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Budget Cuts and the PT’s New Political Position

President Dilma of the Worker’s Party (PT) has been barely holding onto the Presidency amidst threats of impeachment, the Petrobras scandal, and huge dissatisfaction among Brazilians due to government austerity plans. However, the Brazilian political parties are beginning to show signs of reorganizing themselves to assure government cuts and political stability, making the threat of impeachment less likely.

Iuri Tonelo

August 24, 2015

Primary Elections: PTS Slate Leads the Left Front (FIT)

On Sunday, August 9, the national “open primaries” in Argentina came to a close. The Left and Workers’ Front (FIT) gained over 725 thousand votes, 3.3% of the national total. Slate 1A emerged as the leading slate within the FIT.

Juan C

August 13, 2015

Mexico: Some reflections on the end of the IEEPO and the attack on the CNTE

The first element to consider, facing the disappearance of the IEEPO and its replacement by an administrative organization with greater centralization of the state and federal government – which belittles positions on Section 22 –, is that this measure takes place in the context of a hardening of the federal government against the workers, and of much police and military repression.

Mario Caballero

August 12, 2015

Bus Drivers of Line 60 defeat employer sackings and lock out

After a marathon 41 day struggle, the 1,200 bus drivers of the Line 60 bus service in Buenos Aires returned to work on August 5 after winning the reinstatement of fifty sacked workmates. This historic strike by the drivers, known as “choferes” in Argentina, successfully ‘twisted the arm’ of the triple alliance of bosses, government and the leadership of the Union Tranviarios Automotor (UTA - Tram Drivers Union) that was lined up against them.

Sean Robertson

August 11, 2015

ARGENTINA: Nicolás del Caño leads the primaries in the Left and Workers’ Front

Photo: La Izquierda Diario With nearly 80 % of the votes counted, the candidate for President Nicolas Del Caño (PTS, representing the slate Renovar y Fortalecer el Frente) is leading the primary election by 20,000 votes. The Left and Workers’ Front (FIT) got the 3.49 percent of the vote, surpassing the 1.5-percent primary threshold yesterday, […]

Left Voice

August 10, 2015

We don’t want to be a symbolic left, Nicolás del Caño from the Left and Workers’ Front (FIT)

The primaries are taking place this weekend in Argentina. Last Thursday, August 6, Nicolás del Caño, national congressman and running presidential candidate in today’s primary elections, gave a speech to close his electoral campaign.

Gloria Grinberg

August 9, 2015

The Murders of Journalists and Activists Go Unpunished in Peña Nieto’s Mexico

On Friday July 31, Ruben Espinosa, Nadia Vera, Yesenia Quiroz and two more unidentified women were tortured and murdered in their apartments in Mexico City.

Paolo Guerrero

August 5, 2015

The Dollar on The Rise, the Teachers Upset and “El Chapo” Fugitive

The government of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) is besieged by the escape of “El Chapo,” the distrust of the main political agents, the precipitous rise of the dollar and the emergence of teachers in Oaxaca with the support of all states.

Jimena Vergara

August 2, 2015

The Revolutionary Workers’ Movement votes to enter the PSOL

The Revolutionary Workers Movement (MRT) held their first congress over the July 18th-20th weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event brought militant activists from around Brazil to debate revolutionary strategy and develop perspectives for constructing a left alternative in the face of a deepening economic and political crisis. The congress voted to launch an important campaign to enter as a current in PSOL (The Party for Socialism and Freedom).

Tatiana Cozzarelli

July 30, 2015