Latin America


The nationalist unconscious

29 June 2020 To fully grasp the rise of the new authoritarians, we must engage with psychoanalysis as well as economics, writes Richard Seymour

Brazilian oligarchs sacrifice people for profit

23 June 2020 Business leaders are using social media and political influence to spread coronavirus disinformation – and endangering thousands of lives. Raphael Tsavkko Garcia reports

Why is mining giant BHP able to dodge its responsibilities?

21 November 2019 The British-Australian company is complicit in the harms its joint owned Cerrejón mine has wrought on people and the environment in Colombia, writes Claire Hamlett

‘We are confronted by the threat of civil war’

14 February 2019 Edgardo Lander talks to Red Pepper about the mounting tensions in Venezuela

Criminalising social movements helped Bolsonaro win power

5 February 2019 Left-wing resistance was crushed before long before Bolsonaro's infamous election, writes Raphael Tsavkko Garcia

Brazil shows us how capitalism stamps out democracy

9 January 2019 With the rise of Bolsonaro and big corporations cannibalising the countryside, Brazil is living proof of Thomas Piketty’s assertion that capitalist accumulation in the 21st century is not compatible with democracy. By Sue Branford

Brazil’s road to neo-fascism

1 January 2019 Pedro Rocha de Oliveira considers the context of Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power in Brazil

Killing of indigenous activist in Chile provokes widespread protests

27 November 2018 Rodrigo Acuña reports on the death of Camilo Catrillanca, who was gunned down during a police raid.

Escape from fear

23 November 2018 Beth Geglia explains why thousands of migrants are risking everything to flee violence, poverty and oppression in Honduras

Did fake news win the Brazilian election?

30 October 2018 Bolsonaro's rise to power came with a welter of misinformation, rumour and lies. What role did 'fake news' play in the far right leader's victory? By Sue Branford

With Lula in jail, the future of democracy in Brazil is at stake

28 April 2018 As the Brazilian Election looms, Alfredo Saad-Filho examines what Lula da Silva's prosecution means for the future of democracy.

Open Letter: Honour Marielle Franco by taking up her fight

26 March 2018 "Our grief for Marielle Franco represents our commitment to all the women who fight with courage against oppression."

Venezuela can solve its own problems – the US only cares about oil

8 August 2017 The people could reach a democratic and non-violent solution if they were freed from US meddling, argues Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Civic strike paralyses Colombia’s principle pacific port

28 May 2017 An alliance of community organisations are fighting ’to live with dignity’ in the face of military repression. Patrick Kane and Seb Ordoñez report.

Introducing Trump’s Inner Circle

24 March 2017 Donald Trump’s key allies are as alarming as the man himself

We need popular participation, not populism

27 February 2017 Hilary Wainwright argues against reclaiming populism for the left and for a leadership that supports people’s capacity for self-government

A Cuban view on Fidel Castro’s legacy

28 November 2016 Musician Eliane Correa reflects on the fading revolution

Brazil’s Olympic Flames

4 August 2016 A bitter and chaotic political crisis threatens to take the shine off the Rio Olympics this summer, writes Tom Gatehouse

Public event: Brazil’s crisis – what does it mean for the global left?

5 June 2016 Red Pepper, the Latin American Bureau and Practical Action Publishing host an evening of discussion on the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the future of the left in Brazil

Brazil: Recolonising a continent

30 May 2016 Sue Branford examines the past failures and future prospects of the left in Brazil in the face of a concerted US-backed right-wing offensive

Colombia: millions to take to the streets for peace

26 May 2016 Millions of Colombians will take to the streets this month to demand a different kind of peace with social and environmental justice at its heart. Seb Munoz writes

The Zika virus: government responses add to women’s burden

22 March 2016 The Zika virus is shining a light on the inadequacies of abortion and family planning laws in Latin America, writes Maisie Davies

London event: Festival of Choice 2015

21 September 2015 A week of events looking at threats to reproductive rights and the plight of women and girls who do not have access to safe and legal abortion in countries around the world

From Greece to Brazil: the challenge of forging a socialist alternative

17 August 2015 Sue Branford introduces a debate on the fate of Brazil’s Workers’ Party by drawing some parallels with today's Syriza

Maduro and the market

8 June 2015 With the recent plunge in oil prices and radicalised opposition forces, can President Maduro keep the Bolivarian revolution on track? Steve Ellner writes

From Ireland to Bolivia, there’s something in the water

8 June 2015 Fifteen years on from Bolivia’s ‘water war’, Thomas McDonagh looks at the developing parallels between those dramatic events and the current Irish battle over domestic water charges

