Category: Latin America

  • ‘To Have and To Be’: Building a Socialist-Feminist Economy in Venezuela

    An interview with Lidice Navas A long-time revolutionary activist, Lidice Navas is an important socialist-feminist leader within the PSUV and a candidate for the Latin American parliament, among her many other responsibilities. We met her at the Women’s Development Bank in Caracas on June 18, 2010 to talk about her vision of socialism, the accomplishments of … Keep reading »

  • Workers’ Control and the Contradictions of the Bolivarian Process

    An Interview with Gustavo Martínez On June 10, 2010 we caught up with Gustavo Martinez, a union leader in the worker-controlled, nationalized coffee company, Fama de América, in Caracas, Venezuela. The company has 350 workers at the national level, with two separate plants – one in Caracas and one in Valencia. We sat down with Martínez … Keep reading »

  • Gangs and Violence in Jamaica and Haiti

    When police in Jamaica launched a bloody assault in May on poor neighbourhoods in the country’s capital city, news outlets in Canada responded with an ignorance and insensitivity that is all too common in their coverage of the Caribbean islands. As with Haiti, Jamaica is portrayed as incomprehensibly violent and not quite civilized. Canada’s national … Keep reading »

  • Building Socialism from Below: The Role of the Communes in Venezuela

    An interview with Antenea Jimenez We met with Antenea Jimenez, a former militant with the student movement who is now working with a national network of activists who are trying to build and strengthen the comunas. The comunas are community organizations promoted since 2006 by the Chávez government as a way to consolidate a new form … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia: When Fantasy Trumps Reality

    Under the presidency of Evo Morales, Bolivia has achieved a new constitution incorporating the rights of indigenous peoples, the beginning of land reform, the nationalization of important natural resources and increased state social spending to the poor. We hear nothing of this in the mainstream media. And ironically, although the left is fiercely critical of … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia: Between Mother Earth and an ‘extraction economy’

    The tremendous success of the April 19-22 World People’s Summit on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, has confirmed the well-deserved role of its initiator – Bolivian President Evo Morales – as one of the world’s leading environmental advocates. Since being elected the country’s first indigenous president in 2005, Morales has … Keep reading »

  • Report-back from Cochabamba

    Toronto, May 7, 2010. Part 1: with delegates to the Cochabamba climate conference: performance by Red Slam collective Kimia Ghomeshi, Campaign Director, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (transcript) Ben Powless, Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario, member of the Indigenous Environmental Network   View part 2 on YouTube website   Part 2: Danny Beaton: 2010 recipient … Watch video »

  • New Wave of Repression Targets Opponents of Honduran Coup

    Both the Canadian and U.S. governments have praised the January 27 elections in Honduras as a major step forward toward a return to democracy and national reconciliation. Yet the reality on the ground under the newly elected government of Porfirio Lobo is one of continuing repression and selective assassinations of those who dared to oppose … Keep reading »

  • BOLIVIA: Bittersweet Victory Highlights Obstacles for Process of Change

    Although final figures will not be known until April 24, the results of Bolivia’s April 4 regional elections have ratified the continued advance of the “democratic and cultural revolution” led by the country’s first indigenous President Evo Morales. However, it also highlights some of the shortcomings and obstacles the process of change faces. Initial results … Keep reading »

  • For Venezuela, There is No Going Back

    A Discussion with Federico Fuentes and Kiraz Janicke As Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution enters a new decade of struggle and defiantly advances toward its goal of ‘21st Century Socialism,’ serious challenges to the future of the process emerging from both inside and outside the country still abound. As a result, key questions surrounding Venezuela’s mounting tensions with … Keep reading »

  • Haiti’s Earthquake Victims in Peril

    It’s been nearly eight weeks since the devastating earthquake in Haiti and familiar patterns of interference and neglect by the major powers that dominate the country are firmly entrenched. Notwithstanding heroic efforts of ordinary Haitian people, Haitian government officials and agencies, and many international organizations, a grave health risk hovers over the people residing in … Keep reading »

  • Canada’s Long Embrace of the Honduran Dictatorship

    Peter Kent recently returned from a three day trip (February 17-20) to Honduras, proudly declaring the mission a success. As Canada’s Minister of State for the Americas, Kent is the Tory government’s point person for Canada’s growing political and economic interests in the region. Honduras has become an important focus of those interests, since the … Keep reading »