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Argentina’s World Cup hopes hang in balance after Peru stalemate

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Argentina are in danger of missing the World Cup for the first time in 48 years after slumping to a 0-0 draw with Peru at La Bombonera The prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi edged nearer to reality on Thursday as Argentina struggled to a 0-0 draw with Peru, which left their qualification hopes hanging in the balance. Despite dominating possession in front of a raucous home support at Buenos Aires fabled La Bombonera stadium, Messi and Argentina once again drew a blank to the dismay of their fans. The result left Argentina sixth in South Americas marathon […]

Che Guevara’s legacy still contentious 50 years after his death in Bolivia

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The remote village where the Argentina-born revolutionary was executed is now a tourist attraction but the fortunes of his regional political heirs are on the wane On 3 November 1966, a middle-aged Uruguayan businessman named Adolfo Mena Gonzlez touched down in La Paz, Bolivia. He took a hotel suite overlooking the snowbound heights of Mount Illimani, and photographed himself overweight, balding, lit cigar in his mouth in the mirror. In reality, however, he was none other than Ernesto Che Guevara the Argentina-born revolutionary who helped topple Cubas US-backed dictator, lectured the United States from a UN lectern, penned treatises on […]

‘Totally divided’: how Venezuela’s crisis split the Latin American left

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After months of political turmoil in the country, Latin Americas once broadly united leftist movement is in disarray In her first international speech as the president of Brazils powerful Workers party, Gleisi Hoffmann waded immediately into controversy when she voiced uncompromising support for Venezuelas president violent offensive by the right and endorsed a controversial new constituent assembly which Maduros critics have described as a bare-faced grab for power. The new body, which was 5,000 people have been arbitrarily detained in Venezuela since April and outlined credible reports of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment by security forces. The countrys economy is […]

Sex, lies and paternity claims: Bolivia’s president reels amid tumultuous scandal

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That Evo Morales lost a bid for a fourth term in February is today the least of his problems, as his government stands accused of targeting press freedom over coverage of the spiralling saga of a child fathered with an ex-girlfriend A real-life telenovela of sex, lies and paternity claims has gripped Bolivia, putting unprecedented pressure on one of Latin Americas most consistently popular leaders and prompting warnings that press freedom in the country is under threat. When Evo Morales, the countrys first indigenous president, celebrated 10 years in office in January Morales narrowly lost his bid for a fourth […]

Bolivias caravan of courage leaves a bittersweet legacy for disabled protesters | Jonathan Watts

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When disabled protesters traversed the Andes to lobby for improved benefits, they were met with a police blockade. The Fight, a Guardian documentary, chronicles a battle that led to brutal violence but also sowed the seeds of change Even in a world grown numb to images of protesters being beaten with truncheons, sprayed with pepper spray and doused by water cannon, there is still something shocking about a video showing the President Evo Morales reputation as a defender of the poor and oppressed. Directors Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw filmed most of the material last year, when the protests were […]
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