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Canadian Dimension: History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, has died aged 90. Here is an extract from Tariq Ali‘s introduction to The Declarations of Havana, Verso’s collection of Castro’s speeches.

On 26 July 1953 an angry young lawyer, Fidel Castro, led a small band of armed men in an attempt to seize the Moncada barracks . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Canadian Dimension: What Happened to the Pink Tide?

Photo by Eneas De Troya When the ‘pink tide’ of left-leaning governments first rose to power on the back of anti-neoliberal protests across Latin America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the initial re… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: What Happened to the Pink Tide?

Canadian Dimension: Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

Photo by Marcelo Montecino On Saturday, August 13, the world will celebrate the 90th birthday of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz, the only individual ever to be acknowledged by the UN as a “World H… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

Canadian Dimension: Venezuelan Opposition Unlikely To Secure Recall Referendum Before Year’s End

Photo by Joka Madruga Earlier this week, Venezuela’s national electoral council, known as the CNE, announced that the presidential recall referendum will be proceeding to the next phase, and outlined a tim… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Venezuelan Opposition Unlikely To Secure Recall Referendum Before Year’s End

Canadian Dimension: Reactionary Tide in Latin America

Photo by Gabriel Cabral Since the beginning of the 21st cen­tury, the Left has won elections in most Latin American countries, in a powerful wave of popular rejection of the disastrous neoliberal policies of th… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Reactionary Tide in Latin America

Canadian Dimension: Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

Photo by Joka Madruga “Oil didn’t wreck Venezuela’s economy, socialism did.” That’s what Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, of the Washington-based conservative think tank Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote ea… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

Canadian Dimension: 66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

Photo by Senado Federal Less than one quarter of Brazilians think that lawmakers acted with the best interests of the country at heart when approving the coup against Dilma Rousseff. As the interim government o… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: 66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

Canadian Dimension: Brazil: Coup or Fiasco?

Michel Temer • Photo from Public Domain The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from her office while she goes on trial by the Senate. If convicted, she would be removed from office, which … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Brazil: Coup or Fiasco?

Canadian Dimension: Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention

Photo by Joka Madruga The 60-day state of emergency will be used against threats of intervention by the United States and Colombia, among others, in light of the political assaults on Brazil’s Dilma Rousse… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention

Canadian Dimension: The Political Crisis in Brazil

Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrús Since the 1980s, Brazil’s Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) has been one of the largest political parties of the left in Latin America. It has held power … . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Political Crisis in Brazil

Canadian Dimension: A Chill Wind From the North: the US Returns to Latin America

Photo by Carlos Díaz Old familiar dangers lurk in the corners of Latin America. More than a decade of hope — enshrined in the experiments in Venezuela — now seems extinguished. The “pink tide” of electo… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: A Chill Wind From the North: the US Returns to Latin America

Canadian Dimension: Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff

Photo by Rede Brasil Atual Every so often, the bourgeois political system runs into crisis. The machinery of the state jams; the veils of consent are torn asunder and the tools of power appear disturbingly naked… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff

Canadian Dimension: Indigenous Rights Under Attack: Canadian economic and political interests over human rights

Illustration by LargeMarge No one defending their land and territory in Honduras is safe. That was the message that rang loud and clear after Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home on March 3. Cáceres, an Indi… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Indigenous Rights Under Attack: Canadian economic and political interests over human rights

Canadian Dimension: Venezuelan Opposition Launches Campaign to Oust Nicolas Maduro

Photo by Joka Madruga Venezuela’s right-wing opposition launched a campaign Tuesday to remove socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power this year. The plan includes street protests for his immediate re… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Venezuelan Opposition Launches Campaign to Oust Nicolas Maduro

Canadian Dimension: Brazilian Democracy in Distress: Unpacking Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

Photo by Senado Federal Alfredo Saad Filho is Professor of Political Economy at the SOAS Department of Development Studies. His research interests include the political economy of neoliberalism, industrial polic… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Brazilian Democracy in Distress: Unpacking Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

Canadian Dimension: The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela

Photo by Diariocritico de Venezuela The current economic, political, and social situation in Venezuela is very complicated, which makes it somewhat difficult for outsiders to make sense of. On the one hand there… . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Roots of the Current Situation in Venezuela

Canadian Dimension: Colombia’s Killing Fields: Peace is War

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Introduction

Colombia has received more US military aid–over $6 billion dollars in the past decade – than any country in the Western Hemisphere. For its part, Colombia allowed the Pentagon to build seven military bases, more than all the other countries in the region combined. There are over 2,000 . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Colombia’s Killing Fields: Peace is War

Canadian Dimension: The United States and Venezuela: Decades of Defeats and Destabilization

Photo by David Hernández

Introduction

US policy toward Venezuela is a microcosm of its larger strategy toward Latin America. The intent is to reverse the region’s independent foreign policy and to restore US dominance; to curtail the diversification of trading and investment partners and re-centre economic relations to the US; to replace regional . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The United States and Venezuela: Decades of Defeats and Destabilization

Canadian Dimension: John Pilger: Venezuela’s Struggle Against “a Common Enemy”

Photo by Jorge Paparoni

With a “slow-motion coup” underway in Venezuela, John Pilger is interviewed for Telesur, the Latin American TV network, by Mike Albert.

Mike Albert: Why would the US want Venezuela’s government overthrown?

John Pilger: There are straightforward principles and dynamics at work here. Washington wants to get rid of the . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: John Pilger: Venezuela’s Struggle Against “a Common Enemy”

Canadian Dimension: The Cuban Epic

Photo by John Puddephatt

Cuba brought the greatest ideas of social transformation to several generations of Latin Americans. Its revolution touched the youth, convulsed political organizations and shook the left.

In the Sixties Castroism broke with all the dogmas, demonstrating that a socialist process was possible on the continent. Ninety miles from Miami . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Cuban Epic

Canadian Dimension: After Chávez: The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela

Photo by Valter Campanato

Nearly two years after the death of Hugo Chávez, the key question that many on the left are debating, in Venezuela and elsewhere, is whether his successors have been true to his legacy, or whether the ‘revolutionary process’ initiated more than a decade ago has now stalled or even . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: After Chávez: The Maduro Government And The ‘Economic War’ in Venezuela

Canadian Dimension: Bolivia’s Transformation

Photo by Yves Picq

It is a sometimes overly rich recipe, starched with violence and populism, but Latin American politics is something to behold. In the Americas, experiments have been run and tried with brutal consequences. Revolutions and counter-revolutions have been plotted and enacted. The good have tended to be a short time . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: Bolivia’s Transformation

Canadian Dimension: The Real Christopher Columbus

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Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island’s beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension: The Real Christopher Columbus

Canadian Dimension | Articles: Evo Morales’ message of global solidarity

Subscribe to our free e-newsletter HERE. This piece was originally published on Richard Fidler’s blog, Life on the Left.

The Summit of the Group of 77 plus China, marking the alliance’s 50th anniversary, closed in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 15 with the adoption of a Declaration containing 242 articles, entitled “For a New World . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: Evo Morales’ message of global solidarity

Canadian Dimension | Articles: In Trujillo’s Wake

It was just before sunset and we were driving along Avenida George Washington, which borders the Caribbean Sea along Santo Domingo’s Malecon, when the older gentleman serving as my guide, pointed out a series of monuments on the side of the road. “This is where Trujillo was killed,” he said. Taken aback, I asked if . . . → Read More: Canadian Dimension | Articles: In Trujillo’s Wake