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Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Latin America

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  • Indigenous-rights-activists-killed-tolupan-honduras
    As we continue to mark Earth Day, we look at a new report that finds killings of environmental activists on the rise, with indigenous communities hardest hit. According to Global Witness, at least 116 environmentalists were killed last year — more than two a week. Three-quarters of the deaths occurred in Central and South America. Just recently, three indigenous Tolupán leaders were gunned down during an anti-mining protest in northern...
    April 22, 2015 | Story
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    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
    For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. This historic moment occurs with some sadness, however: Eduardo Galeano, the great Uruguayan writer who did so much to explain the deeply unequal relations between Latin America and the U.S. and Europe, died as the summit ended.
    April 16, 2015 | Columns & Articles
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    President Obama has told Congress he will remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing a major obstacle to restoring diplomatic relations with Havana for the first time in a half-century. Obama’s move comes just days after he and Cuban President Raúl Castro sat down at a summit in Panama for a historic meeting. Cuba was placed on the terrorism list in 1982 at a time when Havana was supporting liberation struggles...
    April 15, 2015 | Story
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    In 2000, Amy Goodman interviewed Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    April 14, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, died on Monday at age 74 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Uruguayan novelist and journalist made headlines when Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez gave President Obama a copy of his classic work, "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent." Since its publication in 1971, "Open Veins" has sold more than a million copies...
    April 14, 2015 | Story
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    One of Latin America’s most acclaimed writers, Eduardo Galeano, has died at the age of 74. Watch his interviews on Democracy Now!
    April 13, 2015 | Web Exclusive
  • Maduro-venezuela-obama-panama-summit-americas-1
    President Obama has arrived in Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas along with other leaders from Canada, Central America, South America, the Caribbean — and for the first time, Cuba. On Thursday, Obama announced the State Department has finished its review of whether Cuba should be removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. The move would allow the two countries to reopen their embassies and move forward on historic...
    April 10, 2015 | Story
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    Tensions are high between the United States and Venezuela as President Obama heads to Panama for the Summit of the Americas. Read an excerpt from the new book by Latin American history professor Miguel Tinker Salas.
    April 09, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    Human rights advocates and family members of victims are celebrating a pair of victories in long-running campaigns to deport Salvadoran generals accused of U.S-backed atrocities.
    April 09, 2015 | Web Exclusive
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    The Obama administration is facing criticism across Latin America for leveling new sanctions against Venezuela and declaring the country an "unusual and extraordinary threat to national security." On Saturday, foreign ministers of the 12-country Union of South American Nations called for a revocation of the sanctions. In a statement, the ministers said: "It constitutes an interventionist threat to sovereignty and the principle...
    March 20, 2015 | Story