Posts under ‘Latin America’

Ecuador: Social Progress & Tax Justice Face Right-Wing Reaction & US Intervention

by Matt Willgress.

Ten years ago President Rafael Correa was elected President in Ecuador and, as in many Latin American countries in recent years, there’s been a tremendous shift in the country. He has remained enormously popular throughout his time in office, winning his last two elections in the first round, winning the most recent vote by some 30 […]

Brazil: Temer’s Terrible Ten Policies

by Patrick Foley.

The last six months in Brazil have seen an immense upheaval of society since the removal of Dilma Rousseff. A spiralling corruption investigation, controversial impeachment, mass protests, growing strikes and an Olympic games held in Rio in the backdrop of an economic recession have led to a tumultuous year. Anger is running high at the newly […]

Sandinistas win the Nicaraguan elections with overwhelming majority

by Helen Yuill.

Helen Yuill, Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group, www.nicaraguasc.org.uk Twitter: @NSCAG_UK Elections took place in Nicaragua on 6 November for the Presidency, 90 National Assembly, and 20 Nicaraguan members of the Central American parliament. Preliminary results based on the count from 66% of the polling stations give the FSLN 72.1% of the vote. The highest votes […]

Francisco Dominguez explains why this year’s Latin America Conference is more important than ever

by Patrick Foley.

The 2008 world economic crisis has thrown the whole world into turmoil, especially commodities-exporting economies such as those in Latin America. The crisis has in many cases led to dramatic falls in revenues thus exerting huge fiscal pressures to maintain the recent years of progressive social programmes. The region’s conservative elites and their chief external […]

Venezuela: cheerleading the Pinochet option

by David Osler.

When the most constructive thing you can find to say about a country facing the real possibility of a military coup is to brand Seumas Milne the moral equivalent of Gary Glitter, you need to consider whether you ought to be commenting on international politics in the first place. Yet such was the basic premise […]

Putting people first : Venezuela builds 700,000 new homes

by Matt Willgress.

Despite facing many difficulties, Venezuela’s latest achievements in housing are a timely reminder of why our solidarity with Venezuela remains so important, writes Matt Willgress Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro recently inaugurated the 700,000th house built under a state-led initiative called the Great Housing Mission to provide housing to all Venezuelans, continuing the impressive results of a […]

Fifty leading trade unionists express solidarity with Venezuela

by Newsdesk.

Fifty leading trade unionists have issued the following statement in support of Venezuela: On March 9 US President Obama signed an executive order declaring  “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela” and imposed a further round […]

South American Left united as US aims for regime change in Venezuela

by Matt Willgress.

On 9 March, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order declaring “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela” and imposed a further round of sanctions on the South American country. Following the introduction […]

US slaps sanctions on Venezuela as some fear right-wing destabilisation

by Matt Willgress.

In January, Venezuela’s progressive, elected President Nicolas Maduro warned that the right-wing opposition in the country is trying to create conditions which could lead to a coup, similar to the 2002 attempt to overthrow the late President Hugo Chavez. Destabilisation attempts have intensified following President Chávez’s death in 2013 – as the opposition believe that […]

The World Cup of our dreams

by Mark Perryman.

To drag ourselves away from the banalities of the Brazil 2014 TV studio punditariat Mark Perryman provides a World Cup reading list. The professionally cautious Roy Hodgson just couldn’t resist it could he? ‘England can win this World Cup’ he declares on the eve of the tournament. Not if Roy consults the match histories elegantly […]

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