South and Central America

Costa Rican public-sector strike enters third week

By Andrea Lobo, 25 September 2018

The response of the ruling class to a coming economic avalanche has been to prepare the largest economic plundering of the working class in Costa Rican history.

Brazil election campaign preparing rise of right-wing government

By Miguel Andrade, 24 September 2018

With the military expressing its readiness to intervene, the PT is pitching its appeal to the Brazilian ruling class and international finance capital.

Refugees fleeing crisis in Venezuela confront poverty in Peru

By our reporters, 24 September 2018

It is estimated that since 2014 nearly 2.5 million Venezuelans have fled their country to escape a collapsing economy.

Peru: Pseudo-left promotes anti-corruption protests to cover for anti-worker policies

By Armando Cruz, 17 September 2018

The pseudo-left has adapted itself to President Vizcarra’s proposals, praising his preparedness to "listen" to the people.

Brazil’s Workers Party drops Lula as candidate for president

By Miguel Andrade, 12 September 2018

Faced with a legal deadline, the PT substituted ex-São Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad for the jailed former president.

Washington bullies Central American countries for adopting “One China” policy

By Andrea Lobo, 12 September 2018

Having respected the “One China” policy since 1979, US measures against countries pursuing the same course constitute a remarkable level of imperialist bullying and hypocrisy.

US officials met with Venezuelan military to discuss coup plot

By Alexander Fangmann, 10 September 2018

Washington’s involvement in yet another Latin American coup plot makes plain the hypocrisy of the claims of Russian “meddling” by sections of the American bourgeoisie and media.

Mounting turmoil in emerging markets

By Nick Beams, 6 September 2018

The plunge in emerging market currencies is a product of the strengthening of the dollar and the increase in US interest rates, which is sucking capital back into American markets.

Argentine government announces “emergency” measures to face deepening recession and growing unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2018

In his speech Monday, President Macri declared that the market had supported Argentina for two years and warned that “poverty will increase.”

The burning down of Brazil’s national museum: A capitalist crime against the heritage of humanity

By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2018

The devastating fire, entirely predictable and preventable, is emblematic of the criminal policies pursued by capitalism in Brazil, throughout Latin America and worldwide.

Anti-Venezuelan pogrom in northern Brazil highlights official promotion of the country’s far-right

By Miguel Andrade, 28 August 2018

At least 1,200 Venezuelans were chased to the border, after dozens of Brazilians torched a camp where Army soldiers were screening migrants.

Puerto Rico’s teachers hold one-day strike

By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2018

Puerto Rico teachers began the school year with a one-day protest against privatization and crumbling schools.

Venezuela’s Maduro government imposes capitalist shock therapy

By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2018

Aimed at staving off an economic collapse, the plan places the full burden of the crisis on the backs of the Venezuelan working class.

Argentina on the brink of financial meltdown

By Cesar Uco, 22 August 2018

Following the collapse of the Turkish lira, Argentina has undertaken mega-devaluations, threatening an economic collapse.

Fascists stage pogromist march against Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2018

Fascist thugs marched on Saturday in several major parks and avenues armed with knives, bats and Molotov cocktails to attack Nicaraguan migrants.

Leaked tapes confirm collusion of Peruvian justice system with drug cartels and state corruption

By Armando Cruz, 21 August 2018

The new scandal is yet another blow to a political and state establishment already massively discredited after the revelations of the Lava Jato scandal.

Presidential slates chosen for Brazil’s general elections: a warning to the working class

By Miguel Andrade, 18 August 2018

Whatever the result of the elections, the Brazilian political system will swing violently to the right, deepening the class war austerity measures initiated by the Workers Party’s (PT).

Facebook censors Telesur and Venezuela Analysis

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2018

As the Trump administration escalates its onslaught against Venezuela, technology corporations are stepping up censorship of sites critical of US policy.

Peru’s President Vizcarra calls for referendum amid corruption scandals

By Cesar Uco, 14 August 2018

In his speech to the nation, Vizcarra admitted that “the judicial system has collapsed” and the country faces “serious corruption of public administrative institutions.”

Latin American elites respond to trade war with desperate “roadmap” for regional trade bloc

By Andrea Lobo, 9 August 2018

The escalating trade-war measures between the major global economies are accentuating the rabid competition between Latin American ruling elites for investments and trade.

