Articles Tagged ‘Latin America’

  • 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.

  • Venezuelan Opposition Unlikely To Secure Recall Referendum Before Year’s End

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Earlier this week, Venezuela’s national electoral council, known as the CNE, announced that the presidential recall referendum will be proceeding to the next phase, and outlined a timeline for the rest of the process. According to the electoral authority, the next step is to collect 20 percent of the registered voters’ signatures in three days.

  • Reactionary Tide in Latin America

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Since the beginning, there have been several attempts of the oligarchies to re-establish their traditional rule, by various sorts of coup d’état, with the blessings of U.S. Imperialism, but in most cases – Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador – these efforts failed, thanks to massive popular mobilization against them.

  • Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    In Venezuela, as elsewhere in Latin America, the construction of such a party is necessary in order to achieve authentic democracy. The democratization of the PSUV and greater input from the grassroots are more imperative now than at any other time for the very survival of the Chavista project and the success of its strategy for change.

  • 66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    As the interim government of coup-imposed President Michel Temer continues to act as a permanent power rather than a temporary fix while suspended President Dilma Rousseff stands trial for budget manipulations, a new poll reported Sunday by Globo shows that two thirds of Brazilians believe that lawmakers voted in their own self interest in giving the green light to the impeachment process.

  • Brazil: Coup or Fiasco?

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    This will be no more easy than it was for the PT in 1980. The difference between 1980 and now is the degree to which the modern world-system is in structural crisis. The struggle is worldwide and the Brazilian left can either play a major role in it or slip into global irrelevance and national misery.

  • Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention

    Latin America and the Caribbean

    Maduro did not provide details of the measure, but he said that it includes the ability to face outside threats, such as Colombia’s former president Alvaro Uribe’s demand for intervention in Venezuela by foreign troops. He added that the previous state of exception included decrees “to protect the people and the socioeconomic stability of the country.”

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