South and Central America

Five dead and almost 1,000 arrested as repression mounts in Ecuador

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.

Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests

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.

Ecuadorian government arrests hundreds and deploys military against nationwide strike

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.

Brazilian GM workers speak out on US autoworkers’ strike

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.

Fires consume more than 4.2 million acres of Bolivia’s forests

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.

100 Bolivia forest fires and Morales

10 September 2019

Colombian government renews civil war amid growing social unrest

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.

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.”

US commander says navy ready for Venezuela intervention

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.

Regional strike against mining project fuels divisions within Peru’s crisis-ridden government

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.

Trump calls for naval blockade of Venezuela

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.

Bolivia’s biggest mine and public health sector go on strike

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.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon hails Mexican government as embodiment of “citizens’ revolution”

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.

Venezuelan military court jails union official as working-class opposition grows

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.

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.

Far-right government elected in Guatemala

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.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants

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.

Washington orders international embargo on Venezuela, threatens invasion

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

Workers Struggles: The Americas

6 August 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

30 July 2019

US Secretary of State Pompeo announces “new era” of US-Latin America reaction

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

Trade union sells out Walmart strike in Chile

By Andrea Lobo, 19 July 2019

The SIL union unilaterally imposed an agreement which achieved none of workers’ demands.

National strike against Ecuadorian government demands Assange’s freedom

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.

Bossa Nova pioneer, songwriter and musician João Gilberto dead at 88

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.

17,000 Walmart workers strike in Chile

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

Workers Struggles: the Americas

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

Ocasio-Cortez, other Congress members threatened by border police

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2019

The promotion of fascist elements in the immigration agencies is being directed from the White House.

US Border Patrol agents joke about immigrant deaths in secret Facebook group with 9,500 members

By George Marlowe, 2 July 2019

A report by ProPublica revealed that Border Patrol agents used a secret Facebook group to make sadistic and violent jokes about immigrants as well as members of Congress.

Chilean unions scramble to quell mass strike movement

By Andrea Lobo, 2 July 2019

The trade union bureaucracy led by the Chilean Workers United Center and its pseudo-left apologists are working to divide and end the strike movement.

Uruguay workers in one-day national strike

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 July 2019

A June 24 strike called by the PIT-CNT trade union federation took place in the context of a worsening economic crisis that has seen continuing attacks on workers.

House Democrats give $4.6 billion for Trump’s concentration camps

Ocasio-Cortez plays critical role in ensuring passage

By Eric London, 28 June 2019

House Democrats voted for a Senate bill that exposes the critical role of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “progressive” Democrats in facilitating Trump’s crackdown on immigrants.

016 Profile of US attorney who defended denying children soap

28 June 2019

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Striking Chilean copper miners defy police violence

By Rafael Azul, 21 June 2019

Last Tuesday, police attacked striking copper miners at the Chuquicamata mine in Chile.

Brazilian unions sabotage one-day general strike

By Miguel Andrade, 20 June 2019

After telling workers to “stay home” during the general strike, union officials spoke in favor of the reactionary pension reform Bolsonaro sent to Congress.

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos

By Bill Van Auken, 18 June 2019

Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government’s betrayal of Julian Assange.

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.

Cuba conference tailors Trotsky to the politics of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2019

A collection of pseudo-lefts and Pabloite revisionists was invited to Havana to suppress the revolutionary content of Trotskyism.

Strikes in Chile, Costa Rica and Honduras

Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America

By Andrea Lobo, 8 June 2019

The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is “no money” and police state repression.

010 Latin America teachers strike

7 June 2019

Fifty-five inmates killed in Brazilian prisons

By Gabriel Lemos, 1 June 2019

This escalating slaughter has been caused by a 300 percent increase in the prison population in the last two decades.

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

The defense of Venezuela and the struggle for socialism in Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 International May Day Online Rally delivered by Bill Van Auken.

Panama election a distorted expression of growing opposition to austerity

By Andrea Lobo, 8 May 2019

The election came after a year dominated by strikes, including by teachers, construction workers and a general strike against an electricity rate hike.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

In wake of Venezuela coup fiasco, US military threats mount

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2019

Both Secretary of State Pompeo and US puppet Juan Guaidó say that “military options” are under consideration.

German government backs attempted right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2019

In a joint press release with the far-right Brazilian government, the German Foreign Ministry gave its unconditional backing to the criminal attempted coup in Venezuela.

Brazilian unions defend reactionary pension “reform” at May Day rally

By Miguel Andrade, 3 May 2019

With economic figures showing no sign of economic recovery, the PT and the unions are working to quell any working class movement against Bolsonaro.

Media lies in service of war for regime change in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2019

As top Trump administration officials make increasingly explicit military threats, the corporate media acts as a propaganda service for imperialist intervention.

