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Peña Nieto joins Mexican ex-presidents in denouncing Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2016

The right-wing representatives of the Mexican bourgeoisie fear that Trump’s campaign will interfere with their collaboration with Washington.

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8 March 2016

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Bolivians reject fourth term for Evo Morales in constitutional referendum

By Neil Hardt, 24 February 2016

The “no” vote, which prevents Morales from running in 2019, took place in the midst of escalating social and geopolitical tensions in the impoverished Andean country.

Obama to make March trip to Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2016

Emphasizing Obama’s intention to meet with “dissidents” and “entrepreneurs,” the White House made clear that the trip is part of a policy aimed at restoring US control over Cuba.

Coup threatened in Venezuela amidst deepening economic crisis

By Eric London, 15 February 2016

In the midst of skyrocketing inflation, food scarcity and economic stagnation, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable is maneuvering for the removal of Maduro.

World Bank documents growth of “ninis” in Latin America: Youth neither working nor in school

By Kevin Martinez, 1 February 2016

At least 20 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean are neither studying nor working despite the region being touted as a economic “success story.”

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016

The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks.

Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration program

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2016

The court’s announcement came amid rising anger and fear over the roundup and deportation of Central American refugees.

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2016

The calls from within the military envision a struggle with China over domination of the hemisphere.

The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015

The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.

Maduro government suffers steep electoral losses to Venezuelan right

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2015

The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement.

Chilean military exercises fuel tensions with Bolivia and Peru

By Cesar Uco, 8 December 2015

The exercises took place under conditions in which both Peru and Bolivia have won favorable rulings from the International Court of Justice in territorial disputes with Chile.

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8 December 2015

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27 October 2015

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Haiti: UN Security Council votes to extend by a year its military presence

By John Marion, 21 October 2015

While claiming to promote “security” and fight gangs, the UN and Washington are worried about public unrest during the upcoming elections.

Pope Francis to Cubans: “avoid ideology”…or else!

By Rafael Azul, 23 September 2015

True to his personal history, Pope Francis warns workers and youth to stay away from revolutionary socialism.

Large demonstrations in Ecuador against Correa government

By our reporter, 15 August 2015

As thousands of workers and indigenous peasants descended on Quito, the Bolivarian government of Rafael Correa sent police to attack the demonstrators.

Economic slowdown in Peru ignites social tensions

By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015

Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.

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28 July 2015

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Dramatic drop in profits for largest corporations in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 23 July 2015

The latest figures confirm the fact that the so-called emerging markets are unable to offset the drop in production and consumption in the US and the EU.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians face deportation from the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 23 June 2015

With the passing of a deadline in the Dominican Republic for Haitians to apply for regularization of their immigration status, many thousands are now effectively stateless.

Peru’s mining protests suspended amid evidence of leadership’s corruption

By Cesar Uco, 16 June 2015

The most prominent leader of the protests had apparently demanded money in return for calling off the mass struggle against the Tia Maria mine project.

Mexican elections held under conditions of police-military siege

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2015

The government of President Peña Nieto mobilized military and police forces across Mexico to prevent protests by teachers and youth.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Colombian peace talks continue amid renewed combat

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2015

The Colombian government dispatched its foreign minister and one of the country’s most prominent capitalists in an attempt to salvage the negotiations with the FARC.

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12 May 2015

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Obama, Castro to meet at Americas summit

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2015

The meeting, the first between top US and Cuban officials in nearly six decades, is part of a rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Brazil’s government vows “huge cuts” as economic crisis intensifies

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2015

Faced with a massive corruption scandal and rising pressure from the right, President Rousseff is embarking on another round of austerity measures.

Six months since the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 2 April 2015

Thousands marched and rallied in Mexico City demanding justice for the disappeared rural student teachers.

Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2015

While there is no doubt that the US and the Venezuelan right are up to their necks in plots, the principal conspiracy is aimed against the country’s working class.

Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis

By Cesar Uco, 2 February 2015

The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

Mexico intensifies persecution of Central American immigrants

By Adam Mclean, 24 December 2014

The Peña Nieto government’s crackdown on immigrants is being carried out in direct collaboration with the Obama administration.

Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2014

Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers.

Venezuela announces budget cuts and other financial measures in the wake of OPEC decision

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2014

Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis.

Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

Brazil’s Workers Party faces tightest election in over a decade

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2014

Less than three weeks before the first-round vote, a projected runoff between incumbent President Rousseff and challenger Marina Silva is too close to call.

Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

The government, which has adopted a nationalist pose in relation to US hedge funds, denounced the workers for staging a “political” strike.

Japanese PM tours Latin America

By Ben McGrath, 12 August 2014

Abe sought to expand Tokyo’s influence in the region, especially in order to counter that of China.

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23 July 2014

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Clashes in Venezuela leave three dead

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2014

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left at least three people dead in Venezuela amid sharpening social and economic tensions.

