Category: Latin America

  • How Ecuador’s Democracy Is Being Suffocated

    A recent poll showed that if Andrés Arauz Galarza were allowed to run in Ecuador’s presidential election of 2021, he would win in the first round with 45.9 per cent of the vote. The pollsters found that Arauz – who was the minister of knowledge and human talent from 2015 to 2017 – wins across … Keep reading »

  • The MST on the Crisis in Brazil: Economy, Education and Politics

    The pandemic has accelerated the consequences of the crisis on people, the forms of labor exploitation and natural goods. Keep reading »

  • On the Eviction of 450 families from Quilombo Campo Grande, Brazil

    During the second week of August in Brazil, the ruthlessness of state violence by the government of President Jair Bolsonaro was on full display against the Quilombo Campo Grande community established by the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), the landless workers movement of Brazil. After sixty hours of resistance against the military police, … Keep reading »

  • Havana Once Again Under Quarantine

    Introduction Last month The Bullet published a report on Cuba’s remarkable success in meeting the threat of COVID-19, “Cuba in the Last Stretch of the Pandemic.” At the time there was good reason to accept Fernando Ravsberg’s assessment that Cuba had successfully met the challenge, that the worst was over and that the mop-up operation … Keep reading »

  • Extractivism and Exploitation in Peru

    Martin Vizcarra, Peru’s president, has announced that “[t]his government has taken up the challenge and has been working on the approval of a new regulation for mining procedures in order to streamline those procedures.” The regulation “aims to provide certainty for investors in order to boost private investment” and will satisfy the demands of mining … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia’s Perfect Storm: Pandemic, Economic Crisis, Repressive Coup Regime

    Introduction The rising toll of diseased and deceased from the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Bolivia particularly hard, in a continent that is now in the lead in global contagion rates. As of August 8, more than 100,000 cases were officially confirmed or suspected in that country, with 3,600 deaths among a total population of just … Keep reading »

  • The Collapse of Healthcare in Peru

    On 11 March 2020, Peru declared a 90-day national sanitary emergency. Subsequently, the country announced a total lockdown beginning 16 March, 2020. Despite implementing one of the earliest and strictest COVID-19 containment lockdowns in Latin America, Peru has gotten trapped in the turmoil of rising COVID-19 cases. With more than 420,000 Coronavirus cases, Peru has … Keep reading »

  • Elon Musk and the Overthrow of Democracy in Bolivia

    On July 24, 2020, Tesla’s Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that a second US “government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people.” Someone responded to Musk soon after, “You know what wasn’t in the best interest of people? The US government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you … Keep reading »

  • Popular Protagonism in the Transition to Socialism

    In this interview, Michael Lebowitz explores the importance of participation and democracy in the construction of socialism, while reflecting on the internal contradictions of the Bolivarian Process. He was interviewed by Cira Pascual Marquina of Cira Pascual Marquina (CPM): You have written a great deal about the transition to socialism, and one of your … Keep reading »

  • Cuba in the Last Stretch of the Pandemic

    Introduction The following article by Fernando Ravsberg appeared in the Salvadorian digital daily news site ContraPunto on June 24. The translation from the Spanish, which includes a few explanatory additions, is by The Bullet. It is worth mentioning some of the significant developments that have occurred in the two weeks since Ravsberg’s article appeared. Cuba’s … Keep reading »

  • All of Us Began with Marta Harnecker

    During an interview, then-Bolivia Vice-President Álvaro García Linera and Spanish state parliamentarian Pablo Iglesias were exchanging ideas on classic texts and their own initiation into politics when the Spanish activist proclaimed: “All of us began with Marta Harnecker.” This statement is not only true for today’s young leftists but for thousands of people who have … Keep reading »

  • Choosing Between Life and Capital in Latin America

    As in most parts of the world, Latin America is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic with confirmed cases and deaths still escalating. In some countries, notably Brazil and Ecuador, the situation is grim, while in Mexico and Peru the setting remains anxious, and no country is insulated from the threat of a deadly virus … Keep reading »