South and Central America
Buenos Aires health care workers stage protest
20 October 2020
Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 20 October 2020
The ruling class sees a MAS administration as necessary to politically disarm growing workers’ struggles against its devastating response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic is not over yet”
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 October 2020
The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 19 October 2020
In response to planned demonstrations, Chile’s ultra-right government is placing tens of thousands of militarized Carabineros police, Special Forces and military troops on alert.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 17 October 2020
After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro’s homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 October 2020
The ultra-right government of billionaire President Piñera criminally mishandled the pandemic, inflicting suffering upon the most oppressed layers of the population.
By Tomas Castanheira, 14 October 2020
Áñez is using her state position to outlaw the MAS opposition and mobilize fascistic forces among the military against the working masses.
Costa Rican workers protest IMF austerity talks; Two Haitian students die in jobs protests
13 October 2020
Workers set up road blocks across Costa Rica over government talks with the IMF while at least two university students in Haiti have died during protests over lack of job openings for graduates.
By Andrea Lobo, 13 October 2020
The release was the result of pressures from President Iván Duque’s administration, as well as from the White House.
By Miguel Andrade, 10 October 2020
The mayoral elections to be held in Brazil in November and December are laying bare the turn by all factions of the ruling class to the hated Brazilian military.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 October 2020
The efforts of the pseudo left and bourgeois parties like the PT to divide the working class along racial, gender and national lines feed the growth of fascistic forces.
Honduran migrant caravan broken up by Guatemalan troops, as devastation grows across Central America
By Andrea Lobo, 7 October 2020
The caravan, disbanded with the assistance of the Mexican government, signals that growing layers of the population in Honduras and the region have reached a new level of social desperation.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 6 October 2020
Chile’s murderous police violence proves that all of the tensions that gave rise to the social convulsions one year ago have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 3 October 2020
According to Amnesty International, of the 7,000 health professionals in the world who have died after contracting COVID-19, more than a third are from the Americas.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 October 2020
The military provocation has come amid a wave of new sanctions against both Venezuela and Iran, which is supplying the South American country with vital fuel supplies.
By Gabriel Lemos, 30 September 2020
The postal union federations kept the 35-day strike isolated, subordinating the workers’ struggle to the capitalist courts.
Police attack protests in Honduras, Mexico and Chile while labor unrest spreads in Brazil and Argentina
29 September 2020
Protesting health care workers in Chile and teachers in Mexico faced police repression while call center workers in Cordoba, Argentina and transit workers in Recife, Brazil have launched strikes.
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2020
With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, “herd immunity” remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.
By Andrea Lobo, 26 September 2020
The wave of unrest is merging with opposition to the devastation caused by the state’s counter-insurrectionary war, which has killed more than 200,000 civilians.
By Tomas Castanheira, 26 September 2020
The efforts of Brazil’s ruling elite to reopen schools amid the catastrophic spread of COVID-19 are being met with a growing wave of resistance.
By Andrea Lobo, 24 September 2020
Police violently broke up the mass demonstration in Bogotá, confirming the continued drive of the Ivan Duque administration and the entire Colombian ruling class toward dictatorship.
By Miguel Andrade, 23 September 2020
The Brazilian ruling class is attempting to use the elections to channel the massive opposition to Bolsonaro behind “national unity” and the military.
Ten thousand Quebec home daycare workers strike; Mexican professors demand back wages
22 September 2020
Quebec home daycare workers began an unlimited strike Monday while instructors in Zacatecas, Mexico began a strike at the state’s 43 Bachelors College campuses on September 17.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 September 2020
Pompeo’s Latin American tour is aimed both at escalating aggression against Venezuela and countering China’s influence in the region.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 September 2020
Brazil’s fascistic President Bolsonaro declared: “We are the country with the highest number of days of lockdown of schools. This is absurd.”
Albany, New York nurses set to strike; walkout continues at Cerrejón mining complex in Colombia
15 September 2020
Some 2,500 nurses at Albany Med are set to strike over contract issues while workers at Colombia’s Cerrejón mining complex in the La Guajira department are in the third week of a strike against threatened layoffs.
By Miguel Andrade, 14 September 2020
Bolsonaro’s rant rooted Brazil’s national identity in “fear of god, respect for the family” and the struggle for “liberty” against “communism.”
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 September 2020
Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.
By Tom Casey, 12 September 2020
Mediterranean Shipping Company crews have been stranded on three ships near Santos port, Brazil since the industry’s COVID-19 shutdown in late March.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 September 2020
The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 September 2020
The Morenoite-led union is attempting to subordinate workers to the Brazilian state and its military.
By Gabriel Lemos, 7 September 2020
The state-owned postal service’s criminal negligence amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to thousands of workers contracting the deadly virus and 120 reported deaths.
By Miguel Andrade, 5 September 2020
Brazil’s high court has suspended Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel, pending a trial and impeachment on charges of fraud in COVID-19 relief contracts.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 September 2020
The danger of a devastating US military intervention has escalated as a result of the domestic political crisis of the Trump administration and growing divisions within the US-backed opposition in Venezuela.
