Latin America and the Caribbean
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2020
At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.
By Rafael Azul, 2 May 2020
More than a million workers will face hunger and poverty while businesses get massive subsidies.
By Tomas Castanheira, 1 May 2020
Thirteen Brazilian nurses were fired after striking on Monday, along with hundreds of their colleagues at the 28 de Agosto Hospital, in the Amazonian capital of Manaus.
By Andrea Lobo, 28 April 2020
The Salvadoran oligarchy’s response to the pandemic is characterized by indifference to the lives of the working class and a turn toward dictatorship.
By Gabriel Lemos, 27 April 2020
Brazil’s fascistic president justified his proposal by saying, “It’s a reality: on average, 70 percent will catch the virus… It is no use running away from this reality.”
By Tomas Castanheira, 25 April 2020
Over the past week, there have been strikes and protests in Brazil and other Latin American countries, including Ecuador and Argentina, as well as Spain.
By Andrea Lobo, 25 April 2020
The timing of the renewed talks makes it clear that any settlement with US imperialism would be centrally aimed against a challenge from below.
By Miguel Andrade, 22 April 2020
As COVID-19 spread uncontrolled across the country, Bolsonaro delivered a fascist rant in front of hundreds of supporters gathered at Brazil’s Army headquarters.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2020
The right-wing Duque government has called for reopening “productive life without social life” to meet the needs of Colombian and foreign capital.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 April 2020
This week, after a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Brazil, protests and work stoppage spread to hospitals and other health care units.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro sacks health minister as Amazonian capital of Manaus is first to face health collapse
By Miguel Andrade, 17 April 2020
Federal and local health authorities in Brazil have widely admitted losing control of the COVID-19 spread, and now Bolsonaro expects a new minister to provide a veneer of rationality to his neglect of the disease
With the collapse of health care system, Ecuador is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Latin America
By Tomas Castanheira, 16 April 2020
Ecuador listed 388 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 Tuesday, but Guayaquil’s mayor estimates that in her city alone the number is over 7,000.
By Eduardo Parati, 16 April 2020
Joining Brazilian education officials and the private sector in an online meeting, a World Bank representative offered directives for a permanent for-profit distance learning system.
By Mauricio Saavedra, 15 April 2020
It is the policy of sustained socio-economic shock therapy initiated under Pinochet that lay the groundwork for incalculable loss of life today
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 15 April 2020
In a recent speech, interim President Añez stressed that anyone who violates the quarantine will face the “active participation of the Armed Forces and the National Police.”
By Miguel Andrade, 10 April 2020
Barely 35 years after being ousted from power by mass strikes, the military is being welcomed back as caretakers amid the mounting COVID-19 crisis.
By Cesar Uco, 7 April 2020
The COVID-19 virus continues to spread aggressively in Peru, endangering the poorest people of Andean or Amazonian origin who have low immune defenses.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 April 2020
Desperate families and neighbors have flooded social media with videos and reports of corpses rotting in their living rooms, sidewalks and parks for days.
By Tomas Castanheira, 3 April 2020
GM announced mass layoffs along with a wage cut of up to 25 percent in wages at all its Brazilian plants.
By our reporter, 3 April 2020
“Now we face this COVID-19 pandemic which demonstrates tragically that the armored tanks of the police and warships of the Navy are incapable of saving lives.”
By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2020
The so-called “Democratic Transition Framework” is a patent attempt to weaponize the global pandemic as a means of installing a puppet regime in Caracas.
By Miguel Andrade, 1 April 2020
Shocking images of stadiums transformed into concentration camps for the sick and dying stand in stark contrast to Bolsonaro’s criminal denial of the seriousness of the pandemic.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 1 April 2020
A new law shows that Peru’s ruling oligarchy, in anticipation of widespread unrest, is preparing the army to carry out repression with absolute impunity.
By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2020
Roadblocks, raids of supermarkets and mass quarantine violations by desperate workers forced to work and find food are spreading across the poorest neighborhoods of Latin America.
Protests across North and South America continue over lack of coronavirus protections
31 March 2020
Health care workers in Mexico, Coca Cola workers in Chile, sanitation workers in North Carolina and Hamilton, Ontario, are among those staging strikes and protests against inadequate safety measures in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Miguel Andrade, 27 March 2020
Leading Brazilian businessmen have terrorized workers with threats of “40 million unemployed” unless state quarantines are lifted.
By our reporters, 26 March 2020
Workers have rebelled against unsafe conditions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging transnational corporations like AlmaViva.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 26 March 2020
The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.
By Julian James, 24 March 2020
Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.
Mexican medical workers protest lack of supplies
24 March 2020
Medical workers in a number of cities in Mexico have staged protests over the lack of critical supplies needed to treat patients and protect doctors and nurses.
By Tomas Castanheira, 20 March 2020
In the Brazilian auto plants, the life of the workers is being put at risk on a daily basis to ensure that the corporations continue to extract profits.
Hospitals lack water, power, masks
By Andrea Lobo, 19 March 2020
The loan request is only the latest appeal by the Maduro government for foreign finance and signal to world finance capital that it will defend profit interests.
