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  • Trudeau’s Venezuela policy has failed. It’s time to reset relations

    Nearly three years ago, on January 23, 2019, a little-known Venezuelan politician declared himself president during an outdoor rally in Caracas. Canada recognized Juan Guaidó that day. According to Bianca Mugyenyi, it’s time for Ottawa to re-evaluate its policy towards Venezuela, remove its sanctions, lay the Lima Group to rest, and stop recognizing Guaidó.

  • Chile’s new political era

    Chilean historian Gabriel Salazar, a specialist in social movements and constituent people’s power, ponders the future of the new left-wing president in Chile. According to him, Gabriel Boric must place himself at the service of the Constitutional Convention, or put himself at risk of a new revolt. This interview was translated from French by David Mendel.

  • Labor unions, environmentalists, and Indigenous people unite to defeat mining interests in Argentina

    A zoning law would have opened up the southern Argentinian province of Chubut to large-scale mining by multinational corporations. But the law was defeated in just five days by an alliance of environmentalists, workers, youth, and indigenous people. Their fight points the way forward for other movements around the world.

  • As UN recognizes Maduro, Canada increasingly isolated on world stage

    The United Nations vote to confirm the credentials of Venezuelan diplomats representing the government of President Nicolás Maduro, coupled with the recent report by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights condemning Colombian state violence, reveals the hollowness of Canadian foreign policy in Latin America and gives the lie to Canada’s contention that the “Maduro regime” is a global pariah and a rogue state.

  • Xiomara Castro’s victory in Honduras is a win over imperialism

    After more than a decade of right-wing rule by the strongly US-backed National Party, which retained power through a series of elections riddled with fraud, Xiomara Castro’s victory represents a new and hopeful chapter in the history of a country marred by imperialistic interference from the United States and its allies—namely Canada.

  • Five reasons the left won in Venezuela

    The MUD (Democratic Unity Roundtable) enjoys the political, financial and logistical support of the United States and the EU, while members of other opposition parties have been denounced and sanctioned by the US for negotiating with the Maduro administration. These elections should put the Biden administration on notice that continuing to support the MUD, and the fiction of Guaidó as “interim president,” is a failed policy.

  • US policy toward Venezuela was never about promoting democracy

    Last year, then Special Representative Elliott Abrams declared that the Trump Administration was “working hard” to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Now Abrams is urging the Venezuelan opposition to participate in the upcoming state and local elections this November. Washington’s recent backpedaling, however, does not mean they’ve given up on intervening in Venezuela’s internal affairs.

  • The United States has an unhealthy obsession with Cuba

    The piggy bank was rattled again. In September 2021, the United States Agency for International Development gave $6,669,000 in grants for projects aimed at “regime change” in Cuba, a euphemism to avoid saying “direct intervention by a foreign power.” The United States’ current Democratic administration has especially favored the International Republican Institute with a bipartisan generosity that Donald Trump never had.

  • Barrick, Falcondo, and Canadian imperialism in the Dominican Republic

    Extractive exports represent around 40 percent of the Dominican Republic’s total export revenue. The two largest extractive operations remain the Canadian-owned Falcondo holdings and the majority Canadian-owned Pueblo Viejo mine. As protests around Pueblo Viejo intensify, it is no wonder that the Canadian government remains silent, allowing Barrick and the Dominican government to dominate the narrative.

  • Canada’s role in the ‘Core Group’ is weakening Haitian democracy

    Unbeknownst to most progressives, Canada is part of a secretive colonial and imperial alliance in Haiti known as the “Core Group”—made up of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, and the European Union—that has deepened the country’s political crisis and pushed through elections denounced by independent observer missions as fraudulent.

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