Colombia: ‘The Most Ambitious Labor Reform of the Century’

By Gustavo A Maranges on March 21, 2023

Labor Minister Gloria Ines Ramirez and President Petro present labor reform bill.

This is how Colombia’s Labor Minister Gloria Ines Ramirez described the labor reform bill introduced to Congress on March 17. Improving workers’ conditions and rights is a major part of President Gustavo Petro’s plan to reduce inequality. (more…)

Colombia: Petro is Willing to Put All the Cards on the Table to Reach Total Peace, Including Investigating His Own Family

By Gustavo A Maranges on March 7, 2023

The peace process in Colombia is one of President Gustavo Petro’s government primary initiatives. During his presidential campaign, Petro pledged to achieve “Total Peace” in the country during his term, which is a very ambitious goal given the huge setback the country experienced during Ivan Duque’s right-wing administration and the oligarchy’s dependency on violence. (more…)

Lula Moves Forward with His Ukraine Peace Proposal

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 27, 2023

February 24 marked one year since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. During all that time, few proposals for ending the conflict have advanced. However, this not-desired anniversary comes with a ray of hope from an unexpected place: Latin America. Whether it becomes a reality or not, looking for a negotiated solution shows once again the commitment to progress and world peace by Latin America progressive forces. (more…)

Guantanamo: The Meaning of 120 Years of Illegal Occupation

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 23, 2023 from Havana

the view of the people of Guantanamo, photo: Bill Hackwell

To a great many people of the world the word Guantanamo has become synonymous with torture since the US opened up their military prison center there in 2002. Over 780 people captured by US forces have suffered from massive human rights violations there carried out by the CIA since that time. (more…)

Boluarte Deepens Peru’s Political-Diplomatic Crisis

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 19, 2023

Protest against Boularte continues in Peru, photo: EFE

Since the parliamentary coup d’état against Peru’s elected President, Pedro Castillo, Latin American countries have expressed their deep concern for the crisis following the event. (more…)

Peru: More than Repression, it is State Terrorism

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 14, 2023

Not one murder more! Dina resign now!

It has been just two months since Dina Boluarte took over Peru’s presidency after a coup d’état very well designed by the conservative elite and executed by the Congress and the military. Since then, 64 people have been killed during social protests across the country. (more…)

Ecuador: The Crumbling of another Neo-liberal Restoration Project

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 7, 2023

former Ecuador Pres. Rafael Correa and supporters celebrate in Mexico the defeat of Lasso and CREO in regional elections.

Last Sunday, regional elections were held in Ecuador. Thirteen million people were called to elect 5,700 (governors, mayors, counselors, and parish board members) and the seven Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (Citizen Council or CPCCS)’s counselors and their substitutes. In addition, the executive led by Guillermo Lasso submitted eight Constitutional Referendum questions, which were grouped into three topics: security, environment, and the country’s political work. (more…)

Ecuador: A Constitutional Referendum Intended to Solidify Control by Elites

By Gustavo A Maranges on February 2, 2023

Lasso pushes new referendum down the throats of the people. photo Dolores Ochoa

On Sunday, February 7, sectional elections will take place in Ecuador to elect mayors, prefects, rural or urban councilors, parish boards, and members of the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS). At the same time, the executive led by Guillermo Lasso heavily pushed to hold a Constitutional Referendum on the same date, which has raised serious concerns among the Ecuadorian opposition. (more…)

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