Category: Latin America

  • Brazil: The Collapse of Democracy?

    Brazil will elect its new President on 28 October 2018. Since the judicial-parliamentary coup that removed elected President Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers’ Party (PT), the new administration (led by her former Vice-President, Michel Temer) has advanced its agenda of neoliberal ‘reforms’. The economic crisis has continued unabated, and the campaign for the destruction of … Keep reading »

  • What Does López Obrador’s Cabinet Say About His Upcoming Presidency?

    On July 2, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) of the recently formed Morena Party swept to victory in Mexico’s presidential election with 53 per cent of the vote, the first time since 1982 that a candidate won more than half the vote. His closest competitor, Ricardo Anaya of the National Action Party (PAN), took 22 … Keep reading »

  • Round Two of the Brazilian Election: Interview with Stedile of the MST

    After votes were counted last Sunday and confirmed a second round between Brazilian presidential candidates Fernando Haddad (Workers’ Party – PT) and Jair Bolsonaro (Social Liberal Party – PSL), a member of the national board of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) João Pedro Stedile spoke with Brasil de Fato Radio about the next steps in … Keep reading »

  • Chevron, Corporations and the Law Versus Life and Lives

    The decision in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corporation by the Ontario Court of Appeal denied justice owed to some 30,000 Ecuadorian people grievously harmed by profiteering oil companies. The story is an example of how the routine application of formality in law, accompanied by the pulverization of the dispute’s setting, is designed to benefit the truly … Keep reading »

  • MST Open Letter on Brazil Election

    Statement by MST on this delicate moment of Brazilian politics #EleNão. Keep reading »

  • Authoritarian Brazil Redux?

    On Sunday 7th of October, the Brazilian people will go to the polls to elect their next president. There has never been such a dramatic election since January 15th 1985 when Brazil returned, the vote to the polls after twenty years of dictatorship (1964-1985) – although voting took place still within the electoral college system … Keep reading »

  • A Way Out for Brazil

    Brazil needs a new project of development for the people. More subordination, submission and exploitation of the people will not be a way out. Keep reading »

  • Mexico’s Left Turn?: Mexico’s Election and Beyond in the Trump Era

    Despite fierce opposition from big business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) was elected by an overwhelming majority as President of México on July 1 and has won majorities in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist,” or “populist” as widely purported … Watch video »

  • Mexico: Violence, Corruption and Inequality — AMLO to the Rescue?

    The victory in Mexico’s presidential election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), under the rubric of his relatively new ‘progressive’ Morena party, is both unsurprising and surprising. It’s unsurprising because AMLO had a huge and increasing lead in the opinion polls leading up to polling day. And Mexico’s 88 million voters (out of 127 million … Keep reading »

  • Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

    Uncertainties, Contradictions and Struggle The July 1 national election in Mexico is likely to be a watershed in Mexican history. The splintering of the three old parties, their unprincipled tactical electoral alliances across party boundaries, the rapid movement of key party figures from one party to another, have made understanding the labyrinth of Mexican elections even … Keep reading »

  • Mexico Elections and NAFTA

    Despite fierce opposition from Big Business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be elected President of Mexico on July 1 and have a majority in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist” or “populist” as widely purported in the North … Watch video »

  • Argentina: Macri’s Neoliberal Fantasies

    In the middle of his term, Argentinian president Mauricio Macri cannot hide the monumental abyss between his promises and reality. The promise was of an influx of dollars to lower inflation, with high growth, job creation, an entrepreneurial boom and eradication of social assistance. A drastic reduction of the fiscal deficit and a flow of … Keep reading »