2016 Events

1. Media monopolies and political power in Latin America: The case of Argentina

April 29, 2016
Media monopolies and political power in Latin America:
The case of Argentina

In our first 2016 seminar we discussed the latest developments in Argentina and reflected on the role played by mass media conglomerates in these events. We showed a special video interview for Latitudes with Mr Pedro Rubén Brieger, a prestigious Argentine journalist and sociologist. Pedro Brieger holds the Chair of Sociology in the Middle East in the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and has worked in several newspapers, including Clarín, El Cronista, La Nación, Página 12, Perfil, Miami Herald; and magazines like Noticias, Tres Puntos, Revista Veintitrés and Le monde diplomatique. Mr Brieger headed the TV news program Visión 7 Internacional and was until very recently a columnist in international politics and specialist in geopolitics at the Public TV network’s daily news Visión 7 (2004-2016). He has received numerous awards for his work in journalism, including the Casa de las Américas Mention (1989); Martin Fierro awards and nominations for his journalistic investigations, TV and radio programs (1992-2014); and the Democracy and Olmedo awards (2011). In August 2013 Mr Brieger launched the news web portal Nodal.am, which covers news from the entire continent. He recently joined the Argentinian cable news channel, C5N.

Pedro Brieger interview with Latitudes (02/04/16) – part 1


Pedro Brieger interview with Latitudes (02/04/16) – part 2

This event also included a presentation from the Editors of Latitudes, Dr Pablo Leighton and Dr Fernando López, as well as Mr Federico Fuentes, assistant editor of Links Journal of Socialist Renewal, editor of the blog Bolivia Rising, writer for Green Left Weekly and member of the Venezuelanalysis.com editorial collective. The dialogue was held on at UNSW Kensington Campus. See other details at UNSW School of Humanities and Languages site.

May 21, 2016
Public forum: Political crisis in Brazil

In the second 2016 event, a forum focused on Brazil was organized by Latitudes, the Latin American Social Forum Sydney and the Socialist Alliance.

Dr Fernando López moderated and introduced the forum with a presentation called Media and political power in Brazil: the making of a coup.

Pedro Ivo Carneiro Teixeirense, researcher and PhD Candidate in Social History at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, sent a special presentation about the crisis in Brazil.

September 29, 2016
What’s behind the crisis in Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina?

Dr Fernando López presented for Politics in the Pub in Sydney, together with UNSW senior lecturer, Dr Peter Ross, about the recent elections, coup and attempts of coups in Latin America.

October 22, 2016
Interview with Silvia Solórzano
from Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca

Silvia Solórzano, advisor at the Central American Parliament and founder of the Unidad Revolucionaria Nacional Guatemalteca as a political party in 1998, was interviewed by Pablo Leighton, Víctor Hugo Muñoz and the public at a Latin American Social Forum Sydney event. The interview, conducted in Spanish, was held at the commemoration of the 31 years of the Australian Committee for Human Rights in Guatemala and the 72 years of the October 1944 Revolution, headed by Juan José Arévalo and Jacobo Árbenz, democratic presidents of Guatemala until the coup in 1954.

Pablo Leighton interviews Silvia Solórzano:


Víctor Hugo Muñoz interviews Silvia Solórzano:

 Silvia Solórzano answers question from the audience: