Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation’s bloody legacy. Even today, as the country hobbles toward democracy and seeks justice for past atrocities, trade unionists are still a target of violence, with many killings hidden under a cloud of government impunity.
|By: RH Reality Check Friday July 19, 2013 7:00 pm|
In light of the recent case of Beatriz, a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman and mother of a toddler, who, while suffering from lupus and kidney failure and carrying an anencephalic fetus, was denied the right to an abortion, it is relevant to discuss the restrictive abortion laws in Latin America and some of the reasons behind them.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 12, 2013 8:27 am|
NSA whistleblower met with human rights groups in a Moscow airport. During the meeting, he discussed his options for leaving Moscow to get to countries in Latin America that have offered him asylum. He also discussed how human rights organizations might be able to assist him.
Snowden prepared a full statement for representatives of human rights organizations, who attended the meeting. The statement has been posted by WikiLeaks.
He announced that he “formally accepted offers of support or asylum” that had been extended to him and “all others that may be offered in the future.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 12, 2013 7:55 am|
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been in a Moscow airport for weeks now, is seeking temporary asylum in Russia so he can guarantee his safety before traveling to a country in Latin America that has offered him asylum.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 10, 2013 8:30 am|
It was only a matter of time. Shortly after revelations broke that the NSA is spying on America’s European allies it has now been revealed that the NSA also has a massive spying program going on south of the border.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday July 6, 2013 10:00 am|
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro and Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega have offered National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. The immediate reaction will be that they are left-wing anti-American countries. This offer disrespects an extradition treaty that the United States has with Venezuela or Nicaragua.
|By: Tom Engelhardt Monday February 18, 2013 6:30 pm|
There was a scarcely noted but classic moment in the Senate hearings on the nomination of John Brennan, the president’s counterterrorism “tsar,” to become the next CIA director. When Senator Carl Levin pressed him repeatedly on whether waterboarding was torture, he ended his reply this way: “I have a personal opinion that waterboarding is reprehensible and should not be done. And again, I am not a lawyer, senator, and I can’t address that question.”
How modern, how twenty-first-century American!
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 8, 2012 12:00 pm|
Hugo Chavez was elected to a fourth term on October 7. The victory immediately set off a flurry of United States media reports noting alleged inequities in Venezuelan elections that permit Chavez to continue to hold power.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 31, 2012 3:41 pm|
n an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Julian Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having “blood on its hands” for releasing documents.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 20, 2012 6:30 pm|
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief who was granted asylum by Ecuador, delivered a speech from a balcony on the embassy building on August 19. It was a speech where he expressed immense gratitude to Ecuador, Latin American countries, the Ecuador embassy staff, supporters who had demonstrated outside the embassy, his supporters all over the world, WikiLeaks staff and his family. The speech also called out the US government for waging a war on whistleblowers, which Assange urged the government to end now.
I appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live last night to discuss the speech and why Ecuador granted Assange asylum. The host was Dotun Adebayo, a Nigerian-born British radio host who hosts the show, “Up All Night.”