• The Family-Party-State Nexus in Nicaragua

    In 1979 a popular uprising led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) overthrew the U.S.-backed Somoza-family dictatorship which had ruled Nicaragua since the 1930s, and in 1984 the Sandinistas and their presidential candidate, Daniel Ortega, decisively won the country’s first free elections in decades. The Sandinistas introduced a major programme of land redistribution and … Keep reading »

  • ALBA Advances toward ‘Alternative Economic Model’, Pursues Anti-Imperialist Agenda

    Member countries of Latin America’s alternative integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), met in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas last weekend in order to discuss the advancement of the organization at its 11th official summit. Following a meeting on Friday to draft proposals and set an agenda, the presidents … Keep reading »

  • The Distinguishing Features of Latin America’s New Left In Power

    The Governments Of Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales And Rafael Correa Most political analysts place the governments of Hugo Chávez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia) and Rafael Correa (Ecuador) in the same category but without defining their common characteristics. Beginning with the publication of Leftovers in 2008, critics of the left sought to overcome the shortcoming by characterizing … 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 »

  • 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 »