Canadian Dimension: IMF refuses Barbuda debt relief after hurricane, Cuba dispatches medical staff across Caribbean

As Barbuda, part of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, reels from having almost the entirety of its infrastructure and 95% of its homes destroyed due to Hurricane Irma, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rejected a moratorium proposal to discuss the island’s US$3 million dollar debt. The IMF’s refusal to even converse ...

Canadian Dimension: Correcting the Lies About Venezuela

Photo by Cristian Hernandez As the class struggle heated up in Venezuela this year, fueled by interventionist threats by the pro-US Organization of American States (OAS) bloc, many former supporters of the Bolivarian revolution have remained sitting on the fence. Fed up with these fair-weather friends and their critiques which recycle corporate news propaganda, some ...

Canadian Dimension: Venezuela: Target of Economic Warfare

Economic Warfare – Image: Jared Rodriguez / truthout; Adapted: Pfc. Andrya Hill Most people are horrified to watch Venezuela seemingly on the verge of outright civil war, or worse, an invasion by U.S. military forces. The death toll continues to rise in the violent street protests led by the right-wing opposition, following the July 30 ...

Canadian Dimension: US Occupation of Venezuela Has Already Begun and Is Being Conducted by ExxonMobil

Image from Public Domain Exxon wants to topple Venezuela for geopolitical and geo-economic reasons ExxonMobil awarded contracts to Guyana for infrastructure, drilling and storage with a view to extracting the huge oil and gas reserves from the so-called “Liza Project” located in maritime territory claimed by Venezuela as stipulated by the Geneva Agreement of 1966. ...

Canadian Dimension: The Left and Venezuela

Photo by Boris Vergara During the last two months Venezuela has been faced with a terrible wave of violence. It has already resulted in more than 60 deaths along with looted schools, burned public buildings, destroyed public transportation and emptied hospitals. The major media, however, simply engage in a running stream of gruesome denunciations of ...

Canadian Dimension: Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela

Photo from Public Domain Venezuela is heading towards an increasingly dangerous situation, in which open civil war could become a real possibility. So far over 100 people have been killed as a result of street protests, most of these deaths are the fault of the protesters themselves (to the extent that we know the cause). ...

Canadian Dimension: Brazil in Crisis and the Challenges for the Left

Photo from http://harvardpolitics.com/covers/protesting-everything/>HarvardPolitics.com On Thursday, May 18, an incriminating audio recording surfaced containing the voice of current Brazilian president Michel Temer of the historically centrist, but recently turned right wing, Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party). In this recording, Temer can be heard engaging in discussions of bribery with former House speaker ...

Canadian Dimension: What Is to Be Done in Venezuela?

Photo from Public Domain The news from Venezuela is grim: A “fall in oil prices, soaring interest rates…have intensified an already deep-rooted recession. The country is being pauperized. It has the highest inflation in Latin America, increasing unemployment and more than 40 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty.” With economic immiseration comes political ...

Canadian Dimension: Ecuador’s Lenin Moreno Defeats Banker in Presidential Election

Photo from PanamaToday.com Progressive candidate and renowned disability activist from the ruling Alianza Pais party, Lenin Moreno, won the Ecuadorean presidential election Sunday. With 99 percent of the official vote counted, Lenin defeated former banker Guillermo Lasso, candidate for the right-wing CREO-SUMO alliance, with 51.16 percent to 48.84 percent, according to results issued by the ...

Canadian Dimension: Unity, Struggle, and Victory: The Second Assembly of ALBA Social Movements

Photo from Public Domain One way of understanding the situation of Latin America in recent decades is the story of the emergence, strengthening and unification of popular movements. These movements initially arose as defensive mobilizations against the devastating impacts of neoliberalism. Since then, they have been working towards the collective construction of an alternative social ...

Canadian Dimension: Brazilian President Temer Signs Constitutional Amendment Imposing 20 Years of Austerity

Photo from Public Domain Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and was a senior economic affairs officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He has degrees in Economics from the Universities of Brasilia (Brazil) and London (SOAS), and has ...

Canadian Dimension: Fidel Castro Ruz memorial: Santiago de Cuba

Cuban high school students wave flags at a memorial assembly for Fidel Castro in Santiago, December 3, 2016 • Photo by David Hugill Scenes from the Fidel Castro funeral procession and memorial gathering in Santiago de Cuba, December 3, 2016. Produced for Canadian Dimension (Winnipeg, Manitoba). “Thousands begin to line the streets as the memorial ...

