Articles Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Profits, Coercion, and Resistance in Latin America

    Canadian Business

    What forms have Canadian capitalist expansion and Canadian state interference in Latin America assumed in recent decades? How have Latin American workers, peasants, and indigenous communities – dispossessed and exploited by Canadian capital – responded in turn? What precisely are the contours of this dialectic of accumulation by dispossession and popular resistance?

  • Toxic Tsunami

    Canadian Business

    With governments acting as complicit handmaidens of private mining companies, it is only social movements and public institutional voices from churches and universities that stand for an end to corporate impunity. We need to up our game in defending not only the workers and communities affected by mining, but also the very land and watersheds and ecological systems that extractivism destroys.

  • Unity, Struggle, and Victory: The Second Assembly of ALBA Social Movements

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    In the 1970s and 1980s, when Latin America became the testing lab for neoliberal policies, this brought a major reconfiguration to the social and political landscape. Organized labour was dealt a double blow, suffering systemic violence but also weakened by structural reforms. Against this background it was popular movements that took to the front lines of struggle.

  • Brazilian President Temer Signs Constitutional Amendment Imposing 20 Years of Austerity

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Rousseff was ousted to shift economic policy towards neoliberalism, and now Temer is rewarding the banks and financial investors for backing the legislative coup, says SOAS Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho. He is Professor of Political Economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

  • Fidel Castro Ruz memorial: Santiago de Cuba

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Scenes from the Fidel Castro funeral procession and memorial gathering in Santiago de Cuba, December 3, 2016. “Late morning. Thousands begin to line the streets as the memorial procession completes its cross-country journey, on the very streets where the Cuban revolution began with a daring (if unsuccessful) attack on the Moncada Barracks.”

  • History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Socially the Cuban Revolution created an education system and health service that remain the envy of much of the neo-liberal world. History will be the final judge, but Fidel Castro has already been elevated by a vast number of Latin Americans to the plinth occupied by those great liberators Bolívar, San Martín, Sucre and José Martí.

  • Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally

    Human Rights

    In 2008, after years of violence, conflict, environmental degradation, and water pollution at the hands of mining companies, then-president of El Salvador Antonio Saca stopped issuing new mining permits. This decision has widespread support in El Salvador; a recent poll of the University of Central America (UCA) indicates that that 79.5 per cent of Salvadorans are against any gold mining.

  • Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance

    Canadian Business

    Confronting Canadian capitalism necessarily means a confrontation with the Canadian mining sector. Solidarity with First Nations people requires support for struggles with the mining corporations. Ecologically-responsible production can only occur with democratic and social control of the mining sector.

  • What Happened to the Pink Tide?

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    But in retrospect, the 2005 political mobilizations that led to the defeat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) may have been the high point of the pink tide project. Since then, the balance of power has slowly shifted back toward the Right, with the popularity and efficacy of left-wing governments rapidly diminishing.

  • Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    It is very hard to think of a more important world leader than Fidel. The contribution he has made to the world socialist movement, to the Third World liberation struggle and to social justice has been monumental – especially when one considers that he has been the leader of a tiny country with roughly the same population as New York City.

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