South and Central America
By Miguel Andrade, 1 April 2020
Shocking images of stadiums transformed into concentration camps for the sick and dying stand in stark contrast to Bolsonaro’s criminal denial of the seriousness of the pandemic.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020
A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.
By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2020
Roadblocks, raids of supermarkets and mass quarantine violations by desperate workers forced to work and find food are spreading across the poorest neighborhoods of Latin America.
Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections
31 March 2020
Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Miguel Andrade, 27 March 2020
Leading Brazilian businessmen have terrorized workers with threats of “40 million unemployed” unless state quarantines are lifted.
By our reporters, 26 March 2020
Workers have rebelled against unsafe conditions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging transnational corporations like AlmaViva.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020
The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.
By Julian James, 24 March 2020
Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.
Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies
24 March 2020
Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.
By Tomas Castanheira, 20 March 2020
In the Brazilian auto plants, the life of the workers is being put at risk on a daily basis to ensure that the corporations continue to extract profits.
Hospitals lack water, power, masks
By Andrea Lobo, 19 March 2020
The loan request is only the latest appeal by the Maduro government for foreign finance and signal to world finance capital that it will defend profit interests.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 March 2020
After personally participating in a fascistic demonstration in defense of his government, Bolsonaro made clear his intention to defend the markets at the expense of the lives of Brazilian workers.
By Andrea Lobo, 13 March 2020
The late and deficient response by the Latin American ruling elite is being overwhelmed because it is guided by efforts to cover up, not address, the inequalities in access to testing and health care.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 March 2020
Instead of "resuming the historic strike," as they had promised, the unions told workers to accept layoffs.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2020
The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 March 2020
The response by President López Obrador to the blockades is directed at suppressing any struggles by teachers and other workers against social austerity and capitalist exploitation.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 7 March 2020
The attack was carried out with the complicity of the teachers union and after Workers Party governments in the northeast of Brazil passed their own pension reforms.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 March 2020
The Bolsonaro government’s break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule—like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India—is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.
Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol
3 March 2020
More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 February 2020
Bolsonaro’s use of the army for domestic repression and his granting troops a license to kill with impunity are in continuity with policies pursued by the PT when it was in power.
By Gabriel Lemos, 25 February 2020
The oil workers union federations ended the three-week strike at state-owned oil giant Petrobras just as it threatened to impact Brazil’s economy.
By Cesar Uco, 25 February 2020
The deaths of the 14- and 17-year-old brothers of gas poisoning in the mine are part of a nationwide toll from the exploitation of workers in illegal and unsafe mines.
By Tomas Castanheira, 21 February 2020
The Brazilian military now holds 9 of 22 cabinet seats—including all of those with offices in the Planalto presidential palace—and has gained a presence in practically every ministry.
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.
British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed
18 February 2020
An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.
By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020
Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 February 2020
President Bukele’s plan is aimed at preparing to violently crush opposition against the poverty and inequality that gives rise to gangs.
By Gabriel Lemos, 11 February 2020
The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.
Strike by Mexican Autonomous University staff in Oaxaca
11 February 2020
Staff at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University at Oaxaca have been on strike since February 1 over salaries, retirement and other issues.
By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020
The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.
Finnish paper and forestry workers continue stoppage; one-day public sector strike across Portugal; wildcat strike at South Africa Toyota in Durban
7 February 2020
Some 15,000 Finnish forestry and paper workers have extended their strike while public sector workers struck across Portugal and South Africa Toyota workers struck over the withholding of bonuses.
By Tomas Castanheira, 5 February 2020
The PT, which promotes itself as a representative of the “left”, in fact constitutes one of the greatest threats to the Brazilian working class, alongside Bolsonaro.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2020
Lavrov’s three-nation visit to Latin America comes on the heels of a tour of former Soviet republics by US Secretary of State Pompeo dedicated to denouncing Russia and China.
By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020
The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.
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.
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.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2020
Traditional parties that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades were left without a single seat, while no party succeeded in capturing more than 10 percent of the ballots.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2020
The trumped-up charges against Greenwald by Bolsonaro’s fascistic government are of a piece with the global assault on free speech and democratic rights and the jailing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By Tomas Castanheira, 22 January 2020
Alvim delivered his speech flanked by a Brazilian flag and a cross and with a Wagner opera that was reportedly Hitler’s favorite playing in the background.
