Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Canadian mining companies and the making of modern Colombia

    The true reason for intervention in Latin American is the region’s irresistibility to transnational capital, and not just capital based in the US. Canadian mining and energy companies have taken advantage of the free trade policies encouraged by Washington in order to extract profits from the region while ignoring the most atrocious human rights records in the hemisphere, particularly in Colombia.

  • Canadian corporate greed on display in Mexico mining dispute

    As gold prices soar to record levels, the Los Filos gold mine in Mexico has sat idle since early September after its owner, Vancouver-based Equinox Gold, failed to uphold its agreement with the nearby community of Carrizalillo, a small town of about 3,000 people. Equinox blames the community for the shutdown, but in reality, the company and its executives have no one to blame but themselves.

  • How China is working to expand its ties to Latin America

    China is prepared to increase its interaction with other countries, both through investments into those countries or by welcoming investment into China. To accomplish this, China has developed three distinct pillars toward Latin America: purchases of Latin American goods, Chinese investment in Latin America, and Chinese political solidarity with key Latin American governments.

  • US sanctions on Venezuela are deadly—and facing mass resistance

    Since the attempted coup of April 2002, when the Venezuela military attempted to depose then-President Hugo Chávez and install Pedro Carmona, the country’s leftist governments have been pitted against a united opposition, intent on achieving regime change by any means possible. But now, with the continuation of punitive US sanctions, such extreme polarization seems to be weakening.

  • Bolivia’s election result is a major blow to Trudeau’s foreign policy

    The recent victory of Bolivia’s Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party on October 18 was a rejection of last year’s Canadian-backed coup against Evo Morales, an event that resulted in a year of violent repression by the military-backed interim government. The vote was also a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s complicity in the efforts of the United States to overthrow left-wing governments across Latin America.

  • MAS returns to power in Bolivia one year after US-backed coup

    Despite a year of unbridled state repression, including massacres committed against supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was deposed just weeks after being declared the victor in the country’s October 2019 election, the left-wing Movement for Socialism (MAS) secured a resounding victory on October 18 for candidate Luis Arce, Morales’s former finance minister.

  • Speaking to Cuban doctors who heal the world

    Cuban medical internationalism goes back to 1960. I have interacted with doctors like Dr. Arronte Villamarín and Dr. Cabrera Paumier over the years and have been overwhelmed by their commitment to health and love, to human possibility. But it is important to remember that they are also human beings, people with lives that are folded into their internationalism.

  • The hidden history of Canada’s influence and interference in Guyana

    Unbeknownst to many, Canadian influence in Guyana is long-standing. Those who want their country to be a force for good in the world need to pay more attention to Ottawa’s influence in this small South American nation. We must hold our corporations, politicians and diplomats accountable to the standards we demand inside Canada, at the very least.

  • Liberal’s ‘feminist’ foreign policy supports repressive Haitian police forces

    A purveyor of violence, the Canadian military is the institutional embodiment of toxic masculinity. A genuine “feminist foreign policy” would seek to rein in—not expand—the CF. The Liberals’ so-called feminist foreign policy is yet another example of this government’s “talking left and acting right” agenda that is an insult to Canadian feminists, as well as all those who believe in a progressive foreign policy.

  • Canada’s regime change efforts in Nicaragua rife with hypocrisy

    The Liberals regime change efforts in Nicaragua are part of a broader pro-US, pro-corporate policy in the hemisphere rife with hypocrisy. All those who support the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries must oppose these acts of imperialism against a country that has long been the victim of American interference in Latin America.

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