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    Argentina’s Operation Condor trial opens up new paths to accountability for past atrocities in South America and beyond

Argentina’s Operation Condor trial opens up new paths to accountability for past atrocities in South America and beyond

Following a trial that lasted over three years, in May 2016 a federal criminal court in Buenos Aires convicted fifteen defendants for crimes against more than 100 victims of the infamous Operation Condor. For the first time, a court of law had recognised the existence of this transnational terror network, which was used to hunt down political opponents in South […]

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    From Bolivian cocaine to Colombian gold, low-level involvement in illicit economies is often driven by poverty and marginalisation

From Bolivian cocaine to Colombian gold, low-level involvement in illicit economies is often driven by poverty and marginalisation

Across Latin America, many impoverished communities rely on income from illicit economies for their survival, yet international development agencies and NGOs have long been reluctant to confront this uncomfortable truth and address its development implications. Drawing on the inaugural issue of LSE’s Journal of Illicit Economies and Development, Allan Gillies (University of Glasgow) looks at what international policy and research communities can do […]

Where is our political turmoil headed? Look to Bolivia

Bolivia’s recent history of political disintegration offers vital insights into how and why party systems across the West are losing their relevance. Everything points to a future where changes in the nature of work and political realignments along racial, religious, ethnic, linguistic, and territorial lines could mark the end of the liberal project, writes Jean-Paul Faguet (LSE International Development).

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    Understanding patterns of protest against Cuba’s medical internationalism

Understanding patterns of protest against Cuba’s medical internationalism

The presence of Cuban healthcare professionals in countries like Brazil, Bolivia, and Haiti has followed a clear path from protest to acceptance, but the case Venezuela shows the vital importance of political neutrality, write Emily J. Kirk (Dalhousie University), Chris Walker (St Mary’s University), and Arturo Méndez (University of Camagüey).

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    Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

Colombia’s ruling on legal protection for the Amazon continues Latin America’s struggle for the commons

The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of 25 young plaintiffs seeking protection of their rights to life, health, food, and a healthy environment obliges the government to design an inter-generational pact to reduce deforestation and gas emissions. This highlights the connection between protection of the environment and intergenerational solidarity, as well as underlining personal and social responsibility for the impact […]

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    De los sindicatos a los movimientos sociales, las dinámicas políticas en Sudamérica han seguido un patrón de olas de incorporación

De los sindicatos a los movimientos sociales, las dinámicas políticas en Sudamérica han seguido un patrón de olas de incorporación

La idea de un “giro a la izquierda” dice poco sobre el ascenso y caída de los partidos de izquierda hoy o en cualquier otro momento de la historia de América Latina. Aunque los actores y las arenas varían con el tiempo, la clave está en comprender las sucesivas oleadas de demandas de los segmentos más pobres de la sociedad, […]

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    Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

Co-financing, joint procurement, and capacity building can help Latin America and the Caribbean defeat preventable childhood diseases

LSE postgraduate Mario Jiménez, recently selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the 30 most influential young professionals in European healthcare, explains how the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation has reduced costs, increased access, and bolstered the sustainability of immunisation programmes in the region and beyond.

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    The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

The experience of Bolivians in Chile reveals the need for inclusive, human-rights based migration policies

Bolivians in Chile face discrimination in multiple aspects of their everyday lives, but Chile can avoid the anti-migrant politics on the rise in the US and Europe by taking the lead on inclusive, intercultural, human-rights based migration policies, writes Megan Ryburn.

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    When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

When inmates make the rules: self-governing prisons in Latin America and beyond

What happens when a state fails to run its prisons? Prisoners in some Latin American jails establish their own governing bodies to keep order, even setting up extralegal courts of their own. But even in the US, understaffing sees gangs running much of everyday prison life, explain David Skarbek and Courtney Michaluk.

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    From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

From unions to social movements, political dynamics in South America have long been driven by waves of incorporation

The idea of a “Left Turn” or a “Pink Tide” tells us little about the rise and fall of left-wing parties today or throughout Latin America’s history.  Though the actors and arenas vary over time, the key lies in understanding successive waves of demands for incorporation from poorer segments of society, argues Federico M. Rossi (CONICET-Universidad Nacional de General San Martín).