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After the Quake

Eimhin O’Reilly For the 21 million capitalinos living in Greater Mexico City, earthquakes are nothing new. In fact, when a devastating temblor rocked the city one month ago, people all over the country had just finished their annual, state-mandated evacuation drills – a relic of the massive, 8.0 earthquake that claimed the lives of 10,000 […]

New Website

After many months of hard work, we are very happy to announce that our new and improved website is finally online! Part of our new communications strategy, this website has sought to integrate the work put into our previous site in a more concise, readable, and polished design. Please take a look around and check out […]

Focus América: And the Óscar goes to…

By Eimhin O’Reilly   As Hollywood once again finds itself enthralled by the glitz and glamour of the awards season, protests are strangely absent. For those of you who recall the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, which (rightfully) objected to the treatment of African-Americans in cinema in previous years, this may come as a surprise. But with sleeper […]

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After the Quake

Eimhin O’Reilly For the 21 million capitalinos living in Greater Mexico City, earthquakes are nothing new. In fact, when a devastating temblor rocked the city one month ago, people all over the country had just finished their annual, state-mandated evacuation drills – a relic of the massive, 8.0 earthquake that claimed the lives of 10,000 […]

Colombia Faces Challenge to Build Peace, Without Sacrificing its Famed Biodiversity

Colombia Faces Challenge to Build Peace, Without Sacrificing its Famed Biodiversity Ondrej Prosicky / shutterstock By Jane Feeney   Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, as measured by species richness. But over the past half century it has also been home to a brutal civil war, inflicting death and displacement on its […]

From the Archives: Joining the Dots

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the Ayotzinapa disappearances, LASC is republishing this piece by Liam Bradsha, who has spent the last six years in the southern state of Chiapas, working closely with local community groups. By Liam Bradshaw “The horror has a name and its name is Ayotzinapa.’ (SCI Galeano) On September […]

By the Wayside

By Eimhin O’Reilly Throughout May, indigenous protestors armed with spears, bows and arrows rallied against planned legislation put forward by Michel Temer’s interim conservative government to strip the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) of the power to determine indigenous territories. In the streets of Brasília, protesters faced the tear gas and rubber bullets of Brasília’s riot police. The […]

End the relationship between Dundalk F.C. and Fyffes and protect worker rights!

Click here to sign our petition.   Fyffes, Dundalk Football Club’s principal sponsor, has been at the centre of several shocking scandals involving labour rights violations, suppression of trade unions and abuse of workers in Honduras and Costa Rica. A 2015 report by the US Department of Labor detailed a litany of exploitative practices, ongoing labour […]

Focus América: Race to the Bottom

By Eimhin O’Reilly On the surface, it sounds like a simple question, the kind of question you might hear in a pub quiz with an answer you will forget soon after hearing: “What is the southernmost town in the world?” Yet this is a question with no clear answer; in fact, the search for a […]

Focus América: Building Bridges (and Escalators) – How Colombia is Re-Inventing the City (Part 2)

By Eimhin O’Reilly A bright red cable car floats delicately in the air, steadily climbing the slopes of an Andean valley. It sweeps past three immense black boulders perched on the hillside, housing a state-of-the art library and surrounded by verdant parkland. In the city below, children and adults alike play in the Zen-inspired Barefoot Park. […]

Focus Ámerica: Carrot and Stick – How Colombia is Re-Inventing the City (Part 1)

By Eimhin O’Reilly   While Colombia’s place in the headlines in recent months has been dominated by the halting efforts towards a definitive end to their lengthy civil war, behind the scenes the country has been undergoing a quiet renaissance. Slowly but surely, its cities have been reclaiming a sense of national pride that seemed […]

Focus América: Make Argentina Great Again

By Eimhin O’Reilly   A heavily-manicured real estate mogul uses the financial and political clout gained by his father to run for president. During his campaign, he lets accusations of corruption fly at the opposing party (with undercurrents of misogyny) and scapegoats immigrants for a variety of problems. All this in spite of overwhelming evidence […]

LASC Produces Radio Programme: The Irish-Latin American Connection

Together with Dublin’s NearFM, LASC has produced a series of radio programmes exploring the deep links connecting Ireland with Latin America. The series is still ongoing, and can be listened to online, or on the radio at 90.3FM. In the meantime, you can catch up on past episodes on the NearFM podcast page here. The […]