Twenty-two million fall into poverty in Latin America during 2020, UN finds

By Andrea Lobo, 6 March 2021

The social measures taken by Latin American governments were designed to starve workers into accepting the lifting of the limited lockdowns and a reckless return to work

Argentina: The death of ex-president Carlos Saúl Menem

By Rafael Azul, 2 March 2021

While the various pseudo-lefts distanced themselves from the official honors for the dead former president, they avoided any mention of their own political betrayals that facilitated his attacks upon the working class.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 March 2021

Meatpacking workers occupy Arrebeef plant in northern Buenos Aires Province, Argentina in defense of wages and jobs and in defiance of their own union.

Argentine filmmaker Fernando “Pino” Solanas dies from coronavirus at 84

By Rafael Azul, 29 January 2021

Fernando Solanas, who chronicled the struggles of Argentine workers and indigenous peasants, died of COVID-19 on November 6.

Argentine Morenoites shrug off Trump’s coup

By Andrea Lobo, 12 January 2021

The Morenoites, led by the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) in Argentina, oppose calling the assault against the Capitol a “coup” or “insurrection,” joining the Democratic Party and DSA in politically disarming the working class.

Argentine football star Diego Maradona mourned worldwide

By Rafael Azul and Andrea Lobo, 30 November 2020

Beyond the mark he made on the history of football, Maradona’s hostility to inequality and imperialism won him sympathy from wide layers of workers and youth internationally.

28 November 2020

Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest

Workers Struggles: The Americas

20 October 2020

Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests

Workers Struggles: The Americas

13 October 2020

Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.

Health care workers stage strikes, protests in Chile and Argentina

By Mauricio Saavedra, 3 October 2020

According to Amnesty International, of the 7,000 health professionals in the world who have died after contracting COVID-19, more than a third are from the Americas.

#Trotsky2020: A Morenoite slander against the legacy of Leon Trotsky

Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 1 September 2020

Far from an objective presentation of the political legacy of Leon Trotsky, the FT’s video is, in essence, an attempted second assassination directed against Trotsky’s entire revolutionary historical legacy.

What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?

By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2020

The FIT legislators voted for a bill introduced by the right-wing Macristas to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism aimed at criminalizing opposition to Israel.

Argentine unions and employers agree to wage cuts pushing millions into poverty

By Rafael Azul, 2 May 2020

More than a million workers will face hunger and poverty while businesses get massive subsidies.

Peronism leans on the pseudo-left FIT-U to implement IMF austerity in Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 19 February 2020

Facing growing popular anger, the Peronist parties and unions are relying on the Left Workers Front-Unity (FIT-U) to prevent workers from mobilizing independently against IMF austerity.

Six children die from hunger and tainted water in Argentina’s Salta Province

By Rafael Azul, 3 February 2020

The death of the six children in Salta Province is the tip of the iceberg in a social crisis producing illness and death in Argentina.

Peronists vote unanimously to invite US troops into Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 1 February 2020

The unanimous support of the Peronist ruling coalition provides undeniable evidence of the subordination of all factions of the Argentine ruling class to US imperialism.

Trump escalates global trade war

By Nick Beams, 4 December 2019

Responding to a question in London on whether there was a deadline for a trade deal with China, Trump said: “I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal.”

Peronism returns to power in Argentina amid simmering social anger

By Andrea Lobo, 31 October 2019

Despite his empty populist demagogy, Fernández has already made clear that he will brutally impose the diktats of finance capital.

Standard & Poor’s claims Argentina has “defaulted” on its debt

By Andrea Lobo, 31 August 2019

An Argentine banker cited by the Financial Times said they were recalling the strikes, riots and bank runs during the last default in 2001 and were "very afraid of what’s going on.”

Transnational Honda shuts down production in Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 28 August 2019

Honda said it was discontinuing car production in Argentina, “in the face of abrupt changes occurring to automobile industries around the world.”