By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020
In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.
Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe linked to international drug trafficking through Sinaloa Cartel
By Julian James, 16 January 2020
The charges against Uribe expose Colombia’s “war on drugs,” like that of the US, as a smokescreen for government criminality and a pretext for violence against the population.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 January 2020
Brazil’s fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro was one of the first to defend Washington’s assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleiman.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 January 2020
An order issued by Trump in September precludes non-governmental and non-profit organizations from resettling refugees without the consent of state and local governments.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 January 2020
The Bolsonaro government, which denounces every form of social protest as “terrorism”, has remained silent about the firebombing, signaling tacit support for fascist violence.
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 December 2019
Relying on police brutality, Brazilian state governments, led by the PT, are imposing pension “reforms” that all but prevent workers from retiring.
By Brunna Machado, 17 December 2019
The Ford plant closure follows a series of similar union-imposed defeats that have radically changed the Brazilian auto industry.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 December 2019
Following massacres of workers and peasants and amid the continued hunting down of protest leaders and indigenous people, the COB’s decision is a criminal betrayal of the working class.
Ontario Teachers plan third one-day strike; Mexican housing agency workers strike
17 December 2019
High school teachers across the Canadian province of Ontario are planning another partial strike December 18 while workers at Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers in Mexico City have carried out a one-day strike.
By Miguel Andrade, 11 December 2019
The vote has shattered the year-long claim by Bolsonaro’s opposition that it represents some kind of democratic “resistance”.
Ontario teachers plan new work stoppage
10 December 2019
The walkout by Ontario public high school teachers and school support staff set for December 11 follows the first province-wide teachers strike held last week.
By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019
Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2019
Immediately following Pompeo’s provocative speech, the US slapped new sanctions on Venezuela and Cuba, which the secretary of state accused of fomenting violence.
By Andrea Lobo, 2 December 2019
Bolivian workers, peasants and youth have resisted with enormous bravery, while the MAS and trade unions have submitted to the coup.
By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019
In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.
By Andrea Lobo, 27 November 2019
The trade unions are using intermittent strikes to wear down the social upsurge, just as they have done in betraying every major class action since the Pinochet dictatorship.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro launches chauvinistic “green and yellow” youth employment program to foster “competitiveness”
By Tomas Castanheira, 26 November 2019
While draping the program in the national colors, Bolsonaro himself has admitted that its aim is to “reduce labor costs” in order to attract investment.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2019
The picture that emerges is that of a US vassal state panicking that, amid growing opposition from below, it also faces a civil war within Washington’s foreign-policy establishment.
By Roger Jordan, 23 November 2019
With phony rhetoric about Canada’s role in promoting “democracy” and “human rights,” the NDP aids and abets Canadian imperialist intrigue, aggression and war.
23 November 2019
By Andrea Lobo, 21 November 2019
The response by MAS and the trade union bureaucracy demonstrates that no section of the ruling establishment is willing to oppose US imperialism’s installation of a puppet regime.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2019
The agreement to enter discussions came as masses of workers and peasants continue to stream into La Paz demanding the downfall of the self-proclaimed “interim president.”
By Andrea Lobo, 15 November 2019
Thousands of workers and peasants in Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, the neighboring district of El Alto and in Cochabamba have taken to the streets in defiance of police-military repression.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2019
Backed by Washington, the violent coup in Bolivia has been facilitated by the political cowardice and treachery of the Morales government and its ruling MAS party.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019
The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.
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.
By Eric London, 26 October 2019
The floodtide of international working class struggle rose higher as half the adult population of Chile demonstrated against inequality and state violence.
By Andrea Lobo, 25 October 2019
Workers and youth have joined mass protests across of hundreds of thousands across all the major cities, including working class areas and pro-Morales strongholds like Cochabamba.
By Miguel Andrade, 24 October 2019
Contrary to expectations, the US State Department didn’t propose Brazil for OECD membership, triggering a wave of criticism of Bolsonaro for the diplomatic failure.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 October 2019
The military-police crackdown on protests in Chile is only one of the most shocking expressions of the global turn toward dictatorship by governments throughout the world.
