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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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Popular protests sparked by deadly train accident in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2012

Popular anger has erupted in Argentina over evidence that a train accident that killed 51 people was the result of decades of neglect of the country’s passenger rail system.

Fire kills 29 at rehab center in Lima, Peru

By Luis Arce, 25 February 2012

Twenty-nine people died as the result of a fire that ripped through the “Christ is Love” rehabilitation center located in one of the poorest districts of Lima on January 28.

Thousands march in Peru against US-backed mining project

By Armando Cruz, 22 February 2012

On Friday, February 10, thousands of Peruvians participated in the “Gran Marcha Nacional por el Agua,” or “Grand March for Water,” in downtown Lima.

Honduras’s prison inferno: A crime of capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2012

The horrific fire that killed over 350 prisoners in Honduras is not only a tragedy but a crime for which the country's ruling families and foreign capitalist exploiters bear ultimate responsibility.

Clashes follow over 370 deaths in Honduran prison fire

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2012

Relatives of prisoners clashed with police and soldiers outside a penitentiary in central Honduras where over 370 inmates perished in a fire.

UK-Argentine tensions rise over Malvinas Islands

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2012

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the war between Britain and Argentina, tensions over the Malvinas Islands are rising once again.

Latin American governments “apologize” for dictatorships’ crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2012

The formal state apologies offered by the governments of El Salvador and Uruguay for decades-old atrocities carried out by rightist regimes only underscores the failure to hold accountable those responsible for these crimes.

Ex-General Otto Perez Molina to expand drug war as Guatemala’s new president

By Kevin Kearney, 17 January 2012

Otto Perez Molina, a former army general accused of war crimes in Guatemala’s protracted civil war, assumed office as the country’s president Saturday.

Haiti’s President Martelly seeks to bring back military as internal police force

By John Marion, 5 January 2012

Two reports issued recently by the UN document murders and torture committed by the Haitian National Police over the past year.

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3 January 2012

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Peruvian crisis shifts Humala government to the right

By Luis Arce, 15 December 2011

A week after its declaration of a state of emergency in Cajamarca, the replacement of Peru’s prime minister by a retired army officer signals a sharp turn to the right by President Humala’s government.

Chilean prosecutor charges ex-US officer in 1973 murder of American journalists

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2011

A judge in Chile has issued an indictment against a retired US Navy officer in connection with the arrest, torture and murder of two American journalists, Charles Horman and Frank Terrugi, in the wake of the CIA-backed military coup that toppled the government of President Salvador Allende in 1973.

Brazilian army, police occupy Rio de Janeiro slums

By Rafael Azul, 15 November 2011

On Sunday Brazilian police and Government troops occupied three slums in Río de Janeiro as part of a pacification program in preparation for Soccer and Olympic competitions in 2014 and 2016.

Half a million students strike over education law in Colombia

By Luis Arce, 29 October 2011

Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Colombia’s major cities Wednesday to demand the rescinding of a proposed university “reform” that they say will benefit the country’s wealthiest at the expense of the majority of Colombian youth.

President Piñera unleashes repression against Chile’s student movement

By Luis Arce, 11 October 2011

Using mounted police charges, rubber bullets, teargas and water cannon, the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera violently suppressed a student march last Thursday in Chile.

Imperialist powers prepare to keep UN forces in Haiti

By John Marion, 28 September 2011

Amid new controversy, the United Nations is debating renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti.

Bolivian government violently represses indigenous protest

By Bill Van Auken, 27 September 2011

The government of President Evo Morales carried out a bloody crackdown against a march by indigenous protesters against the building of a new highway through their lands.

Ex-general set to win Guatemalan presidency

By Kevin Kearney, 23 September 2011

Otto Perez Molina, a former army general during Guatemala’s bloody civil war, won the greatest number of votes in the first round of the country’s presidential election.

Former Colombian secret police chief convicted of murder

By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2011

The conviction of former Colombia secret police chief Jorge Noguera

Chile’s student struggle and the legacy of 1973

By Luis Arce and Rafael Azul, 16 September 2011

The mass struggles of Chilean students and youth have been accompanied by the promotion of political illusions in the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende.

Teenager killed by police in mass demonstrations in Chile

By Joseph Kishore, 27 August 2011

Hundreds of thousands of Chilean workers and students took part this week in mass demonstrations and a general strike against social inequality and the privatization of education.

Chilean students demand a national referendum on education rights

By Rafael Azul, 19 August 2011

Striking university and high school students in Chile are calling for a popular referendum to modify the Chilean Constitution and education laws to insure quality education that is free for all.

Humala packs Peruvian cabinet with pro-business figures

By Luis Arce and Armando Cruz, 16 August 2011

Ollanta Humala, who won the Peruvian election on the basis of appeals to nationalism and resentment over social inequality, has filled key posts in his cabinet with representatives of the ruling elite.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Strike hits world’s largest copper mine in Chile

By Rafael Azul, 1 August 2011

On July 21, 2,375 copper miners at the Escondida copper mine in northern Chile walked out over management’s violation of contract provisions concerning bonuses and hours.

WikiLeaks cables detail US military designs on Haiti

By John Marion, 28 July 2011

Newly released embassy cables reveal the US government’s interest in maintaining a UN military force for the occupation of Haiti.

Press under attack in Haiti

By John Marion, 12 July 2011

A series of recent events in Haiti have highlighted continuing threats to press freedom in a country where democratic rights are routinely denied in the interests of US imperialism and the local ruling elite.

120,000 students, teachers march in Chile against attacks on public education

By Luis Arce, 8 July 2011

Chilean students took to the streets to demand the repeal of a Pinochet era education law and an end to the privatization and inequality that it has fostered.

WikiLeaks exposes US profiteering after Haiti earthquake

By John Marion, 24 June 2011

On June 15, the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks began releasing US diplomatic cables from the period immediately following the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010.

Peru’s president-elect Humala bows to bankers

By Luis Arce, 11 June 2011

Following his victory at the polls last Sunday, Peru’s president-elect has made it his first priority to reassure capitalist investors, foreign and national, that they have nothing to fear.

Humala beats Fujimori in Peru’s presidential vote

By Luis Arce, 7 June 2011

With nearly 90 percent of the vote counted in the presidential election held in Peru Sunday, the ex-army officer Ollanta Humala emerged as the clear winner.

Aymara protesters seize Peruvian city of Puno

By Luis Arce, 4 June 2011

A week before Peruvians go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president, nearly 20,000 members of the Aymara native ethnic group occupied the city of Puno.

Global commission brands “drug war” a failure

By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2011

An international commission that includes former Latin American presidents and US officials issued a scathing indictment of Washington’s “war on drugs.”

Argentine victims of dirty war to sue Daimler Benz in US Court

By Rafael Azul, 23 May 2011

A US appeals Court has reinstated a suit against German carmaker Daimler Benz for its participation in the kidnapping and murder of workers at one of its Argentine plants during the so-called dirty war of the 1970s.

Brazil’s poor evicted to make way for Olympics

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2011

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic games, authorities in Brazil are carrying out mass expulsions of favela (shantytown) residents in Rio de Janeiro and other cities.