Canadian Dimension: History Will be the Judge: Fidel Castro, 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, has died aged 90. Here is an extract from Tariq Ali‘s introduction to The Declarations of Havana, Verso’s collection of Castro’s speeches. On 26 July 1953 an angry young lawyer, Fidel Castro, led a small band of armed men in an attempt to seize the Moncada barracks in Santiago ...

Canadian Dimension: What Happened to the Pink Tide?

Photo by Eneas De Troya When the ‘pink tide’ of left-leaning governments first rose to power on the back of anti-neoliberal protests across Latin America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the initial reaction from the Left was euphoric. Striving to move beyond the “there is no alternative” mantra, many pinned their hopes on ...

Canadian Dimension: Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

Photo by Marcelo Montecino On Saturday, August 13, the world will celebrate the 90th birthday of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro Ruz, the only individual ever to be acknowledged by the UN as a “World Hero of Solidarity.” It is very hard to think of a more important world leader than Fidel. The contribution he ...

Canadian Dimension: Venezuelan Opposition Unlikely To Secure Recall Referendum Before Year’s End

Photo by Joka Madruga Earlier this week, Venezuela’s national electoral council, known as the CNE, announced that the presidential recall referendum will be proceeding to the next phase, and outlined a timeline for the rest of the process. According to the electoral authority, the next step is to collect 20 percent of the registered voters’ ...

Canadian Dimension: Reactionary Tide in Latin America

Photo by Gabriel Cabral Since the beginning of the 21st cen­tury, the Left has won elections in most Latin American countries, in a powerful wave of popular rejection of the disastrous neoliberal policies of the previous regimes. One must however distinguish between two quite different sorts of left governments: Social-liberal coalitions, which do not break ...

Canadian Dimension: Beyond the Boliburguesía Thesis

Photo by Joka Madruga “Oil didn’t wreck Venezuela’s economy, socialism did.” That’s what Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, of the Washington-based conservative think tank Ethics and Public Policy Center, wrote earlier this year in his reflection on Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis. Gobry, a prolific writer for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other publications, went on to criticize ...

Canadian Dimension: 66% of Brazilians Say Congress Voted Coup for Their Own Benefit

Photo by Senado Federal Less than one quarter of Brazilians think that lawmakers acted with the best interests of the country at heart when approving the coup against Dilma Rousseff. As the interim government of coup-imposed President Michel Temer continues to act as a permanent power rather than a temporary fix while suspended President Dilma ...

Canadian Dimension: Brazil: Coup or Fiasco?

Michel Temer • Photo from Public Domain The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from her office while she goes on trial by the Senate. If convicted, she would be removed from office, which is what is meant in Brazil by “impeachment.” Anyone, even Brazilians, who have been trying to follow the last ...

Canadian Dimension: Nicolas Maduro Declares Emergency to Face Foreign Intervention

Photo by Joka Madruga The 60-day state of emergency will be used against threats of intervention by the United States and Colombia, among others, in light of the political assaults on Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the ...

Canadian Dimension: The Political Crisis in Brazil

Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrús Since the 1980s, Brazil’s Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, PT) has been one of the largest political parties of the left in Latin America. It has held power at the federal level in Brazil, in coalition with other parties, since January 2003, and figured prominently as one of the central ...

Canadian Dimension: A Chill Wind From the North: the US Returns to Latin America

Photo by Carlos Díaz Old familiar dangers lurk in the corners of Latin America. More than a decade of hope — enshrined in the experiments in Venezuela — now seems extinguished. The “pink tide” of electoral victories from Venezuela to Bolivia and upwards to Nicaragua appears to have receded. The Old Right has rejected the ...

Canadian Dimension: Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff

Photo by Rede Brasil Atual Every so often, the bourgeois political system runs into crisis. The machinery of the state jams; the veils of consent are torn asunder and the tools of power appear disturbingly naked. Brazil is living through one of those moments: it is dreamland for social scientists; a nightmare for everyone else. ...

Canadian Dimension: Indigenous Rights Under Attack: Canadian economic and political interests over human rights

Illustration by LargeMarge No one defending their land and territory in Honduras is safe. That was the message that rang loud and clear after Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home on March 3. Cáceres, an Indigenous Lenca woman, mother and grandmother was founder of the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras ...