A right-wing coup has overthrown the democratically-elected president of Bolivia, Evo Morales. Freelance writer Ben Dangl speaks with the LMC about the latest in Bolivia and also gives us a valuable frame of reference on the indigenous pursuit for social justice in Bolivia. Ben Dangl is also the author of, “The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia.”
Paraguay’s Itaipu Dam was created over half a century ago by an agreement between the fascist dictatorships of Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay and Emilio Garrastazu Medici of Brazil. Years later, the unequal treaty over the largest hydroelectric dam in the Western Hemisphere remains a source of inequality for the Paraguayan people. So the LMC speaks w Latin American News Dispatch deputy editor Alanna Elder about the Itaipu Dam’s dark history and how it almost led to Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez’ impeachment.
Daniel Cano, the co-founder of the Kuykuitin project, speaks with the LMC on this episode about the struggle for social justice and indigenous rights for the Mapuche people of Chile. He explain the little-known history of the Mapuche and how to resolve the conflict between the Chilean state that goes back to 1883.