latin america

No welcome here: an immigrant’s saga

October 2015

If you have not been an undocumented immigrant from Central America making your dangerous way through Mexico only to face vigilante hate groups and la migra at the U.S. border, you don’t know what hell is. Fleeing poverty or persecution at home, you are exploited and persecuted again by Mexican police trying to rob your… Read more »

Nestora Salgado fasts for freedom, inspires defiance across Mexico

October 2015

“Nestora Salgado’s name has become a symbol of resistance for many women struggling … against patriarchal violence and for indigenous communities,” said R. Aída Hernández Castillo in the Mexican daily La Jornada in August. But the state sees her only as a threat. Aug. 21 marked the two-year anniversary of her imprisonment on false charges,… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — October 2015

October 2015

September 2015 — Making the public pay. Confronted with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico’s government is calling for “shared sacrifice.” Thousands of public-sector unions protest because the public is being expected to shoulder the entire burden. Plans include school closures and contracting for-profit companies to run public roads and ports. Resistance and rage is… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial — “Guatemalan Spring”

October 2015

Corruption in high places has been business-as-usual in Guatemala for 60 years. It’s the reason rich men run for president. However, since April, huge, daily anti-corruption protests have erupted nationwide against President Otto Pérez Molina and his administration. Numerous political appointees have resigned and both the president and vice president are now jailed, charged with… Read more »

Immigrants found buried in mass “graves of shame” in Texas

December 2015

Seventy miles from the Mexican border in dirt-poor Brooks County, Texas, the human remains of hundreds of asylum seekers, mostly from Central America and Mexico, were uncovered in 2014 in a mass grave. Hundreds more are believed elsewhere in South Texas. Desperate people died while escaping police violence, civil war, all-powerful street gangs, and take-no-prisoners… Read more »

How Wall Street and US colonialism created Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

December 2015

Thousands of government workers protested proposed cuts to education and freezing of public union wages and hiring in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 11, 2015. Photo: Alvin Baez / Reuters Most tourists see Puerto Rico as a care-free island paradise. But while visiting in 2014, this author heard from workers what life was really… Read more »

Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and Argentina’s “Dirty War”

December 2015

These richly-robed men rule the wealthiest entity on the planet. Photo: Allessandro Bianchi / Reuters Throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Latin America was a battleground between the haves and the have-nots. On one side were people fighting for social justice and radical change, no doubt inspired by the Cuban Revolution. On the other side… Read more »