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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.

Coca-Cola activists face death threats in Colombia

17 December 2007
Three workers at Coca-cola in Bucaramanga, Colombia, face death threats for their trade union activities.

Break up of Bolivia planned by bosses

17 December 2007
Ever since Evo Morales was elected to the presidency of Bolivia in late 2005, the country has lived through permanent tensions. It was only to be expected.

Defeat on constitutional reforms: is it all over for Hugo Chavez?

04 December 2007
Caracas was strangely quiet on Saturday. The campaign around the constitutional reforms proposed by President Hugo Chavez ended officially the day before, with a massive demonstration of red T-shirts sporting the "yes" slogan. Friday’s marches in the capital’s central avenues outnumbered the previous day’s demonstration by the opposition. Among Chavista activists the talk was of a slim victory for Chavez.

Rich try to sabotage Bolivia’s government

18 September 2007
Thousands of poor farmers and indigenous activists marched through the Bolivian city of Sucre last week in support of constitutional changes proposed by President Evo Morales.

Mexico: fight continues on the streets and in forests

21 August 2007
Women from the village of San Isidro Aloapam in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca are struggling to save an ancient forest from a US-sponsored logging company.

Chilean miners' leader looks to growth of the movement

06 August 2007
After the battles of forestry workers in the Arauco region and copper miners working for the state owned Codelco company, subcontracted workers are targeting the private mining industry.

Victory for striking subcontracted miners in Chile

02 August 2007
Miners striking against Codelco, Chile's state owned mining corporation are celebrating a victory. After a solid 37 day strike by some 13,000 workers the company made a revised offer. The strikers, subcontractors in the CTC union federation, voted by a large majority to accept the offer and end the strike.

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