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    From the Castros to Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel: continuity or change?

From the Castros to Cuba’s new president Miguel Díaz-Canel: continuity or change?

Miguel Díaz-Canel’s presidency is likely to represent a continuation of the “negotiative process” that has allowed government and society alike to adapt to evolving challenges ever since 1959, write Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University) and Isabel Story (University of Nottingham).

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    Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Fifty years after the controversial May ’67 trial, France continues to criminalise activists in Guadeloupe

Recent attempts to criminalise trade unionists involved in the 2009 French Caribbean general strike recall the trial of independence activists following the May ’67 Pointe-à-Pitre massacre in Guadeloupe, writes Grace Carrington (LSE Department of International History).

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    Banking on a ‘shithole’: US-led racial capitalism in Haiti began long before Trump

Banking on a ‘shithole’: US-led racial capitalism in Haiti began long before Trump

City Bank’s history in Haiti shows how racial ideology and economic policy have long coalesced to justify colonisation in Latin America and the Caribbean, writes Peter James Hudson (University of California, Los Angeles).

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    The implications of a divisive Summit of the Americas in Lima

The implications of a divisive Summit of the Americas in Lima

The 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, will be divisive, potentially leaving Latin America and the Caribbean in leaderless disarray just when changing international relationships require unity and a common identity, writes David Jessop (Caribbean Council).

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    The only thing keeping Venezuela’s Maduro in power is the opposition

The only thing keeping Venezuela’s Maduro in power is the opposition

If Venezuela’s opposition really wants to remove Nicolas Maduro, it must unite behind renegade candidate Henri Falcon, writes Asa Cusack (LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre). • n.b. republished courtesy of Al Jazeera; Creative Commons licence does not apply

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    Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

Colombia elections 2018: the perils of polarisation for a precarious peace

As Colombia enters its most important electoral cycle in recent history, right-wing proposals for renewed militarisation are gaining ground on support for the peace process, while the left remains highly divided. In these extreme conditions, there exists a real danger that the peace process could be reversed, writes Tobias Franz (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá).

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    Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia must rethink the role of truth commissions to secure the rights of victims of conflict

Colombia’s Truth Commission must break away from dominant ideas of ‘turning the page’ through a ritual of purification. It needs instead to adopt a transformative approach to transitional justice, truth commissions, and collective memory, as well as creating a broad-based ‘National Dialogue for Truth’ that goes beyond regulating the Commission and involves society as a whole, writes Diana Gómez (Universidad de los Andes).

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    ¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

¿Las reparaciones están transformando la vida de las mujeres colombianas? Dinámicas de género de la Ley de Víctimas

En lugar de tratar a las mujeres como dependientes o inferiores, las reparaciones podrían reforzar la construcción de ciudadanía con perspectiva de género en el largo plazo. Hace falta cambiar su enfoque, escribe Sanne Weber (University of Birmingham).

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    US encouragement of a military coup in Venezuela is dangerous for both countries

US encouragement of a military coup in Venezuela is dangerous for both countries

Publicly condoning military action and using economic sanctions to provoke it will only exacerbate Venezuelan suffering and further damage the tattered reputation of the US on democracy and human-rights issues in the Western Hemisphere, writes Timothy M. Gill (University of North Carolina, Wilmington).

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    Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Femicide in Ciudad Juárez is enabled by the regulation of gender, justice, and production in Mexico

Ciudad Juárez operates as a necropolis where femicide legislation coexists with reductionist and patriarchal approaches to gender violence. The victims of killings and disappearances are presented as prostitutes, and those who investigate are seen to be staining the city’s good name. Mexico’s lax justice system and the free-trade zones of the maquiladora industry provide the enabling context, writes María Encarnación López (London Metropolitan University).