Mass strike erupts in Buenos Aires after two school workers die from gas explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2018

While teachers saw the tragic event as evidence of the need to unite their struggles with other workers, the trade unions are seeking it to channel them behind bourgeois politics.

Venezuelan President Maduro charges right-wing opposition backed by Colombia with supposed assassination attempt

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 August 2018

Following explosions which occurred at a military parade in the Venezuelan capital, the government claims it has arrested some of those responsible, vowing “ruthless punishment” and “no forgiveness.”

Facebook deletes 87 accounts linked to Brazilian right as WhatsApp restricts messaging

By Miguel Andrade, 3 August 2018

Facebook, acting in deep coordination with the state and US imperialism, aims to legitimize police-state measures against social unrest and political opposition.

General strike and ongoing protests in Panama against electricity rate hike

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2018

As militancy grows among construction workers, teachers and the public sector as a whole, the trade unions are struggling to contain social opposition against new rate hikes and social austerity.

Ecuador’s government negotiating Julian Assange’s fate with the UK

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2018

The statements by Ecuador’s president and foreign minister come amid growing signs of Quito’s bowing to pressure from Washington.

Nicaragua sees bloodiest clashes yet after months of protest

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2018

Sandinista President Daniel Ortega publicly rejected calls for early elections as security forces and armed government supporters forcibly dismantled protesters’ barricades.

Mexican president-elect López Obrador embraced by Mexico’s business titans

By Don Knowland, 6 July 2018

Now that AMLO has won the election, he and Mexico’s most powerful business heads are going out of their way to promise they will work together for the “greater good.”

Mexico’s election deals devastating blow to old ruling parties

By Don Knowland, 3 July 2018

The sweep by López Obrador and his MORENA-led coalition is a debacle for the PRI, which governed the country from 1929 to 2000, and again for the last six years.

Less than 100 days before elections, half of Brazilians support no candidate

By Miguel Andrade, 3 July 2018

With just a 3 percent approval rating for current president Michel Temer, there is widespread distrust in the entire political system, which is moving sharply to the right.

Massive victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexican elections

By Rafael Azul, 2 July 2018

The large support for AMLO and his Morena party is the product of widespread hostility to poverty, inequality, corruption and the militarization of society.

US financial board spars with Puerto Rican authorities over how best to pillage island

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 July 2018

Wall Street demands a fresh round of budget cuts as the social crisis on the US territory deepens.

Vice-President Pence threatens immigrants, Assange, and Venezuela during Latin America tour

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2018

Facing a popular outcry against inhumane treatment of immigrants, Pence pressed for policies that will only exacerbate the desperate conditions pushing thousands to flee north.

Leadership of Argentina’s Partido Obrero maintains silence on ties to right-wing Russian nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2018

As more information emerges about the right-wing connections of the Russian Stalinist introduced as a “comrade” in “refounding the Fourth International,” the leadership of the PO has maintained complete silence.

Far-right candidate elected as Colombia becomes NATO “global partner”

By Andrea Lobo, 27 June 2018

Parallel to the rise of far-right forces in Europe and the US, the coming to power of Iván Duque represents a stark warning for workers in Colombia.

Lopez Obrador maintains large lead in Mexican presidential election polls

By Don Knowland, 27 June 2018

Morena and its coalition could sweep Congress, and threaten the continued viability of other parties.

Argentine workers stage massive general strike against Macri’s austerity policies

By Rafael Azul, 26 June 2018

Total work stoppages shut down municipal transit, banks and airports throughout Argentina Monday.

Peru’s new president Vizcarra joins with Fujimorista opposition to impose austerity

By Armando Cruz, 25 June 2018

The Vizcarra-Villanueva government intends to impose the new cuts to government spending and new taxes on the working population being demanded by international finance.

Parents of 43 disappeared Mexican students demand reopening of investigation

By Rafael Azul, 12 June 2018

A panel of judges found that the original investigation of the Ayotzinapa case was incomplete and fraudulent.

Workers Party in Argentina seeks to “refound” Fourth International in alliance with Stalinism

By Eric London and Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2018

The attempt to create an international tendency based on suppressing the lessons of the history of the Fourth International can result only in the betrayal of the working class.

Death toll rises as volcanic eruption buries entire towns in Guatemala

By Andrea Lobo, 5 June 2018

When such natural disasters strike a society built on capitalist exploitation and extreme inequality, the poorest and most vulnerable always pay the heaviest price.

