Latin America and the Caribbean
By Mauricio Saavedra, 2 December 2020
The strike is part of a wave of mobilizations reignited in the second half of November calling for the resignation of the nation’s hated ultra-right President Sebastián Piñera.
Health care workers and teachers strikes across the Americas over COVID-19 protections, funding
1 December 2020
Chilean health care workers are protesting for more funding from the government to fight COVID-19 while teachers in Mexico and Peru struck and demonstrated over pay and budgetary support and Washington state health care workers demand adequate staffing and PPE.
By Miguel Andrade, 30 November 2020
João Alberto Freitas was beaten to death by two guards at a Carrefour supermarket in the city of Porto Alegre, sparking protests across Brazil.
By Rafael Azul and Andrea Lobo, 30 November 2020
Beyond the mark he made on the history of football, Maradona’s hostility to inequality and imperialism won him sympathy from wide layers of workers and youth internationally.
By Eduardo Parati, 28 November 2020
With the beginning of the second wave, Bolsonaro is carrying out an anti-vaccine campaign, while state governments align their policies to a de facto herd immunity policy.
Medical workers strike across Latin America over pandemic-related issues
24 November 2020
Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2020
Protests broke out over the weekend against austerity measures being brutally imposed during a social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Eta and Iota.
By Tomas Castanheira, 21 November 2020
The lack of electricity, water and other basic services led to a wave of more than 100 protests in the state.
By Andrea Lobo and Don Knowland, 21 November 2020
The ex-defense secretary was airlifted to Mexico by the US government and allowed to walk out of the Toluca Airport as a free citizen, under no travel restraints.
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 November 2020
The elections were marked by both the discrediting of Brazil’s political system in the eyes of the working class and fascistic attacks on the democratic process.
By Cesar Uco, 19 November 2020
Thousands of youth held vigils Monday evening in Peru’s major cities in memory of the two young students killed by the Peruvian National Police (PNP).
One-day strike called by Buenos Aires doctors, Chilean health care workers stage protests
17 November 2020
Doctors in Buenos Aires are set to strike November 17 over an insufficient pay offer while health care workers in Chile struck November 12 and 13 demanding upgrades to the system.
By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020
The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 November 2020
Combined with the pandemic and the effects of storm Eta, Category 5 Hurricane Iota is expected to greatly deepen an ongoing humanitarian crisis and mass migration.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2020
Mass outrage over the deadly repression of protests triggered by the coup-like impeachment of President Vizcarra has forced the resignation of his successor.
By Eduardo Parati, 13 November 2020
The reopening being carried out by state governors and the precarious conditions faced by the majority are creating the perfect conditions for an even deadlier coronavirus surge.
By Rafael Azul, 12 November 2020
In Lima, Peru’s capital, the decision to replace Martín Vizcarra with Manuel Merino brought many people into the streets.
By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020
To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.
By Tomas Castanheira, 11 November 2020
The same day Evo Morales returned to Bolivia, the new government installed a pro-austerity cabinet.
By Julio Patron, 10 November 2020
Elections in Puerto Rico saw a sharp decline in votes for the two main ruling parties, reflecting growing popular distrust and contempt toward the entire political establishment.
By Andrea Lobo, 10 November 2020
As of this writing, 98 people have been found dead and 187 have been reported missing, while many more casualties are feared as rescuers reach isolated communities.
By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020
Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 November 2020
The Cienfuegos case has sent shockwaves through the Mexican ruling elite, while raising suspicions about the roles played by the López Obrador government and Washington.
By Tomas Castanheira, 7 November 2020
MAS has stated that newly elected president Luis Arce was the target of a bomb attack Thursday night at the party’s La Paz headquarters.
By Brunna Machado, 5 November 2020
A fire at a hospital in the state of Rio de Janeiro resulted in the deaths of eight people, at least three of them COVID-19 patients.
By Norissa Santa Cruz, 4 November 2020
New data shows that The Trump administration has detained half a million children, with over 250,000 in 2019 alone. Other revelations point to numerous Central American children being illegally sent to Mexico.
