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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.

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.

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.

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.

Chile: tremors of the past

09 March 2010
Earthquakes are events that expose what is hidden in a society. They are crises that reveal the best and the worst of people.

Imperialist intervention and capitalism lie behind Haiti's nightmare

15 January 2010
Tens of thousands of people in Haiti are dead and hundreds of thousands more wounded or homeless after the earthquake that tore through the country on Tuesday.

Argentina: trials show the unrepentant right

12 January 2010
As Argentinian president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner flew over Buenos Aires, a voice interrupted the helicopter’s radio communication. "Kill her, kill the ‘mare’," it said, before playing a military march – the one used by the junta that "disappeared" 30,000 workers, students, intellectuals and political activists during its rule from 1976 to 1983.

Letter from Bolivia: Evo Morales re-elected with a mandate for change

08 December 2009
Barely two hours after the voting for Bolivia’s president had ended last Sunday, Movement towards Socialism (MAS) supporters began to fill Plaza Murillo, the heart of the capital of La Paz.

Revolution in Paper: Print Making in Mexico 1910-1960

03 November 2009
Celebrated muralist Diego Rivera’s print of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and his horse forms the centrepiece of the British Museum’s new exhibition.

Thousands take to the streets in Honduras

24 September 2009
For three days now, crowds have gathered around the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. On Monday night they were dispersed with tear gas and bullets in the air.

Venezuela: revolution stalled

22 September 2009
Every Sunday at 11am, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez welcomes Venezuelans to "Alo Presidente" on the country’s state-run television and radio stations.

Honduras: An imperial coup

04 August 2009
Imperialism is a term often associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is less frequently used in the context of Latin America, where the roles of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank are more often considered features of "globalisation" or "neo-colonialism".

Challenging the coup in Honduras

21 July 2009
Trade unions, farmers, student organisations and social movements have called a general strike in Honduras for Thursday of this week. The protest movement has continued and grown since the 28 June coup, despite increasingly brutal repression and the murder of several demonstrators by the army.

Latin America: wounds that haven’t healed

07 July 2009
The radical Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez presented Barack Obama with the book Open Veins of Latin America, one of the continent’s most important political works, during the Summit of the Americas in April.

Military coup in Honduras reveals faultlines across Latin America

30 June 2009
A coup against Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has provoked protests throughout the country. The response of the armed forces, which have taken control, has been the imposition of a curfew and violence.

Peru: Hundreds dead in attacks

16 June 2009
According to Peruvian president Alan García, the Amazonian peoples "are not first class citizens".

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