South and Central America

Brazilian prosecutors charge ex-president Lula as “commander” of Petrobras bribery racket

By Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2016

Coming on the heels of Rousseff’s ouster as president, the charging of Lula further deepens the crisis of Brazil’s Workers Party.

Salvadoran ex-president flees corruption charges for Nicaragua

By Andrea Lobo, 15 September 2016

While US imperialism exploits these corruption scandals, both the Sandinistas and the Salvadoran FMLN are seeking a better deal with Washington.

US triples special operations deployment to Latin America

By Neil Hardt, 14 September 2016

From 2007 to 2014, the US drastically expanded its training programs of Central and South American death squads.

After the impeachment: Brazil’s pseudo lefts shift further rightward

By Miguel Andrade, 13 September 2016

Uniting around the slogan “fora Temer” (down with Temer), the pseudo left groups are attempting to prevent the drawing up of a balance sheet of Workers Party rule.

Thousands of teachers strike as Costa Rican unions suppress struggle

By Andrea Lobo, 7 September 2016

About 5,000 workers marched last week against the government’s austerity measures, even as the union leaderships are sabotaging their struggle.

Brazilian military police attack mass protest against Temer

By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2016

Sunday saw up to 100,000 people demonstrate in Sao Paulo in opposition to the right-wing government of Michel Temer.

The ouster of Brazil’s Workers Party government

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2016

The downfall of the PT marks the end of a political era, posing sharply the need for a new revolutionary leadership in the Brazilian working class.

Mexican government prepares crackdown against striking teachers

By Clodomiro Puentes, 1 September 2016

As Mexican teachers continue their struggle, union officials are collaborating with the political forces that helped bring about the right-wing education “reform.”

Brazil’s impeachment crisis provokes split in Morenoite PSTU

By Miguel Andrade, 31 August 2016

The split reflects the deep crisis and broad realignments taking place throughout the Brazilian pseudo-left due to the debacle of the Workers Party (PT) government of President Dilma Rousseff.

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions

For the unity of the working class in the United States and Latin America

27 August 2016

This resolution was passed by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US), held from July 31-August 5 in Detroit, Michigan.

Brazilian students return to the streets over classroom censorship laws

By Gabriel Lemos, 26 August 2016

New “schools without parties” laws would allow the firing of teachers for teaching anything from history to evolution to sex education.

Venezuela opens border with Colombia in order to alleviate growing social tensions

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 August 2016

The border, which has been largely closed since last September, is being opened gradually in order to stem anger arising from shortages of medicine and other basic necessities.

Lopez Obrador reaches out to Mexican ruling elite

By Don Knowland, 19 August 2016

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador announces that if he wins the presidency in 2018 he will not investigate or prosecute prior office holders and their accomplices for corruption.

UN admits role in 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti

By John Marion, 19 August 2016

The statement from the office of the secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, follows five years of stonewalling in which the UN denied any responsibility for the deadly outbreak.

Cuba shuffles heads of ministries in response to economic slowdown

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2016

Just days after outlining austerity measures, including reductions in energy consumption and imports, the Council of State announced that several ministers would be replaced.

Report exposes deaths in US immigrant detention centers

By Khara Sikhan, 15 July 2016

Immigrant detainees in the US face substandard medical and mental health treatment with fatal consequences.

Brazil’s interim president vows to carry through “unpopular” austerity measures

By Bill Van Auken, 7 July 2016

The agenda of the interim government is to place the full weight of the country’s economic crisis onto the backs of the working class and poor.

Government’s “plan for safe El Salvador” fuels death squads

By Andrea Lobo, 28 June 2016

El Salvador's state and gang violence and its strong relation with stagnant poverty, have led one-fifth of Salvadorans to emigrate.

The Oaxaca massacre and the eruption of class struggle in Mexico

By Neil Hardt, 25 June 2016

The resurgence of class struggle expressed in the protests of Mexican teachers is part of a growing radicalization of workers internationally.

The Venezuelan working class at a crossroads

By Neil Hardt, 16 June 2016

The pro-capitalist, bourgeois nationalist policies of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela have produced a social catastrophe for Venezuelan workers.

