Month: November 2017

Book now for next Saturday’s Latin America Conference

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***Online registration for this event is now closed. You can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged. Registration for this event starts at 9.15am, the event will be starting at 9.45am.***

With countries across Latin America facing a resurgent right and the threat of intervention from Trump, this year’s Latin America Conference will be the most crucial yet. It takes place on Saturday 2 December 9.45am-5pm in London at Congress House. Come and hear what is happening and what we can do together.

An impressive line up of over 50 speakers are set to speak representing progressive movements and governments in countries across Latin America, alongside politicians, academics, journalists, trade unionists, campaigners, lawyers and artists from Britain and around the world.

Download the conference programme at

Key Speakers include:


David Choquehuanca Cespedes, former Bolivian foreign minister, prominent intellectual, Aymara Indian leader, and current general secretary of ALBA




Ken Loach, celebrated British filmmaker:

“My country, to its shame, follows the bully that is the United States. But we are not powerless we can act together.“

Ken Loach



Online registration for this event has now closed. You can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

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

  • The Empire Strikes Back: The resurgent right in Latin America
  • Corporate media and Latin America – telling just one side of the story
  • Che Guevara – a revolutionary legacy, 50 years after his death
  • The WTO Summit and free trade imperialism – coming up this December in Argentina
  • Build Bridges Not Walls: Standing Up to Trump’s Hate and Militarism in Latin America
  • Music, Culture and politics: how can the arts be a catalyst for social change?
  • Colombia: where now for peace?
  • Venezuela and the lessons of Chile: exposing destabilisation, economic war and US intervention
  • Climate change and social justice – with a US president who thinks climate change is not a problem, what now?
  • Correa’s Citizens’ Revolution in Ecuador: 10 years of social progress
  • Argentina: Neoliberalism, forced disappearances, debt and free trade
  • Democracy in Cuba – 2018 elections and beyond
  • Mexico:  Standing up for Democracy and Human Rights
  • ALBA and Latin American unity – Putting people and planet before profit
  • In defence of Lula: Brazil’s president for the many, not the few – his legal team reports

Speakers include:

Egle Sanchez, Venezuelan Trade Union Federation; HE Teresita Vicente, Cuban Ambassador; HE Carlos Abad, Ecuadorian Ambassador; Victoria Brittain, journalist; Chris Williamson MP; HE Rocio Maniero, Venezuelan ambassador; George Galloway, broadcaster and former MP ; HE Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivian ambassador; Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London; HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan ambassador; Ben Chacko, journalist, Morning Star; Joabe Cavalcanti, Brazil Workers Party; Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU (NUT section); Mickey Brady MP; Andrew Murray, Unite the Union; Dr Tony Kapcia, Nottingham University; Grace Livingstone, author ‘America’s Backyard’; Valeska Teixeira Martins, Lula’s legal team, Brazil;  Jorge Forero, sociologist, Ecuador; Geoffrey Robertson QC; Dr Steve Wilkinson, Cuba specialist; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, USA; Alicia Castro, former Argentinian Ambassador to UK and Venezuela and former cabinet minister; Pablo Navarrete, filmmaker; and many more.

Plus ALBORADA film festival showing documentaries from and about Latin America.


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The Empire Strikes Back – Hear Ken Livingstone on Trump & Latin America

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Hear Ken Livingstone on Trump and Latin America at Latin America 2017 on Saturday December 2, 9.45am-5pm (registration from 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. Online registration has now closed, you can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

ARTICLE: The Empire Strikes Back

Latin America is under threat from an increasingly aggressive Trump administration, writes Ken Livingstone.

FOR decades now, the US has sought to intervene and bring down progressive governments — or indeed just governments that seek to assert their national sovereignty — in Latin America, using a range of methods, from “soft coups” to military coups, from sanctions to blockades, and from international isolation to direct military action. Read the rest of this entry »