Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/6593

Posted on 11 November 2008 at 0:00 GMT

Socialism 2008

Latin America in revolt

Secretary of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) Tony Saunois, introduced the session on Latin America with a vivid account of the struggles of the working class and poor.

The election of Obama has raised huge expectations in Latin America. But the brutal exploitation by US imperialism is likely to continue, especially with Obama publicly backing the vicious right-wing Uribe regime in Colombia in its 'war on drugs'.

The slump in oil prices will affect Latin America's export-based economies. The boom in oil revenues has been used by the Chavez government in Venezuela to finance a programme of social reforms which have improved the living standards of millions. The Chavez government will now have to confront severe economic problems and there was discussion about the future of the regime.

Tony described the tense and explosive situation of revolution and counter revolution in Bolivia. The mass support for the Morales government in landslide election results and mass mobilisations of workers and the poor against the forces of reaction reflect the demand of the Bolivian masses for a radical transformation of Bolivian society.

Socialist Party councillor Chris Flood gave an account of a visit to Cuba during the recent hurricane. He described how the planned economy meant that the regime was able to organise an effective response to this natural disaster.

However, tensions and frustrations in Cuban society are evident with the lack of political democracy, shortages of goods and corruption of government officials, as well as growing inequalities in society as the regime introduces market reforms.

Tony concluded by saying that the struggles of workers and the poor against capitalism, imperialism and landlordism across Latin American may suffer defeats and setbacks, but will never cease.

Matthew Dobson

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Committee for a workers international:

triangleWhy I joined: I want a future for my generation

triangleCWI world congress success

triangleHuddersfield and Halifax Socialist Party: Our International - the CWI

triangle40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International

triangleWirral & Chester Socialist Party: Capitalism in crisis - world perspectives

Latin America:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleChe Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

triangleIntimate insight into a revolutionary icon

Election:

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleBlairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

triangleCorbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

Imperialism:

triangleTrump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian conflict

triangleComprehensive account of bloody conflict

Socialism 2008:

triangleDrop the witch-hunt in Unison fight to Defend trade union democracy

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2