Murders of Latin American labor leaders anger unions and lawmakers

by PAI

People’s World | November 26, 2019

Murders of Latin American labor leaders anger unions and lawmakers

CWA President Chris Shelton, at microphone, joined by Congressman Chuy García at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol to call for stronger labor standards in Trump’s revised NAFTA bill. | CWA

WASHINGTON (PAI)—It’s still not safe to be a labor leader in Latin America, and that has Communications Workers President Chris Shelton, the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, and four pro-worker U.S. House Democrats hopping mad.

As a result, all of them are demanding impartial investigations and changes in U.S. policy in response to the killings.

The most recent of the murders, and the most relevant, occurred in Mexico in the last several weeks, according to Shelton, Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., and their allies.

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Latin America: Imperialist subversion forges full speed ahead

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Granma | November 29, 2019

Photo: laizquierdadiario.com

The United States is losing ground. Its projected dream of an American century, in the 21st, is fading away, and the Yankee battleship sinking. For its experts, it is no secret that the People’s Republic of China, with its booming economy, is on its way to becoming the world’s number one power by 2030, and Russia is not far behind. The confluence of the international interests of these two powerful nations, and their allies, make them an influential counterweight to U.S. power.

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Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez rejects remaining IMF money

  | November 27, 2019

Argentina’s leftist president-elect Alberto Fernandez said Tuesday that he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan as soon as he takes office next month.

Outgoing center-right President Mauricio Macri agreed a massive $57 billion loan package last year, but the austerity measures he imposed failed to right the economy.

“What I want is to stop asking (for money), and that they let me pay,” said Fernandez, who takes office on December 10 after ousting Macri in last month’s elections.Read More »

In the heart of Latin American unity

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Granma| November 25, 2019

Fidel, along with Che and Raúl, advocated and fought for the indispensable unity of Our America against U.S. imperialism. Photo: Granma Archives
Our America is living intense days, but there is no reason, or time, to be discouraged. The continent’s peoples have opened the great avenues of their emancipation, and imperialism cannot close them. Bolívar, Martí, Sandino, pointed the way to unity. “How long will we remain in lethargy?” Fidel asked in 1959, during his visit to Caracas. “How long will we be defenseless pieces of a continent, which its liberator conceived as something more dignified, greater? How long will Latin Americans live in this miserly, ridiculous atmosphere? How long will we remain divided?”

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People’s protests pass more than a month in Chile

 | November 22, 2019

People in thousands joined in protests in Chile on Monday (November 18). It marked the first month of the most serious public protests against neo-liberal policies in recent time in Chile.

The protests show the people’s distrust of the social agenda the government announced, and the parliamentary agreement on a new constitution.

Anti-riot police used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons against protesters.Read More »

Chile: Opposition Unites Calling For New Constituent Assembly

teleSURNovember 12, 2019

“It is a fact that the only possibility of opening a way out of the crisis begins with a New Constitution” | Photo: el desconcierto

The Constituent Assembly is the most democratic mechanism to guarantee broad citizen participation and full legitimacy to the process.

Chilean opposition political parties generated a unitary agreement on Tuesday and called on Sebastián Piñera’s government to hold a Constituent Assembly and a plebiscite for a new Constitution.

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Chile: Repression Reaches Levels Similar to Pinochet Era

teleSUR | November 13, 2019

Police officers attack a citizen during a protest against President Sebastian Piñera in Valparaiso, Chile Nov. 12, 2019.
Police officers attack a citizen during a protest against President Sebastian Piñera in Valparaiso, Chile Nov. 12, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Over the last month, at least 5,629 people have been arrested and 2,009 were injured during the protests.

After completing an “emergency mission” in Chile, European Parliament Members Miguel Urban and Idoia Villanueva on Wednesday reported that this South American country suffers repression levels similar to those seen in the last three years of the Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1990). 

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