By Tomas Castanheira, 18 March 2020
After personally participating in a fascistic demonstration in defense of his government, Bolsonaro made clear his intention to defend the markets at the expense of the lives of Brazilian workers.
By Andrea Lobo, 13 March 2020
The late and deficient response by the Latin American ruling elite is being overwhelmed because it is guided by efforts to cover up, not address, the inequalities in access to testing and health care.
By Tomas Castanheira, 12 March 2020
Instead of "resuming the historic strike," as they had promised, the unions told workers to accept layoffs.
By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2020
The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.
By Andrea Lobo, 9 March 2020
The response by President López Obrador to the blockades is directed at suppressing any struggles by teachers and other workers against social austerity and capitalist exploitation.
By Eduardo Parati and Gabriel Lemos, 7 March 2020
The attack was carried out with the complicity of the teachers union and after Workers Party governments in the northeast of Brazil passed their own pension reforms.
By Tomas Castanheira, 6 March 2020
The Bolsonaro government’s break with bourgeois democratic forms of rule—like that of Trump in the US or Modi in India—is symptomatic of a profound crisis of the entire capitalist system.
Brazilian postal workers take strike vote; Salt Lake City teachers rally at Utah capitol
3 March 2020
More than 100,000 Brazilian postal workers are set to strike as teachers in the state of Utah rallied to demand education funding
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 February 2020
Bolsonaro’s use of the army for domestic repression and his granting troops a license to kill with impunity are in continuity with policies pursued by the PT when it was in power.
By Gabriel Lemos, 25 February 2020
The oil workers union federations ended the three-week strike at state-owned oil giant Petrobras just as it threatened to impact Brazil’s economy.
By Cesar Uco, 25 February 2020
The deaths of the 14- and 17-year-old brothers of gas poisoning in the mine are part of a nationwide toll from the exploitation of workers in illegal and unsafe mines.
By Tomas Castanheira, 21 February 2020
The Brazilian military now holds 9 of 22 cabinet seats—including all of those with offices in the Planalto presidential palace—and has gained a presence in practically every ministry.
By Andrea Lobo, 19 February 2020
Facing growing popular anger, the Peronist parties and unions are relying on the Left Workers Front-Unity (FIT-U) to prevent workers from mobilizing independently against IMF austerity.
British Columbia, Canada forestry workers betrayed
18 February 2020
An eight-month strike by some 3,000 British Columbia forestry workers ended last week after the union agreed to the imposition of an alternate work shift schedule that raises issues of safety.
By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020
Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 February 2020
President Bukele’s plan is aimed at preparing to violently crush opposition against the poverty and inequality that gives rise to gangs.
By Gabriel Lemos, 11 February 2020
The Brazilian ruling elite fears that the strike at the state-owed oil giant Petrobras will spread to other sections of public and private sector workers.
Strike by Mexican Autonomous University staff in Oaxaca
11 February 2020
Staff at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University at Oaxaca have been on strike since February 1 over salaries, retirement and other issues.
By Andrea Lobo, 7 February 2020
The demonstrations last week, as well as the ongoing walkouts at high schools signal a still latent social explosion.
Finnish paper and forestry workers continue stoppage; one-day public sector strike across Portugal; wildcat strike at South Africa Toyota in Durban
7 February 2020
Some 15,000 Finnish forestry and paper workers have extended their strike while public sector workers struck across Portugal and South Africa Toyota workers struck over the withholding of bonuses.
By Tomas Castanheira, 5 February 2020
The PT, which promotes itself as a representative of the “left”, in fact constitutes one of the greatest threats to the Brazilian working class, alongside Bolsonaro.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2020
Lavrov’s three-nation visit to Latin America comes on the heels of a tour of former Soviet republics by US Secretary of State Pompeo dedicated to denouncing Russia and China.
By Gabriel Lemos, 4 February 2020
The strike at the state-owned giant Petrobras comes amid strikes by other sections of public sector workers against Bolsonaro’s privatization program.
By Rafael Azul, 3 February 2020
The death of the six children in Salta Province is the tip of the iceberg in a social crisis producing illness and death in Argentina.
By Andrea Lobo, 1 February 2020
The unanimous support of the Peronist ruling coalition provides undeniable evidence of the subordination of all factions of the Argentine ruling class to US imperialism.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2020
Traditional parties that have dominated Peruvian politics for decades were left without a single seat, while no party succeeded in capturing more than 10 percent of the ballots.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2020
The trumped-up charges against Greenwald by Bolsonaro’s fascistic government are of a piece with the global assault on free speech and democratic rights and the jailing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
By Tomas Castanheira, 22 January 2020
Alvim delivered his speech flanked by a Brazilian flag and a cross and with a Wagner opera that was reportedly Hitler’s favorite playing in the background.
By Andrea Lobo, 21 January 2020
In an interview with the Washington Post, the Venezuelan president “suggested that a bonanza could be waiting for U.S. oil companies” if the White House ends sanctions.
Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe linked to international drug trafficking through Sinaloa Cartel
By Julian James, 16 January 2020
The charges against Uribe expose Colombia’s “war on drugs,” like that of the US, as a smokescreen for government criminality and a pretext for violence against the population.