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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.

Police move onto university campus in Brazil

16 June 2009
Striking students, staff and professors have faced brutal police repression at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, the largest university in South America, with more than 75,000 students.

Peru: Hundreds dead in attacks

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

Popular democracy in revolutionary Chile

02 June 2009
Between 1970-3 Chile entered a period of revolution. Workers began to take control of factories, the peasants were seizing the land and a vast movement of the oppressed was making its mark on shaping a new society.

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.

A new freedom song is ringing for indigenous rights in Latin America

26 May 2009
The indigenous peoples of Latin America were once seen as passive and resigned to the exploitation they have suffered for so long.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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