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A conversation with Eduardo Galeano

Friday, July 27th, 2012

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“Two centuries of workers’ gains thrown into the garbage can”

[Translation of an interview by BBC World as published in El Mostrador of Santiago, Chile, for July 24, 2012. See original here.]

“This is a violent and deceitful world but we cannot lose hope and enthusiasm for changing it,” Eduardo Galeano declares.

The Uruguayan writer, his continent’s literary historian in works like The Open Veins of Latin America and the trilogy Memories of Fire, spoke with BBC World on the latest events in Latin America and the world economic crisis.

From his usual table in the centrally located Café Brasilero, leaving the cold of the southern hemisphere winter outside, he insists,“The greatness of humanity is in the small things that are done every day, day in, day out, that nameless people do without knowing they are doing them.” (more…)

Mexicans make up 50% of the new poor in Latin America

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Crisis has cast 10 million Latin Americans into deep poverty

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for April 22, 2010.]

By Roberto González Amador

Washington, DC, April 21 – Half of the Latin Americans who fell into poverty in 2009 as a result of the economic crisis are Mexican, according to estimates by the World Bank and the Mexican government.

“Mexico accounts for an important portion” of the increase in the number of poor people in Latin America, the World Bank says.

The effect of the crisis in the region that should concern us the most is the increase in poverty, Augusto de la Torre, chief World Bank economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, declared on Wednesday.

The number of poor people in the region increased by nine to ten million as a consecuence of the economic crisis, he said. (more…)