Petrobras chief resigns as Brazilian truckers end strike

By Miguel Andrade, 4 June 2018

The truckers' blockades were supported by an overwhelming majority as an act of resistance against the economic suffering endured by hundreds of millions of Brazilians.

At least eight dead after shooters fire on mass Mother’s Day demonstration in Nicaragua

By Andrea Lobo, 2 June 2018

The violent crackdown on what was likely the largest single demonstration since 1979 is a growing sign of escalation.

Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) denounces Brazilian truckers strike

By Eric London, 1 June 2018

The PTS labeled the strike as right-wing, solidarizing itself with the government’s repressive measures.

Brazilian truck drivers reject union-government attempt to shut down strike

By Eric London and Miguel Andrade, 30 May 2018

The government has sought to block the spread of social unrest with a ruling Tuesday that a planned strike by oil workers is illegal.

Truckers strike brings Brazil to brink of collapse

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 May 2018

The Temer government has granted authority to the military to exercise police powers throughout the country, in a bid to break the strike.

So far from God, so close to the United States…

The second Mexican presidential debate and the crisis of bourgeois rule

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

This second debate indicates, more clearly than the first, that there is nothing here for Mexican workers.

Argentina: Buenos Aires police attack striking transit workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

Helmeted riot police, equipped with batons and full-body shields and firing rubber bullets, invaded the subway tunnels.

Argentina to make new IMF agreement amid growing social discontent

By Eric London, 10 May 2018

An estimated 75 percent of Argentinians oppose the move, which takes place alongside broadening strikes among teachers and other workers.

Argentina: Government responds to peso crisis with panic selling of dollar reserves and interest rate increase

By Rafael Azul, 8 May 2018

The Argentinian ruling class, under pressure from Wall Street, is fearful of another situation like the 2001-2002 crisis.

São Paulo’s high-rise fire collapse tied to city’s homeless crisis

By Gabriel Lemos, 7 May 2018

The real cause of the spectacular fire and building collapse was the negligence of the state and the huge housing crisis in one of the most unequal cities in the world.

Mexican ruling class working out response to López Obrador’s lead in election polls

By Don Knowland, 7 May 2018

Heated charges and political maneuvers dominated Mexico’s electoral campaign last week as the “left” bourgeois candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador kept a 20 point lead in the polls.

First presidential debate

Mexican presidential candidates call for increased police and military activity

By Rafael Azul and Don Knowland, 3 May 2018

The debate took place in the wake of the grisly killing of three film students by gang members in Jalisco.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 2

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 1 May 2018

The US military-intelligence apparatus is integrating the largest technology and Internet companies to tighten the US stranglehold over Latin America.

US election meddling in the age of the Internet

How Google, Facebook and Twitter are manipulating the Mexican presidential elections—Part 1

By Alex González and Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2018

The United States is now engaged in advanced efforts to exploit data on every voter in the country, as well as user data from Google and the social media companies, to influence the elections of its southern neighbor.

Washington announces plans to pressure Nicaragua after largest demonstrations in 40 years

By Andrea Lobo, 26 April 2018

Fearful of the growth of social opposition to IMF diktats in Central America, US imperialism is ramping up its efforts to contain the situation and advance its own reactionary agenda.

Demonstrations grow in Nicaragua after Ortega suspends pension cuts

By Andrea Lobo, 24 April 2018

Nearly 30 are dead and protests swelled yesterday even as the government announced it was temporarily canceling pension cuts.

Mexican government to deploy federal troops against immigrants on its southern border

By Michael Anders, 18 April 2018

The anti-democratic decision proves that the Mexican government is a pawn of the Trump administration.

Brazil’s ex-president Lula turns himself in to police after supreme court ruling

By Miguel Andrade, 10 April 2018

The Brazilian attorney general’s office demanded his immediate arrest out of fear he would “manipulate the masses” and destabalize the country.

Ahead of Mexican elections, social media companies, corporate press launch censorship operation

By Alex González, 5 April 2018

The #Verificado2018 campaign was launched to allegedly protect voters from Russian meddling in the upcoming July 1 general elections.

Brazil: São Paulo teachers strike against pension reform

By Gabriel Lemos, 26 March 2018

The claim that “there is no money” to meet teachers’ demands is rooted in the parasitic interests of the banks and corporations that dominate the Brazilian state.