By Tomas Castanheira, 4 November 2020
Last night, a street council called by fascists in Santa Cruz demanded the overturning of the recent election and a military takeover.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 November 2020
In an already record-setting 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Eta is expected to cause devastating flooding and landslides as it cuts a path through Central America.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 November 2020
The former special forces operative’s charges came in a breach of contract suit against a chief advisor to Washington’s Venezuelan puppet Juan Guaidó.
By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020
Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.
Tens of thousands of Argentine workers and youth protest brutal repression of homeless families
2 November 2020
Tens of thousands of workers and young people protested October 29 over the savage expulsion of homeless families.
By Gabriel Lemos, 2 November 2020
Bolsonaro’s Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as “secret” cables about Pompeo’s trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Group (Brazil), 31 October 2020
The slanderous rant sent to the WSWS by the editor of the Brazilian edition of the Morenoite Izquierda Diario website exposes his own organization’s hostility to Trotskyism.
By Tomas Castanheira, 30 October 2020
The WSWS, in its new and more advanced form, is going to interact with the developing struggles of workers and youth in Latin America.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 October 2020
Washington has indicated it is prepared to use armed force to prevent Iran from selling weapons to Venezuela, potentially attacking both countries.
By Cesar Uco, 28 October 2020
The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country’s worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 27 October 2020
Chile’s parliamentary “left” set itself the task of redirecting the explosive mass struggles into the safe parameters of parliamentary politics by promoting the referendum.
Quebec nurses stage blockade to protest brutal conditions
27 October 2020
Quebec nurses blocked key bridges into Montreal and Quebec City to press contract demands including lower patient staff ratios and less oppressive shift schedules in the midst of a resurgent pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020
The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.
By Miguel Andrade, 27 October 2020
The approaching mayoral elections are exposing all the political forces that claimed a vote for the Workers Party against Bolsonaro in 2018 would advance an “anti-fascist” struggle
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 20 October 2020
The ruling class sees a MAS administration as necessary to politically disarm growing workers’ struggles against its devastating response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic is not over yet”
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020
The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 19 October 2020
In response to planned demonstrations, Chile’s ultra-right government is placing tens of thousands of militarized Carabineros police, Special Forces and military troops on alert.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 October 2020
The ultra-right government of billionaire President Piñera criminally mishandled the pandemic, inflicting suffering upon the most oppressed layers of the population.
By Tomas Castanheira, 14 October 2020
Áñez is using her state position to outlaw the MAS opposition and mobilize fascistic forces among the military against the working masses.
Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests
13 October 2020
Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.
By Andrea Lobo, 13 October 2020
The release was the result of pressures from President Iván Duque’s administration, as well as from the White House.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 October 2020
The mayoral elections to be held in Brazil in November and December are laying bare the turn by all factions of the ruling class to the hated Brazilian military.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 October 2020
The efforts of the pseudo left and bourgeois parties like the PT to divide the working class along racial, gender and national lines feed the growth of fascistic forces.
Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America
By Andrea Lobo, 7 October 2020
The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 October 2020
Chile’s murderous police violence proves that all of the tensions that gave rise to the social convulsions one year ago have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 3 October 2020
According to Amnesty International, of the 7,000 health professionals in the world who have died after contracting COVID-19, more than a third are from the Americas.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2020
The military provocation has come amid a wave of new sanctions against both Venezuela and Iran, which is supplying the South American country with vital fuel supplies.
By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020
The postal union federations kept the 35-day strike isolated, subordinating the workers’ struggle to the capitalist courts.
Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina
29 September 2020
Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2020
With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, “herd immunity” remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 26 September 2020
The wave of unrest is merging with opposition to the devastation caused by the state’s counter-insurrectionary war, which has killed more than 200,000 civilians.
By Tomas Castanheira, 26 September 2020
The efforts of Brazil’s ruling elite to reopen schools amid the catastrophic spread of COVID-19 are being met with a growing wave of resistance.
By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2020
Police violently broke up the mass demonstration in Bogotá, confirming the continued drive of the Ivan Duque administration and the entire Colombian ruling class toward dictatorship.
By Miguel Andrade, 23 September 2020
The Brazilian ruling class is attempting to use the elections to channel the massive opposition to Bolsonaro behind “national unity” and the military.
Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages
22 September 2020
Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020
Pompeo’s Latin American tour is aimed both at escalating aggression against Venezuela and countering China’s influence in the region.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 September 2020
Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro declared: “We are the country with the highest number of days of lockdown of schools. This is absurd.”
Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia
15 September 2020
Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.
By Miguel Andrade, 14 September 2020
Bolsonaro’s rant rooted Brazil’s national identity in “fear of god, respect for the family” and the struggle for “liberty” against “communism.”
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 September 2020
Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.
By Tom Casey, 12 September 2020
Mediterranean Shipping Company crews have been stranded on three ships near Santos port, Brazil since the industry’s COVID-19 shutdown in late March.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 September 2020
The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 September 2020
The Morenoite-led union is attempting to subordinate workers to the Brazilian state and its military.
By Gabriel Lemos, 7 September 2020
The state-owned postal service’s criminal negligence amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to thousands of workers contracting the deadly virus and 120 reported deaths.
By Miguel Andrade, 5 September 2020
Brazil’s high court has suspended Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel, pending a trial and impeachment on charges of fraud in COVID-19 relief contracts.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 September 2020
The danger of a devastating US military intervention has escalated as a result of the domestic political crisis of the Trump administration and growing divisions within the US-backed opposition in Venezuela.
In face of overwhelming popular opposition, Brazilian governments push criminal reopening of schools
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 September 2020
Brazilin states, including those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, have set dates to reopen schools between September and October,
By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 September 2020
Amid a growing threat of police-state dictatorship, it once again falls on the Chilean parliamentary “left” and its satellite organisations to conceal the class nature of the capitalist state.
Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 1 September 2020
Far from an objective presentation of the political legacy of Leon Trotsky, the FT’s video is, in essence, an attempted second assassination directed against Trotsky’s entire revolutionary historical legacy.
By Miguel Andrade, 29 August 2020
Twenty-eight thousand jobs have been wiped out since 2013, when the unions began pushing for systematic contract suspensions and bailouts for automakers in Brazil.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2020
The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government’s police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.
By Tomas Castanheira, 20 August 2020
This most recent betrayal of the MAS and COB proves once again they represent the interests of the Bolivian ruling class.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2020
With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020
Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.
By Julian James, 15 August 2020
Over the past weeks, the country has registered the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, 43.1 deaths per million people, compared to 32.9 per million for Brazil and 24.4 for the US.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020
The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020
With 478,024 coronavirus cases, Peru has the third most infections in Latin America, and with over 21,000 fatalities, it has the highest per capita death toll in the region.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020
The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.
By Tomas Castanheira, 5 August 2020
Since Monday, a movement of strikes and blockades of main roads by workers and peasants has been spreading in Bolivia.
By our correspondents, 5 August 2020
Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?
By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2020
The FIT legislators voted for a bill introduced by the right-wing Macristas to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism aimed at criminalizing opposition to Israel.
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020
Workers were outraged over the targeting for layoffs of those who were out because of work-related injuries and even coronavirus infections.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 July 2020
“We cannot continue suffocating the economy,” President Jair Bolsonaro said, as Brazil suffered the highest single day death toll in the world.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 July 2020
After a massive continent-wide strike on July 1, delivery workers in Brazil are being told to place their fate in the hands of the unions and Congress.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 July 2020
The Chilean security forces enjoy a level of immunity not seen since the 17-year military dictatorship, when thousands were arrested, tortured, killed and disappeared.
By Eric London, 15 July 2020
Though mass poverty and inequality made the region vulnerable to the coronavirus, the rising Latin American death toll is also the product of Wall Street’s hemispheric back to work policy.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 July 2020
Amidst the catastrophic pandemic, Bolsonaro reaffirms his criminal message: “Life goes on, Brazil has to produce, it has to put the economy to work.”
By Cesar Uco, 8 July 2020
“Phase three” aligns the government and all political parties with the interest of big business and against the working class.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 July 2020
From March to May, some eight million workers lost their jobs, and more than half of the country’s working age population have become unemployed.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020
The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.
By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020
Thousands of delivery workers engaged in a strike on Wednesday to demand better working conditions in more than 10 Brazilian capitals, as well as in cities in Argentina and Mexico.