By Andrea Lobo, 21 October 2019
The imposition of dictatorial measures by the Chilean ruling class exposes the sham “transition to democracy” political and military set-up under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
By Andrea Lobo, 12 October 2019
The Ombudsman Office of Ecuador confirmed that the repression has left 5 demonstrators killed, 554 injured, and 929 arrested. These numbers, however, conceal the brutality of the repression.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 October 2019
In the face of a continuing strike and mass indigenous mobilization, Moreno took the unprecedented step of moving his government from Quito to Guayaquil.
Brazilian unions push “green and yellow” chauvinism in education strike against austerity, political interference
By Miguel Andrade, 9 October 2019
A range of issues, from austerity measures to privatizations, have repeatedly brought students to the streets, causing panic not only in the government, but in the unions and the opposition.
By Armando Cruz, 9 October 2019
One of the main props sustaining Vizcarra’s government has been the refusal of the pseudo-left to confront his right-wing policies.
By Andrea Lobo, 5 October 2019
The Moreno government has responded to protests triggered by a massive gas price hike by imposing a national state of exception for 60 days, involving the deployment of the military against demonstrators and the suspension of democratic rights.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 September 2019
Brazilian GM workers increasingly recognize that every issue they face is common to their class brothers in the US and internationally.
By Cesar Uco, 10 September 2019
A decree to expand deforestation for livestock and the agribusiness sector was a betrayal of the campaign promises made by President Evo Morales and his MAS ruling party.
10 September 2019
By Julian James, 7 September 2019
At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.
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.”
By Andrea Lobo, 24 August 2019
The threat by the head of the US Southern Command came as both Trump and Maduro confirmed that US and Venezuelan officials have been holding direct talks.
By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 22 August 2019
Thousands of people joined the strike, confronting military police, blocking the Pan-American highway and the streets of Arequipa’s capital city and shutting down a major port.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2019
The US president’s demand for a military option reflects growing desperation in Washington over the failure of its regime-change operation.
By Andrea Lobo, 20 August 2019
Miners in San Cristobal, striking doctors and the entire, restive working class in Bolivia are coming into conflict with the Morales government, MAS and the trade unions.
By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019
Mélenchon’s hailing of the AMLO government speaks volumes about what type of government he would lead, were he to win the presidential elections in 2022.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 August 2019
The indictment of Rubén González is part of an attempt to criminalize growing social opposition among workers and the impoverished masses.
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.
By Andrea Lobo, 14 August 2019
Marked by low participation and mass protests, the vote was overshadowed by the popular outrage against the “third safe country” agreement imposed by Trump.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 August 2019
Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.
By Andrea Lobo, 7 August 2019
US envoy Elliott Abrams declared: “If you told George Bush Sr. in 1988 that he would invade Panama, he would have called it madness. But two or three years later, it happened.”
Argentine teachers strike, Michigan road workers walk out, Blackjewell miners protest and BC forestry strike continues
6 August 2019
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30 July 2019
By Andrea Lobo, 25 July 2019
Pompeo boasted about extraditing Assange, while demanding greater spying, anti-immigrant crackdowns and alignment with the US drive against its geopolitical rivals.
24 July 2019
By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2019
The SIL union unilaterally imposed an agreement which achieved none of workers’ demands.
By Andrea Lobo, 17 July 2019
The protests in defense of Assange and the recent five-day strike in Ecuador demonstrate that the only social basis for his liberation and the defense democratic rights is the international working class.
By Hiram Lee, 13 July 2019
Together with the composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto pioneered a “new wave” in Brazilian popular music during the mid-to-late 1950s that had a worldwide impact.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 July 2019
The walkout is in response to mass firings and the expansion of a “multifunctional” work regime for the remaining workers.
Costa Rican public health workers strike over pay cut, government policies; truckers block highways
9 July 2019
Three Costa Rican public health unions began strike action July 4 against government policies while Costa Rican truckers blockaded highways over imposition of a value added tax.
Amid revelations of fascist network at Customs and Border Protection
By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019
The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.