Argentina’s stock market crashes after Macri loses pre-election poll

By Rafael Azul, 14 August 2019

The market crash shows international finance capital’s concern that the vote reflects massive social opposition to austerity regimes.

One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International

Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Amidst all of the charges and counter-charges within the PO, what emerges most clearly is that both factions base themselves entirely upon a petty-bourgeois nationalist orientation.

“The Short Films of Raymundo Gleyzer”: Works by left-wing filmmaker murdered by Argentine military junta

By Kevin Martinez, 26 June 2019

Abducted and murdered by the Argentine junta in 1976, the documentarian made numerous films about the working class that have sadly been forgotten. Their strengths and weaknesses deserve to be considered.

Massive blackout affects 50 million in Argentina and Uruguay

By Rafael Azul, 18 June 2019

The Argentine electrical grid is suffering from decades of neglect, despite massive subsidies to electric utilities and substantial hikes in electricity rates.

The May 29 national strike and Argentina’s economic, political and social crisis

By Rafael Azul, 4 June 2019

National protest strikes have become cynical rituals, designed to keep workers under the control of the Argentine trade union apparatus and the ruling class.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

Brazilian university workers, students to strike over cuts; series of strikes hit Argentina

14 May 2019

Public university professors and students will strike later this week over cuts by the government of Jair Bolsonaro while educators, petroleum workers and judicial workers in Argentina have set dates for stoppages.

The reactionary role of national opportunist politics in Latin America

WSWS rejects invitation to conference of political bankrupts in Buenos Aires

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2019

The conference in Buenos Aires has been called to found “a new left” with “no strings attached and no constraints of any ‘holy scriptures.’”

Argentine teachers go back to work after three-day strike

By Rafael Azul, 15 March 2019

This year’s three-day walkout, like a two-day strike and mobilizations in 2018, failed to win wage increases to compensate for inflation.

Teachers strike wave spreads across five continents

By Eric London, 7 March 2019

From Bamako to Buenos Aires and Sacramento to São Paulo, the teachers’ strike movement shows the international character of the class struggle.

Ford executives in Argentina convicted on 1970s torture charges

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2018

The Ford directors fingered militant workers to the military dictatorship’s police and helped set up a torture center inside the automaker’s Argentine plant.

As G20 summit opens, US political establishment brays for trade war and military escalation

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2018

Trump’s trip to the G20 summit in Argentina has been proceeded by demands for trade war and military escalation against Russia and China.

Police repression in Buenos Aires for G20: a dress-rehearsal for dictatorship

By Rafael Azul, 1 December 2018

The G20 has been used as a pretext for police-state measures, including an abrogation of the democratic right to assemble and protest.

Argentine Senate approves “zero deficit budget”

By Rafael Azul, 20 November 2018

“An austerity policy of this magnitude has never taken place without the collapse of the government.”

Argentine workers and students march against “hunger budget”

By Rafael Azul, 27 October 2018

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Buenos Aires to repudiate the austerity measures demanded by the IMF and the Argentine government.

Argentine teachers facing massive pay cuts strike for 48 hours

By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2018

Teachers face losing a quarter of their real wages this year, while Macri’s austerity policies threaten to cut funding for public education by up to 40 percent in real terms.

Argentina’s Macri responds to fourth general strike with yet another IMF package

By Andrea Lobo, 28 September 2018

The trade union bureaucracies, most of which had agreed to a truce with the Macri administration during the beginning of his term, are seeking to contain growing social anger.

26 September 2018

Mounting turmoil in emerging markets

By Nick Beams, 6 September 2018

The plunge in emerging market currencies is a product of the strengthening of the dollar and the increase in US interest rates, which is sucking capital back into American markets.

Argentine government announces “emergency” measures to face deepening recession and growing unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 5 September 2018

In his speech Monday, President Macri declared that the market had supported Argentina for two years and warned that “poverty will increase.”

