Place: Latin America

Mapping the Radical Imagination

A Relational Genealogy of the Puerto Rican Left Since the 1990s

José A. Laguarta Ramírez presents an in-depth discussion of the history of the Puerto Rican radical left.

Adolfo Gilly, Great Latin American Left Intellectual, Dead at 94

Adolfo Gilly, one of the great Latin American left intellectuals of his time, has died at the age of 94.

Open Letter on the Occasion of the São Paulo Forum in Brasilia from June 29 to July 2, 2023

Daniel Ortega and what remains of the Sandinista Front present themselves as left-wing and anti-imperialist, but, far from this proclaimed discourse, they have for many years already abandoned their principles…

Hugo Blanco, Peruvian Revolutionary, Dead at 88. I Met Him Once. It Was a Magical Experience

Blanco, the Peruvian revolutionary is dead. I met him once back in 1996. It was an experience of magical realism.

Social reproduction, rebellion and the problem of the state

Elections are superimposed on social struggles through a process that obscures and disorganizes them, and that recodifies grassroots demands, altering and distorting their language and content.

Dominican Republic: US government endorses President Abinader’s racist violence


US Subsecretary of State Wendy Sherman’s April visit to Santo Domingo served to ratify the strategic character of the Dominican regime’s subordination to the US and to iron out the differences that arose during the year . . .

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Polarization and protest in Ciudad Juárez

Residents and migrants in Ciudad Juárez have ramped up protest in the wake of the fire that killed forty men detained by the National Migration Institute.

What’s Wrong with Ukraine’s Wartime Diplomacy in the Global South

In the month of the first anniversary of Russia’s illegal and brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine, president Volodymyr Zelensky held a speech at the European Parliament, where he declared Russia to be “the biggest anti-European force of the modern world”[1]. By . . .

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Understanding the uprising in Peru

An interview with Mirtha Vásquez, former PM under Pedro Castillo, on the explosion of unrest against the imposition of Dina Boluarte and the legacy of Fujimori.

Book Review Essay: Mexico, Transnational and World Revolution

While I admire the political values of these two scholars, I don’t find either of these books satisfying because they like many other authors perpetuate the romantic view of Ricardo Flores Magón.

Nicaragua: Ortega Strips Nationality from 94 Opponents

Years ago, the famous Nicaraguan poet Giaconda Belli wrote,

¿Qué sos, Nicaragua

Para dolerme tanto?

What are you, Nicaragua

To hurt me so?

The lines seem particularly poignant and appropriate now.

The Future of Cuba—Part Two

What are the likely consequences of Cuba’s exiting from its current economic crisis?

Nicaragua: Ortega and Biden Make a Deal

The release of the prisoners now makes it possible for President Biden and Blinken to make a deal with Ortega that would improve his situation—removing the sanctions—while increasing U.S. influence in Nicaragua. Ortega accused the opponents he imprisoned of being traitors working for the United States, but it is he who wants a closer relationship with Washington.

The Future of Cuba—Part One

What can we learn from the experience of other countries that can help us think about possible futures for Cuba?

A Life of Struggle for Land and Community in Guatemala

Interview with Isabel Solís

Interview with a grassroots Indigenous activist in Guatemala

Haiti: A Crisis Caused by Imperialism and Its Oligarchic Cronies

Simón Rodríguez Porras discusses popular mobilizations in Haiti against the current regime, and the history of imperialist interventions in Haiti.

Journalism with movements in the South

It is ironic that those who most ardently declare their anti-imperialism are the same who believe there’s no subjectivity except U.S. subjectivity: no protest against states they deem anti-imperialist is possible without Washington’s approval, money, or agents spurring it on. 

Stopping Cop City and Reconnecting with Abundance

Interview with Abundia Alvarado of Mariposas Rebeldes

Interview with Abundia Alvarado, a co-founder of Mariposas Rebeldes and a member of the movement to protect Weelaunee Forest from the construction of Cop City.

The Bridge of Stones: A Migrant Christmas Story

If the scene that unfolded December 11 was part of an “invasion” frequently voiced by the U.S. right, it was a curious one, indeed: no battle between antagonistic armies was fought. Many of the “invaders,” were in fact children.

Peru in Flames

The government of Pedro Castillo didn’t really change many of the policies that came before, we did not find measures that have endangered those at the top, nor have they benefited those below. In the statements of the simple men and women of the mobilized populations we find a constant: The elite did not let Castillo govern because he was one of them. And they are right.

“Professor Oscar-René Vargas must be released. His physical integrity assured, as well as all his rights.”

A call for the release of a political prisoner in Nicaragua

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