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2019

By late Tuesday, there was little indication that Guaidó’s call had provoked any significant uprising within Venezuela’s military.

Former President Garcia’s suicide exposes desperate crisis of Peruvian bourgeoisie

By Armando Cruz and Cesar Uco, 27 April 2019

Top Odebrecht officials told Peruvian prosecutors that the company had bribed presidents, ministers and potential presidential candidates for nearly two decades.

US imperialism resurrects the Monroe Doctrine

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2019

The repeated invocation of the nearly two-century-old canon of US imperialist policy constitutes a warning that Washington is preparing for intensified military intervention in the region.

Protests force American Museum of Natural History to cancel event with Brazil’s Bolsonaro

By Miguel Andrade, 20 April 2019

In face of fierce popular reaction, the ruling elites in New York have been forced to disassociate themselves from the fascistic Brazilian president.

Conflict continues over Peruvian copper mine as peasant blockade is lifted

By Cesar Uco and Armando Cruz, 20 April 2019

The Peruvian government gave in to demands of 1,200 peasants of Fuerabamba who suspended the road blockade that for 66 days paralyzed export of copper concentrate to China

Ecuadorian police repress mass march demanding Julian Assange’s freedom

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2019

Called under the slogan “not one less right,” the march brought thousands into the streets of Quito where they confronted mounted police, dogs and tear gas.

Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 17 April 2019

The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

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.’”

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro during Israel visit

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2019

Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

New York Times laments stalled Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2019

The Times has a filthy record of supporting US wars for regime change and right-wing coups across the planet.

Eight miners die from toxic gases in Peru’s northern highlands

By Cesar Uco, 3 April 2019

The deaths of eight miners are the result of the ruthless drive for profits by the owners of informal mines in Peru.

Emboldened by Trump, Brazil’s Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup

By Miguel Andrade, 29 March 2019

Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro’s fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.

Tensions rise between US, Russia and China over Venezuelan coup

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2019

The arrival of a relative handful of Russian military personnel this week triggered a flurry of denunciations from Trump administration officials.

Officials, media call for school militarization, censorship after mass shooting in Brazilian school

By Miguel Andrade, 21 March 2019

The tragic school shooting has exposed the Brazilian establishment’s indifference to the social distress engulfing wide layers of the population.

São Paulo teachers’ union shuts down one-month strike

By our reporters, 15 March 2019

The union called an end to the strike after a clear majority of teachers voted to continue it.

Closure of Brazil Ford plant to destroy up to 27,000 jobs

By Miguel Andrade, 14 March 2019

The devastating plant closure has laid bare the abysmal economic situation in Brazil and offered yet another opportunity for the unions to spread nationalist poison.

Canada ever more deeply implicated in US-engineered coup attempt in Venezuela

By Laurent Lafrance, 14 March 2019

Like its US partner, Canadian imperialism covets Venezuela’s vast oil resources and is determined to prevent Russia, China, and other “strategic rivals” from expanding their influence in the Americas.

US withdraws embassy personnel, calling presence a “constraint” on US actions in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 13 March 2019

With the regime change operation centered on the right-wing puppet Juan Guaidó stalling, the threat of US military intervention mounts.

Amid rising protests, Moreno government lays off thousands in Ecuador

By Cesar Uco, 12 March 2019

Some 10,000 workers have been laid off as part of an IMF deal that demands the slashing of 10 percent of the public workforce and other austerity measures.

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.

Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2019

The threats of armed provocations and direct US military intervention continue to mount as Trump renews an Obama-era “national emergency” decree targeting Venezuela.

The political lessons of the March 3 Free Assange rally

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) Political Committee, 5 March 2019

The demonstration in Sydney won broad support on the basis of mobilising the working class to defend democratic rights and class war prisoners such as Julian Assange.

Guaidó returns to Venezuela for next stage of US regime-change operation

By Bill Van Auken, 5 March 2019

The US-backed “interim president” staged a five-nation tour of Latin America, shepherded by the CIA, to drum up support for the coup in Venezuela.

German Left Party congress backs imperialist campaign against Venezuela

By Johannes Stern, 5 March 2019

The Left Party’s European election congress last month sent a clear message: the bourgeoisie can rely on the Left Party’s support for war and attacks on the working class.

Heavy rains and avalanches kill dozens in Peru

By Cesar Uco, 28 February 2019

The catastrophic effects of these storms are bound up with the government’s failure to repair the damage caused two years ago.

New Cuban constitution recognizes private property

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 February 2019

The new constitution signals the preparation for an all-out assault on the Cuban working class and what remains of the social welfare measures established through the Cuban Revolution.

