Category: Latin America

  • Zelaya: Open Letter to the American People

    People of the United States: For the past century, the owners of the fruit companies called our country “Banana Republic” and characterized our politicians as “cheaper than a mule” (as in the infamous Rolston letter). Honduras, a dignified nation, has had the misfortune of having a ruling class lacking in ethical principles that kowtows to … Keep reading »

  • Canada Must Stop Support to Honduras Regime following Botched Election

    In the chaos following national elections in Honduras on November 26, Canadian authorities must take a strong public stand and forcibly denounce evidence of electoral fraud and violent repression of public protests. Across Honduras, tens of thousands of people have been demonstrating their discontent over evidence of electoral fraud by the government-controlled electoral tribunal. As … Keep reading »

  • Canada and Honduras: Election Fraud is Only the Latest Outrage in Eight Year Nightmare

    The dictatorship that rules Honduras is in the process of stealing another election, and the Canadian government is doing precisely what it has done the last two times the Honduran dictatorship stole an election: nothing. Actually, to say Canada is doing nothing is far too generous. In fact, Canada has been arguably the biggest supporter … Keep reading »

  • Chile’s Political System Shaken by Rise of New Anti-Neoliberal Left

    The first round of Chile’s presidential election was held on November 19. The right-wing candidate, ex-president Sebastian Pinera, won with 36% of the votes. He will compete in the second round against centre-left candidate Alejandro Guiller. But the big surprise was the result for the Broad Front (Frente Amplio, FA), a heterogeneous left coalition headed … Keep reading »

  • The MST and the Fight to Change the Brazilian Power Structure

    Gilmar Mauro interviewed by Brian Mier During the 1960s, legend has it that governor José Sarney sat down at a table with a group of cattle-ranching cronies and aerial photographs of Maranhão state, in Northeastern Brazil. They marked boundaries on the photos with pencil and divided up the land. In the decades that followed, these ranchers … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis in Venezuela

    The Left and Venezuela During the last two months Venezuela has been faced with a terrible wave of violence. It has already resulted in more than 60 deaths along with looted schools, burned public buildings, destroyed public transportation and emptied hospitals. The major media, however, simply engage in a running stream of gruesome denunciations of the … Keep reading »

  • Brazil in Crisis and the Challenges for the Left

    On Thursday, May 18, an incriminating audio recording surfaced containing the voice of current Brazilian president Michel Temer of the historically centrist, but recently turned right wing, Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party). In this recording, Temer can be heard engaging in discussions of bribery with former House speaker and fellow party … Keep reading »

  • The New (Canadian) Imperialism, in Honduras – An interview with Tyler Shipley

    Tanner Mirrlees interviews Tyler Shipley about Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras (Between the Lines, 2017). They discuss pertinent topics such as: the meaning of Canadian imperialism, the Canadian State’s coercive and persuasive power, the gap between Canadian foreign policy words and deeds, Canada’s foreign policy ideologies, the Canadian news media, pedagogy, … Keep reading »

  • Ottawa and Empire

    A Review of Tyler Shipley’s Ottawa and Empire

    Stories about Canada’s role in the world define “who Canadians are” and “who they are not.” The story that gets told most is a positive one. Canada, benign and benevolent, promotes free markets, democracy and multiculturalism while protecting peace, stability and human rights in each country it engages in or does business with. Optimistic and … Keep reading »

  • Brazil’s Neoliberal U-Turn: Wishful Thinking in the Face of Class Antagonism

    Since reaching its zenith in 2010, the Brazilian economy has suffered a remarkable reversal of fortune. Despite official protestations to the contrary, however, Brazil’s afflictions turned out to be of its own making, as it so often proves to be the case. The origins of the contraction of Brazilian GDP in 2015-2016 by nearly 7.5% … Keep reading »

  • ALBA Social Movements in Canada Condemn the Attacks Against Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement

    On the morning of November 4th, 2016, Brazilian military and civilian police used violent force to storm Brazil’s, Landless Workers Movement‘s (MST) Florestan Fernandes National School (ENFF) in Guararema, outside of Sao Paulo in Brazil. According to several witnesses, the police stormed their way into the facility by forcing their way through the main gate … Keep reading »

  • What Happened to the Pink Tide?

    When the ‘pink tide’ of left-leaning governments first rose to power on the back of anti-neoliberal protests across Latin America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the initial reaction from the Left was euphoric. Striving to move beyond the “there is no alternative” mantra, many pinned their hopes on what seemed to be a … Keep reading »