by Lee Brown, Friends of Ecuador, for more info follow @Friends_Ecuador
This weekend’s Latin America ¡Adelante! Conference 2013 will host the nationwide launch of a new photo exhibition, ‘the Dirty hand of Chevron’. This is part of an international campaign announced by Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa in September (see video here).
This exhibition documents the huge environmental and social catastrophe that oil giant Chevron caused in Ecuador.
Aaron Kiely previews the Latin America ¡Adelante! Conference 2013 taking place this Saturday (7th December) at Congress House. The Latin America is now in its 9th year, and offers a unique opportunity to hear all about the latest developments in the region.
40 years ago the democratically elected left-wing President of Chile, Salvador Allende, was brutally overthrown by the forces of US imperialism in alliance with the forces of domestic reaction. Yet, today, led by countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, progressive governments and social movements in Latin America are honouring his legacy by combating US intervention in the region, and showing unity through regional alliances for social justice and US domination.
Domestically they continue to challenge the logic of austerity in a world dominated by neo-liberal dogma, instead transforming the lives of millions of people, extending health and education provision and enhancing social equality.
I saw examples of a better world being built for myself in the summer on a youth and student delegation to Venezuela. We saw the truth about the revolution, rather than the ongoing media distortions about the situation in the country under President Maduro. Indeed, the very things our communities are losing in Britain are being given to the most disenfranchised sections of Venezuela society. And the results are amazing.
by Arnold August
Arnold August is the author of ‘Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion’ which he will be presenting at a lunchtime event during the Latin America Adelante! Conference on Saturday December 7th at Congress House, London, hosted by his publishers Zed Books.
Each of these countries has taken a different path to reach their respective democracies, from armed revolution, in the case of Cuba, to different forms of ballot box victories in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador.
The annual Latin America Conference is the UK’s biggest discussion of left-wing movements in Latin America. This year’s event on Saturday December 7th at Congress House, London, features over 50 speakers – politicians, academics, and activists from across Latin America & the Caribbean, and the UK.
Click here for the full programme - LA2013Programme - and don’t forget you can buy your tickets online now to save money on the conference AND our ¡Fiesta Latina! at Bolivar Hall.
Interview with Carlos Fonseca, FSLN international department.
Carlos will be speaking at the Latin America Conference on 7 December in central London and at public meetings in Cardiff 5 December, Bristol 5 December, Leeds 9 December and Sheffield 10 December. Liz Light, NSC representative in Nicaragua, interviewed Carlos in advance of his visit.
In the run-up to December 7′s Latin America conference VICTORIA BRITTAIN remembers Cuba’s contribution to the fight for freedom in Angola and against apartheid 25 years ago
first published in the Morning Star 27/11/13