Category: Latin America

  • The Caribbean and Latin America at the Rendezvous of History

    In 2004 two events sent shock waves across the Caribbean Sea, presenting us with two radically different blueprints for future hemispheric relations. In February a combined force of American, Canadian and French troops slipped into Haiti in the dead of night, ‘convinced’ President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to resign, and spirited him out of the country into … Keep reading »

  • ALBA: Dawn of Solidarity in Latin America

    Toronto, September 30, 2009 Facilitator: Melanie Newton. Co-sponsored: Venezuela We Are With You, Center for Social Justice, Latin American Solidarity Network, Toronto Haiti Action, Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle/Hands Off Venezuela. Part 1: Manuel Morano, Jose Martinez, Paul Kellogg. View it on Vimeo website. Part 2: Alissa Trotz, Juan Valencia. More information on ALBA: • Bullet … Watch video »

  • Venezuela: Socialist Party Prepares for “Transition to Socialism”

    On August 1, United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) members across the country participated in 1556 local assemblies to discuss the reorganisation of the party’s base into local patrols. This push to strengthen revolutionary organising comes at a time when attacks on Venezuela’s revolutionary process revolution “from outside and within have intensified”, Venezuelan President Hugo … Keep reading »

  • The Mass Resistance in Honduras: Its Own Voice

    Most of the coverage of the military coup in Honduras from bourgeois and liberal circles, and from many “Western” foreign ministers and departments, has focused on what various governments are doing to influence or force the outcome of this struggle. Statements from Honduran President Zelaya, his foreign minister Patricia Rodas, and from leaders of other … Keep reading »

  • Economic Crisis and Food Sovereignty

    Toronto, June 5, 2009. Around the world, hunger is growing, while millions of working farmers face ruin. Even in Canada, unsound and dangerous corporate practices menace our food supply. The worldwide movement for food sovereignty aims to ensure peoples’ capacity to shape their own food production systems, free from control by agribusiness giants. This is … Watch video »

  • The Economic Model Is in Need of Change

    That the Latin American Left has been leading the struggle against neoliberalism and beginning the process to define a 21st century socialism is by now hardly a discovery. This last week two more remarkable documents in this political process were released. Both serve as an important counterpoint to the 5th Summit of the Americas over … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis Will Be Profound and Prolonged…

    The Brazilian Landless Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra – MST) has been at the forefront of militant struggles against neoliberalism and capitalism in Latin America for many years now. They continue to be a key pole of militancy in the upsurge of socialism and renewal of the Left across the continent. They are … Keep reading »

  • Why the Venezuelan Amendment Campaign Is So Important

    Sunday, 15 February, Venezuelans vote in a referendum on a proposed Constitutional Amendment that will allow for any candidate to stand for the Presidency, or indeed for any elective office, without restriction on the number of terms they may serve. Only the people’s vote will decide whether they are elected and how many terms they … Keep reading »

  • The Global Crisis and Mexico

    The End of Mexico’s Development Model? The current global crisis, and the role of the United States in it, has brought into the public light the role of financial derivatives in keeping the global financial system in a constant state of volatility. This, however, is not a new experience for the Mexican economy. These financial instruments … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia: Unprecedented Alliance Defeats Right-Wing Assault

    LA PAZ: After three months of intense class struggle, there can be no doubt that the U.S.-backed right-wing opposition to the government of President Evo Morales has suffered three important defeats. The right’s offensive to topple Morales, which climaxed with the September 11-12 “civic coup” attempt, has been decisively rolled back by the combined action … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia’s Elites Seek A Media Coup

    Bolivia’s popular movements are attempting to use democracy and a legitimate government to advance an agenda of sovereignty, greater equality, and development. Their opponents, led by several governors of the wealthier provinces in a part of the country called the “media luna,” are trying to use violence and sabotage to stop that agenda by provoking … Keep reading »

  • Venezuela and Bolivia – People Against Empire

    Toronto – September 10, 2008 Moderated by Carlos Torchia. Presentations by: Dr. Maria Paez Victor, Venezuelan sociologist with an MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and a Ph.D. from York University, member of Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle Cynthia Cisneros Fajardo, Indigenous journalist, activist and participant in the August 10 referendum in Bolivia … Watch video »