Argentina on brink of new financial crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2014

The Argentine government has responded to last week’s run on the peso with new rules allowing dollar purchases to barely 20 percent of the population.

Chilean port workers end month-long strike

By César Uco and Armando Cruz, 29 January 2014

A sell-out agreement between the government and the union bureaucracy sends workers back to work.

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28 January 2014

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21 January 2014

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Following social unrest, Argentine government grants police wage hikes

By Rafael Azul, 31 December 2013

Responding to social unrest triggered by provincial police strikes, Argentine authorities granted the police substantial wage increases.

Bachelet wins Chilean election marked by massive abstention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2013

Michelle Bachelet, candidate of the Socialist Party-led New Democracy coalition, won an overwhelming victory, but with 59 percent of the electorate failing to vote.

Both sides claim victory in Honduran election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2013

Four years after a US-backed coup ousted Manuel Zelaya, Honduras is gripped by a new crisis as both sides claim victory in the presidential election.

Chile’s former president set to win second-round election

By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2013

With the intensification of the global economic crisis, a second Bachelet administration will not be a replay of the first.

Venezuelan legislature grants president power to rule by decree

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 November 2013

With high inflation and product shortages jeopardizing the ruling party in upcoming elections, the National Assembly has granted Nicolás Maduro exceptional powers for one year.

Cholera spreads beyond Haiti as Mexico suffers devastating floods

By John Marion, 9 November 2013

More than 176 cases have been reported in Mexico, with the cholera strain matched to the one causing Haiti’s epidemic

Amid extreme inflation and severe shortages, Venezuela to revamp currency laws

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 September 2013

Although the country's severe problems result from global economic pressures along with deteriorating industry and infrastructure, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has claimed they are the result of sabotage.

Brutal police attack on Mexican teachers

By Rafael Azul, 17 September 2013

Protesting public school teachers were savagely expelled from Mexico City’s central square by security forces under orders from the Peña Nieto government.

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6 August 2013

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30 July 2013

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23 July 2013

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16 July 2013

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NSA casts massive surveillance net over Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2013

Secret National Security Agency documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden expose a massive spying operation covering all of Latin America.

Latin American governments blast hijacking in Snowden manhunt

By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2013

Five Latin American heads of state joined with Evo Morales in Cochabamba Thursday to denounce the US-instigated grounding of the Bolivian president’s plane.

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2 July 2013

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18 June 2013

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Wall Street embraces Humala’s “left” government in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2013

Measures carried out by Humala, who won the presidency in 2011 promising to battle “neo-liberalism,” have placed him to the right of his predecessors.

Guatemalan high court upholds overturning of Rios Montt conviction

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2013

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court Tuesday upheld its decision to throw out the conviction of ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The crisis of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian” revolution and the political independence of the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2013

Venezuelan workers can rely only on their own independent strength to defend social gains won over the past period and defeat the threat of a right-wing coup.

Guatemala’s high court overturns dictator Rios Montt’s genocide conviction

By Rafael Azul, 21 May 2013

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court has overturned former dictator José Efraín Rios Montt’s 80-year sentence for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Guatemala imposes state of siege against mine protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2013

The Guatemalan government has imposed a 30-day state of siege to repress protests against a Canadian-owned mining operation.

Floods devastate Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2013

Torrential storms and floods affected 450,000 people and killed 58 in Argentina.

Narrow victory for Maduro in Venezuelan elections

By Rafael Azul, 16 April 2013

Nicolás Maduro won Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela by a razor-thin margin that reflected mounting social discontent.

Brazil’s economy beset by inflation, lagging production

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2013

The inflation spike has been driven by a sharp rise in the price of food and other consumer items, with the impact felt acutely by Brazil’s working class and poor.

Venezuela’s Maduro runs right-wing campaign in preparation for austerity

By Alexander Fangmann, 2 April 2013

Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, has run a right-wing campaign with overtures to the military and Catholic Church in preparation for cutbacks and austerity.

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26 March 2013

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Nationalism or socialism in Latin America

A reply to a supporter of Chavez

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2013

The kind of “alternative” that is envisioned here is one that is imposed from above, not arising from the politically independent movement of the working class itself, striving to establish its own organs of power.

Operation Condor trial begins in Argentina

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2013

The trial is the first to deal with the coordinated state terror campaign launched by Latin America’s US-backed dictatorships.

Venezuelan legislature postpones Chavez inauguration

By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2013

The postponement of the inauguration of cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez for a fourth presidential term has ratcheted up political tensions.

The extortionate operations of NML Capital

By Ernst Wolff, 11 December 2012

A New York court ordered Argentina to settle debts totalling $1.33 billion with hedge fund NML Capital by December 15.

Strike, protests belie Haitian government’s free education claims

By John Marion, 17 November 2012

A teachers strikes and protests by students have exposed President Martelly’s claims to have reformed Haiti’s education system.

