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Global Left Midweek – Focus on Latin America

Big demands, big changes from Santiago de Cuba to Santiago de Chile

Unions march in support of striking teachers’ unions, toward the National Assembly in Panama City. Panamanians have taken to the streets in protest for weeks, building upon anger over fuel prices. Credit, Arnulfo Franco - staff, AP
  1. Lessons From Colombia
  2. Internationalism of the Landless
  3. Panama National Strike
  4. The Mapuche: Across Borders
  5. Argentina: Trans Rights
  6. More on Chiles New Constitution
  7. CARICOM/Venezuela
  8. Ecuador: Indigenous Protests Against Austerity
  9. Antigua: Same-Sex Marriage Victory
  10. Cuba: Referendum on Family Plan

 

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Lessons From Colombia

Tatiana Garavito and María Faciolince Martina / African Arguments (London)

Colombia has taken a huge step towards a more plural and inclusive democracy and revived the possibility of changing long entrenched dynamics. This election is a historic victory for all of us worldwide: it shows us a transformed political space and a genuine possibility for sustained change. 

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Internationalism of the Landless

João Pedro Stedile / Peoples Dispatch (New Delhi)

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Anyone who spends years in Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, South Africa or Zambia will never be the same again. They will now have the experience of another language, another culture, a more pluralistic vision of reality. On their return, they will be more committed, more flexible, more reflective, and less sectarian.

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National Strike in Panama

Al Jazeera (Doha)

Thousands of Panamanian protesters have taken to the streets in recent weeks to demand the government put a stop to rising inflation and corruption. President Laurentino Cortizo recently announced measures to cut fuel costs and put a cap on the price of basic food items – but protesters said they were not enough and promised to continue demonstrating.

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The Mapuche: Across Borders

Leonardo Oliva / Equal Times (Brussels)

The conflict in southern Chile and Argentina, involving political radicalisation and violence, shines a spotlight on an existential problem in Latin America – what is the place of the millions of historically invisibilised Indigenous peoples?

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Argentina: Trans Rights

Alessandra Viggiano and Siobhán McGuirk / Red Pepper (London)

Shortly after the turn of the new millennium, following years of cronyism and febrile neoliberalisation, the people again took to the streets. Grassroots trans rights organisations had already begun to form through shared efforts to repeal colonial-era penal codes that enabled police repression of ‘scandalous’ behaviour, including public cross-dressing.

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Chile's New Constitution is Not a Done Deal

Paul Constant / Insider (New York)

Chile’s proposed new constitution increases labor force participation by requiring gender parity in government, breaks corporate monopolies over environmental resources, and establishes government offices that would create a social safety net ensuring more robust economic inclusion from low-income populations. 

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CARICOM States Denounce US Sanctions on Venezuela

Amandala (Belize City)

The regional body is urging the US to lift sanctions against Venezuela in hopes of restoring the region’s access to energy through Venezuela’s PetroCaribe Program.

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Ecuador:
Indigenous Protests Against Austerity

Sara Herschander / Waging Nonviolence (Brooklyn)

Since demonstrations began on June 13, led primarily by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, thousands of Indigenous protesters have marched through the capital of Quito and other regions, demanding the government take action to lower fuel prices, address rampant inflation, cease plans to privatize public sectors and provide funding to public education. 

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Antigua: Movements Eliminate Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Gemma Handy / BBC News (London)

The country's high court ruled that the law contravened constitutionally guaranteed rights to liberty, freedom of expression and protection of personal privacy. Campaigners say it is a major victory in a country where homophobia is rife. The case was brought by a gay man in sync with two rights groups.

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Cuba: Public Referendum on Family Plan

Ariel Dacal Díaz / OnCuba News (Miami)

The State must support the promotion of the ideas of the LGBTIQ+ community against fundamentalist religious groups that are against the recognition of diversity, and that are in better positions of social and economic power in the face of communities of diversity.