Latin America


‘We are confronted by the threat of civil war’

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argentina: Que se vayan todos! – They all must go!

4 May 2012 Francesca Fiorentini looks back at the social movements that emerged from Argentina’s debt crisis a decade ago and asks what we can learn for today’s struggles

Venezuela’s hip-hop revolutionaries

30 March 2012 Jody McIntyre and Pablo Navarrete report on Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolución movement

Cuba and the ‘updating of socialism’

1 December 2011 Stephen Wilkinson asks what transforming Cuba’s economy will mean. Below, Sandra Lewis responds

Back to Rio

20 September 2011 Sue Branford looks at Brazil’s unsustainable development – and the potential for a new direction

Chile’s winter awakening

1 September 2011 As student protests continue to rock Chile's neoliberal consensus, Roberto Navarrete sets the revolt in context

Youth rises against bloodshed in Mexico, armed with poetry and art

11 April 2011 Maria Felix and Siobhan McGuirk report on the growing protest backlash against the war on drugs in Mexico.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Process at Twelve

5 April 2011 Two articles exploring current developments in Venezuela are introduced by Red Pepper's Latin America editor Pablo Navarrete.

Venezuela: Putting People First

5 April 2011 Jennie Bremner on the positive example provided by Venezuela and the need for solidarity.

The path for Venezuela can not be neoliberalism or Stalinism

5 April 2011 An interview with Edgardo Lander.

Women’s work: Codemuh

18 March 2011 Maria Luisa Regalado profiles the Honduran feminist workers’ organisation Codemuh and its role in the civil society resistance to the 2009 coup

Mexico: The casualties of war

8 February 2011 Behind the bloody headlines of Mexico’s war on drugs, creeping militarism and corruption is silencing public dissent. Government policy failures are leading to social breakdown, writes Siobhan McGuirk with Maria Felix

Kanaval: Mardi Gras in a Haitian town

1 February 2011 Leah Gordon documents Haiti's unique and political Mardi Gras tradition

Aftershock in Haiti

28 December 2010 ‘Disaster capitalism’ got a hold in Haiti, says Gary Dunion

Indigenous insight

27 December 2010 Victor Figueroa Clark talks to Hugo Blanco, an ecosocialist and indigenous activist from Peru

Lula’s legacy

1 October 2010 Sue Branford asks what Lula has delivered in his eight years in power

The Bolivian Road to Socialism

27 September 2010 Mike Geddes argues we can learn from the Bolivian experiences of working in and against the state

Dealing with the devil

26 September 2010 Bertie Russell is sceptical as to whether states can ever be used to move beyond capitalism

South of the Border

28 July 2010 Oliver Stone's new documentary chronicles the emergence of progressive governments in Latin America. Roberto Navarrete talks to him and Tariq Ali, one of the film's scriptwriters.



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