Latin America


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

Central America: Taking a stand over land in Honduras

7 August 2012 In post-coup Honduras, campesinos are having to fight biofuel barons for their land, reports Mike Gatehouse of the Latin America Bureau

US imperialism in Central America

6 August 2012 Grace Livingstone gives an overview of overt and covert US military and intelligence interventions

Central America: Return of the death squads

6 August 2012 Responding to drug-related violence is a convenient pretext for the region’s elites to achieve some rather different objectives, writes Annie Bird

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.

Left tide

25 July 2010 Samuel Grove reviews South of the Border, directed by Oliver Stone

Based out

16 June 2010 Foreign bases have been a mainstay of global US military domination for decades. But in Latin America they have been closing fast and a new deal to use seven Colombian military bases is, paradoxically, a sign of US weakness in the region, writes Grace Livingstone

The agroecological activist

29 May 2010 Alex Kawakami is an agronomist and activist with Brazil's Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST). James O'Nions spoke to him about how the MST organises and its vision of 'agroecology'

The community revolution

26 January 2010 While international debate focuses on President Chávez, institutions of popular democracy are taking root in Venezuela's barrios. Pablo Navarrete introduces the importance of community councils, while Steve Ellner assesses their prospects for deepening the 'Bolivarian revolution'

Understanding Haiti

24 January 2010 James O'Nions says the tragedy of Haiti doesn't just lie with the recent earthquake

Profiting From Haiti’s crisis

24 January 2010 Benjamin Dangl on disaster capitalism in Washington's backyard

Honduras: another critical day

29 September 2009 James Wilde says there are signs that finally the US may be exerting its considerable influence on the Honduran establishment

Honduras suspends civil rights

28 September 2009 As president Manuel Zelaya urges supporters to march, the Honduran junta ban protests and suspend other civil rights

Day 87 in Honduras

24 September 2009 Film-maker Oscar Estrada's observations on resistance in Honduras

Honduras: from repression to resistance

24 September 2009 Juan Almendares reports on the growing resistance movement to the Honduras coup

Honduras: civil rights and civil war

24 September 2009 James Wilde says civil war is now looking inevitable

A long day in Honduras closes

23 September 2009 James Wilde reports from Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Wednesday 23 September)

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela

26 August 2009 Derek Wall reviews Pablo Navarrete's new documentary

OAS meeting concludes and Zelaya plans his return

5 July 2009 James Wilde reports from Honduras

An Irishman in Honduras

2 July 2009 Peace worker James Wilde describes the situation in Honduras

Honduras: A coup with no future

2 July 2009 If Obama's government wants to send a powerful message about the sincerity behind the US rhetoric on liberty, democracy, and respect for the rule of law, it needs to accompany words with actions says Victor Figueroa-Clark and Pablo Navarrete

Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution

9 June 2009 Helen Yaffe explores impact of Che Guevara as an economist and politician

After the handshake

3 June 2009 How far do Barak Obama's policies point to a real change in US/Latin American relations asks Grace Livingstone

An exception to Lula’s rule

23 March 2009 The movement of landless workers in Brazil is unique in resisting co-option by the Lula government and has retained an impressive self-reliance and independent politics. For Sue Branford it is a beacon for the left worldwide. Here she explains why

The threat of the good example

6 January 2009 Bolivia's experiment with economic and political democracy needs our solidarity and also contains much from which we can learn. Samuel Grove and Pablo Navarrete report

Manu Chao, the neighbourhood singer

15 August 2008 Manu Chao could be the most famous singer that many English speakers have never heard of. Yet he is to the alter-globalisation movement what Bob Dylan was to peace and civil rights in the 1960s. Oscar Reyes caught up with him by a campfire at Glastonbury, where he created a little 'neighbourhood of hope'

No workers’ paradise

11 July 2008 Cuba's not my idea of socialism, says Dave Osler in his retort to Diana Raby

Blood on Britain’s hands

20 June 2008 NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear says the British government must reverse its support for the Uribe government and work with other European powers to help find a peaceful and just solution to Colombia's civil war



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