Articles Latin America and the Caribbean

  • The NDP is complicit in imperialist violence in Bolivia

    Canadian Politics

    The NDP, Canada’s supposedly leftist party of labour and solidarity, cannot bring itself to issue a statement condemning the coup. Over the last four days, in spite of consistent demands from NDP membership and allies, the party has refused to even acknowledge that a coup has taken place, let alone issue a strong statement to draw the public’s attention to it. 

  • Mexico grants political asylum to Evo Morales

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The departure of Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, followed weeks of violent protests by the far-right, foreshadowing fraud claims at the October 20 re-election. In a redrawing of Latin America’s political landscape, the left has regained power in both Mexico and Argentina, though powerhouse Brazil still retains a far-right government headed by Jair Bolsonaro.

  • Evo Morales didn’t resign, he was overthrown by a coup d’état

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Bolivia’s political and economic elite support this violence, as part of a resurgence of the far right in Latin America. Activists on the ground are currently getting smashed by these forces. We, the undersigned, denounce this violence, and preemptively denounce the violence that will inevitably escalate in the street.

  • Canada backs coup against Bolivia’s president

    Canadian Politics

    In yet another example of the Liberals saying one thing and doing another, Justin Trudeau’s government has supported the ouster of Evo Morales. The Liberals’ position on the violent ouster of Bolivia’s first ever Indigenous president stands in stark contrast with their backing of embattled pro-corporate leaders in the region.

  • Bolivia in the crosshairs of US counter-revolution

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Bolivia’s president Evo Morales has just resigned. Hours earlier, surrounded by leaders of the grassroots mass organizations that serve as a sort of “people’s cabinet,” he had called for new elections and a renovated Supreme Electoral Tribunal to oversee the process. The situation is dire and, as always, the devil’s in the details that the right-wing press does not divulge.

  • A Progressive Surge Is Brewing Across Latin America

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Trump and his fellow neo-fascists in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, and Colombia were hoping for a right-wing tide to continue to sweep through the Western Hemisphere. The news from Buenos Aires, La Paz, Bogota, and Montevideo suggests that the region’s right-wingers can put away their champagne bottles.

  • Class Struggle in Chile: President Piñera At War With His Own People

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Chile has been held up for decades as South America’s clearest example of the stability possible when neoliberal policies are adopted and implemented as if they were religious tenets. The country is now in a situation of open rebellion. This revolt has exploded in Chile exactly as a result of the consequences of those same policies.

  • Open letter: Canada must stop backing Haiti’s repressive and illegitimate president

    Canadian Politics

    In recent months, Haitians have demonstrated their overwhelming opposition to President Jovenel Moïse. There have been massive protests and multiple general strikes demanding Moïse leave. The undersigned call on the Canadian government to stop backing a corrupt, repressive and illegitimate president Haitians massively reject.

  • Washington Gives Guaido $52M in Funding, Slaps Venezuela with New Sanctions

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Self-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido and the Venezuelan opposition have been given US $52 million by the Trump administration. According to a statement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the funding will be destined for independent media, civil society, the health sector and the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The new aid package dovetails with a fresh round of US sanctions against Venezuela’s oil sector.

  • Economic Sanctions: War by Another Name

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Our real national security threat is the erosion of democracy and morality within our borders when we cage refugee children from Central America, terrorizing them and violating their human rights. We have a history of undermining and overturning democratically elected governments (Iran in 1953, Chile in 1973). Yet we hypocritically demonize other governments for endangering our national security.

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