South and Central America

Brazilian Workers Party backs Bolsonaro’s draconian “anti-crime” bill

By Miguel Andrade, 11 December 2019

The vote has shattered the year-long claim by Bolsonaro’s opposition that it represents some kind of democratic “resistance”.

Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage

Workers Struggles: The Americas

10 December 2019

The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.

Colombian trade unions working with President Duque to shut down national strike movement

By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019

Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.

Pompeo vows intervention against “riots” in Washington’s “own backyard”

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019

Immediately following Pompeo’s provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.

Coup regime in Bolivia announces “final phase of pacification”

By Andrea Lobo, 2 December 2019

Bolivian workers, peasants and youth have resisted with enormous bravery, while the MAS and trade unions have submitted to the coup.

In defiance of repression, Colombian workers mount second national strike in the past week

By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019

In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.

Chile paralyzed by third national strike amid mounting threats of dictatorship

By Andrea Lobo, 27 November 2019

The trade unions are using intermittent strikes to wear down the social upsurge, just as they have done in betraying every major class action since the Pinochet dictatorship.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro launches chauvinistic “green and yellow” youth employment program to foster “competitiveness”

By Tomas Castanheira, 26 November 2019

While draping the program in the national colors, Bolsonaro himself has admitted that its aim is to “reduce labor costs” in order to attract investment.

Leaked audio of top Colombian officials exposes failure of US coup operation in Venezuela

By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2019

The picture that emerges is that of a US vassal state panicking that, amid growing opposition from below, it also faces a civil war within Washington’s foreign-policy establishment.

Protests continue across Bolivia as the MAS submits to coup

By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2019

The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism’s installation of a puppet regime.

Morales’ MAS in talks with Bolivia coup regime on how to quell unrest

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2019

The agreement to enter discussions came as masses of workers and peasants continue to stream into La Paz demanding the downfall of the self-proclaimed “interim president.”

Popular resistance mounts against Bolivian coup

By Andrea Lobo, 15 November 2019

Thousands of workers and peasants in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, the neighboring district of El Alto and in Cochabamba have taken to the streets in defiance of police-military repression.

The US-backed coup in Bolivia

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2019

Backed by Washington, the violent coup in Bolivia has been facilitated by the political cowardice and treachery of the Morales government and its ruling MAS party.

US-backed Colombian military kills eight children in bombing, attempts cover-up

By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019

The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.

Peronism returns to power in Argentina amid simmering social anger

By Andrea Lobo, 31 October 2019

Despite his empty populist demagogy, Fernández has already made clear that he will brutally impose the diktats of finance capital.

Millions march for social equality across Chile

By Eric London, 26 October 2019

The floodtide of international working class struggle rose higher as half the adult population of Chile demonstrated against inequality and state violence.

Mass protests spread to Bolivia after a disruption in electoral broadcasts

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2019

Workers and youth have joined mass protests across of hundreds of thousands across all the major cities, including working class areas and pro-Morales strongholds like Cochabamba.

Recriminations within Brazilian ruling classes over Trump’s OECD snub

By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2019

Contrary to expectations, the US State Department didn’t propose Brazil for OECD membership, triggering a wave of criticism of Bolsonaro for the diplomatic failure.

Mass protests continue in defiance of military crackdown in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2019

The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.

Chilean military deployed against protests for the first time since Pinochet

By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019

The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Five dead and almost 1,000 arrested as repression mounts in Ecuador

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2019

The Ombudsman Office of Ecuador confirmed that the repression has left 5 demonstrators killed, 554 injured, and 929 arrested. These numbers, however, conceal the brutality of the repression.

Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

By Andrea Lobo, 9 October 2019

In the face of a continuing strike and mass indigenous mobilization, Moreno took the unprecedented step of moving his government from Quito to Guayaquil.

Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference

By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019

A range of issues, from austerity measures to privatizations, have repeatedly brought students to the streets, causing panic not only in the government, but in the unions and the opposition.

President Vizcarra dissolves Congress in response to conflict within Peruvian state

By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019

One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.

Ecuadorian government arrests hundreds and deploys military against nationwide strike

By Andrea Lobo, 5 October 2019

The Moreno government has responded to protests triggered by a massive gas price hike by imposing a national state of exception for 60 days, involving the deployment of the military against demonstrators and the suspension of democratic rights.

Brazilian GM workers speak out on US autoworkers’ strike

By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2019

Brazilian GM workers increasingly recognize that every issue they face is common to their class brothers in the US and internationally.

Fires consume more than 4.2 million acres of Bolivia’s forests

By Cesar Uco, 10 September 2019

A decree to expand deforestation for livestock and the agribusiness sector was a betrayal of the campaign promises made by President Evo Morales and his MAS ruling party.

