News from Latin America

By October 24, 2013
Striking Brazilian oil industry workers protest the auction of Libra oil field in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Oct.17.

Brazil Popular protests confront Brazil’s government for the second time this year. On Oct. 17, members of La Via Campesina and the United Federation of Oil Workers (FUP) occupied the Ministry of Mines and Energy in the capital, Brasilia, in response to the call for an indefinite strike by the FUP against the auction of […]


U.S. in Colombia: Gen. Petraeus distorts reality

By October 23, 2013

Students in New York City are so right-on to protest David Petraeus’ appointment as a highly paid professor at the City University of New York. Gen. Petraeus, retired from the Army in 2011 after a bloody reign in Iraq and Afghanistan and who was director of the CIA for a year, is a rabid warmonger […]


U.S., France step up intervention in Africa


U.S. military operations on Oct. 5 in Libya and Somalia were neither isolated events nor solely prompted by the siege at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, for which the Somali-based Al-Shabaab took responsibility. Since December, the White House has declared that it will intensify its presence in Africa under the guise of waging the […]


French high school students protest racist deportation

By October 22, 2013

Léonarda Dibrani was on a class trip Oct.9 in Doubs, a small community near the French-Swiss border, when French cops grabbed her off the bus and expelled her and her family to Kosovo. She is Roma, and the cops decided her family had overstayed their permitted time in France. The following Saturday, Khatchik Kachatryan, a high […]


First Nation protesters tell Southwestern Energy to “Frack off!”

By October 21, 2013

Acting on behalf of a U.S. energy company, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police staged a surprise, early morning attack on an encampment of Elsipogtog First Nation (Indigenous) protesters engaged in a prolonged struggle to stop shale gas fracking on Mi’kmaq lands in New Brunswick, Canada. The encampment was awakened by an RCMP paramilitary force of […]


Marches in Portugal, Italy protest austerity

Portuguese unionists hit the bridges.

The main Portuguese union federation, the CGTP-IN, reported Oct. 19 that “Many tens of thousands of workers marched today in the two major cities of our country and on the islands of Madeira and the Azores. Their goal was to defend the gains of the April 1974 [anti-fascist] revolution, and raise demands against exploitation and […]


Suit against U.N. over cholera in Haiti

By October 20, 2013

Even though its responsibility for introducing and spreading cholera in Haiti has been irrefutably established, the United Nations has refused to take any responsibility for the 8,300 deaths and 650,000 cases due to cholera in Haiti since 2010. In May 2012, even U.N. special envoy to Haiti, Bill Clinton, admitted that a U.N. Nepalese soldier […]


Syria: U.S. still aims for ‘regime change’


By David Sole and John Catalinotto In a reversal of its usual role, Human Rights Watch on Oct. 11 released a report that exposed and condemned rebel groups fighting against the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria. The HRW’s board is heavily biased toward investment bankers and analysts. Most of its international reports have been directed […]


Lebanese trade unionist tells WW: War on Syria also aimed at Lebanon

Mohammad Kassem

New York City — Mohammad Kassem is a longtime trade union leader in Lebanon, and a fighter for the sovereignty and independence of the people of his area of the world. On a recent trip to the U.S., he had much to say about the union struggle in Lebanon, the root cause of the fighting […]


Colombia: The meaning of the peace process

By October 19, 2013

Historical events were plentiful in Colombia this past year: agricultural strikes, peace negotiations, people’s assemblies, large student demonstrations — in short, dynamism in social movements. Although the upsurge has not been massive enough to change the balance of power, it has been enough to give everyone a glimpse of the path toward hope for this […]