Pence threatens war in Venezuela at Colombia summit: “There is no turning back”

By Eric London, 26 February 2019

“All options are on the table,” Pence said in a speech that combined threats of war with denunciations of socialism.

US imperialism stages provocation on Venezuela’s borders

By Eric London, 25 February 2019

The threat of a disaster of world historic proportions looms as the US moves toward war in Venezuela.

Washington escalates military threats as Venezuela regime change falters

By Bill Van Auken, 14 February 2019

The focus of the attempt to oust the Venezuelan government is a cynical charade over the delivery of USAID relief supplies across the country’s borders.

Mass protests shut down Haiti

By John Marion, 14 February 2019

The protests, now called Pays Lock (Country Lock), have taken on the character of a general strike with the aim of shutting down the country until President Moïse resigns.

Brazil’s Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation

By Miguel Andrade, 9 February 2019

As it feigns opposition to regime change in Venezuela, the PT has sent representatives to meet EU leaders who have been at the forefront of the siege of the country.

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over “humanitarian aid” ploy

By Bill Van Auken, 7 February 2019

Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela’s social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country’s border.

Election of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador signals further shift to US imperialism

By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2019

The overwhelming victory of Bukele was chiefly an expression of popular loathing toward the traditional ruling parties.

European Parliament backs US-led coup in Venezuela

By Alex Lantier and Alejandro Lopez, 2 February 2019

The European powers’ support for a brazen US coup in Latin America underscores that they are no less ruthless in their assertion of their predatory imperialist interests.

Venezuela’s oil and the geopolitics of the US-backed coup

By Gabriel Black, 31 January 2019

Venezuela’s massive reserves are seen by the United States and its allies as a vital chess piece in the war drive against China.

Lima sewage disaster exposes infrastructure neglect in Peru

By Armando Cruz, 31 January 2019

Seeking to exploit the disaster that affected nearly 2,000 people, “free-market” proponents rushed in to demand the privatization of the public water company, Sedapal.

Germany and EU support US-engineered coup in Venezuela

By Peter Schwarz, 30 January 2019

Berlin and Brussels are backing the Venezuelan coup because they are pursuing their own imperialist interests in Latin America.

Hundreds missing, 58 dead in Brazil mine disaster

By Gabriel Lemos, 28 January 2019

The population of Brumadinho and all of Brazil reacted with anger and revulsion against this tragedy.

US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2019

Washington is keeping its embassy in Caracas open in defiance of the Venezuelan government, using diplomatic personnel as bait for a potential military confrontation.

090 Anti-Venezuelan attacks in Ecuador

26 January 2019

Washington escalates coup provocations in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2019

Secretary of State Pompeo is to speak to the UN Security Council Saturday on Venezuela, a patent propaganda gesture aimed at preparing intervention.

Brazilian Workers Party uses crime wave to back fascistic Bolsonaro on repression and austerity

By Miguel Andrade, 25 January 2019

Under the guise of fighting crime, Bolsonaro and the PT are both seeking to extend the definition to suppress social opposition.

Reports indicate Haitian government involvement in La Saline massacre

By John Marion, 25 January 2019

The massacre in La Saline on November 13—in which 59 people were killed, including young children—rivals the crimes of the Duvalier dictatorship.

Canada’s "diversity" imperialism

By Keith Jones, 25 January 2019

Justin Trudeau, presiding over what has been hailed as the most diverse cabinet in Canadian history, has signed on to Washington’s coup plot against Venezuela.

Fire kills 18 at rehab center in Ecuador

By Cesar Uco, 16 January 2019

The tragedy is a direct consequence of government austerity policies directed at promoting foreign investment at the expense of public health and education.

Bolivia’s Morales and Brazil’s Bolsonaro collaborate in rendition of Cesare Battisti to Italy

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2019

Bolivia’s role in what amounted to an extra-judicial rendition is emblematic of the sharp rightward turn of what remains of Latin America’s “Pink Tide” governments.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro increases drive for “pensions’ reform,” more state powers in second week of government

By Miguel Andrade, 15 January 2019

As Bolsonaro prepares unprecedented attacks on the Brazilian working class, the Workers Party (PT) is seeking an accommodation with possible “dissidents” in his cabinet.

Venezuela’s Maduro sworn in for second term amid rising social unrest and threats of intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2019

Washington, the EU and the so-called Lima Group of right-wing Latin American governments have called Maduro’s second term “illegitimate,” inviting regime change.

Guatemalan establishment indifferent to deaths of US incarcerated migrant children

By Andrea Lobo, 9 January 2019

The reaction in ruling circles not only reflects their disdain for the country’s impoverished masses, but also their efforts to demonstrate loyal submission to the Trump administration.