In face of overwhelming popular opposition, Brazilian governments push criminal reopening of schools
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 September 2020
Brazilin states, including those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, have set dates to reopen schools between September and October,
By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 September 2020
Amid a growing threat of police-state dictatorship, it once again falls on the Chilean parliamentary “left” and its satellite organisations to conceal the class nature of the capitalist state.
Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 1 September 2020
Far from an objective presentation of the political legacy of Leon Trotsky, the FT’s video is, in essence, an attempted second assassination directed against Trotsky’s entire revolutionary historical legacy.
By Miguel Andrade, 29 August 2020
Twenty-eight thousand jobs have been wiped out since 2013, when the unions began pushing for systematic contract suspensions and bailouts for automakers in Brazil.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 24 August 2020
The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government’s police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.
By Tomas Castanheira, 20 August 2020
This most recent betrayal of the MAS and COB proves once again they represent the interests of the Bolivian ruling class.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 18 August 2020
With over 535,000 COVID-19 cases and 26,000 deaths, and amid growing class tensions, President Vizcarra is leaning heavily on the military.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 August 2020
Virtually all Brazilian states and capitals have ongoing plans to reproduce the homicidal model of school reopenings in Manaus.
By Julian James, 15 August 2020
Over the past weeks, the country has registered the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, 43.1 deaths per million people, compared to 32.9 per million for Brazil and 24.4 for the US.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 August 2020
The demand for the immediate fall of the Áñez regime, brought to power in last November’s US-backed coup, is gaining increasing popular support.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 11 August 2020
With 478,024 coronavirus cases, Peru has the third most infections in Latin America, and with over 21,000 fatalities, it has the highest per capita death toll in the region.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 August 2020
The movement that involved thousands of workers and their families is under threat of being shutdown with an agreement that validates the destruction of 747 jobs.
By Tomas Castanheira, 5 August 2020
Since Monday, a movement of strikes and blockades of main roads by workers and peasants has been spreading in Bolivia.
By our correspondents, 5 August 2020
Amid intense opposition from teachers and parents, private schools were reopened last month in the state of Amazonas and this week in Rio de Janeiro.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 August 2020
The attempt by big business politicians to reopen schools in the country faces massive opposition from educators and working-class families.
What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?
By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2020
The FIT legislators voted for a bill introduced by the right-wing Macristas to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism aimed at criminalizing opposition to Israel.
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 July 2020
Workers were outraged over the targeting for layoffs of those who were out because of work-related injuries and even coronavirus infections.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 July 2020
“We cannot continue suffocating the economy,” President Jair Bolsonaro said, as Brazil suffered the highest single day death toll in the world.
By Miguel Andrade, 18 July 2020
After a massive continent-wide strike on July 1, delivery workers in Brazil are being told to place their fate in the hands of the unions and Congress.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 July 2020
The Chilean security forces enjoy a level of immunity not seen since the 17-year military dictatorship, when thousands were arrested, tortured, killed and disappeared.
By Eric London, 15 July 2020
Though mass poverty and inequality made the region vulnerable to the coronavirus, the rising Latin American death toll is also the product of Wall Street’s hemispheric back to work policy.
By Tomas Castanheira, 8 July 2020
Amidst the catastrophic pandemic, Bolsonaro reaffirms his criminal message: “Life goes on, Brazil has to produce, it has to put the economy to work.”
By Cesar Uco, 8 July 2020
“Phase three” aligns the government and all political parties with the interest of big business and against the working class.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 July 2020
From March to May, some eight million workers lost their jobs, and more than half of the country’s working age population have become unemployed.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 July 2020
The official tallies in each country of daily confirmed coronavirus cases have become exponential, indicating that whatever containment measures were implemented to halt the spread of the virus have essentially collapsed.
By Brunna Machado and Letícia Silva, 4 July 2020
Thousands of delivery workers engaged in a strike on Wednesday to demand better working conditions in more than 10 Brazilian capitals, as well as in cities in Argentina and Mexico.
By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020
New information emerging about the coup exposes Spain’s ruling “left populist” party, Podemos, as a tool of imperialism’s bloody foreign policy in Latin America.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 1 July 2020
Three mineworkers have died in the giant state-owned mining corporation Codelco, and some 2,528 are infected, according to the official figures of the Ministry of Mining.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 June 2020
COVID-19 cases in the United States have careened out of control, with health care systems in Texas, Florida and Arizona nearing collapse.
By Tomas Castanheira, 29 June 2020
COVID-19 cases have tripled in Bolivia since the country began reopening economic activities less than a month ago.
By Eduardo Parati, 29 June 2020
The São Paulo secretary of education’s declared intention of “facilitating teachers’ work” is actually aimed at furthering a shift to distance learning.
By Brunna Machado, 27 June 2020
On Thursday, health care professionals in the Brazilian state of Piauí started an indefinite strike as their counterparts in Rio de Janeiro launched protests.
By Andrea Lobo, 26 June 2020
The ruling classes in the most unequal region of the world have based their response to the pandemic and the economic crisis it spurred on protecting their wealth and privileges at all costs.
