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'
24 January 2010
James O'Nions says the tragedy of Haiti doesn't just lie with the recent earthquake
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: 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
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
Why Cuba is still important
14 May 2008
Diana Raby argues that those who deny the legitimacy of the Cuban system will never understand why, after 50 years, the revolution is still an ongoing reality
Colombia’s war in the Andes
23 April 2008
Colombia's long-running civil war spilled over the border to Ecuador in a raid against FARC guerrillas in March. Gerard Coffey reports on the aftermath
Por ahora no pudimos
30 January 2008
The defeat of President Hugo Chávez's constitutional reform proposals in December's referendum has triggered a wide debate on the Venezuelan left about the next steps in the country's Bolivarian revolution. Here, two articles by critical chavistas are introduced by Red Pepper's Latin America editor
Why did abstention win?
30 January 2008
The Jacobin vision of revolutions directed from above by vanguards and singular personalities has to be done away with, says Javier Biardeau. The abstainers in the Venezuelan referendum were taking a clear-cut stand against reform proposals that had not involved them
Grass-roots Chávismo awakes
30 January 2008
Letting the grassroots lead is the only way forward from the referendum defeat, says Reinaldo Iturriza López
10 December 2007
Hilary Wainwright reports from Caracas on Venezuela's referendum - and the next steps towards reform
Searching for Che
25 October 2007
What is the significance of Che Guevara's legacy for contemporary Latin America? Nick Buxton travelled to the place of his death in Vallegrande, Bolivia, to find out
Chile or Venezuela – Which is the Good Democracy?
20 June 2007
Outsiders who are looking for democracy in Latin America, and in particular, interesting experiments in its expansion, may choose to visit Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina. In Chile, thus far, you will find a President who calls herself a socialist, twinkles at the edges of the system with some reforms, but not much else. Rodrigo Acuña reports
Popular revolt in Oaxaca
1 December 2006
Luis Hernández Navarro tells the story of revolt, repression and the emergence of new institutions of democratic power in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. He argues that it prefigures the future of popular protest - and power - across the country
Tropical Blair or Axis of Hope?
1 December 2006
Hilary Wainwright returns from Sao Paulo to report on how social movements are preparing for President Lula's second term
Through gritted teeth
1 October 2006
The former head of Brazil's biggest development bank says the government is 'practising the most brutal policy of wealth and income concentration on the planet'. So what does it mean for the onetime hope of the left, President Lula, in this month's election?
Carbon credits and the green desert
1 September 2006
As the struggle for land and water resources in Brazil intensifies, Heidi Bachram discovers that the new carbon market is an added burden for vulnerable communities.
Doing the US’s bidding
1 July 2006
Ex-CIA man Philip Agee sees many parallels between what the US is doing in Venezuela today and its successful efforts to undermine the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s
Fizzy pop and music
1 July 2006
Gruff Rhys, lead singer and guitarist for the Super Furry Animals, writes a diary from Colombia
Venezuela’s new model army
1 April 2006
It was all very mysterious; but indicative of the seemingly random way things can happen in Venezuela. I had only a few days left in Caracas after the 2006 World Social Forum.
Together Chile’s left can do more
1 January 2006
On 15th January 2006 Chile decided to elect its first female President Michelle Bachelet of the New Labour style Concertación coalition. Dario Kenner interviewed the radical left Presidential candidate Tomás Hirsch to discuss the nature of the left wing alternative offered by the Juntos Podemos (Together we can do more) coalition to the current domination of free market politics. Juntos Podemos is a coalition of fifty five organisations, including the Communist and Humanist Parties, that criticises the neo-liberal model and argues for the redistribution of wealth, participatory democracy and full justice in human rights.
Bolivia at the crossroads
1 December 2005
A deeply divided Bolivia will go to the polls this month. Evo Morales, the coca growers' leader and leader of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS), will challenge Tuto Quiroga, a white neoliberal enterpreneur and vice president under the former dictator Hugo Banzer.
1 October 2005
The success of the Brazilian Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), or Workers Party, acted as a beacon to the left worldwide. Now it has been revealed that it was governing on the basis of systematic corruption. Hilary Wainwright reports on how the quest for power perverted the PT and subverted democracy
Uruguay: the left is watching you
1 July 2005
In his first 100 days, Uruguay's President has devoted most of his time tiding up the mess left behind by 175 years of governments of the right and centre-right. His priorities have been a comprehensive emergency plan to alleviate extreme poverty and the search of bodies of the "disappeared" during the dirty war of the 1970s. Nevertheless, a part of the left has been left wondering about his policies on abortion, laicism and water services nationalisation
Argentina and the IFIs: better off without them?
1 February 2005
There is a popular saying in Argentina: más vale estar solo que mal acompañado (better to be alone than in bad company). Increasingly Argentines are wondering whether it isn't time to go it alone and leave the International Financial Institutions (IFIs, the IMF, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank) behind.
Chile’s Copper Lady and her detractors
1 January 2005
The Socialist candidate Michelle Bachelet is close to becoming the first woman elected to lead a major Latin American country, after winning more than 45 per cent of the vote in the first round of the country's presidential election on 11 December 2005. But some on Chile’s left are not rejoicing, writes Justin Vogler. He spoke to Thomás Hirsch, who was a presidential candidate for the left-green coalition Juntos Podemos Más (together we can do more).
Forget about Lula?
1 December 2004
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva has failed to implement the radical reforms expected in the wake of his 2002 election victory. So what went wrong? Should Lula's Workers' Party no longer be thought of as a left-wing force? And where does Brazil go from here? Alfredo Saad-Filho and Sue Branford discuss
A continent at the crossroads
1 December 2004
In his introduction to Red Pepper's special features on the region, Pablo Navarrete explains why the left around the world is currently looking to Latin America.