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Elections in Colombia: A Rejection of Establishment Politics, but No Genuine Relief for the Working Class

Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández’s advance to the second round in Colombia’s presidential elections represent a rejection of the establishment that has ruled the country for decades. But neither candidate will be able to resolve the economic and social tensions faced by Colombians.

Mexican Autoworkers Win Major Victory at GM Plant

Workers at General Motors’ pickup-truck plant in the city of Silao, in the central state of Guanajuato, Mexico, voted to be represented by the independent labor union SINTTIA — a big win for workers trying to self-organize for better working conditions and pay.

K.S. Mehta

February 4, 2022

Biden Isn’t Just Reinstating “Remain in Mexico,” He’s Expanding It

Last week, the Biden administration announced that it was formally reimplementing the program after a decision by the Supreme Court. The new policy, negotiated with the Mexican government, will include new sectors of migrants in the program and expand to new cities along the border, putting thousands of migrants’ lives at risk. The decision shows that Biden is not just continuing but expanding Trump’s immigration policy.

Madeleine Freeman

December 10, 2021

In Victory for LGBTQ+ Movement, Chile Legalizes Marriage Equality

On Tuesday, Chile became the eighth Latin American country to legalize marriage equality. This historic victory was won in the streets.

Left Voice

December 8, 2021

Capitalist Barbarism: 14 Million More People Go Hungry in Latin America While the Number of Billionaires Grows

The UN’s Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, just released for Latin America, is a brutal reminder of capitalism’s barbarism. Some 60 million people go hungry — 30 percent more than last year. Meanwhile, the world’s richest people have gotten exponentially wealthier over the same period.

Lucho Aguilar

December 2, 2021

Barbados Becomes a Republic

On Tuesday, Barbados dropped Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and became a republic. This was a result of the accelerated unrest after last year’s anti-racist and anti-colonial demonstrations around the world sparked by the murder of George Floyd. Another factor was the United Kingdom’s ongoing mistreatment of West Indian migrants.

Environmental Activists Are Being Murdered in Record Numbers

As the climate crisis intensifies, hundreds of land defenders around the world are being murdered by corporations, land owners, and the states that defend them.

Tik-Tok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala

Social networks were in turmoil after a Tik-Tok video arose promoting a neo-colonial project of gentrification in Guatemala.

Óscar Fernández

April 1, 2021

Is There a Lesser Evil for Ecuador?

The presidential elections in Ecuador signal a widespread rejection of Lenín Moreno’s austerity policies. Front-runner Andrés Arauz promises a return to the complicated legacy of “post-neoliberalism,” but in the context of the pandemic and a dire economic situation, it's clearer than ever before that the “lesser evil” is not a viable alternative for the working class and oppressed.

Diego Sacchi

February 19, 2021