Key to Venezuela's success to date in quashing the coronavirus have been the existing community organisations that permeate Venezuelan society. To get a sense of how the local communities are coping with the pandemic, Green Left’s Federico Fuentes spoke to Altos de Lidice Commune spokesperson Gsus Garcia.
Latin America & the Caribbean
A reporter recently told US President Donald Trump he had a moral responsibility to help Iran as it is hit by the new coronavirus. No mention was made about Venezuela. Why Iran and not Venezuela? Steve Ellner explains why.
Despite a deep economic recession, a profound political crisis and international sanctions that have ravaged its health sector, the South American nation of Venezuela is demonstrating that prioritising lives is possible in the battle against COVID-19, writes Federico Fuentes.
Overwhelmed by the coronavirus health emergency, Brazil's far-right, anti-Cuban administration has fallen back on the small nation for medical support— requesting help from the very same Cuban doctors it expelled months ago, writes Ben Norton.
Amid the mounting COVID-19 pandemic, capitalist governments around the world have clearly prioritised corporate welfare over public health. But Cuba has set an example of international solidarity in its response, writes Peter Boyle.
As the United States ratchets up its sanctions on Venezuela, organisations in Australia are stepping up efforts to promote people-to-people solidarity, writes Federico Fuentes.
Bolivians will return to the polls on May 3, almost five months after former president Evo Morales was ousted in a coup. Having been declared the winner of the October 20 election, the leader of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) was forced to resign three weeks later after opposition protests denouncing fraud culminated in the police and military calling on Morales to step down.
Opposition leader Juan Guaido installed a “parallel” parliament in Caracas on January 7.
The self-proclaimed “interim president” led a group of deputies in a standoff with security forces outside the Legislative Palace in Caracas, while the National Assembly (AN) held its regular session inside. The session was led by newly-elected AN President and Yaracuy State Deputy Luis Parra, who announced the creation of a commission to “restore” constitutional order.
Socialist Alliance member and Green Left journalist Federico Fuentes speaks about Latin America at the "World In Revolt" panel at the Socialist Alliance national conference 13 December 2019.
Since November 21, people have mobilised across Colombia to reject President Iván Duque’s anti-people and neoliberal policies.
On November 27, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, workers and members of feminist, human rights, Indigenous, peasant and social organisations as well as trade unions, participated in mobilisations across the country.
In the capital Bogotá, huge numbers of people gathered at the National Park and marched to the Plaza de Bolívar, to reject the national government’s austerity measures and the heavy police repression of social protests.