Tag: Latin America

Reading Christian Human Rights in Latin America

Samuel Moyn’s most recent book, Christian Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania University Press 2015), tells the story of the relationship between European Human Rights and Christianity, both during the interwar period and after World War II. Among other things, Moyn argues that Catholicism met human rights once the Church abandoned its prior authoritarian corporatist commitments…

Law’s Catastrophe and the Greatness of Syriza

Syriza’s greatness lies in the fact that from an impossible position and in a catastrophic situation, it hasn’t been afraid to succeed.Two narratives compete for the truth of today’s global political stage. On the one hand, there’s the narrative of leftist irresponsibility and incorrectness. On the other, an austere narrative of correctness based on the…

The Podemos Wave

Podemos is is a new kind of party, a movement-party, or rather a party-movement; the end result of a learning process from the South that made it possible to creatively channel the outrage on the streets of Spain. Can a Podemos wave spread to other countries? The countries of Southern Europe are extremely diverse, both…

What’s “Left” of Communism? Part II of II

In my last article I was looking at the Left’s current return to communism and that, while the thinkers most often associated with this return are adamant that this is a new and more fluid communism than the communist projects of the 20th century, there are three problematic commonalities that most of them share that…

The Revolutionary State: An Interview with Álvaro García Linera

This interview with Álvaro García Linera, Bolivia’s Vice-President, was conducted by Martín Granovsky during his visit to Argentina last October. As we approach the presidential election in Venezuela, is there a common project in South America? The interesting thing is that our processes are not tied to an exclusive model. They are plural searches, with…

Argentina’s Expropriation of Repsol’s YPF (A Reversal of Fortune): Understanding the Decolonial Turn in Latin America

Far from being an implausible paradox, the difference between what is happening in Europe and in Latin America lies at the epicenter of a 500-year long farce: coloniality. In a monumental reversal of fortune, the peoples of Latin America are deconstructing coloniality from its core, while within Europe this seems to be the new tune…

Toxic Mega-mining in Mexico: Death and Despoilment 500 Years On

On 15 March this year, when many families were preparing to get away for the bridge weekend (or in reality the few able to), Bernardo Vázquez Sánchez, leader of the committee of the United Peoples of Ocotlán (Coordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlán, CPUVO) was killed in a shooting that also left Rosalinda Canseco and Andrés Vázquez Sánchez wounded. The gunmen – clearly identified by the community – were sent by the Mayor of San José de Progreso, Alberto Mauro Sánchez who, accused of assassinating another opponent of the mining project on 18 January 2012, is a fugitive from justice. But it was the Canadian mining company, Fortuna Silver Mines (operating in Mexico under the name Minera Cuzcatlán) that was responsible directly for guiding the fingers that pulled the trigger, not to mention the impunity and disdain that holds sway in the administration of Gabino Cué, Governor of the state of Oaxaca […]

New Latin American Constitutionalism: Challenging Eurocentrism & Decolonizing History

In the year in which the Colombian constitution celebrates its 20th anniversary, the topic of new Latin American constitutionalism seems to have been gathering significant attention. But there are, specifically, notable divergences over its characterization and periodization, with some bearing epistemological marks. According to Viciano Pastor and Dalmau Martinez, this new constitutionalism would be characterized…

Dissensus, the Right to Education & A New Latin American Student Movement

Recently, there have been the rumblings of an emergent pan-Latin American student movement. Crucially, this potential movement coheres around the demand for a right to education. In Colombia and Chile a new front is being fought against the creation and maintenance of private education and the implicit commodification of learning. However, this emergent trans-continental rights-demand…