Xiomara Castro, and the Rebirth of Honduras

Ilka Oliva Corado

RESUMEN | November 29, 2021

The humiliations suffered by undocumented Central American migrants who try to cross Mexico to reach the United States, seeking to save themselves from the institutional violence of the narco-State, in the case of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, have hurt a lot. The famous northern triangle that is so much charged here and there by politicians in the discourse of transnational corporations that in exchange for a crumb that they throw from the rocking chair where they rock; placid and jampones, they take the entrails of the land that they are drying, because it is not theirs, it is that of the peoples sullied for centuries.

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The Latin American Swing

Emir Sader

RESUMEN | October 30, 2021

Since the emergence of anti-neoliberal governments in Latin America, the continent has become the epicenter of the great political struggles of the 21st century and, at the same time, a seesaw, in which governments are installed and defeated, return and experience great instability, some reassert themselves.

Is it a symptom of the strength or weakness of neoliberalism? Is it a symptom of the strength or weakness of the left? Among these changes, which tendencies are strengthening and projecting the future of the continent? Is there any predominant tendency?

Since the victory of Hugo Chavez, anti-neoliberal governments have been continuously installed in Latin America: in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, between 2003 and 2006.

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Is the Italian left waking up?

by Rosa Gilbert

Morning Star | December 21, 2017

A new political movement has emerged in Italy in the last few weeks, aiming to provide a focal point for the anti-austerity left in the build-up to the general election next spring.

This is particularly good news, since the alternative options range from neoliberal austerians to overtly xenophobic, racist, quasi-fascist formations, with no genuine left-of-centre party in the running.Read More »

Ecuador denies end to Latin American left

Granma | 15 February, 2017

Quito.– On February 14, several Latin American intellectuals refuted claims that the recent defeat of progressive governments on the continent represents the end of the leftist era in the region.
The problem is that not enough attention was paid to the fact that the right wing began to launch a counter-offensive as soon as the first progressive leaders came to power, stated academic Isabel Ramos, speaking during an encounter organized by the Network of Intellectuals in Defense of Humanity and Ecuador’s Casa de la Cultura, in the run up to the country’s general elections.
According to Ramos, the media play a key role in attempts by the right-wing to regain power, which Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa described as a conservative restoration.

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Promise on the Belgian Left

by Peter Mertens

Supporters of the Workers’ Party of Belgium marching in 2015. Prima News

The Workers’ Party of Belgium (PTB) has seen surprising gains in recent months. Long marginalized electorally as a fringe Marxist organization, the PTB is now the third-largest political force in the French-speaking region of Wallonia, with polls giving the party 18 percent of voter support in the region, plus 10 percent in Brussels, Belgium’s capital.
With the 2019 federal elections approaching, the PTB aims to turn these results into a durable presence in Belgian politics.

Founded in 1979, the PTB entered the federal parliament for the first time in 2014 with two MPs, and has been working from the opposition to the current right-wing coalition in power in Belgium.

Peter Mertens, president of the party, sat down with Mario Cuenda García, a blogger and PPE student at the University of Warwick, and Tommaso Segantini, an independent freelance journalist who’s written for the New Arab, openDemocracy, and Telesur to discuss, among other topics, the prospects of the PTB in Belgium, its position on Europe, and the CETA affair of recent months.

Mertens stresses the need to create a counter-hegemonic bloc to the far right through a constant “presence of the ground” and a “strong anti-establishment discourse,” along with the creation of a transnational alliance of radical left-wing forces in Europe to provide an alternative to both the current policies of the European Union and rising nationalist forces.Read More »

The Challenge before the Latin American Left

by Prabhat Patnaik

Peoples Democracy | 28 February, 2016

THE Left upsurge in Latin America appears to be abating. In October 2015 Jimmy Morales, the conservative candidate in Guatemala,  defeated the Left-leaning Sandra Torres in the presidential elections. On November 22, Mauricio Macri, the conservative presidential candidate in Argentina, defeated Daniel Scioli, his Peronist rival, by a narrow margin, to bring to an end a long period of Left ascendancy under Presidents Nestor Kirchner and his wife Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. On December 6, the party of Nicholas Maduro, the successor to Hugo Chavez and the legatee of the Bolivarian Revolution, lost control of the Venezuelan parliament after 17 years. And in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff, the successor to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is not only engaged at present in an impeachment battle, but has also seen a sharp decline in her popularity.Read More »