Peruvian government crushes riots in Lima market

By Armando Cruz, 7 November 2012

Four dead and more than 100 wounded was the outcome of the repression of a riot in La Parada, an old wholesale market in the working class district of La Victoria in downtown Lima.

Hurricane Sandy reveals deepening health, political crises in Caribbean countries

By John Marion, 3 November 2012

Long before devastating the eastern seaboard of the United States, Hurricane Sandy wreaked death and destruction on Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

Martelly government cracks down on Haitian protests

By John Marion, 16 October 2012

A series of protests have swept Haiti sparked by government corruption, spikes in the prices of staple foods, and the anniversary of the coup that overthrew former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Venezuela’s Chavez wins election, but by narrower margin

By Bill Van Auken, 10 October 2012

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez won another six-year term in an election Sunday that saw the margin he enjoyed over the right-wing opposition sharply reduced compared to previous contests.

Venezuela’s Chavez turns further right in face of election challenge

By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2012

In the closing weeks of the Venezuelan election campaign, President Hugo Chavez has mixed “socialist” rhetoric with appeals to the rich to back him as a guarantor of social peace.

Humala government outlaws strikes by Peruvian teachers and doctors

By Armando Cruz, 27 September 2012

A pair of wildcat strikes by teachers and doctors has become the latest episode of class struggle to undermine the government of Peru’s nationalist president, Ollanta Humala.

Colombian government, FARC guerrillas in peace talks

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2012

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos formally announced that his government is in peace talks with the FARC guerrilla movement.

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5 September 2012

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Brazil’s public workers end strike

By Bill Van Auken, 31 August 2012

The majority of Brazil’s federal unions have called off a nearly four-month strike that pitted some 350,000 workers against the Workers Party government of President Dilma Rousseff.

Death toll in Venezuelan refinery blast rises to 41

By Bill Van Auken, 28 August 2012

President Chavez urged the public not to engage in “speculation” on the cause of the disaster, even as union officials charged that Venezuela’s state-owned oil company had neglected maintenance and safety.

Venezuelan TV cuts broadcast after workers challenge Chavez

By Bill Van Auken, 23 August 2012

Venezuelan television abruptly cut off its broadcast of a public appearance by President Hugo Chavez Monday night amid vocal interruptions from a mass audience of workers.

Tensions deepen as Brazil federal strike grows

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2012

Tensions between the government of Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff and hundreds of thousands of striking federal workers deepened as federal police and other sectors of the public workforce joined the walkout.

Brazilian public sector strike challenges PT government’s economic policy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2012

A prolonged strike by 350,000 university professors, electrical workers and other federal employees poses a direct challenge to the economic policies initiated by the Workers Party government in response to the global crisis.

Peru’s President Humala imposes another state of emergency against mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 10 July 2012

Ollanta Humala declared another “state of emergency” in the northern highlands region of Cajamarca to suppress a powerful movement opposing the multi-billion-dollar Conga mining project.

The Paraguayan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2012

The US State Department has refused to classify the toppling of Paraguay’s elected President Fernando Lugo as a coup, even as reports emerge of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the Pentagon and those who orchestrated Lugo’s ouster.

Paraguay’s president ousted in parliamentary coup

By Bill Van Auken, 25 June 2012

The Paraguayan right utilized a massacre of poor peasants as the pretext for impeaching and ousting the country’s president, Fernando Lugo, in a drumhead set of proceedings that lasted barely 30 hours.

Peruvian government imposes state of emergency to quell mine protests

By Armando Cruz, 6 June 2012

Peruvian president Ollanta Humala has imposed a state of emergency in the province of Espinar in Cusco to quell violent protests over a mining company’s environmental destruction.

Hondurans demand US withdrawal over civilian deaths

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2012

The killing of at least four Honduran civilians, including two pregnant women, in an attack by a US helicopter triggered angry protests in Honduras’s remote northeastern Mosquito Coast area.

Argentina partially re-nationalizes YPF oil company

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2012

The announced expropriation of a 51 percent share in YPF is only the latest episode in a protracted, politically driven looting and manipulation of the formerly state-owned oil company.

At least 13 dead in another Honduran prison massacre

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2012

At least 13 prisoners died Thursday in a prison riot and fire in Honduras that has once again exposed not only the desperate conditions in the country’s prison system, but also the overall assault on basic rights of the population.

Pope Benedict backs market measures in Cuba

By Rafael Azul, 30 March 2012

Pope Benedict spent three days in Cuba, supporting the turn toward private property and foreign capital by the government of Raúl Castro.

Three workers killed in Peru mining protests

By Armando Cruz and Luis Arce, 29 March 2012

On March 15, three workers were shot dead in protests against Peruvian government decrees penalizing those involved in “informal mining.”

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