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Hugo Chavez faces his demons in Venezuela

26 May 2009
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has announced that a number of multinational metal companies are to be nationalised. This follows the government take over of several oil companies, ports, airports and some food producing firms.

El Salvador - Another left turn in Latin America

24 March 2009
A left wing candidate has become president of El Salvador in Central America, as part of a sweeping defeat for the right.

Chavez wins Venezuela referendum

17 February 2009
Just after 9pm last Sunday a crowd erupted into cries of joy in Venezuela's capital, Caracas. They were gathered on Urdaneta Avenue, the street that runs alongside the presidential palace, and had just heard the announcement that President Hugo Chavez had won a hard-fought referendum on a constitutional amendment.

Campaigning for Venezuela's referendum

11 February 2009
Last Saturday two marches started in the huge barrio of Petare, in Venezuela's capital Caracas.

Red Oil: profits, poverty and redistribution in Venezuela

03 February 2009
Imagine going into work to find a government supporter urging you through a megaphone to "say no to imperialism" and defend "our beautiful revolution".

Che: the inspiring life of a vibrant revolutionary

15 December 2008
Sympathetic cinema portraits of great revolutionary figures are rare. So this new film – by Hollywood director Steven Sonderbergh – about Che Guevara, which is released on 1 January, is extremely welcome.

Venezuelan election reveals growing tensions

25 November 2008
Venezuela went to the polls last Sunday supposedly to elect new state governors and mayors. In reality the election was a confidence vote in left wing president Hugo Chavez.

Colombia: an inspiring battle for indigenous rights

04 November 2008
Colombia’s president Alvaro Uribe bluntly admitted, "Yes, the police fired on the indigenous protesters." This followed several days of attacks by police and the military on the communities of the Cauca region.

Ecuador's new constitution reveals tensions in Latin America

14 October 2008
On 28 September, more than 60 percent of Ecuador’s population voted to support a new radical "Bolivarian" constitution.

One-day general strike brought Uruguay to a standstill

16 September 2008
A one-day general strike brought Uruguay to a halt on 20 August. It was strong across industry, transport, education, the health service and even in the shops.

Right wing violence is shaking Bolivia

16 September 2008
Masked groups of young men smash their way into government offices, burning documents and destroying everything they can find.

The stakes in Venezuela get ever higher for Chavez

26 August 2008
One of the striking things about life in Venezuela is the level of passionate political debate. Squares on Sunday mornings fill with people talking about current issues and the way forward for society.

Rejecting the right in Bolivia

19 August 2008
It is impossible to visit Bolivia and not be marked by the heady atmosphere of solidarity and popular political engagement. These elements continue to dominate the mass of the oppressed majority.

Brazilian oil strikers take on their bosses

16 July 2008
Some 4,500 oil workers at Brazil’s state-owned Petrobras defied a court injunction to start a five-day strike on Monday over pay and conditions.

Protests in Peru rock government

16 July 2008
Thousands of people took to the streets in Peru last week in a series of strikes and demonstrations against the free market policies of president Alan Garcia.

Obama’s ‘backyard’ politics for Latin America are very much like George Bush’s

17 June 2008
A few weeks ago US presidential hopeful Barack Obama travelled to Miami to speak to the Cuban American Foundation, a right wing organisation much loved by George Bush.

Where is Lula’s Brazil going?

10 June 2008
Brazil is Latin America’s largest and most economically powerful nation.

Fight for Bolivia’s future lies behind referendum

06 May 2008
Bolivia is at a crossroads once again. A referendum last weekend on increased autonomy for the country’s largest state had one clear purpose – to undermine the democratically elected government of Evo Morales.

Victory for left bishop in Paraguay

22 April 2008
The election of Fernando Lugo last weekend as president of Paraguay has shaken the country’s elite and unseated the longest ruling party in the world.

Crisis in Haiti as World Bank issues food price warning

15 April 2008
The global crisis over rising food prices continues to grow. Robert Zoellick, head of the World Bank, warned last Sunday that the price rises have put 100 million lives under threat.

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