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Brazil: organise the resistance against the Bolsonaro government!

The following is a statement by Esquerda Marxist (Marxist Left): the Brazilian section of the IMT, after the victory of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian elections. The comrades explain the tasks ahead for the Brazilian left, who must immediately begin building a resistance against the reactionary and repressive policies of a Bolsonaro government.

Internationalist solidarity with Central American migrant caravan

Internationalist solidarity with Central American migrant caravanOn 19 October, thousands of Central Americans, mainly Hondurans – travelling in a huge migrant caravan – were greeted on the southern border of Mexico with tear gas, hundreds of military police, and warplanes flying overhead.

Haiti in revolt: mass protests and general strike against fuel price hike

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Mass protests erupted last Friday (6 July) across Haiti to oppose the government’s plan to cut fuel subsidies. President Jovenel Moïse’s government at first appeared prepared to push ahead regardless of the protests, but with the demonstrations growing in size and scope, the government backed down on Saturday and announced a temporary suspension of the price hike.

Defend Venezuelan expat voting rights!

Venezuelan Voting StationThe Canadian government has announced that it will not be allowing Venezuelan expats the right to vote in the upcoming Presidential election in Venezuela. Almost immediately, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza attacked the decision and pleaded with the government to reconsider.

Venezuela after the Constituent Assembly elections, conciliation or revolution?

 

36709c1517a73774aa6801bbd491189b w640 h426Even before the National Election Council had announced the results of Sunday’s Constituent Assembly elections in Venezuela, the opposition and western imperialism had already declared there had been massive fraud and that they would not recognise the legitimacy of the Assembly. Since then, they have piled up pressure on all fronts. What is to be done?

Venezuela: A Balance Sheet of 2016 and Perspectives for 2017

Photo Credit: Maria Alejandra MoraThe Bolivarian Revolution is at one of its lowest points since President Chávez’s electoral victory in 1998. On top of the defeat in the December 2015 National Assembly elections, the aggravation of the economic situation is impacting the mass of the working people—who are the base and support of the revolution. It is time to draw a serious balance sheet.

Cuba and Canada – Friends or Enemies?

trudeau and raul castro.jpg.size.custom.crop.1086x748On November 25th 2016, Fidel Castro passed away in Havana, Cuba. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement expressing his “deep sorrow” with the death of this “legendary revolutionary” and “remarkable leader” who “made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.” This statement produced an outcry from Conservative politicians, leading Trudeau to cancel his attendance at Castro’s funeral in favour of Canada’s Governor General. However, looking historically, such statements by a Canadian prime minister are not unusual. The relatively cozy relationship between Canada and Cuba has led people to believe that the Canadian government is a friend of the Cuban people and, in opposition to the actions of the Americans, has not been trying to undermine the Cuban revolution. But is this really the case?

Fidel Castro has died - the Cuban revolution must live!

Fidelcastro1978At 10.29 pm on Friday, November 26, the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. Today more than ever we say: defend the Cuban revolution, no to capitalist restoration, fight capitalism worldwide!

FIFA World Cup: Wave of protests and strikes unleashed in Brazil

The World Cup events being held in 12 cities across Brazil are set to begin in a few days. Half a million tourists are expected to flood into Brazil. However, instead of the expected celebrations and weeks of national rejoicing in a country long-known for its proud football traditions, there is enormous tension as the events are set to begin on June 12th. Demands for wage increases have led to strikes in various sectors, from bus drivers, police officers, metro operators to teachers throwing major cities into chaos and traffic congestion.

Canadian Parliament passes resolution against Bolivarian government; NDP must support the workers and poor of Venezuela

venezuela anti coup demonstration feb13The Canadian government has become the latest imperialist power to jump to the defence of the far-right protests in Venezuela.  Parliament has just passed a unanimous motion that places the responsibility for the current violence in the country on the shoulders of the Venezuelan government rather than the opposition gangs that initiated the unrest.  We have become accustomed to both the Conservatives and Liberals attacking the Venezuelan revolution, but what is concerning this time around is the fact that the NDP has sided with the two right-wing parties in condemning the Bolivarian government.  As Canada’s labour party, we think that the NDP should be standing against the right-wing at home and in Venezuela, while championing the successes of the revolution as an inspiration for our own struggles against capitalist austerity.

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