Wall Street’s candidate wins elections in Peru with support from pseudo-left

By Armando Cruz, 16 June 2016

Decisive in the narrow victory of the former IMF official was the unconditional support granted by the Broad Front of the Left (Frente Amplio).

Mexico’s national teachers strike enters second month

By Don Knowland, 16 June 2016

Efforts by teachers to roll back the regressive federal education reform face increasing government repression.

Strikes and demonstrations spread in Venezuela amid deepening food crisis

By Neil Hardt, 14 June 2016

There is fear of social revolution in both the pro-Maduro “Chavista” faction of the ruling class and the opposition, led by the Democratic Unity Roundtable.

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Wave of budget cuts throughout Latin America

By Neil Hardt, 27 May 2016

The cuts are an intensification of anti-working class policies already implemented by the so-called “pink tide” governments.

Teachers in widespread walkouts in Mexico

By Don Knowland, 19 May 2016

The strike is in opposition to a 2013 law that gave new powers to the government to monitor, test and fire teachers en masse.

Maduro government imposes state of emergency in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2016

While the Venezuelan president said that the decree was aimed at “international and national threats,” the most pressing challenge to his government comes from the working class.

Brazil Senate vote ousts Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff

By Bill Van Auken, 12 May 2016

The government being formed by Michel Temer has been brought to power to carry out a frontal assault on the Brazilian working class.

Leader of Brazil impeachment drive sacked over corruption

By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2016

The removal of Eduardo Cunha, second in line of succession to the presidency, raises the specter of a constitutional breakdown.

May Day 2016: The US-China conflict and the political crisis in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2016

Bill Van Auken, Latin America editor of the WSWS, delivered the following speech to the International Online May Day Rally.

US backs police purge in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 April 2016

The purge in the National Police is in line with increased militarization and more repressive measures in Honduras.

Thirteen Mexican oil workers reported killed with toll rising at Pemex plant

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2016

The plant was turned over to Mexichem as part of the government’s privatization drive, and workers reported that safety and maintenance had been neglected.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2016

The vote to proceed with the impeachment of Rousseff marks the end of a political era and the opening up of a new period of intense class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.

Brazilian congress votes to impeach PT President Rousseff

By Miguel Andrade, 18 April 2016

The PT’s inability to counter the reactionary alliance of forces with a “there will be no coup” campaign leading up to the vote is an indictment of the party and its politics.

Ecuador earthquake kills hundreds

By Tom Eley, 18 April 2016

Hindered by an absence of earthmoving equipment, desperate residents dug through debris with their hands, as those trapped under rubble called out for help.

Eighteen teachers jailed as police crack down on protests in Mexico

By Neil Hardt, 18 April 2016

Thousands of teachers mobilized across the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacán and Veracruz against President Peña Nieto’s education reform plan.

FMLN government escalates repression amid civil war-level violence in El Salvador

By Andrea Lobo, 14 April 2016

While most of the violence terrorizing Salvadoran communities is linked to the government, FMLN in power has consistently used it to justify greater austerity and militarization.

Mexican Nissan workers in two-day strike

By Shannon Jones, 5 April 2016

The walkout by more than 5,000 workers brought production to a halt at the Nissan plant in the industrial City of the Valley of Cuernavaca.

The Brazilian “More Doctors” program’s dilemma

By Pablo Gomes, 4 April 2016

The Brazilian government’s solution to the lack of health care in the small towns and rural areas was to “import” doctors from overseas, mainly Cubans.

Mexican government obstructs investigation into disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43

By Don Knowland, 4 April 2016

The Mexican government is threatening to shut down an investigation by independent experts of the disappearance of the student teachers and seeks to buy off their parents.

The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

Obama hails Macri’s attacks on Argentine workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2016

Obama’s trip is aimed at cementing closer military and economic relations with the right-wing Macri government.

Obama in Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 21 March 2016

Leading a delegation of over 1,000 US politicians and business executives, Obama’s visit represents a substantial move to bring Cuba under the direct sway of US imperialism.

Argentina: President Macri’s first 100 days

By Rafael Azul, 19 March 2016

The antidemocratic and austerity measures enacted by the Macri administration are in continuity with those of the Videla junta 40 years ago.