Peru’s president and former Wall Street financier resigns amid corruption scandal

By Armando Cruz, 23 March 2018

There was a consensus among the ruling elite that the 79-year-old former Wall Street operator had become a destabilizing factor for capitalism in Peru.

Mass protests in Brazil against death squad assassination of Marielle Franco

By Miguel Andrade, 21 March 2018

While clearly serving to intimidate political opposition, Franco’s execution is being exploited by the security forces as a justification for even greater repression.

Odebrecht-related bribe revelations threaten to wipe out Peruvian political establishment

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 14 March 2018

The revelations have led many to question the political future of all the figures involved, the most visible faces of the Peruvian political class for over a generation.

Mexico’s leading presidential candidates genuflect before bankers

By Don Knowland, 13 March 2018

Supposedly left populist candidate López Obrador assured bankers he will not undermine their interests if elected.

Transnational beer corporation creates water crisis in northern Mexico

By Alex González, 10 March 2018

Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.

US government cuts aid to Puerto Rico by half

By Antonio Castro, 3 March 2018

Amidst a mounting mental health crisis and constant power outages, the US government announced a drastic cut in aid to the island still reeling from hurricane damage.

Peru’s president proposes minimum wage hike in bid to divert impeachment drive

By Cesar Uco, 1 March 2018

The desperate populist appeal comes as the chances of Kuczynski finishing his term are dwindling, while his approval rating has fallen to 19 percent.

Brazilian army general tapped to take over law enforcement in Rio de Janeiro

By Gabriel Lemos, 26 February 2018

Under the pretext of fighting gang violence, nothing less than a path to dictatorship is being opened up in Brazil.

Brazilian army general tapped to take over law enforcement in Rio de Janeiro

By Gabriel Lemos, 22 February 2018

Under the pretext of fighting gang violence, nothing less than a path to dictatorship is being opened up in Brazil.

Honduras turns to online censorship and spyware to clamp down on protests

By Andrea Lobo, 16 February 2018

Since a brutal crackdown has not deterred protests against the regime, it has resorted to an assault on free speech online.

Venezuela warns against US military intervention as domestic crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2018

Both Colombia and Brazil have increased military deployments on Venezuela’s borders as US officials continue to signal support for a coup against the Maduro government.

US Secretary of State Tillerson threatens oil sanctions against Venezuela

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2018

On his tour of Latin America, Tillerson escalated US threats against Venezuela as part of a broader campaign to undermine Russian and Chinese interests in the region.

Brazil’s political crisis deepens after court upholds conviction of Lula

By Miguel Andrade, 6 February 2018

The unexpected unanimous decision by the appeals court on both the conviction of Lula and the lengthening of his jail sentence unleashed a frenzied run-up on the Sao Paulo stock exchange.

Pope preaches dogma of reaction in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 5 February 2018

The Pope’s first stop was Chile, where he denounced parishioners as “idiots manipulated by leftists” for opposing a bishop implicated in the cover-up of child sexual abuse.

Why are a million Puerto Ricans still in the dark?

By Daniel de Vries, 2 February 2018

Even as a humanitarian crisis continues to ravage the United States’ largest territory, officials are plotting the privatization of the public electric utility.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales marks 12 years in power amid mounting social struggles

By Tomas Rodriguez, 1 February 2018

The stunning rise in profits generated by the financial sector under the Morales government stands in stark contrast to the conditions confronting the masses of Bolivians.

Brazilian metro workers hold one-day strike over privatization plans

Workers Struggles: The Americas

23 January 2018

A strike by transit workers in the city of São Paulo’s paralyzed subway transport in the city leaving many morning commuters stranded.

Mass protests in Peru over pardoning of Fujimori

By Cesar Uco, 16 January 2018

The deal reached to spare President Kuczynski impeachment in return for the pardoning of Fujimori has only deepened the crisis of bourgeois rule in Peru.

Court suspends Christmas pardon as Brazil’s jail population reaches world’s third highest

By Miguel Andrade, 13 January 2018

The last three years alone have seen 100,000 people thrown into the dungeons created by Brazil’s system of social apartheid.

Right-wing wins Chile election as “left” Broad Front joins the establishment

By Andrea Lobo, 10 January 2018

With only one-fourth of the electorate voting for Piñera, the results reflect overwhelming hostility to the entire establishment and herald a new stage in the political crisis.

