Category: Latin America

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, securing a position in the upcoming October elections. Read more about the Left and Workers’ Front (FIT)

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).