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Dams and Deforestation: The Human Contribution to Natural Disasters

Dams and Deforestation: The Human Contribution to Natural Disasters

Recent flooding in the Río de la Plata basin was caused by torrential rains, but human intervention in the region’s forests and rivers is making the problem worse. Marc Rogers reports.

Posted in Environment, Social Issues, TOP STORY0 Comments

Argentina, Turning its Back on Ecology: Interview with Sergio Federovisky

Argentina, Turning its Back on Ecology: Interview with Sergio Federovisky

Kristie Robinson sat down with one of Argentina’s most respected environmental journalists to talk to him about his new book, and where the country stands on environmental issues in general.

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Editorial: Debunking Mark Lynas

Editorial: Debunking Mark Lynas

Kristie Robinson responds to yesterday’s Buenos Aires Herald interview with Mark Lynas, and picks apart some of his arguments.

Posted in Current Affairs, Environment, Social Issues1 Comment

La Tribu Celebrates a Quarter of a Century

La Tribu Celebrates a Quarter of a Century

FM La Tribu, one of Buenos Aires’ first community radio stations, turns 25 today. The Indy joins in the celebrations for this quarter of a century of one of the region’s most important alternative media outlets.

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Carpa Villera: Bringing the Periphery to the Centre

Carpa Villera: Bringing the Periphery to the Centre

Last April, social organisations set up a tent at the city centre to demand that the needs of villa residents be met. Marc Rogers spoke to those behind the protest.

Posted in Current Affairs, Development, Social Issues, Urban Life, Villas0 Comments

Operation ‘Para Ti’: Spinning the Dictatorship

Operation ‘Para Ti’: Spinning the Dictatorship

The story of Thelma Jara de Cabezas, who was kidnapped in 1979 and used by the dictatorship as part of a media campaign to discredit reports of human rights abuses in Argentina.

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Hotel Bauen Worker Cooperative Faces Eviction

Hotel Bauen Worker Cooperative Faces Eviction

The workers of Buenos Aires Hotel Bauen, who recuperated the abandoned five star hotel after it went bankrupt during the 2001-2 economic crisis, face eviction after a Supreme Court decision.

Posted in Social Issues, Urban Life2 Comments

Munduruku: A Golden Community

Munduruku: A Golden Community

The Munduruku tribe, in Brazil, is seeking its own justice against illegal gold miners, agricultural businesses, and the seven hydroelectric dams about to be constructed on their lands.

Posted in Development, Environment, TOP STORY0 Comments

Editorial: Argentina’s Unsustainable Path

Editorial: Argentina’s Unsustainable Path

The IPCC report, released Monday, made waves around the world. Kristie Robinson analyses the Argentine government and media’s lack of response, and looks at the country’s environmental legacy.

Posted in Analysis, Current Affairs, Environment, Social Issues6 Comments

Street Child World Cup: Becoming Somebody in Rio

Street Child World Cup: Becoming Somebody in Rio

Two months before the FIFA event, a different type of world cup kicks off in Rio this weekend, uniting former street kids in a festival of sport, art, and social campaigning. Marc Rogers reports.

Posted in Human Rights, Urban Life0 Comments

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A week after the razing of Villa Papa Francisco brought the capital's social housing crisis to the fore, we revisit Kristie Robinson's 2008 article on the social housing deficit, and see that - unfortunately - little has changed.

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