South and Central America
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.
5 September 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
21 March 2012
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6 March 2012
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 January 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2011
The conviction of former Colombia secret police chief Jorge Noguera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Kevin Kearney, 29 December 2010
Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom unilaterally declared martial law in Alta Verapaz—a state near the country’s northern border with Mexico—eliminating the few political and due process rights of the region’s impoverished indigenous masses.
By Andre Damon, 22 December 2010
Less than a year after the Haiti earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people, the US government is preparing to resume deportations to the cholera-gripped country.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2010
A classified cable from the US embassy in Bogota confirms that Washington was told the Colombian army’s murder of civilians was “widespread,” yet still approved military aid.
By Rafael Azul, 15 December 2010
Prisoners in Northern Chile are on hunger strike to protest overcrowding.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2010
Scores of cables between the US State Department and the American embassy in Brasilia released by WikiLeaks have laid bare the ruthless pursuit of US imperialist interests in Latin America’s largest country.
By Rafael Azul, 10 December 2010
The deaths of 81 prisoners in a fire at Chile’s San Miguel Prison on Wednesday was the direct result of repressive policies and overcrowded conditions.
By Tom Eley, 9 December 2010
The Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince erupted in riots and demonstrations Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after the announcement that Jude Célestin, the presidential candidate backed by the despised outgoing head of state, René Préval, would be included in the two-way runoff.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2010
Protests against United Nations troops have spread to the capital of Port-au-Prince Thursday as growing numbers of Haitians die of cholera in the absence of significant aid from the UN or other relief agencies.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2010
Haiti remains tense in the wake of Monday’s violent clashes between protesters and United Nations troops that left at least two dead and over a dozen wounded in Cap-Haitien, the country’s second largest city.
By Patrick Martin, 13 November 2010
The United Nations issued an emergency appeal for aid as the death toll in Haiti passed the 800 mark.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 November 2010
Some 1.5 million Haitians, still homeless after last January’s devastating earthquake, are facing the combined deadly threats of an approaching hurricane and a rapidly spreading cholera epidemic.
By Rafael Azul, 2 November 2010
The Brazilian stock market reacted favorably to the victory of the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff in Sunday’s election. Eight years in power have confirmed the so-called Workers Party as a stalwart defender of capitalism.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 November 2010
Like the massive death toll inflicted by the earthquake last January, the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Haiti is not some natural disaster, but rather the product of desperate poverty created by imperialist oppression.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2010
The editorial pages of two of the most prominent newspapers of the US ruling establishment rushed to claim the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile as a triumph for free-market capitalism.
By Tom Eley, 26 October 2010
At least five cases of cholera have been confirmed in Port-au-Prince, a week after the epidemic emerged in central Haiti. By Monday evening the national death toll was reported to be 259.
By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2010
The general strike Thursday was organized over the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a 23-year-old leftist youth, by thugs from the rail union, which works closely with the government.
By a reporter, 23 October 2010
The outbreak of disease is the worst since last January’s devastating earthquake, which killed 250,000 people and left another 1.5 million homeless.
By Rafael Azul, 22 October 2010
More than 300 Chilean workers jobless due to the closure of the San Jose mine, made famous by the recent rescue of 33 trapped miners, have threatened to occupy “Camp Hope” near the mine until they receive severance pay.
By Rafael Azul, 18 October 2010
The collapse of the San Jose gold and copper mine that trapped 33 miners for 10 weeks below ground has focused attention on the safety of operations at Chilean mines.
By John Marion, 16 October 2010
The November 28 elections in Haiti will be a travesty of democracy, in which foreign investors seek to manipulate an election held amid terrible conditions after the January 2010 earthquake, with large sections of the electorate robbed of the right to vote.
By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2010
Both the resilience of the miners, trapped underground for 69 days, and the energy and determination of their rescuers, have won well-deserved admiration.
By Rafael Azul, 14 October 2010
Many of the workers rescued from the Chilean mine have long complained bitterly of lax safety.
By Cesar Uco, 11 October 2010
The Peruvian elections have dealt a humiliating defeat to the traditional parties, with a “resurgence of the left” being proclaimed in Lima, and the victory of regional groupings elsewhere in the country.
By Rafael Azul, 5 October 2010
The exposure of a 64-year-old secret study conducted in Guatemala on human subjects by the US Public Health Service has created an international uproar, forcing the US government to issue a belated apology.