Puerto Rico, more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria: The class issues

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2018

The absence of planning for the hurricane and the lack of any significant response to the devastation by the local and federal governments has had deadly consequences.

Peru’s President Kuczynski pardons Fujimori after surviving impeachment

By Armando Cruz, 30 December 2017

Fujimori’s pardon has unleashed a wave of protests, mostly by young people, in the capital and other main cities.

“The government has done nothing”

Months after hurricane, Puerto Rican workers face worsening jobs crisis

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 28 December 2017

The economic devastation of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria continues to escalate three months after the storm made landfall in late September.

Trump administration congratulates “re-election” of police-state regime in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2017

Washington’s announcement arrived as Honduran military police escalated their bloody repression of the nation-wide protests against the electoral fraud.

Haitian audit report on PetroCaribe corruption deepens crisis of Moïse goverment

By John Marion, 21 December 2017

Funds from the PetroCaribe agreement, intended for public works projects, were instead used to line the pockets of politically connected corporations.

Argentina’s Congress passes social security “reform” after violent crackdown on protesters

By Rafael Azul, 20 December 2017

Mass protests have erupted against the vote in the lower house for pension legislation that will slash benefits for more than 40 percent of the Argentine population.

Puerto Rico governor orders review of official hurricane death toll

By Niles Niemuth, 19 December 2017

The review comes amid growing anger on the island and media reports that the true death toll from Hurricane Maria could exceed 1,000.

Washington and Honduras seek to crush opposition to fraudulent re-election

By Andrea Lobo, 19 December 2017

The Honduran government and the OAS are coordinating with Washington to impose a fraudulent election using virtually the same methods as in the 2009 military coup.

“The poverty is no longer hidden by the trees”

Hurricane Maria exposes the conditions of life for the working class in Caguas, Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh and Zac Corrigan, 18 December 2017

Workers and youth from Caguas, Puerto Rico, spoke to WSWS reporters about life without power, electricity and running water, nearly 100 days after Hurricane Maria.

Peru’s President Kuczynski facing impeachment

By Juan Gonzáles, 18 December 2017

Even as bribery and corruption charges threaten to bring down the president, an attempt is being made to strengthen the Peruvian state.

Top Peruvian businessmen arrested in Odebrecht bribery scandal

By Cesar Uco, 14 December 2017

The Odebrecht scandal has played an increasing role in deepening Peru’s economic and political crises.

Mexico’s Interior Security Law: The ruling class prepares for mass uprisings

By Alex González, 11 December 2017

The Interior Security Law is being advanced to crack down on protests and to prepare for possible military intervention in next year’s presidential elections.

“Brazilian Trump” or “Brazilian Duterte”? Media works to normalize the far-right for 2018 elections

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2017

The fascist congressman Jair Bolsonaro has been increasingly presented by the corporate media as “the businessmen’s choice.”

Trump administration moves toward deportation of Central American immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 8 November 2017

Monday’s decision ends Temporary Protected Status for up to 5,000 Nicaraguans and could be the prelude to the mass deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

Brazil cuts science budget amid mounting yellow fever threat

By Miguel Andrade, 8 November 2017

Brazil’s Science Ministry is facing a 44 percent funding cut by the end of 2017 and another reduction of 15 percent for 2018.

Bernie Sanders tries to quell anger in Puerto Rico

By Rafael Azul, 1 November 2017

With anger against the Trump administration reaching a breaking point, Sanders urged Puerto Ricans to keep their faith in the US government.

CVS and Aetna reportedly in talks for $60 billion merger

By Tom Hall, 31 October 2017

The merger between the CVS pharmacy chain and the insurance giant is reportedly in response to Amazon’s imminent entry into the prescription drug business.

Haitian government in crisis as protests spread

By John Marion, 31 October 2017

Protests against the government of Haitian President Jovenel MoÏse, touched off by this year’s budget, are being met with violence.

Montana company with ties to Trump cashes in from Puerto Rico disaster

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2017

Whitefish Energy, a tiny Montana company with virtually no experience in infrastructure repair, has secured a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid.

After electoral victory, Argentine president promises “most austere policies”

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2017

The results express a deep resentment against the 12-year Peronist rule that began the austerity drive that has only deepened under Macri.