• Venezuela: The Spectre of Big Oil

    “Never again will they rob us – the ExxonMobil bandits. They are imperial, American bandits, white-collared thieves. They turn governments corrupt, they oust governments. They supported the invasion of Iraq.”[1] This was the response from Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to the successful lawsuit by the world’s biggest corporation (ExxonMobil), freezing $12 billion in assets of … Keep reading »

  • Neoliberalism, Financial Capital and Mexico under Calderon

    Still in Crisis? Toronto — 11 January 2008. Moderated by Greg Albo. Presentations by: Alejandro Alvarez is a political activist and Economics Professor at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) Tom Marois studies political economy at York University Hepzibah Munoz Martinez teaches at the University of Victoria Richard Roman teaches Sociology at the University of Toronto … Watch video »

  • Picking Up The Pieces

    Where We Go From Here After the Referendum Defeat in Venezuela Toronto — 12 December 2007. Introduction by Greg Albo. Presentations by: Suzanne Weiss and John Riddell Maria Paez Victor Nicolas Lopez Alex Grant

  • Andean Struggles

    The revolts against neoliberalism and American imperialism in Latin America continue to unfold in dramatic and unexpected ways. The election on September 30, 2007 for a constituent assembly in Ecuador has been decisively won by President Rafael Correa of the Alianza Pais. This will pave the way for the constitutional foundations for a ‘solidarity economy’ … Keep reading »

  • Human Development and Practice

    The Bolivarian Constitution, in my view, is unique in its explicit recognition (in Article 299) that the goal of a human society must be that of ‘ensuring overall human development.’ In the declaration of Article 20 that ‘everyone has the right to the free development of his or her own personality’ and the focus of … Keep reading »

  • Mexican Workers Call for a Continental Workers’ Campaign For Living Wages and Social Justice

    Capital and the state of all three countries of the North American Free Trade Agreement have worked together to push down wages and working conditions, undermine the social safety net, and privatize anything that could be turned into a source of profit. The aim of both NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the … Keep reading »

  • A Movement Toward or Beyond ‘Statism’? Bolivia in 2006

    It is now more than three decades since neoliberal economic and political ideas began to supplant Keynesian orthodoxies within the treasuries and finance ministries of Western governments and in the policy-making centers of development agencies and financial institutions. Bolivia was one of the first Latin American countries to adopt a neoliberal approach back in the … Keep reading »

  • Ecuadorians Vote for Systemic Change

    The Bullet here presents three reports on the election on Ecuador which now appears as another turn to the left. This would make for an important axis of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador pressing beyond the social democratic governments of the southern cone. The return of the Sandinistas to power in Nicaragua also needs noting. … Keep reading »

  • State Violence and Gender in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico

    It is a remarkable commentary on the media monopolies of North America that the violent assault on social movement leaders in Atenco, Mexico in May has been met with silence. Better that the mythologies of Mexican democratization and human rights progress within the confines of NAFTA continue. Since 2002, the people of Atenco, and particularly … Keep reading »

  • The Suspension of Elections in Bolivia and Left Strategy

    The small Andean nation hit the news again on October 31 with the announcement that elections originally scheduled for December 2005 are postponed indefinitely. This most recent political crisis has clearly been orchestrated by the agro-industrialist elite from Santa Cruz, who is using procedural rules to thwart the move towards the deepening of democracy. The … Keep reading »

  • The Unexpected Revolution

    The Venezuelan People Confront Neoliberalism Carlos Torres, et al. In Latin America, there have been many peoples and countries with an abundance of deep, radical political traditions, whose struggles regularly fill the headlines of international newspapers. The left from around the world often – in the past and even today – looks to these countries as models … Keep reading »