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13 December 2017

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

This year marks the centenary of the Russian revolution when the working class took power in October. It is also the 110-year anniversary of a historical and bloody struggle of workers that is less well-known.

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4 October 2017

Che Guevara 50 years on - revolutionary socialist and fighter

Many people identify with the legacy left by Che as a symbol of struggle, defiance, internationalism and a socialist world.

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8 March 2017

1987 Zeebrugge disaster

Thirty years ago, 193 passengers and crew drowned off the coast of Belgium after P&O's Herald of Free Enterprise car ferry capsized. One of the dead was seafarer and Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) supporter Geoff Haney.

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31 August 2016

Chile: general strike threat as pensions protests grow

Sunday 21 August was another enormous day of protest marches in opposition to the AFP (the compulsory private pension system). Over 400,000 marched in the capital, Santiago, with up to two million in total demonstrating around the country. This represents a huge increase on the one million who participated in the historic 24 July protests.

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13 January 2016

Victor Jara's revolutionary life, poetry and politics

Book review - Victor: An Unfinished Song: Before he died, in captivity, already injured, Victor Jara wrote a last poem, his unfinished song. When the workers of Chile and the world put an end to poverty, hunger and inequality, they will finish that song.

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25 November 2015

Dictatorship's methods still reign in 'democratic' Chile

Police torture 15-year-old socialist: The legacy of that brutal dictatorship continues. While formally extinct, the "transition" to so-called democracy left intact the dictatorship's state machine - and even constitution!

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8 July 2015

TV review: Picasso - Portillo's peculiar perspective

Ian Pattison reviews Portillo on Picasso, an episode from the ITV series Perspectives.

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3 June 2015

Chile: 200,000 protest in Santiago

The revolt of students and young people demanding free education in Chile is continuing, with an estimated 200,000 marching on the latest demonstration in Santiago

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27 May 2015

A new chapter in Chile's political crisis

Chile: mass demonstrations: Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of major Chilean cities this month. Demonstrators - mostly youth, but also workers and older people - insisted the government meet students' demands for free

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May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

May Day in central London, photo Paul Mattsson

30 April 2015

125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles

This year marks the 125th International Workers' Day, or 'May Day'. The original call for workers' demonstrations around the world on 1 May was made in July 1889 at the International Socialist Workers Congress in Paris

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Chile 1973 - Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman

Chile 1973 - Never Again! Cartoon by Alan Hardman

11 September 2013

Chile 1973: The other '9/11'

The bloody coup against the Popular Unity government - lessons for workers' struggles today: In Chile on 11 September 1973 a bloody coup, led by general Pinochet and backed by the US administration, overthrew Allende's government

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11 February 2013

Film review: 'No' - an exercise in rewriting Chile's history

It is 1988, Santiago, Chile, and 15 years into the vicious Pinochet dictatorship. The military regime has been compelled to call a plebiscite

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5 October 2011

Chilean students in fifth month of protests

The last five months have witnessed the biggest social movement in Chile since the fall of former dictator General Pinochet, writes Iain Dalton, Youth Fight for Jobs Yorkshire organiser.

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10 March 2010

Chile earthquake: Natural disaster, state catastrophe

ON 27 February a powerful earthquake and the tsunami which followed, devastated the Chilean city of Concepcion and the surrounding area...

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CWI Latin America school, photo CWI

CWI Latin America school, photo CWI

24 February 2010

CWI Latin America school: A continent on the brink

Members and supporters of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) in Latin America met for a very enthusiastic and successful political education school in Brazil between 3 and 7 February...

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13 January 2010

Chile - Freedom for Elena Varela

THE WELL known left-wing Chilean documentary maker and journalist, Elena Varela, has been accused of "terrorism" by the Chilean authorities and risks 15 years in prison having stood up for the rights of indigenous Mapuche people...

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26 August 2009

World recession, revolution and counter-revolution in Latin America

Former president of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan has described the economic situation we are living through today as a: "once in a century economic crisis", writes Aron Amm, CWI Germany.

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7 May 2008

Album review: The Bright Lights of America

To me Anti-Flag have always been the quintessential anti-war band. In September 2001 they were half-way through recording an album when the 9/11 events...

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20 February 2008

CWI school in Latin America

OVER 80 members of the Committee for a Workers' International* - representing sections in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela and visitors from Europe and the USA - recently met in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for an education school...

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4 October 2007

Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter

Forty years after his death, flags, banners, portraits and the slogans of Che Guevara are carried on the mass demonstrations in the new revolt that is sweeping Latin America...

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