Argentina on the brink of financial meltdown

By Cesar Uco, 22 August 2018

Following the collapse of the Turkish lira, Argentina has undertaken mega-devaluations, threatening an economic collapse.

Mass strike erupts in Buenos Aires after two school workers die from gas explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2018

While teachers saw the tragic event as evidence of the need to unite their struggles with other workers, the trade unions are seeking it to channel them behind bourgeois politics.

Leadership of Argentina’s Partido Obrero maintains silence on ties to right-wing Russian nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2018

As more information emerges about the right-wing connections of the Russian Stalinist introduced as a “comrade” in “refounding the Fourth International,” the leadership of the PO has maintained complete silence.

Argentine workers stage massive general strike against Macri’s austerity policies

By Rafael Azul, 26 June 2018

Total work stoppages shut down municipal transit, banks and airports throughout Argentina Monday.

Argentine unions and pseudo-left scrambling to prevent social explosion

By Andrea Lobo, 22 June 2018

While the Macri administration deploys its armed forces to repress an upcoming upsurge in workers’ struggles, the trade unions, Peronism, and the Left and Workers Front have formed new coalitions to betray the working class.

Argentina’s Partido Obrero suppresses questions on alliance with Russian Stalinist with ties to neo-fascism

By Bill Van Auken, 19 June 2018

Presented to the Partido Obrero’s membership as a “comrade” in “refounding” the Fourth International, Darya Mitina has ties to fascists throughout Europe.

Argentina: Buenos Aires police attack striking transit workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 May 2018

Helmeted riot police, equipped with batons and full-body shields and firing rubber bullets, invaded the subway tunnels.

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19 May 2018

Argentina to make new IMF agreement amid growing social discontent

By Eric London, 10 May 2018

An estimated 75 percent of Argentinians oppose the move, which takes place alongside broadening strikes among teachers and other workers.

Argentina: Government responds to peso crisis with panic selling of dollar reserves and interest rate increase

By Rafael Azul, 8 May 2018

The Argentinian ruling class, under pressure from Wall Street, is fearful of another situation like the 2001-2002 crisis.

Argentine teachers begin school year with a national strike

By Andrea Lobo, 7 March 2018

The action was staged in protest against cuts in public education spending and attempts by the government to drastically reduce the real wages of teachers.

Argentina’s Congress passes social security “reform” after violent crackdown on protesters

By Rafael Azul, 20 December 2017

Mass protests have erupted against the vote in the lower house for pension legislation that will slash benefits for more than 40 percent of the Argentine population.

After electoral victory, Argentine president promises “most austere policies”

By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2017

The results express a deep resentment against the 12-year Peronist rule that began the austerity drive that has only deepened under Macri.

Discovery of dead youth’s body raises specter of forced disappearances in Argentina

By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2017

The case has created a sense of deep distrust towards the conservative government of President Mauricio Macri and all the official institutions involved.

Argentina’s Left and Workers’ Front (FIT): “Podemos in diapers”

By Andrea Lobo, 20 July 2017

Amid a mounting social and political crisis, the FIT’s renewed electoral alliance for Argentina’s upcoming legislative elections is a political trap for workers and youth.

Argentine teachers launch protest strike

By Rafael Azul, 17 April 2017

Last week’s national teachers strike against police repression was part of growing struggles against the government’s attacks on jobs, living standards and democratic rights.

National strike in Argentina as opposition to austerity grows

By Rafael Azul, 6 April 2017

Argentina’s trade union bureaucracy has collaborated with the government, facilitating the imposition of attacks on wages, jobs and democratic rights.

Argentina: Macri’s immigration decree brings back the politics of the Videla dictatorship

By Rafael Azul, 9 February 2017

President Macri’s executive order on immigration streamlines deportations and creates legal barriers to immigration from neighboring countries.

