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Paulo Freire’s Brazil: ‘Return to Grassroots Popular Education’

Paolo Vittoria Il Manifesto Global
If we want real change, we need to return to the grassroots work of popular education. Transformation only happens if the popular sectors organize and mobilize to go beyond this system that generates poverty, misery, hunger, inequality.

Radical Cities in Latin America: Past and Present

Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Heather Gies NACLA
Read the Editor's Intro to our latest print issue of the NACLA Report, Radical Cities, focused on municipalism, housing movements, and local radical democracy in Latin America, from Mexico City to Montevideo.

Complicating the Narrative on Nicaragua

James Phillips NACLA
The current crisis is not simply the story of a brave opposition and a brutal Ortega. It is a long-simmering conflict among different groups that has been carefully manipulated to put Nicaragua firmly and securely back under U.S. hegemony.

Heroes of Their Own Story: Notes on the Mexican Election

Margaret Cerullo and JoAnn Wypijewski The Nation
July 1 was not the ultimate victory, only the animating first step. Now president-elect 13 years later, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) is touring the country, listening. In the tension between celebration and wariness, hope is an active verb.

‘We Wrapped the Guns in Plastic Bags’

Piero Gleijeses London Review of Books
My knowledge of Cuba’s revolutionary offensive in Latin America is based on conversations with Cuban and Latin American protagonists, including – after two decades’ knocking at the door – a five-hour tête-à-tête with Castro in June 2015; as well as on documents from the US, the USSR, the GDR, Canada and Britain.

Reading Gramsci in Latin America

Nicolas Allen and Hernán Ouviña NACLA
Presiding over last month’s honorary Gramsci conference in Buenos Aires was a sense of urgency: a need redress certain aspects of Gramsci’s thinking in light of a reactionary uptick throughout the continent. The ability of right-wing movements—in Venezuela, Brazil, and elsewhere—to mobilize mass demonstrations against progressive governments has led several commentators to orient themselves through a rereading of Gramsci’s writings on fascism.

Continuity or Change? Lenín Moreno Takes Power in Ecuador

Erika Astudillo Equal Times
Correísmo marked a turning point in Ecuador's history. Correa launched his administration with measures such as buying back the country’s debt, renegotiating oil contracts and better tax collection. As Lenin Moreno takes office he will seek to find ways to continue the progress made in reducing poverty while overcoming divisions in society. Moreno was Correa’s vice president between 2007 and 2013 where he was a strng advocate for people with disabilities.
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