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Election victory shows Venezuelan masses’ radical mood

09 December 2006
Hugo Chavez has once again been elected to the presidency of Venezuela with just under 62 percent of the total vote, an increase on previous elections and referendums. More than ever, it was an election posed in stark class terms.

New evidence: Mexican state planned massacre of students on eve of the 1968 Olympics

09 December 2006
For a generation of Mexicans, the events of 2 October 1968 – ten days before the inauguration of the 19th Olympic games – remain an open wound. On that day dozens of students and their supporters were gunned down in the Tlatelolco district in the heart of Mexico City.

Oaxaca need not burn in solitude

18 November 2006
Oaxaca need not burn in solitude

Daniel Ortega: how the leopard changed his spots

18 November 2006
In 1979, a 40-year dictatorship in Nicaragua was overthrown by a mass movement. It was headed, in its final months, by the Sandinista Liberation Front, led by Daniel Ortega.

Debating Chavez: Pirates of the Caribbean

18 November 2006
Not for the first time, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez spoke for many people around the world when he called George Bush "the devil" in a recent speech to the United Nations. As it turned out, it echoed the feelings of many US voters, as the recent election there has shown. And despite a barrage of propaganda from the right, it seems likely that Chavez will be re-elected to the Venezuelan presidency on 4 December.

Oaxaca - solitude in flames

11 November 2006
At least 15 people are dead, dozens imprisoned and hundreds injured by state-backed repression in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Uruguay’s workers beat bosses’ lockout

04 November 2006
The Uruguayan ruling class made its first big move against Tabare Vazquez’s centre-left government by launching a lockout in the goods transport industry on Monday of last week.

From hope to despair in four years

07 October 2006
Lula was first elected as president of Brazil in 2002. He raised hope among millions of ordinary Brazilians that change was on its way.

Brazil: 6.5m vote for left alternative

07 October 2006
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Workers’ Party (PT) won 49 percent of the votes in the presidential election in Brazil last Sunday.

Venezuelan referendum: ‘The people want to deepen their revolution’

04 September 2004
Venezuela’s recall referendum took place on Sunday 15 August. Some 58 percent of people voted no when asked if Chavez should go.

Venezuela: debate makes us all stronger

04 September 2004
15 August, when Hugo Chavez overwhelmingly won the referendum designed to remove him as president of Venezuela, was a bad day for George W Bush and Tony Blair.

Hugo Chavez victory in Venezuela is a rout for rich

21 August 2004
President Hugo Chavez has won a resounding victory in a referendum designed to topple him and the government of Venezuela – a government hated by the rich and powerful in both Caracas and Washington.

Bolivian workers discuss how to take power: 'We won a great battle. We have not yet won the war.'

01 November 2003
Two weeks ago a popular uprising swept the president of Bolivia from office, and he was forced to flee to Miami. It was the culmination of a month of strikes and demonstrations after troops killed protesters in September. Workers, especially the country's tin miners, were the central force which confronted Bolivia's armed forces.

Uprising in Bolivia: stones and clubs defeated the tanks

25 October 2003
THE UPRISING was the culmination of a month of strikes and demonstrations after troops killed seven demonstrators on 20 September. The protesters were calling for a referendum over the neo-liberal government's export of natural gas to the United States.

Uprising in Bolivia: 'Prepare for street battles'

25 October 2003
REPORTS FROM the radical news agency Econoticias tell the story of last weekend: Thursday At least a quarter of a million workers and people from almost all the lower class neighbourhoods of El Alto and La Paz have surrounded the government palace. They have given the most hated man in the history of the country, the millionaire president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozado, a last chance to resign and flee Bolivia.

Chile 1973: the other September Eleventh

13 September 2003
I remember 11 September 1973. It is deep in the mind of every Chilean. Around 7am we heard on the radio that there was a military uprising. There were only two radio stations functioning. We all tuned to the radio. Allende announced that in the city of Valparaiso the navy had risen up and taken control of the city. But there was no sign of an uprising in the military garrison in the capital, Santiago.

Repression won't cool down strikers in Chile

23 August 2003
CHILE SAW its biggest national strike last week since protests against the military dictatorship in the 1980s. The one-day strike came only weeks before the 11 September 30th anniversary of the coup which saw General Pinochet topple the elected government.

Argentina - half in poverty

02 March 2002
Protests continued in Argentina last week. These events mark the second month since the uprising which overthrew two governments. They did so as the International Monetary Fund refused to give aid to Argentina. The IMF claims the new budget proposed by the government of Eduardo Duhalde was not hard enough.

World Social Forum: exclusive report from the protest the other papers ignored

16 February 2002
One of the biggest conferences the world has ever seen finished last week in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. Over 70,000 people joined the World Social Forum. They demonstrated and debated in meetings, forums and workshops around the conference theme, "Another world is possible."

Colombian occupation in defiance of privatisation

02 February 2002
"The Colombian city of Santiago de Cali ground to a halt. Traffic jams could be seen in every direction. Workers, the local communities and supporters filled the city's streets to rally in support of the occupation".

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