“Left populism”: An attack on socialism by the Argentine pseudo-left

By Andrea Lobo, 8 February 2017

The pseudo-left FT-CI advocates “left populism” to subordinate the interests of Latin American workers to the more affluent sections of the middle class.

Italian court sentences ex-Latin American dictators for Operation Condor

By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2017

While convicting the ex-military rulers of Peru and Bolivia, the court absolved a confessed Uruguayan torturer residing in Italy, the one defendant it had the power to punish for his crimes.

Financial parasites feast on Argentina’s economy

By Andrea Lobo, 16 January 2017

Under conditions of an economic recession, financial investors in Argentina feast on high interest rates, while unions and the pseudo-left prevent an independent response by workers.

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Argentine court sentences Plan Condor defendants

By Rafael Azul, 1 June 2016

Plan Condor was responsible for the rendition, torture and deaths of tens of thousands of left-wing Latin American workers and youth.

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31 May 2016

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2016

Behind Obama’s empty human rights rhetoric, Washington is prepared to carry out new and bloodier crimes in Latin America in pursuit of US profit interests.

Obama hails Macri’s attacks on Argentine workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2016

Obama’s trip is aimed at cementing closer military and economic relations with the right-wing Macri government.

Argentina: President Macri’s first 100 days

By Rafael Azul, 19 March 2016

The antidemocratic and austerity measures enacted by the Macri administration are in continuity with those of the Videla junta 40 years ago.

Argentina sinks Chinese fishing vessel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2016

The attack on the Chinese ship has triggered the first foreign policy crisis for Argentina’s new right-wing president.

Right-wing presidential candidate Mauricio Macri elected in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 26 November 2015

Far from being a popular endorsement of Macri, the results of last Sunday’s elections are a mass repudiation of Peronism and the administration of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Argentine election goes to run-off in blow to ruling Peronist faction

By Rafael Azul, 28 October 2015

It is an open secret in Argentina that whoever forms the next government will usher in austerity measures and attacks on wages and jobs.

The Argentine general elections and the Workers’ Left Front

By Rafael Azul, 24 October 2015

Like Syriza in Greece, the Workers’ Left Front, composed of various pseudo-left organizations, is a trap for the Argentine working class.

Argentina charges US interference in crisis over prosecutor’s death

By Rafael Azul, 21 February 2015

The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies were intimately involved in the investigation headed by Alberto Nisman, who was killed on January 18.

Political conflict between Argentinian president and intelligence agencies intensifies

By Rafael Azul and Eric London, 7 February 2015

President Cristina Fernandez has blamed the Argentinian intelligence agency, SIDE, for the mysterious death of senior prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

Cables document relations between Castro and Argentine junta

By Marc Wells, 28 November 2014

According to recently released cables, diplomatic exchanges occurred in 1977 between Cuban President Fidel Castro and the Argentine military ruler.

Argentine general strike hits rising prices and job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2014

The government, which has adopted a nationalist pose in relation to US hedge funds, denounced the workers for staging a “political” strike.

US court forces Argentina into default

By Bill Van Auken, 1 August 2014

The action threatens to worsen Argentina’s economic conditions, while setting the stage for far more explosive debt crises internationally.

US Supreme Court backs hedge fund against Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 24 June 2014

Following a New York court decision, Argentina faces financial default and a payments crisis for the second time since 2001.

General strike in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 12 April 2014

Mass participation in the April 10 general strike expressed working class anger over government austerity measures.

Argentina: Tens of thousands of striking teachers protest in La Plata

By Rafael Azul, 21 March 2014

As inflation rages in the country, teachers in five provinces are on strike over cost of living increases.

Argentina on the brink of a social explosion

By Rafael Azul, 24 February 2014

Argentina’s devaluation and inflationary crisis are rapidly undermining living standards.

Argentina on brink of new financial crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2014

The Argentine government has responded to last week’s run on the peso with new rules allowing dollar purchases to barely 20 percent of the population.

