissolved; two years later, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist. Today, those images of men and women chiseling away the […]

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Rage in Latin America: Centuries of repression and inequality at the root of violent protests

By Jorge Ramos There is a rage brewing in Latin America. Aware that they don’t live in real democracies, the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are taking to the streets. In Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, citizens are angry about social inequality and the lack of economic opportunity. Meanwhile, Argentina’s government is turning back to […]

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Court ruling temporarily stops oil auction but the battle of Amazon indigenous communities to preserve their way of life continues

By Mitch Anderson In July, a court in Ecuador issued a ruling with profound implications for the urgent fight to save the imperiled Amazon rainforest. The decision effectively blocked a planned government oil auction that threatened half-a-million acres of some of the world’s most biodiverse primary rainforest. The broad outlines of the situation are sadly […]

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#SOSEcuador: Explaining the national protests led by the indigenous movement

By C.N.V. and L.E.S. On October 2, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno announced an economic decree that brought the country to a social and economic crisis. In March of this year, Moreno reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that required him to cut government spending, among other IMF conditions, in order to receive […]

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Moreno missed the signals for the indigenous revolt and now has no escape route

By Mac Margolis Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno knows something about indigenous politics. Before rising to the top office in 2017, he served two terms as vice president to Rafael Correa, the disruptive caudillo who tapped the frustrations of excluded indigenous communities to fuel his “Citizens Revolution” before they turned against him. Before that, Moreno saw […]

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