Category: Latin America

  • 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 Venezuelanalysis.com. 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 »

  • In and Against the Brazilian State

    A study of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement is rich with lessons for socialists who want to use the state without being captured by it. Keep reading »

  • Following Mexico’s Worker Strikes, the US Steps in to Keep Border Factories Open

    In Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump is trying his best to reopen closed meatpacking plants, as packinghouse workers catch the COVID-19 virus and die. In Tijuana, Mexico, where workers are dying in mostly US-owned factories (known as maquiladoras) that produce and export goods to the US, the Baja California state governor, a former California Republican … Keep reading »

  • A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela

    In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the … Keep reading »

  • Cuba’s Unique Model of Medical Internationalism

    In recent weeks, more than a dozen countries – including two in Europe – have requested and received Cuban doctors to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. John Kirk, a professor at the Latin America program of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, is author of Healthcare Without Borders and one of the foremost experts on Cuba’s … Keep reading »

  • Colombia, the Oligarchs and Washington

    Last year, on November 21, the Colombian people took to the streets in massive numbers to reject the policies of the government led by President Iván Duque. In particular, the people called on the government to withdraw two policies. First, the people wanted the right-wing government of Duque to advance the 2016 peace accords between … Keep reading »

  • Call of the Indigenous Peoples, Afro-Descendants and Peoples’ Organizations of Latin America

    The crisis that COVID-19 has provoked globally presents a crossroads to the peoples of Abya Yala – Latin America. The popular organizations are the first line of resistance against the worst expressions of the decomposing system. We are going through a complete crisis that threatens life in all its forms. The COVID-19 has become a … Keep reading »