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Latin America


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.

Kim Howells’ dirty friends

18 March 2008
The Welsh TUC last week called on Gordon Brown’s government to halt military aid to Colombia. It joined a chorus of condemnation of Kim Howells MP, the foreign office minister and Pontypridd MP, who was pictured sharing a joke with General Mario Montoya, head of the Colombian army.

Colombia: vicious friend of the West

18 March 2008
Colombia’s government is not just a vicious regime that targets trade unionists and civil activists. It is also George Bush’s key ally in Latin America and on the front line of his intervention in that region.

Colombian paramilitaries kill march organisers

18 March 2008
Four trade union leaders were assassinated in the week following the 6 March day of protests against paramilitaries and state crime. These protests took place across Colombia and in many parts of the world.

Oppression and curse of Coke in Colombia

18 March 2008
On 12 February a brown envelope was left outside the home of Coca-Cola worker José Domingo Flórez. The note inside was from the Black Eagles, a right wing paramilitary death squad.

Venezuela-Colombia conflict sheds light on US imperialism

06 March 2008
George Bush waded into the growing inter-governmental crisis in Latin America earlier this week by expressing the US’s unqualified support for the Colombian president Alvaro Uribe.

Construction workers lead fight against police murder in Panama

04 March 2008
"You were a good son, a good father, a good brother and a good husband. I only hope that you give strength to your brothers and sisters to keep fighting."

Viva: Latin American Film Festival

04 March 2008
This brilliant collection of documentaries and features is the perfect antidote to anyone growing weary of the election campaign currently taking place in the "other America".

Colombian protests hide state violence

12 February 2008
"From above, they looked like a white river flowing through the streets of Colombia’s capital. They wore white T-shirts that read, ‘Yo soy Colombia (I am Colombia). Stop the kidnappings, the lies, the murders. No more Farc’."

Argentina: trade unionists predict ‘A year of conflict’

15 January 2008
Thousands of public sector workers in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires took strike action at the beginning of this month, with around 30,000 state employees joining a demonstration in the city.

Venezuela: the street vs the elite

15 January 2008
"Fatherland, socialism, or death." With these words, Hugo Chavez just over a year ago took the oath as president of Venezuela following a triumphant re-election campaign.

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