Colombia is the Deadliest Country for Human Rights Defenders

José Fajardo Social leader Lucila Páez suffered violence and threats at the hands of the paramilitaries at the end of the 1990s. Here she is pictured in front of a mural on the building where her association is based in Norte de Santander, one of the areas facing renewed insecurity. (José Fajardo) The assassination of…

Brazil: Far-right Bolsonaro’s Campaign Boosts Military Presence

Rafael Tatemoto Augusto Heleno: Government platform “is nothing but a protocol of intentions” / Marcelo Casall Jr/Agência Brasil Meet the army officers who are helping Brazilian far-right candidate design a platform based on ultra neoliberal ideas Brazilian army officers have been playing an increasing role in the conversations about far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s platform….

ELN: Colombia’s Peace Negotiations Have Been Handed Over to the Military

The head of the negotiating team of the Peace Agreements of the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN), Pablo Beltrán, said that there is a military onslaught by the government that Ivan Duque presides over to press the negotiations in favor of their interests. “Unfortunately, Duque has handed over this negotiating table to the military forces,”…

Brazil’s Neo-Liberal Fascist Road to Power

James Petras The decisive electoral victory of far-right Brazilian presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro startled politicians and analysts of the traditional parties of the left and right. The possible implications for the present and near future raises a number of fundamental questions whether it represents a ‘model’ for other countries or is the result of the…

Humanitarian Intervention: False Doctrine

Chuck Kaufman I am really angry that passage of the NICA Act in its even worse form, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018 (S. 3233), appears to be a fait accompli – and by unanimous consent at that! If this Act has not passed by the time you receive these NicaNotes, please call your…

Thousands Attend Monseñor Oscar Romero’s Canonization

Monseñor Oscar Romero Becomes Saint of the Americas The recently canonized Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero is remembered for his selfless work for the lower classes, but his mission was also a serious threat to the U.S. mission in El Salvador, says Uruguayan journalist Juan Raul Ferreira. In an exclusive interview with teleSUR, Ferreira revealed his deep friendship…

Fernando Haddad: Brazilian Democracy is in Danger

“He is the most creepy guy I have ever met in my public life,” said the leader of Workers’ Party (PT) Fernando Haddad while commenting on Jair Bolsonaro during an interview with El Pais Saturday. The interview comes a few weeks before the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections to be held on Oct….

Nicaragua: Opposition Crimes and the Attacks on León’s “Oscar Danilo Rosales Argüello” Hospital

Tortilla Con Sal Interview with Dr. Judith Lejarza, Director of León’s “Oscar Danilo Rosales Argüello” Hospital and with Dr. Marcelino Blanco Rodriguez, Director of León’s Integral Local Health Authority (SILAIS). “The hospital was under threat on different occasions. On three occasions it was attacked by the people who were causing the street violence and threatening…

Monseñor Oscar Romero Becomes Saint of the Americas

Pope Francis on Sunday made murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero a saint, praising him for disregarding his own life “to be close to the poor and to his people”. Romero, who had often denounced repression and poverty in his homilies, was shot dead on March 24, 1980, in a hospital chapel in San Salvador, the…