Fires consume more than 4.2 million acres of Bolivia’s forests

By Cesar Uco, 10 September 2019

A decree to expand deforestation for livestock and the agribusiness sector was a betrayal of the campaign promises made by President Evo Morales and his MAS ruling party.

Colombian government renews civil war amid growing social unrest

By Julian James, 7 September 2019

At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.

Standard & Poor’s claims Argentina has “defaulted” on its debt

By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2019

An Argentine banker cited by the Financial Times said they were recalling the strikes, riots and bank runs during the last default in 2001 and were "very afraid of what’s going on.”

US commander says navy ready for Venezuela intervention

By Andrea Lobo, 24 August 2019

The threat by the head of the US Southern Command came as both Trump and Maduro confirmed that US and Venezuelan officials have been holding direct talks.

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019

Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.

Trump calls for naval blockade of Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2019

The US president’s demand for a military option reflects growing desperation in Washington over the failure of its regime-change operation.

Bolivia’s biggest mine and public health sector go on strike

By Andrea Lobo, 20 August 2019

Miners in San Cristobal, striking doctors and the entire, restive working class in Bolivia are coming into conflict with the Morales government, MAS and the trade unions.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon hails Mexican government as embodiment of “citizens’ revolution”

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

Mélenchon’s hailing of the AMLO government speaks volumes about what type of government he would lead, were he to win the presidential elections in 2022.

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019

The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.

Argentina’s stock market crashes after Macri loses pre-election poll

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2019

The market crash shows international finance capital’s concern that the vote reflects massive social opposition to austerity regimes.

Far-right government elected in Guatemala

By Andrea Lobo, 14 August 2019

Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the “third safe country” agreement imposed by Trump.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019

Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019

US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”

Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 August 2019

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US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019

Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.

Trade union sells out Walmart strike in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2019

The SIL union unilaterally imposed an agreement which achieved none of workers’ demands.

National strike against Ecuadorian government demands Assange’s freedom

By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2019

The protests in defense of Assange and the recent five-day strike in Ecuador demonstrate that the only social basis for his liberation and the defense democratic rights is the international working class.

Bossa Nova pioneer, songwriter and musician João Gilberto dead at 88

By Hiram Lee, 13 July 2019

Together with the composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered a “new wave” in Brazilian popular music during the mid-to-late 1950s that had a worldwide impact.

17,000 Walmart workers strike in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 11 July 2019

The walkout is in response to mass firings and the expansion of a “multifunctional” work regime for the remaining workers.

Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways

Workers Struggles: the Americas

9 July 2019

Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.

Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

Chilean unions scramble to quell mass strike movement

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019

The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

House Democrats give $4.6 billion for Trump’s concentration camps

Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage

By Eric London, 28 June 2019

House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Striking Chilean copper miners defy police violence

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019

Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.

Brazilian unions sabotage one-day general strike

By Miguel Andrade, 20 June 2019

After telling workers to “stay home” during the general strike, union officials spoke in favor of the reactionary pension reform Bolsonaro sent to Congress.

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2019

Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government’s betrayal of Julian Assange.

Massive blackout affects 50 million in Argentina and Uruguay

By Rafael Azul, 18 June 2019

The Argentine electrical grid is suffering from decades of neglect, despite massive subsidies to electric utilities and substantial hikes in electricity rates.

Cuba conference tailors Trotsky to the politics of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2019

A collection of pseudo-lefts and Pabloite revisionists was invited to Havana to suppress the revolutionary content of Trotskyism.

Strikes in Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras

Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 8 June 2019

The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is “no money” and police state repression.

Fifty-five inmates killed in Brazilian prisons

By Gabriel Lemos, 1 June 2019

This escalating slaughter has been caused by a 300 percent increase in the prison population in the last two decades.

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

The defense of Venezuela and the struggle for socialism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Bill Van Auken.

Panama election a distorted expression of growing opposition to austerity

By Andrea Lobo, 8 May 2019

The election came after a year dominated by strikes, including by teachers, construction workers and a general strike against an electricity rate hike.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2019

In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Brazilian unions defend reactionary pension “reform” at May Day rally

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2019

With economic figures showing no sign of economic recovery, the PT and the unions are working to quell any working class movement against Bolsonaro.

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2019

As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2019

By late Tuesday, there was little indication that Guaidó’s call had provoked any significant uprising within Venezuela’s military.

Former President Garcia’s suicide exposes desperate crisis of Peruvian bourgeoisie

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 27 April 2019

Top Odebrecht officials told Peruvian prosecutors that the company had bribed presidents, ministers and potential presidential candidates for nearly two decades.