Argentine poet Juan Gelman dies in Mexico City at 83

By Rafael Azul, 29 January 2014

Argentine poet Juan Gelman died in Mexico city on January 14. Gelman was considered one of the most important Spanish-language poets, as well as a fighter against the Latin American dictatorships of the 1970s.

Following social unrest, Argentine government grants police wage hikes

By Rafael Azul, 31 December 2013

Responding to social unrest triggered by provincial police strikes, Argentine authorities granted the police substantial wage increases.

Secret minutes of Argentine military junta found

By César Uco, 23 November 2013

On November 1, Argentina’s defense minister, Agustin Rossi, announced the discovery of 1,500 documents including 280 sets of secret minutes of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled the country for six years.

Argentina’s ruling party suffers losses in congressional election

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2013

The ruling Peronist faction of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner saw its vote decline sharply in last Sunday’s elections, reflecting discontent with deteriorating economic and social conditions.

Spain blocks Argentinian attempts to prosecute Franco-era fascists

By Alejandro López, 22 October 2013

Argentinian judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría has issued arrest warrants for four former Spanish fascists from the regime of dictator General Francisco Franco.

Argentina’s ex-dictator Videla dead at 87

By Henry Allan, 23 May 2013

The 1976 coup led by Videla unleashed both economic devastation and mass repression against the working class.

Argentina’s General Videla and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2013

Gen. Jorge Videla was undoubtedly mourned within military and intelligence circles as a pioneer in the “war on terror.”

Argentine court sentences rail union officials in the murder of Mariano Ferreyra

By Rafael Azul, 3 May 2013

In a contradictory and politically tainted decision, a Buenos Aires court sentenced rail union leaders to prison for the killing of left-wing activist Mariano Ferreyra.

Floods devastate Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 18 April 2013

Torrential storms and floods affected 450,000 people and killed 58 in Argentina.

The “Dirty War” Pope

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2013

Placed on the papal throne is a man directly implicated in one of the greatest crimes of the post-World War II era—Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

Operation Condor trial begins in Argentina

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2013

The trial is the first to deal with the coordinated state terror campaign launched by Latin America’s US-backed dictatorships.

The extortionate operations of NML Capital

By Ernst Wolff, 11 December 2012

A New York court ordered Argentina to settle debts totalling $1.33 billion with hedge fund NML Capital by December 15.

Argentina partially re-nationalizes YPF oil company

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2012

The announced expropriation of a 51 percent share in YPF is only the latest episode in a protracted, politically driven looting and manipulation of the formerly state-owned oil company.

Popular protests sparked by deadly train accident in Argentina

By Rafael Azul, 1 March 2012

Popular anger has erupted in Argentina over evidence that a train accident that killed 51 people was the result of decades of neglect of the country’s passenger rail system.

UK-Argentine tensions rise over Malvinas Islands

By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2012

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the war between Britain and Argentina, tensions over the Malvinas Islands are rising once again.

Latin stock markets hit hardest by US credit downgrade

By Luis Arce, 12 August 2011

Latin America’s financial markets suffered the most severe losses of any in the world in the “Black Monday” global sell-off that followed the downgrading of US debt.

Argentine victims of dirty war to sue Daimler Benz in US Court

By Rafael Azul, 23 May 2011

A US appeals Court has reinstated a suit against German carmaker Daimler Benz for its participation in the kidnapping and murder of workers at one of its Argentine plants during the so-called dirty war of the 1970s.

Top Argentine union leader arrested in murder of left-wing worker

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2011

Jose Pedraza, the president of Argentina’s Railway Union, was arrested Tuesday for the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a left-wing worker, during a goon squad attack last October.

General strike in Argentina over killing of left-wing youth

By Rafael Azul, 25 October 2010

The general strike Thursday was organized over the murder of Mariano Ferreyra, a 23-year-old leftist youth, by thugs from the rail union, which works closely with the government.