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 June 2020
Different studies point to severe underreporting of COVID-19 cases and deaths, as outbreaks at working places spread across Brazil.
By Miguel Andrade, 20 June 2020
Several investigations are threatening the fascist president, who has rallied military ministers to declare “the army doesn’t follow absurd orders.”
Chile’s health minister resigns as disastrous policies lead to explosion in coronavirus infections and deaths
By Mauricio Saavedra, 19 June 2020
A media investigation revealed that the government was providing the World Health Organization a coronavirus body count that was almost double that given to the general public.
By Tomas Castanheira, 17 June 2020
Clusters of coronavirus at large companies across the country threaten the lives of thousands of workers.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 June 2020
The Brazilian stock market is responding to the unity of the whole ruling class around the back-to-work campaign and the brutal repression of social opposition.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 June 2020
Delivery workers have been carrying out strikes and protests in Brazil since April, connected to delivery workers’ strikes around the world in countries like Spain, Ecuador and Argentina.
By Tomas Castanheira, 10 June 2020
Strikes and job actions are intersecting with protests of tens by thousands of youth who have joined the international wave of demonstrations against police violence.
Protest in Panama against premature reopening in face of spreading COVID-19
9 June 2020
Despite the highest level of COVID-19 cases in Latin America, the government of Panama is reopening the economy regardless of workers’ health concerns.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 June 2020
There are now more than 7 million officially confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, an increase of one million cases in nine days, and more than 400,000 dead.
By Miguel Andrade, 6 June 2020
Gen. Hamilton Mourão viciously attacked protests against the murder of George Floyd and social inequality, calling for the arrest of demonstrators.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 5 June 2020
The loss of life is the outcome of decades of pro-corporate policies that have led to a chronically underfunded health system, now on the verge of collapse and extreme poverty.
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 June 2020
Responding to demonstrations across the US, thousands of people took to the streets of Brazil protesting against police violence, racism and the fascistic president Bolsonaro.
What will be the cost of implementing this program? Who will pay for it?
Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In Solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 2 June 2020
With the virus spreading rapidly, Brazil already has the second highest number of cases and sixth highest number of deaths of any country in the world.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 May 2020
New epicenters in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent are rapidly causing massive public health crises.
As Brazil leads world in new COVID-19 deaths, Workers Party and pseudo-lefts rally behind capitalist state
By Miguel Andrade, 28 May 2020
The so-called opposition has brought impeachment articles against Bolsonaro for harming “internal security” in his handling of the pandemic.
By Gabriel Lemos, 27 May 2020
Workers Party governments financed JBS’s transformation into a transnational, whose plants have become COVID-19 hotspots in both Brazil and the US.
By Tomas Castanheira, 26 May 2020
For the first time, Brazil announced a larger number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day than the United States.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2020
The number of new deaths on the continent is surpassing Europe, and Brazil is rapidly overtaking Russia as the country with the second most infections after the US.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2020
The Trump administration has vowed to take unspecified “measures” to block the shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, raising the threat of state piracy on the high seas.
By Tomas Castanheira, 22 May 2020
Over the last 15 days, there have been dozens of protests and strikes by health care workers across Brazil, as more nurses are dying than anywhere else in the world.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 22 May 2020
The ultra-right government of Sebastian Piñera has responded to an outbreak of hunger protests across Chile with repression and mass arrests
By Miguel Andrade, 21 May 2020
Even as it closes ranks behind Bolsonaro’s back-to-work campaign, the Brazilian ruling class is conscious that it is bringing Brazil to the brink of a social explosion.
By Letícia Silva, 20 May 2020
After a series of strikes internationally, food delivery workers in Brazil are calling for a unified strike on May 30 against cuts in pay rates and unsafe working conditions.
By Tomas Castanheira, 19 May 2020
“Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us.”
By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2020
After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the “war on terrorism.”
By Mauricio Saavedra, 16 May 2020
Ultra-right President Sebastian Piñera has responded to the pandemic, and signs of growing popular resistance, by increasing repressive powers in Chile.
By Tomas Castanheira, 15 May 2020
Amid the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez’s self-proclaimed “interim government” is escalating state repression.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2020
The Americas have now surpassed Europe in terms of infections, even as governments and capitalist employers escalate their back-to-work campaign.
By Miguel Andrade, 13 May 2020
Auto factories have already restarted production even as every region in the country is breaking daily records of cases and deaths.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 May 2020
The number of deaths has exceeded 275,000 and infections are growing. Yet, the stock markets continue to rise, despite unprecedented job losses.
By Tomas Castanheira, 9 May 2020
A recent study indicates that the country may have more than 2 million infections as Bolsonaro, speaking for Brazil’s employers, urges a “return to normalcy.”
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 9 May 2020
As immigrants to the capital make desperate efforts to return to their places of origin, overcrowded prisons have become a hotbed for propagation of the virus.
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020
The abortive mercenary invasion is part of a campaign of aggression that involves “maximum pressure” sanctions and the deployment of US warships off Venezuela’s shores.