• Movements, Debates and Struggles in Latin America

    Toronto — 17 July 2008. A report by Leo Panitch on the International Seminar organized by the Brazilian Landless People’s Movement (MST) in honour of Che’s 80th Birthday. The last year has seen enormous political turmoil across Latin America. Political and social advances for the Left in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela continued to be wracked … Watch video »

  • A World in Revolt

    Toronto — 23 June 2008 Prospects for socialist revolution in Venezuela and Latin America with Celia Hart. Celia Hart (4 January 1962 – September 7, 2008) was a Cuban physicist and writer. Until May 2006, she was a member of the Cuban Communist Party. She was the daughter of two historic leaders of the Cuban … Watch video »

  • Haiti – Damming the Flood

    Launch of Peter Hallward’s Damming the Flood: Aristide, Haiti, and the Politics of Containment (Verso Books). Recorded in Toronto, 2 June 2008. Watch video »

  • The Mexican Crisis and the Oaxaca Commune

    The Oaxaca Commune was an extraordinary experience of popular insurgency and democratic self-governance. Though its rise and fall was conditioned by the particularities of the Mexican political crisis of 2006, the forms of the struggle have a universalistic relevance. “Assembleist” forms of direct democracy were developed in order to organize both the rebellion and the … Keep reading »

  • The Oaxaca Commune

    The Other Indigenous Rebellion in Mexico This essay explores the extraordinary experience of the Oaxaca Commune in Mexico, an experience of grass-roots rebellion and self-government that has put forth an alternative model of struggle to the electoralist model of the PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática – Party of the Democratic Revolution) and to that of … Keep reading »

  • 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 »

  • Canadian Workers in Support of Bolivia and Morales

    In recent months, the process of democratic renewal and indigenous liberation in Bolivia, headed by president Evo Morales, has come under violent assault from rightist forces aligned with the U.S. government. Physical disruption of Bolivia’s Constituent Assembly prevented it from meeting for several months. Now that the Assembly has presented its proposed new constitution for … Keep reading »

  • 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 »

  • Michael Lebowitz and 21st Century Socialism

    Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez has re-opened the discussion of political alternatives, in Latin America and beyond, in spectacular fashion. Based in Caracas, Michael Lebowitz has been intensively involved in discussion of the government’s political direction. Watch video »

  • 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 »