South and Central 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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21 March 2012

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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.

Chavez deports opposition journalist back to Colombia

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2011

The government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez summarily deported Colombian journalist Joaquin Perez Becerra back to Colombia Monday, igniting angry protests in Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America.

Bolivian unions end strike against Morales government

By Luis Arce, 28 April 2011

Faced with the danger of the strike turning into a political confrontation with the government of President Evo Morales, the union leadership hurried to reach an agreement and bring the struggle to an end.

BRICS summit denounces “use of force” against Libya

By John Chan, 18 April 2011

Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.

Bolivian workers strike against government salary decree

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2011

Thousands of Bolivian teachers, miners and other workers have carried out strikes and mass protests for more than a week in opposition to the government’s attempt to limit wage increases.

Peru elections pit Humala against Fujimori in second round

By Luis Arce, 13 April 2011

The nationalist candidate of Gana Peru (Peru Wins), former army officer Ollanta Humala, won the first round of the presidential election in Peru.

CIA terrorist Posada Carriles acquitted in immigration trial

By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2011

The travesty of a trial of Posada Carriles on immigration-related charges let the veteran terrorist and CIA agent walk free, despite being wanted for the killing of scores of civilians.

Ex-singer tied to death squads named winner in Haitian vote

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2011

The Haitian elections were marked by wholesale fraud, disenfranchisement and gross intervention by Washington and the so-called “world community,” both bent on installing a pliant regime to help suppress the population.

Nationalist candidate Humala rises in Peru election polls

By Luis Arce, 2 April 2011

The meteoric rise of Ollanta Humala to first place in the polls two weeks before Peruvians elect a new president has taken the media and the country’s ruling elite by surprise.

Honduran government unleashes violence against striking teachers

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2011

The US-backed government of President Porfirio Lobo has used police and military violence in an attempt to quell a teachers’ strike and protests that have continued to escalate over the last month.

Haiti election result to be announced this week

By Peter Daniels, 29 March 2011

Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced last week that it will release preliminary results from the March 20 presidential election runoff by the end of the month.

Obama in Chile: No apology for 1973 coup

By Bill Van Auken, 23 March 2011

During his visit to Chile, Obama rejected an appeal for an apology for Washington’s role in fomenting a fascist-military coup that plunged the country into 17 years of dictatorship.

WikiLeaks cables expose Peruvian politicians’ subservience to Washington

By Luis Arce, 2 March 2011

Two weeks ago, El Comercio, Peru’s most influential newspaper, began publishing secret cables from the US embassy in Lima released by of WikiLeaks. What has been released so far reveals the degree of submission and dependency on US imperialism by all the major political parties of the Peruvian bourgeoisie.

Top Argentine union leader arrested in murder of left-wing worker

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2011

Jose Pedraza, the president of Argentina’s Railway Union, was arrested Tuesday for the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a left-wing worker, during a goon squad attack last October.

Bolivia’s Morales confronts general strike over food prices

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2011

After five years in office, the government of Bolivia’s President Evo Morales faced a nationwide general strike last Friday amid a growing popular rebellion against rising food prices.

Runoff election campaign begins in Haiti

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2011

Two right-wing candidates, both with links to the former Duvalier dictatorship, are competing in Haiti’s US-orchestrated presidential vote.

Two Colombia mine explosions kill 26

By Samuel Davidson, 7 February 2011

Two mine explosions in less than two weeks have claimed the lives of 26 miners, beginning another deadly year for Colombian miners.

Human rights report cites Brazil for torture, police killings

By Bill Van Auken, 27 January 2011

A report released this week by Human Rights Watch cited Brazil for widespread torture, police killings and a continuing amnesty for crimes carried out under the military dictatorship.

US begins deportation of Haitians

By Andrea Peters, 24 January 2011

The US deported 27 Haitian nationals last Thursday, resuming forced repatriations to the devastated country a year after the massive earthquake of January 2010.

“Baby Doc” Duvalier arrested in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2011

Haitian authorities arrested Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier Tuesday, barely two days after the former dictator flew back to the country after a quarter of a century in exile.

Hundreds dead in Brazilian flooding

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2011

The death toll from flooding and mudslides rose past 500 Friday, with hundreds more missing, as Brazil confronted its worst ever natural disaster.

CIA terrorist Posada Carriles on trial for lying to immigration

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2011

Luis Posada Carriles, the Cuban-born CIA terrorist, went on trial this week in a Texas court for lying to immigration authorities.

One year since the earthquake in Haiti

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2011

One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the horrors facing its population have only deepened, with a cholera epidemic claiming thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands left stranded in fetid tent camps.

Raul Castro sought “political channel” to Washington

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2010

WikiLeaks cables showed that Fidel Castro believed that the Obama administration would be open to relaxing the longtime US isolation of Cuba.