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08.08.2018

Law on the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy: Millions of Argentines and Latin Americans hope it will be law!

Law on the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy: Millions of Argentines and Latin Americans hope it will be law!

This is an important historical moment. The eyes and hearts of millions of Argentine and Latin American women will be set on this 8 August in the Argentine Senate, where the Law on the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy will be debated, already with half a sanction in the Chamber of… »

31.07.2018

Ecuador’s case for Assange’s asylum is stronger than ever

Ecuador’s case for Assange’s asylum is stronger than ever

GUILLAUME LONG 27 July 2018 for openDemocracy/democraciaAbierta Six years after Assange walked into its embassy, Ecuador’s initial fears of political persecution, far from being ill-founded paranoia, have been proven right. Español As Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno visited the United Kingdom this week, there was… »

28.07.2018

Argentina: return of military repression by president’s decree

Argentina: return of military repression by president’s decree

Never again! chanted human rights activists when the military responsible for the 70’s dirty war in Argentina were replaced by a democratically elected government, leaving behind over 30.ooo people dead or “disappeared” and hundreds of stolen children taken from the tortured to death mothers and given to military-sympathetic families. Never… »

26.07.2018

Thomas Hirsch, moving towards a less violent society

Thomas Hirsch, moving towards a less violent society

We interviewed Tomás Hirsch, humanist deputy of the Frente Amplio, to consult him on the new bill that has recently been presented to Congress, which sanctions incitement to violence, hatred and denial. Pressenza: Who presented it? Tomás Hirsch: The seven opposition parliamentarians of the Human Rights Commission, plus… »

25.07.2018

Face 2 Face with Flavia Fontes

Face 2 Face with Flavia Fontes

On this show we speak with filmmaker Flavia Fontes. We discuss  her unusual process and journey in making a documentary about former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa. “Our President: Rafael Correa” is the story of a man who dreamed of ending poverty in his country and about the challenges he faced transforming Ecuador. »

11.07.2018

#TheyAreKillingUs: 5 keys to understanding the systematic murder of social leaders in Colombia

#TheyAreKillingUs: 5 keys to understanding the systematic murder of social leaders in Colombia

DEMOCRACIAABIERTA 9 July 2018 (also in Spanish) After months of continuous protests by hundreds of activists and organizations against the unpunished murders of social, community, ethnic and rural leaders, the situation is still out of control Colombian society, following the death of up to 7 community… »

10.07.2018

“Lula is not a prisoner. Today Lula is a kidnapped person.”

“Lula is not a prisoner. Today Lula is a kidnapped person.”

By Lu Sudré from Brazil de Fato. “Lula is not a prisoner. Today Lula is a kidnapped person,” says jurist and former Justice Minister Eugênio Aragão about the failure to comply with the decision signed by federal jurist Rogério Favreto of the Federal Regional Court of the 4th… »

07.07.2018

Massive Velatón [wake] in Colombia and the world for murdered social leaders

Massive Velatón [wake] in Colombia and the world for murdered social leaders

In more than 60 cities in Colombia and in 30 other cities around the world, a wake was held in protest against the murders of social leaders. According to the Publimetro portal, the number of people murdered between January 1, 2016 and July 5, 2018 is now 399. The concern… »

06.07.2018

Mexico’s election was a victory for democracy itself

Mexico’s election was a victory for democracy itself

Rupert Knox, University of Sheffield for The Conversation Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, has won a landslide victory in Mexico’s presidential elections. He now stands poised to form the country’s first left-wing government for generations, and his triumph has stirred great hope – but… »

06.07.2018

Chile: 15-Year sentences for officers who killed singer Víctor Jara

Chile: 15-Year sentences for officers who killed singer Víctor Jara

And in Chile, a court has handed 15-year sentences to eight former military officers for the murder of legendary folk singer and activist Víctor Jara in September 1973. In the days after dictator Augusto Pinochet seized power in a U.S.-backed coup, Víctor Jara was arrested, tortured and shot 44 times. »

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