South and Central America
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 October 2010
Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff, incumbent President Lula da Silva’s hand-picked successor, failed to win an outright majority in Sunday’s Brazilian election, forcing her into a run-off with José Serra, the candidate of the right.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 October 2010
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa denounced an uprising by police and sections of the military over austerity cuts as an attempted coup.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2010
Brazil’s October 3 election appears set to deliver the presidency to the Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff and cement the continuity of the pro-capitalist policies pursued by incumbent President Lula da Silva.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2010
This week’s announcement that over half a million Cuban workers are to be thrown out of their jobs in the next six months has laid bare the class character of the Castro regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 September 2010
With its announcement that over 500,000 state workers will be fired over the next six months, the Castro regime is carrying out its most sweeping attack on Cuban workers since it came to power more than half a century ago.
By Cesar Uco, 3 September 2010
With 33 Chilean miners nearing one month trapped 2,300 feet underground, the human drama of what could prove a four-month ordeal before they are rescued has riveted attention worldwide.
31 August 2010
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By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2010
A Colombian high court decision to toss out a treaty allowing the US to set up military bases in the country has left the governments in both countries scrambling to salvage the agreement.
By Rafael Azul, 9 August 2010
Behind the August 7 celebration of the swearing in of Manuel Santos as president, Colombia is in a state of profound crisis, marked by rising poverty and unprecedented social inequality.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2010
President Raúl Castro Sunday outlined plans that could eliminate the jobs of over one million Cuban state workers, while promoting the growth of private enterprise in the country’s service sector.
By Rafael Azul, 29 July 2010
Seven journalists were shot to death and another severely wounded in Honduras earlier this year. These assassinations expose Washington’s claims that Honduras is on the road of democracy and reconciliation.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 July 2010
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez broke off diplomatic relations with neighboring Colombia over charges by that country’s government that Caracas has sheltered FARC guerrillas.
Six months since the earthquake
By Patrick Martin, 13 July 2010
The six-month anniversary of the earthquake that destroyed much of Haiti was observed Monday, with media coverage admitting there has been virtually no progress in rebuilding the devastated country.
By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2010
Six months after an earthquake destroyed much of Haiti and killed more than 300,000 people, little has been done for the survivors.
By Rafael Azul, 28 June 2010
Nine days after a catastrophic explosion at the San Fernando coal mine in Amagá, Colombia, rescue crews ended their work. Seventy-three bodies were removed from the mine.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2010
June 28 marks one year since the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The Obama administration defends the country’s current regime as a “democracy,” even as death squad murders and military violence continue.
By Rafael Azul, 19 June 2010
At least 23 miners have been killed in a coal mine explosion in Colombia, the latest in a series of such disasters internationally.
By Rafael Azul, 12 June 2010
At this week’s summit meeting of the Organization of American States, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Honduras to be readmitted as an OAS member.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2010
Scores have been killed or wounded and hundreds arrested in what critics describe as indiscriminate violence by Jamaican security forces besieging the impoverished Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.
By Rafael Azul, 21 May 2010
Thousands rallied across Puerto Rico on May 18th in support of striking Puerto Rican students and in opposition to the austerity policies of the governor.
By Rafael Azul, 17 May 2010
On May 14, Puerto Rican security forces moved to break a student strike by laying siege to the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, in violation of the long-standing tradition of autonomy at UPR campuses.
5 May 2010
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By Alphonso Santana and Rafael Azul, 28 April 2010
Students have occupied Puerto Rico’s largest university, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, in a suburb of San Juan, to oppose tuition increases and the privatization plans of Governor Luis Fortuño.
By Rafael Azul, 14 April 2010
For the second time this year, scores of Brazilians have been victimized and left homeless by storms in Rio de Janeiro state.
13 April 2010
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By Barry Grey, 2 April 2010
The international donors’ conference for Haiti, held Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, was a forum for the United States, in the persons of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to assert American colonial-style control over the devastated island nation.
Bush, Clinton visit Port-au-Prince
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2010
Bush and Clinton preached capitalism as the solution to Haiti’s problems, pressing President René Préval to lift restrictions on the use of land by foreign NGOs and corporations. During the visit, Préval issued the decree demanded by Washington.
By Rafael Azul, 15 March 2010
Shortly after his March 11 inauguration, President Sebast’an Pi–era extended the state of emergency in central Chile and re-imposed the curfew in the Concepción region.
By Hiram Lee, 12 March 2010
President Obama and Haitian President René Préval met at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
By Rafael Azul, 8 March 2010
Anger is mounting in Chile over the inadequacy and indifference that have characterized the governmentÕs response to the earthquake of February 27.
By Rafael Azul, 4 March 2010
The death toll in Chile mounted to more than 800, with thousands still classified as missing. Many parts of the earthquake zone have yet to receive any significant quantity of aid.
As death toll from quake, tsunamis mounts
By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2010
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet doubled the number of troops mobilized in the central coastal region devastated by Saturday’s earthquake, as first reports from the hardest-hit areas suggested that the death toll could go much higher than the official total of nearly 800.
By Rafael Azul, 2 March 2010
As the death toll from the massive earthquake has reached 723 and rising, 10,000 soldiers have taken control of Maule and Bío Bío, the two regions most directly affected.
By David Walsh, 2 March 2010
According to the Wall Street Journal, the impact of the Chilean earthquake is a vindication of the fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet.
By Paul Bond, 2 March 2010
Britain’s decision to begin exploratory drilling has stoked tensions with the Argentine government over control of the disputed Malvinas (Falklands) Islands, and the oil reserves on the seabed around them.
By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2010
The massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake has left hundreds and perhaps thousands dead. The Chilean government has responded by imposing military rule in parts of the country.
By Guy Charron, 25 February 2010
Canada’s Conservative government has been anxious to assert a leading role in the relief and reconstruction of Haiti, so as to advance the interests of Canada’s corporate elite in the Caribbean and assert Canada’s claim to be a major power.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2010
Mass protests greeted Sarkozy’s arrival in Haiti, as plans proceed for the US and other major powers to take control of Haiti’s government and indefinitely suspend elections.
By Hiram Lee, 18 February 2010
A new report released by the Inter-American Development Bank declares the disaster still unfolding in Haiti as the worst in modern history.