Articles Latin America and the Caribbean

  • The People of Colombia Are Cracking Up the Walls of War and Authoritarianism

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    The protests that started with the national strike called by Colombia’s central union on November 21 to protest pension reforms and the broken promises of the peace accords have persisted for two months and grown into a protest against the whole establishment. And the protests have continued into the new year and show no signs of stopping.

  • Bolivia’s free territory of Chapare ousts coup regime, bracing for a bloody re-invasion

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Known as Bolivia’s Chapare region, the Tropico of Cochabamba is a sanctuary for elected President Evo Morales’ most dedicated base of support. Since the November 10 coup, it has effectively become a self-governing territory where the military junta is absent. In this 12,000 square kilometer swath of land, hundreds of unions have flourished over the years.

  • Upheaval in Bolivia: How is it affecting the Canadian political scene?

    Canadian Politics

    On November 11, 2019, following the violent, racist, US-led coup in Bolivia against Evo Morales — which was supported from the outset by the Canadian government — I posted an appeal on YouTube denouncing the green light given by Canada on October 29 to US President Donald Trump’s plan. Just a few hours after the coup was consummated, Justin Trudeau declared his support for it. What right does Canada have to elect the government of Bolivia, or to intervene in that country’s internal affairs?

  • 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.

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