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Pamphlets from Latin American organisations:

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La situación de la mujer en América Latina : Guía para el trabajo en grupos / Comisión Evangélica Latinoamericana de Educación Cristiana. [Lima : Comisión Evangélica Latinoamericana de Educación Cristiana, 1981]

america latina

This 14 page pamphlet (in Spanish) comprises a series of ten discussion topics on issues affecting women in Latin America. Each of the topics, which include prostitution and abortion, is presented by means of cartoon illustrations and a series of questions.

CELADEC is an ecumenical organisation that has been working in Latin America since the early 1960s. Like many such organisations it has sought to implement the 'preferential option for the poor' institutionalised at the Second General Conference of Latin American Bishops in 1968, and this pamphlet can be seen as approaching the problem of women from this type of social justice perspective.

This item is currently catalogued as part of the general Latin American sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Brazil : manifesto of the 70 revolutionaries : assasinations and executions by the repressive forces. [London : Liberation (Movement for Colonial Freedom), 1971]

brazil

This 6 page pamphlet reproduces the above manifesto by political prisoners affiliated to the VPR (People's Revolutionary Vanguard), who had secured their release through the kidnapping of the Swiss ambassador to Brazil in December 1970. It both details the events surrounding this incident and condemns the political developments in Brazil following the military coup of 1964.

This edition was published by Liberation (Movement for Colonial Freedom), a British group originally set up in 1954 to campaign for colonial freedom but which by 1970 had begun to concentrate more on opposing neo-colonialism in developing countries.

The item is catalogued at present as part of the general Brazil sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Carlos Ortúzar Aldunate. [S.l. : MAPU, 1978]

Carlos Aldunate

This unusual item consists of poems, remembrances and tributes to Carlos Ortúzar Aldunate, one of the leaders of MAPU (Movimiento de Acción Popular Unitario / United Popular Action Movement), a Chilean party originally formed by a splinter group from the Christian Democrats in 1969. MAPU opposed the military junta which took power following the 1973 coup, and Aldunate stayed in Chile to organise resistance in rural areas. His death in 1978 is attributed in this pamphlet to the strains of living a fugitive's life.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Chile sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Appeal from Guatemala / Committee for Justice and Peace (Guatemala) [S.l. : Committee for Justice and Peace, 1982?]

guatemala

This six-page folded leaflet was issued by the Justice and Peace Committe of Guatemala, and ecumenical Christian organisation prominent in the 'church of the poor'. It describes the economic, political and human rights crisis in Guatemala in the early 1980s, typified by poverty, hunger and repression under the regimes of both General Lucas García and General Rios Montt.

The item was co-published by different Catholic Church bodies across Britain and the Commonwealth, aiming to direct the awareness of the outside world to the plight of the Guatemalan people.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Guatemalan sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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No a la intervención! : no la deseamos, pero no la tememos / Daniel Ortega Saavedra. Managua, Nicaragua : Dirección de Divulgación y Prensa de la Junta de Gobierno de Reconstrucción Nacional, [1981]

la tenemos

This 16 page pamphlet (with Spanish text) contains speeches by Nicaraguan Sandinista leaders Daniel Ortega and Tomás Borge Martínez, as well as from the president of the Mexican Partido Institucional Revolucionario (PRI), Gustavo Carvajal. The main thrust of these speeches is to affirm solidarity between Mexico and Nicaragua and to reject United States interference in the region. The Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinist National Liberation Front, FSLN) had come to power in Nicaragua in 1979 and was opposed by the United States due its communist leanings.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Nicaraguan sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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La charla de los libros / text by Leo. [Caracas : Equipo de Formación, Información y Publicaciones, 1975]

libros

This 28 page pamphlet (with Spanish text) contains an metaphorical story with a national liberationist slant set in a bookshop at night. The books and magazines discuss the various messages and discourses they contain and are encouraged by the biography of Simon Bolivar and by Das Kapital to recognise their role in maintaining the existing inequities of society. This is a very unusual item, illustrated in cartoon-style and produced by EFIP, a non-governmental organisation concerned with communication and information.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Venezuelan sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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La lunga e sconosciuta lotta del popolo di Haiti / a cura dell'OR 18 Mai - Europe [S.l. : s.n., 1971]

popolo di Haiti

This 24 page pamphlet (in Italian), illustrated with drawings, cartoons and photographs, was produced by the group 'L'Organisation Révolutionanaire 18 MAI Europe" and printed in Rome. The 18th of May 1804 was the date of the world's first successful slave revolt, which led to Haiti becoming the first black republic. This European group seem to have taken their name to reflect what they see as the ongoing struggle for freedom in Haiti, for this work emerged following the death of François Duvailer in 1971 and the succession of his son Jean-Claude, both US-backed dictators with little regard for the human, political or economic rights of their people. Interesting, it both deals with the history and current affairs of Haiti and with bilateral Haitian-Italian relations, making it an unusual example of pressure group material from the time.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Haitian sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Realidad social de America Latina / Espacio de Laicos. [S.l. : EquipoCRIE, 199?]

realidad social

This 12 page pamphlet (in Spanish) was produced by an umbrella organisation comprising a variety of church, indigeneous peoples, civil rights and populist groups. It presents a brief analysis of the political, social and economic situation in Latin America, which it considers to be suffering as a consequence of United States involvement, and outlines a possible alternative mode of devleopment for the region.

This item is currently catalogued as part of the general Latin American sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Salário e custo de vida : a corrida da tartaruga com o coelho nos dias de hoje / Fundação Centro de Estudos do Trabalho. [Belo Horizonte, Brazil : CET, 1980]

salario

Produced by the Fundação Centro de Estudos do Trabalbo, this 18 page cartoon pamphlet (in Portuguese) is concerned with inflatiion in Brazil. The tortoise and the hare represent salaries and the cost of living respectively.

Brazil's economic policies of the 1970s had achieved continued economic growth but at the cost of rapidly rising levels of foreign debt. This in turn fed inflation, which had reached 110% by 1980 (compared to 16% in 1973). As a consequence it was inevitable that organisation dedicuated to the study of labour would begin to be concerned with the erosion of real wage levels.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Brazilian sequence. View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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Castro's tropical gulag : the tribunal on Cuba, Paris, April 1986 / sponsored by Resistance International and the Coalition of Committees for the Rights of Man in Cuba. [New York, N.Y. : American Foundation for Resistance International, 1986]

tropical gulag

This illustrated 8 page pamphlet consist of extracts from the 'Tribunal on Cuba' held in Paris in April 1986. The extracts are primarily tales of ex-prisoners of the tortures they endured at the hands of the Castro regime.

The American Foundation for Resistance International was founded in 1984 to publicise the human rights abuses of Communist regimes. The pamphlet is thus interesting not solely for what it documents of the Cuban penal system but also for the part it played in the Cold War propaganda war of the time.

This item is catalogued as part of the general Cuban sequence.View digitised version of the whole pamphlet (PDF). View Catalogue Record.

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