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.
In recent times, the concept of Assimilation is used against immigrants to push them into submission and subservience. However, very few people know about the dark and tragic history of Assimilation in the US & Canada against native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. Freelance writer Julian Brave Noisecat speaks with the LMC about the dark and deadly history of Assimilation in North America. He is a member of the Canim Lake band Tsq’escen and descendant of the Lil’Wat of Mt Currie in British Columbia, Canada.