Millions join protests in Brazil demanding ouster of Workers Party government

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2016

The mass demonstrations came as new figures showed the country’s economy sliding deeper into depression.

Peña Nieto joins Mexican ex-presidents in denouncing Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 8 March 2016

The right-wing representatives of the Mexican bourgeoisie fear that Trump’s campaign will interfere with their collaboration with Washington.

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8 March 2016

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Bolivians reject fourth term for Evo Morales in constitutional referendum

By Neil Hardt, 24 February 2016

The “no” vote, which prevents Morales from running in 2019, took place in the midst of escalating social and geopolitical tensions in the impoverished Andean country.

Obama to make March trip to Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 19 February 2016

Emphasizing Obama’s intention to meet with “dissidents” and “entrepreneurs,” the White House made clear that the trip is part of a policy aimed at restoring US control over Cuba.

Coup threatened in Venezuela amidst deepening economic crisis

By Eric London, 15 February 2016

In the midst of skyrocketing inflation, food scarcity and economic stagnation, the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable is maneuvering for the removal of Maduro.

World Bank documents growth of “ninis” in Latin America: Youth neither working nor in school

By Kevin Martinez, 1 February 2016

At least 20 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean are neither studying nor working despite the region being touted as a economic “success story.”

Brazilian government represses Sao Paulo fare hike protests

By Armando Cruz, 25 January 2016

The fare hikes are part of a year-long attack on the living standards of the population, designed to placate the international banks.

Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration program

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2016

The court’s announcement came amid rising anger and fear over the roundup and deportation of Central American refugees.

Pentagon calls for “pivot” to target Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2016

The calls from within the military envision a struggle with China over domination of the hemisphere.

The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015

The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.

Maduro government suffers steep electoral losses to Venezuelan right

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2015

The election results will drive the Maduro government further to the right, while opening up a crisis within the chavista movement.

Chilean military exercises fuel tensions with Bolivia and Peru

By Cesar Uco, 8 December 2015

The exercises took place under conditions in which both Peru and Bolivia have won favorable rulings from the International Court of Justice in territorial disputes with Chile.

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8 December 2015

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27 October 2015

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Haiti: UN Security Council votes to extend by a year its military presence

By John Marion, 21 October 2015

While claiming to promote “security” and fight gangs, the UN and Washington are worried about public unrest during the upcoming elections.

Pope Francis to Cubans: “avoid ideology”…or else!

By Rafael Azul, 23 September 2015

True to his personal history, Pope Francis warns workers and youth to stay away from revolutionary socialism.

Large demonstrations in Ecuador against Correa government

By our reporter, 15 August 2015

As thousands of workers and indigenous peasants descended on Quito, the Bolivarian government of Rafael Correa sent police to attack the demonstrators.

Economic slowdown in Peru ignites social tensions

By Cesar Uco, 1 August 2015

Two out of three Peruvians report being unable to live off of their salaries, while just 113 families monopolize 46 percent of the country’s wealth.

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28 July 2015

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Dramatic drop in profits for largest corporations in Latin America

By Cesar Uco, 23 July 2015

The latest figures confirm the fact that the so-called emerging markets are unable to offset the drop in production and consumption in the US and the EU.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians face deportation from the Dominican Republic

By John Marion, 23 June 2015

With the passing of a deadline in the Dominican Republic for Haitians to apply for regularization of their immigration status, many thousands are now effectively stateless.

Peru’s mining protests suspended amid evidence of leadership’s corruption

By Cesar Uco, 16 June 2015

The most prominent leader of the protests had apparently demanded money in return for calling off the mass struggle against the Tia Maria mine project.

Mexican elections held under conditions of police-military siege

By Rafael Azul, 9 June 2015

The government of President Peña Nieto mobilized military and police forces across Mexico to prevent protests by teachers and youth.

Chinese premier concludes four-country tour of South America

By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015

The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.

Colombian peace talks continue amid renewed combat

By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2015

The Colombian government dispatched its foreign minister and one of the country’s most prominent capitalists in an attempt to salvage the negotiations with the FARC.

