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Fair Trade in Latin America (EVENT)

This discussion will be led by Marty Hart-Landsberg, professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College.

Marty is a compelling speaker and will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of ALBA, the fair trade bloc in Latin America. Come to discuss or just to listen.

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: AFSC office on 2249 E Burnside St Portland OR 97214
optional pre-discussion reading:


homepage: homepage: http://www.pcasc.net

Some more optional reading by Marty 09.May.2010 12:12

Joe Anybody

This link is to a blog Marty maintains:

"Reports From The Economic Front"


ALBA yes! 09.May.2010 12:40


come and bring friends...

more info on ALBA 11.May.2010 23:22


Links to other articles on ALBA




Topic Strengths and Weaknesses of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America
(Spanish: Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América, or ALBA)


A source for more familiarity on the topic would to read:
Prof. Hart-Landsberg 's article on ALBA which was published in Monthly Review in 2009.

there is NO 12.May.2010 22:01

Latin America

please stop propagating this outlandish term
first and foremost, study the origins of Latin - you will find it is not in mexico, central or south america

Disinformation 15.May.2010 12:21

Muddy Waters

Come On.....
There is too a "Latin America"


(quote from wikipedia)
The idea was later taken up by Latin American intellectuals and political leaders of the mid- and late-nineteenth century, who no longer looked to Spain or Portugal as cultural models, but rather to France.[7] The term was first used in Paris in an 1856 conference by the Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao[8] and the same year by the Colombian writer José María Torres Caicedo in his poem "Two Americas.[9] The term Latin America was supported by the French Empire of Napoleon III during the French invasion of Mexico, as a way to include France among countries with influence in America and to exclude Anglophone countries, and played a role in his campaign to imply cultural kinship of the region with France, transform France into a cultural and political leader of the area, and install Maximilian as emperor of Mexico.[10] In contemporary usage:

In one sense, Latin America refers to those territories in the Americas where the Spanish or Portuguese languages prevail: Mexico, most of Central and South America, and (in the Caribbean) Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico — in summary, Spanish America and Brazil. Latin America is, therefore, defined as all those parts of the Americas that were once part of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires.[11]
Also, particularly in the United States, the term more broadly refers to all of the Americas south of the United States, thus including: English-speaking countries such as Belize, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Dominica, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Bahamas; French-speaking Haiti and Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana; and the Dutch-speaking Netherlands Antilles, Aruba and Suriname. (In the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, Papiamento - a predominantly Iberian-derived creole language - is spoken by the majority of the population.) This definition emphasizes a similar socioeconomic history of the region, which was characterized by formal or informal colonialism, rather than cultural aspects. (See, for example, dependency theory.)[12] As such, some sources avoid this oversimplification by using the phrase "Latin America and the Caribbean" instead, as in the United Nations geoscheme for the Americas.[13][14][15]