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Latin America 2017- tickets now available!

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Latin America Conference 2017 – Saturday December 2, 10.00am (registration 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS.

Buy tickets with a Paypal account OR click on ‘Check out as as guest’ and pay with credit/debit card from the links below

Buy waged tickets for £10 here

Buy unwaged tickets for £8 here

Or call 0207 490 5715 to pay by card or pay by cheque payable to CSC (Latin America 2017,) and send to CSC c/o Unite, 33-37 Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB.

For email queries please contact admin@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

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First Speakers announced!

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Latin America Conference 2017 – Saturday December 2, 10.00am (registration 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS.

Buy waged tickets for £10 here / Buy unwaged tickets for £8 here

Speakers to include: David Choquehuanca Cespedes, Bolivia and ALBA ● Egle Sanchez, Venezuelan TUC ● HE Teresita Vicente, Cuba ● HE Carlos Abad, Ecuador ● Victoria Brittain, journalist ● Chris Williamson MP ● HE Rocio Maniero, Venezuela ● George Galloway ● HE Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivia ● Ken Livingstone ● HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaragua ● Ben Chacko, Morning Star ● Julia Felmanas, Brazil ● Tony Burke, Unite ● Lauren Collins, academic ● Jeremy Dear, Int. Journalists Fed. ● Lindsey German, Stop the War ● Kate Hudson, CND ● Sally Hunt, TUC ● Tony Kapcia, academic ● Grace Livingstone, author ● Colin Burgon, former MP ● Christine Blower, NUT ● Pablo Navarette, Alborada ● Doug Nicholls, GFTU ● David Raby, academic ● Sian Errington, Stand up to Trump ● Francisco Dominguez, academic ● Bernard Regan, CSC ● Derek Wall, Green Party

Latin America 2016 report: Solidarity at a crucial moment

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The 2016 Latin America Conference came at a crucial period as the region confronted coups, neoliberal resurgences, pivotal peace agreements and destabilization attempts.

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Over 500 people and 70 speakers attended, with topics including:

  • Still the US’ backyard? Latin America after the US Presidential election
  • Cuba: building a better world under the eye of the empire
  • After Chavez – The Empire Strikes Back in Venezuela
  • Emergency in Brazil & Argentina – repression & resistance to neo-liberalism
  • Europe’s crisis, Latin America and global alternatives to Neo-liberalism
  • A Zone of Peace – US bases out of Latin America!
  • What next for Mexico after 4 years under the new ‘PRI’ and President elect Trump
  • Nicaragua: a story of hope and inspiration and surviving against the odds and renewed US intervention
  • High stakes for Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution ahead of 2017 elections
  • Latin America, Free Trade Agreements & Corporate Greed
  • Bolivia – political and international developments
  • Making Black Lives Matter – Black Liberation in the Americas & the Caribbean
  • Paraguay : Repression & Resistance – developments since the US – backed coup
  • Confronting Climate Change – what now for the Paris Agreement?

The event was given added poignancy by the news that Fidel Castro, the central figure in resisting attempts by the US and elites to control Latin America had died that morning. The conference opened with a moving tribute to his legacy by Bernard Regan, and a minute’s silence from the conference floor.

The first session was a round-table featuring perspectives on Latin America after the US Elections. Contributors included journalist Victoria Brittain, Canadian academic Keith Bolender, Nicaragua’s ambassador to London Guisell Morales Echaverry and Argentinian trade unionist Gabriel Rodriguez

Morning workshops include sessions on Cuba-US relations, opposing destabilization in Venezuela, Latin American Unity through ALBA , The situation in Mexico, and the story of hope in Nicaragua. Read the rest of this entry »

ANALYSIS: Brazilians resist vicious wave of neoliberalism

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14333060_559407744268917_2200953202243596398_nBy Chris Williamson  for The Morning Star

Following the removal of the Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil, the new unelected President has launched a wave of neo-liberal policies, but is facing massive resistance, writes Chris Williamson.

South America’s largest country has recently undergone massive political upheaval with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff and the installation of right wing leader Michael Temer. Read the rest of this entry »

Brazil: Temer’s Terrible Ten Policies

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The last six months in Brazil have seen an immense upheaval of society since the removal of Dilma Rousseff. A spiralling corruption investigation, controversial impeachment, mass protests, growing strikes and an Olympic games held in Rio in the backdrop of an economic recession have led to a tumultuous year.

Anger is running high at the newly appointed President. Many are claiming he is acting without a mandate and are calling for new elections to take place, a measure Dilma strongly advocated whilst the impeachment was raging on.

Here are some of the most controversial policies, many implemented whilst Temer was acting on an Interim basis, that have prompted an international backlash in defence of Brazilian democracy.

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Programme now available to view for This Saturday’s Latin America Conference

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With countries across in Latin America facing a resurgent right, political turmoil and the threat of external interviention, this Saturday’s Latin America Conference will be the most crucial yet.

Over 50 speakers are set to speak representing progressive movements and governments in countries across Latin America, alongside politicians, journalists, trade unionists and campaigners from Britain and around the world.

The conference programme is now available to view at bit.ly/LAC2016Agenda.

A wide range of topics will be discussed on the day, including:

  • Still the US’ backyard? Latin America after the US Presidential election
  • Cuba: building a better world under the eye of the empire
  • After Chavez – The Empire Strikes Back in Venezuela
  • Emergency in Brazil & Argentina – repression & resistance to neo-liberalism
  • Europe’s crisis, Latin America and global alternatives to Neo-liberalism
  • A Zone of Peace – US bases out of Latin America!
  • What next forMexico after 4 years under the new ‘PRI’ and President elect Trump
  • Nicaragua: a story of hope and inspiration and surviving against the odds and renewed US intervention
  • High stakes for Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution ahead of 2017 elections
  • Latin America, Free Trade Agreements & Corporate Greed
  • Bolivia – political and international developments
  • Making Black Lives Matter – Black Liberation in the Americas & the Caribbean
  • Paraguay : Repression & Resistance – developments since the US – backed coup
  • Confronting Climate Change – what now for the Paris Agreement?

And a film festival run by the fantastic Alborada net will be running throughout the day.

Register on the day from 9.15am