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Latin America

China crunch fuels South American crisis

02 July 2013
While the “war on terror” drew US attention elsewhere, South American states reinvented the continent’s traditional role as suppliers of natural resources.

The US’s ‘strategic pivot’ to the Pacific

21 March 2013
Alex Callinicos considers the options for US imperialism on the tenth anniversary of its invasion of Iraq

Crisis grows as speculation surrounds Chavez's health

12 January 2013
Venezuela has been gripped by political crisis amid speculation that long serving left wing president Hugo Chavez could be at death’s door.

Argentina: Two alternatives to the Fernandez government's crisis

12 January 2013
Anger is growing in Argentina against the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner—and two very different social movements are articulating it.

Chavez re-elected in Venezuela despite mounting problems for his Bolivarian revolution

08 October 2012
Hugo Chavez has been re-elected as president of Venezuela with just under 55 percent of the total vote—the lowest since he first took the presidency in 1998.

Eyewitness from Mexico: Revolt against flawed elections

17 July 2012
For the second time in six years protests have erupted after an election result was seen as deeply flawed. The context is the ruling elites’ response to attempts to challenge them at the ballot box. The old ruling party, the PRI, controlled the Mexican presidency for 70 years.

Protests over Mexico elections

10 July 2012
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Mexico City last Saturday, saying that the recent presidential election had been rigged.

Bolivia 1952 - what did the socialists do?

03 April 2012
The nationalists were not the only revolutionary opposition in Bolivia. The Workers’ Revolutionary Party (POR) was one of the world’s biggest Trotskyist organisations.

Bolivia 1952 - a glimpse of workers' power

03 April 2012
This month, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bolivia’s revolution of 1952. Despite brutal repression, poverty and a low level of development, the stranglehold of the tin barons and the political elite was broken through revolutionary struggle.

Brutal slum eviction in Brazil

24 January 2012
More than 2,000 police forcibly evicted residents of the Pinheirinho slum district of Sao Jose dos Campos near Sao Paulo, Brazil, early last Sunday morning.

Evo Morales’ wrong turn in Bolivia

18 October 2011
In August this year, a march of 4,000 indigenous people set off from the Isiboro Secure National Park, a protected Amazon region in eastern Bolivia known as Tipnis.

Chile: a generation has lost its fear

30 August 2011
The young have taken the streets of Chile, and transformed them into theatres, circuses and platforms for a huge protest movement.

Students to join national strike in Chile

16 August 2011
Chilean students joined the 100,000-strong protest against attacks on education last week. They are now set to join workers in a national strike against the government.

What will happen if Hugo Chavez goes?

19 July 2011
Hugo Chavez appeared on the presidential balcony in Caracas on 5 July, Venezuelan Independence Day. He is recovering from cancer and is obviously very ill.

Election in Peru: is Ollanta Humala a new Hugo Chávez?

02 June 2011
Peru’s presidential election this week could be a critical moment in the battle against neoliberalism across Latin America.

Inequality and poverty not up for debate in Brazilian elections

05 October 2010
Brazil’s presidential elections have been forced into a second round as Workers Party (PT) candidate Dilma Rousseff, selected to replace president Lula, fell 3 percent short of the 50 percent needed to win the election outright.

Coup fails in Ecuador but tensions remain

05 October 2010
A strike organised by police officers in Ecuador turned into an attempted coup last week.

Los De Abajo interview - Latin American ska bursts out from below

14 September 2010
Actitud Calle means "street attitude"—why are the streets important?

Bosses' greed behind Chile's trapped miners

31 August 2010
The Chilean government closed down the San José mine—where 33 miners are still trapped underground—in 2007 over health and safety failures.

Which way now in Latin America?

03 August 2010
The film director Oliver Stone’s latest documentary, South of the Border, sets out to counter the lies and myths about the revolutions in Latin America over the last decade.

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