Clandestine no more

1 June 2015 Right-to-choose campaigners Patsili Toledo and Lieta Vivaldi report on the struggle to legalise abortion in Chile

Pinochet’s press gang

1 April 2015 Want to know how much media ownership matters? Just look at Chile. Nick MacWilliam reports on a probing documentary into the El Mercurio media group

Smoke, mirrors and murder in Mexico

1 March 2015 The disappearance and killing of student protesters, with the involvement of federal police, has brought human rights to the fore in Mexico, write Ella McPherson and Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Vulture court

1 October 2014 Tim Jones explains why a US court ruling has forced Argentina into a debt default

A strong challenge for Brazil’s upcoming presidential elections?

18 September 2014 Tom Gatehouse offers a realistic assessment of environmentalist Marina Silva’s policies and ambition

Bolivia shows us that another world is possible

15 August 2014 After centuries of subjugation, Bolivia's indigenous peoples are leading the way on sustainability and equality, writes Joe Turnball

El Salvador pregnancy laws protested in London

18 June 2014 With some of the strictest anti-abortion legislation in the world, Salvadoran women face prison even for pregnancy complications.

Belo Horizonte: Culture brews from below

16 June 2014 A thriving alternative scene occupies buildings and streets in one of Brazil’s largest cities. Tom Gatehouse takes us on a tour

Is Venezuela burning? A debate

27 February 2014 As anti-government protests continue in Venezuela, Mike Gonzalez argues that only a deepening of the Bolivarian revolution can save it. Below, Federico Fuentes responds

Honduras: Force and fraud

17 February 2014 Social movements have denounced as fraudulent the election of Juan Orlando Hernández as president amid the murders of leftist party activists and the persecution of journalists. Roos Saalbrink reports

Chile’s fractured social movement

22 November 2013 Protests for better healthcare on an archipelago off the coast of Chile demonstrate the successes of local mobilisations, but also the failures of the larger social movement, write Rosalind Adams and Charlotte Sexauer

Allende’s socialist internet

11 September 2013 Leigh Phillips tells the story of Cybersyn, Chile’s experiment in non-centralised economic planning which was cut short by the 1973 coup

Chile: The first dictatorship of globalisation

9 September 2013 When General Pinochet overthrew Salvador Allende’s left-wing government in Chile, Mike Gatehouse was among the thousands of activists arrested. On the 40th anniversary of the coup he describes the hope and then the horror of the time

Ructions in Rio

20 July 2013 The scale of the protests rocking Brazil took everyone by surprise - even the demonstrators themselves. Sue Branford and Hilary Wainwright investigate where they came from and where are they going

Brazil: The giant has awoken

19 June 2013 Matthew Richmond writes on Brazil's growing mass movement

Rio’s iron heel

6 June 2013 As host of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, the Brazilian government is trying to ‘pacify’ the gangs in Rio’s favelas. But, Mike Davis reports, the needs of the favelados have taken a back seat

Venezuela: Different priorities

3 April 2013 Jeffrey R Webber looks at the myths and the realities of the late Hugo Chávez’s impact on Venezuela, and considers the challenges ahead

Venezuela: The revolution begins today

8 March 2013 The death of Hugo Chávez is a fundamental test for the Boliviarian Revolution, writes Uruguayan anthropologist Daniel Chavez

Hugo Chávez: A giant has left us

6 March 2013 As the forces of reaction get ready to step up their offensive while trying their best to conceal their delight at Chávez’s death, Pablo Navarrete remembers his true legacy

Cherán: the secession of a Mexican village

20 February 2013 Mike Aiken reports from the mountain community of Cherán which in 2011 responded to government inaction over illegal logging by setting up barricades and establishing their own autonomous local democracy

Generating terror in Guatemala

12 December 2012 Nick Dearden traces the legacy of World Bank-funded development in Guatemala through massacres, massive public debt and continued poverty for the majority

That Cuba feeling

26 October 2012 Fifty years ago this month the world came close to nuclear Armageddon. Paul Anderson looks back at the Cuban missile crisis and anti-nuclear campaigning since

Paraguay: A well-rehearsed coup

24 September 2012 Francisco Dominguez examines the background to the overthrow of the legitimate president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, and calls for the restoration of democratic rule

Nicaragua: 21st century Sandinismo – or losing the revolution?

8 August 2012 The left is split over the achievements and compromises of today’s Sandinistas, following the re-election of Daniel Ortega as president in November. Here we present two views



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