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12 May 2015

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Obama, Castro to meet at Americas summit

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2015

The meeting, the first between top US and Cuban officials in nearly six decades, is part of a rapprochement between Washington and Havana.

Brazil’s government vows “huge cuts” as economic crisis intensifies

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2015

Faced with a massive corruption scandal and rising pressure from the right, President Rousseff is embarking on another round of austerity measures.

Six months since the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students

By Rafael Azul, 2 April 2015

Thousands marched and rallied in Mexico City demanding justice for the disappeared rural student teachers.

Rightist mayor faces coup charges as Venezuela’s crisis deepens

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2015

While there is no doubt that the US and the Venezuelan right are up to their necks in plots, the principal conspiracy is aimed against the country’s working class.

Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis

By Cesar Uco, 2 February 2015

The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand.

Haiti earthquake relief funds unaccounted for amid pervasive human misery

By John Marion, 20 January 2015

While the US refuses to account for earthquake reconstruction funds it promised, hundreds of thousands in Port-au-Prince are still without secure shelter.

Mexico intensifies persecution of Central American immigrants

By Adam Mclean, 24 December 2014

The Peña Nieto government’s crackdown on immigrants is being carried out in direct collaboration with the Obama administration.

Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2014

Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers.

Venezuela announces budget cuts and other financial measures in the wake of OPEC decision

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2014

Relying heavily on income from oil production, the OPEC decision to maintain low oil prices has exacerbated Venezuela’s financial and political crisis.

Municipal elections a debacle for Peruvian “left”

By Armando Cruz, 21 October 2014

The right-wing candidate Luis Castañeda, a former two-term mayor of Lima, was swept back into office in the Peruvian capital.

Brazil’s Workers Party faces tightest election in over a decade

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2014

Less than three weeks before the first-round vote, a projected runoff between incumbent President Rousseff and challenger Marina Silva is too close to call.

Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

The government, which has adopted a nationalist pose in relation to US hedge funds, denounced the workers for staging a “political” strike.

Japanese PM tours Latin America

By Ben McGrath, 12 August 2014

Abe sought to expand Tokyo’s influence in the region, especially in order to counter that of China.

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23 July 2014

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Clashes in Venezuela leave three dead

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2014

Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left at least three people dead in Venezuela amid sharpening social and economic tensions.

Argentina on brink of new financial crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2014

The Argentine government has responded to last week’s run on the peso with new rules allowing dollar purchases to barely 20 percent of the population.

Chilean port workers end month-long strike

By César Uco and Armando Cruz, 29 January 2014

A sell-out agreement between the government and the union bureaucracy sends workers back to work.

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28 January 2014

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Following social unrest, Argentine government grants police wage hikes

By Rafael Azul, 31 December 2013

Responding to social unrest triggered by provincial police strikes, Argentine authorities granted the police substantial wage increases.

Bachelet wins Chilean election marked by massive abstention

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2013

Michelle Bachelet, candidate of the Socialist Party-led New Democracy coalition, won an overwhelming victory, but with 59 percent of the electorate failing to vote.

Both sides claim victory in Honduran election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2013

Four years after a US-backed coup ousted Manuel Zelaya, Honduras is gripped by a new crisis as both sides claim victory in the presidential election.

Chile’s former president set to win second-round election

By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2013

With the intensification of the global economic crisis, a second Bachelet administration will not be a replay of the first.

Venezuelan legislature grants president power to rule by decree

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 November 2013

With high inflation and product shortages jeopardizing the ruling party in upcoming elections, the National Assembly has granted Nicolás Maduro exceptional powers for one year.

Cholera spreads beyond Haiti as Mexico suffers devastating floods

By John Marion, 9 November 2013

More than 176 cases have been reported in Mexico, with the cholera strain matched to the one causing Haiti’s epidemic

Amid extreme inflation and severe shortages, Venezuela to revamp currency laws

By Alexander Fangmann, 24 September 2013

Although the country's severe problems result from global economic pressures along with deteriorating industry and infrastructure, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has claimed they are the result of sabotage.

Brutal police attack on Mexican teachers

By Rafael Azul, 17 September 2013

Protesting public school teachers were savagely expelled from Mexico City’s central square by security forces under orders from the Peña Nieto government.

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6 August 2013

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