Latin America & Caribbean

Protests in Haiti: An Overlooked Crisis the World Should Not Ignore

October 22, 2019

Haiti faces fuel shortages, food shortages, and corruption. Political economist Keston Perry argues that neocolonialism, neoliberalism, and climate injustice are at the root of Haiti’s instability.

Massive Anti-Austerity Protests, Curfew, Repression in Chile

October 21, 2019

A wave of anti-austerity protests swept through Chile over the weekend, with right-wing President Piñera ordering troops into the streets and imposing a curfew. Shortly after this story was filed, Piñera announced a retraction of the subway fare increase, one of the main issues that brought people into the streets.

Ecuadorian Government Withdraws IMF Decree After 11 Days of Protests and State Repression

October 14, 2019

President Lenin Moreno’s government withdrew the neoliberal program which had sparked the massive protests. Indigenous groups remain wary, though, in case the government implements new austerity measures.

Peru’s Constitutional Crisis Cuts Deep Due to Endemic Corruption

October 11, 2019

The standoff between Peru’s president and its legislature has found a temporary resolution, but the corruption crisis continues and the left might be able to take advantage of the situation.

Ecuador’s Strike is a Class Struggle, Not an Endorsement of Previous Government

October 9, 2019

On the second week of massive protests in Ecuador, thousands of indigenous protesters paralyzed the country and thousands more arrived in the capital of Quito, where they marched and eventually faced martial law. They reject President Moreno’s Neo-liberal reforms, but also emphasize their opposition to former President Rafael Correa, whom Moreno is blaming for the…

Ecuadorian Protests Intensify as President Flees Capital, Blames Venezuela

October 9, 2019

Shortly after the government of President Lenin Moreno announced new IMF-imposed austerity measures and price increases, protests against the government, uniting workers, students, and indigenous movement escalated in the capital of Quito this week.

Haiti: Four Killed as Authorities Crack Down on Anti-Government Protests

October 2, 2019

The Miami Herald’s Jacqueline Charles says ordinary Haitians continue to suffer as the country is gripped by protests demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse.

Brazilian student protesters

Brazilian Students Take Protest to Next Level, Launch Strike Against Bolsonaro Education Cuts

September 27, 2019

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has proposed privatization and immediate slashing of the public education budget. Students worried about the future of education in Brazil are beginning to mobilize with a strike at one of the county’s main universities. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Firefighters in Brazil put out a forest fire

Powerful Forces Cause Fires in Brazil, Beyond the Amazon

September 25, 2019

The policies of Brazil’s right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro are provoking more forest fires and deforestation, not only in the Amazon rainforest. Environmental activists are now trying to counter the trend by engaging in reforestation.

Venezuela's Maduro Attempts a Separate Peace with Part of Opposition

Venezuela’s Maduro Attempts a Separate Peace with Part of Opposition

September 22, 2019

As tensions increase between the Maduro government and the US-supported opposition, Maduro signed an agreement with smaller opposition parties against sanctions and in favor of deescalation.