US imperialism resurrects the Monroe Doctrine

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2019

The repeated invocation of the nearly two-century-old canon of US imperialist policy constitutes a warning that Washington is preparing for intensified military intervention in the region.

Protests force American Museum of Natural History to cancel event with Brazil’s Bolsonaro

By Miguel Andrade, 20 April 2019

In face of fierce popular reaction, the ruling elites in New York have been forced to disassociate themselves from the fascistic Brazilian president.

Conflict continues over Peruvian copper mine as peasant blockade is lifted

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 20 April 2019

The Peruvian government gave in to demands of 1,200 peasants of Fuerabamba who suspended the road blockade that for 66 days paralyzed export of copper concentrate to China

Ecuadorian police repress mass march demanding Julian Assange’s freedom

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2019

Called under the slogan “not one less right,” the march brought thousands into the streets of Quito where they confronted mounted police, dogs and tear gas.

Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2019

The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America

WSWS rejects invitation to conference of political bankrupts in Buenos Aires

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2019

The conference in Buenos Aires has been called to found “a new left” with “no strings attached and no constraints of any ‘holy scriptures.’”

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro during Israel visit

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2019

Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2019

The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

Eight miners die from toxic gases in Peru’s northern highlands

By Cesar Uco, 3 April 2019

The deaths of eight miners are the result of the ruthless drive for profits by the owners of informal mines in Peru.

Emboldened by Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup

By Miguel Andrade, 29 March 2019

Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro’s fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.

Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2019

The arrival of a relative handful of Russian military personnel this week triggered a flurry of denunciations from Trump administration officials.

Officials, media call for school militarization, censorship after mass shooting in Brazilian school

By Miguel Andrade, 21 March 2019

The tragic school shooting has exposed the Brazilian establishment’s indifference to the social distress engulfing wide layers of the population.

São Paulo teachers’ union shuts down one-month strike

By our reporters, 15 March 2019

The union called an end to the strike after a clear majority of teachers voted to continue it.

Closure of Brazil Ford plant to destroy up to 27,000 jobs

By Miguel Andrade, 14 March 2019

The devastating plant closure has laid bare the abysmal economic situation in Brazil and offered yet another opportunity for the unions to spread nationalist poison.

Canada ever more deeply implicated in US-engineered coup attempt in Venezuela

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 March 2019

Like its US partner, Canadian imperialism covets Venezuela’s vast oil resources and is determined to prevent Russia, China, and other “strategic rivals” from expanding their influence in the Americas.

US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a “constraint” on US actions in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2019

With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.

Amid rising protests, Moreno government lays off thousands in Ecuador

By Cesar Uco, 12 March 2019

Some 10,000 workers have been laid off as part of an IMF deal that demands the slashing of 10 percent of the public workforce and other austerity measures.

Teachers strike wave spreads across five continents

By Eric London, 7 March 2019

From Bamako to Buenos Aires and Sacramento to São Paulo, the teachers’ strike movement shows the international character of the class struggle.

Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2019

The threats of armed provocations and direct US military intervention continue to mount as Trump renews an Obama-era “national emergency” decree targeting Venezuela.

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019

The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.

Guaidó returns to Venezuela for next stage of US regime-change operation

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2019

The US-backed “interim president” staged a five-nation tour of Latin America, shepherded by the CIA, to drum up support for the coup in Venezuela.

German Left Party congress backs imperialist campaign against Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2019

The Left Party’s European election congress last month sent a clear message: the bourgeoisie can rely on the Left Party’s support for war and attacks on the working class.

Heavy rains and avalanches kill dozens in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 28 February 2019

The catastrophic effects of these storms are bound up with the government’s failure to repair the damage caused two years ago.

New Cuban constitution recognizes private property

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 February 2019

The new constitution signals the preparation for an all-out assault on the Cuban working class and what remains of the social welfare measures established through the Cuban Revolution.

Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: “There is no turning back”

By Eric London, 26 February 2019

“All options are on the table,” Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.

US imperialism stages provocation on Venezuela’s borders

By Eric London, 25 February 2019

The threat of a disaster of world historic proportions looms as the US moves toward war in Venezuela.

Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2019

The focus of the attempt to oust the Venezuelan government is a cynical charade over the delivery of USAID relief supplies across the country’s borders.

Mass protests shut down Haiti

By John Marion, 14 February 2019

The protests, now called Pays Lock (Country Lock), have taken on the character of a general strike with the aim of shutting down the country until President Moïse resigns.

Brazil’s Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation

By Miguel Andrade, 9 February 2019

As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2019

Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela’s social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country’s border.