• Brazil’s Political Rupture and the Left’s Opportunity

    Fora Temer – eleições diretas já! “Out with Temer – direct elections now!” Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice. The Brazilian Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) won the country’s presidential elections four times in a row; first with Luís Inácio … Keep reading »

  • The New (Canadian) Imperialism, in Honduras – An interview with Tyler Shipley

    Tanner Mirrlees interviews Tyler Shipley about Ottawa and Empire: Canada and the Military Coup in Honduras (Between the Lines, 2017). They discuss pertinent topics such as: the meaning of Canadian imperialism, the Canadian State’s coercive and persuasive power, the gap between Canadian foreign policy words and deeds, Canada’s foreign policy ideologies, the Canadian news media, pedagogy, … Keep reading »

  • Ottawa and Empire

    A Review of Tyler Shipley’s Ottawa and Empire

    Stories about Canada’s role in the world define “who Canadians are” and “who they are not.” The story that gets told most is a positive one. Canada, benign and benevolent, promotes free markets, democracy and multiculturalism while protecting peace, stability and human rights in each country it engages in or does business with. Optimistic and … Keep reading »

  • Profits, Coercion, and Resistance

    An Introduction to the symposium on Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America An article published in Third World Quarterly in 2008 was our initiation into collaborative work on Canadian mining imperialism and the popular forms of resistance it systematically engenders in Latin America. The first seed. After a lengthy stretch of germination, this led … Keep reading »

  • Brazil’s Neoliberal U-Turn: Wishful Thinking in the Face of Class Antagonism

    Since reaching its zenith in 2010, the Brazilian economy has suffered a remarkable reversal of fortune. Despite official protestations to the contrary, however, Brazil’s afflictions turned out to be of its own making, as it so often proves to be the case. The origins of the contraction of Brazilian GDP in 2015-2016 by nearly 7.5% … Keep reading »

  • ALBA Social Movements in Canada Condemn the Attacks Against Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement

    On the morning of November 4th, 2016, Brazilian military and civilian police used violent force to storm Brazil’s, Landless Workers Movement‘s (MST) Florestan Fernandes National School (ENFF) in Guararema, outside of Sao Paulo in Brazil. According to several witnesses, the police stormed their way into the facility by forcing their way through the main gate … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally

    Toronto — 14 October 2016. Trade agreements are a weapon against communities! Community consent over corporate bullying! La lucha sigue; the struggle continues! In 2008, after years of violence, conflict, environmental degradation, and water pollution at the hands of mining companies, then-president of El Salvador Antonio Saca stopped issuing new mining permits. This decision has … Watch video »

  • What Happened to the Pink Tide?

    When the ‘pink tide’ of left-leaning governments first rose to power on the back of anti-neoliberal protests across Latin America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the initial reaction from the Left was euphoric. Striving to move beyond the “there is no alternative” mantra, many pinned their hopes on what seemed to be a … Keep reading »

  • Censorship is Back in Fashion in Brazil

    Lately, it’s been common to say that the “right has come out of the closet” in Brazil. More precisely, the authoritarian, fascist right, has done so and very publicly for that matter. The revolutionary potential of June 2013 [Ed.: see Bullet No. 851], even if convoluted and smeared by depoliticization, held enough of a threat … Keep reading »

  • NO to the coup in Brazil.

    Reactionary Tide in Latin America

    Since the beginning of the 21st cen­tury, the Left has won elections in most Latin American countries, in a powerful wave of popular rejection of the disastrous neoliberal policies of the previous regimes. One must however distinguish between two quite different sorts of left governments: Social-liberal coalitions, which do not break with the fundamental “Washington … Keep reading »

  • “Dilma’s Mistake Was to Promote Class Conciliation”

    Interview With João Pedro Stédile The economist and leader of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) of Brazil, Joao Pedro Stédile, affirmed that left-wing forces won’t allow the Parliamentarian right to fulfill their wish to force Dilma Rousseff out of the presidency to reinstall neoliberalism in the country. Stédile was interviewed by LibreRed, where this article was … Keep reading »

  • Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff

    It’s Class War, and Their Class is Winning Every so often, the bourgeois political system runs into crisis. The machinery of the state jams; the veils of consent are torn asunder and the tools of power appear disturbingly naked. Brazil is living through one of those moments: it is dreamland for social scientists; a nightmare for … Keep reading »