Blooded, but bold

The Colombia Reader illustrates the many challenges to the narrative of violence that are possible in a country desperate to embark on a new chapter in its history

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History as destiny

It is a propitious moment to explore how Cuban history reflects a quest to achieve sovereign nationhood - and to ask how that may shape its future after Castro

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Experiments that go wrong

The US occupation of the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century can tell us a great deal about Washington's inability to learn lessons

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Why Americans kill people

Why Americans kill people

Comment: By celebrating the passing of Fidel Castro, Cuban Americans reveal the poverty of a materialist political culture where death is the only way to resolve all your differences

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The nature of Nature

The Amazon is home to distinct tropical ecosystems – but also global debates about the meanings of modernity

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An education in the underworld

Bruno offers a gripping insight into one man's journey to the heart of the Brazilian underworld, and the price he paid

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Know your oppression

Liberation theologian Otto Maduro invoked the oppressed to use knowledge against injustice

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Cities as centres

Latin America's unruly and sprawling shantytowns may hold the key to the region's glittering urban future

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Archival activism

Kirsten Weld reveals the dark and brutal world concealed by the massive secret police archives uncovered in Guatemala

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Local rights and wrongs

Rural and urban activism by small groups can be the origin of a struggle to protect basic human rights and denounce inequality

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