James Petras examines recent social movements and developments in the class struggle in Latin America.
A new series of social and national polarities in the Western Hemisphere has dominated political life over the past few years. At the beginning of the new millennium the national confrontation was between Cuba and the US/EU, and the social confrontations between the rural/indian and urban/unemployed movements and a continent-wide collection of neo-liberal regimes.
Bolivian military and police forces have taken control of four main airports, aiming to break an airline workers' strike in major cities.
Employees from the country's main airline, Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), are demanding its nationalisation.
But President Evo Morales has ruled out nationalisation, saying the partially private company is seriously corrupt.
The government said it took control of airports in an effort to avoid accidents and ensure passenger safety.
The Bolivian state already holds a 48% stake in the LAB.
A biography of Ukrainian-born anarchist Simon Radowitzky, who assassinated a police chief responsible for the killings of workers.
Aka Szymon Radowicki, born 10 September or November 1891 - Ukraine, died 29 February 1956 - Mexico
Szymon Radowicki (more usually known in Argentina as Simon Radowitzky) was born on either the 10th of September or November 1891 into a workers family in the Jewish community in the little Ukrainian village of Stepanice (Stapanesso).
Rob Ray reports on the devastation and horror surrounding America’s biggest fruit giant.
January 2006 was a big month for a smiling guy in a white suit. The plucky fellow has every reason to say "Yes" to trade legislation he himself has helped organise which will finally break his great enemy.
Despite the election of Evo Morales from the Movement for Socialism as President of Bolivia, several strikes are in process and the persecution of the landless movement MST continues under the new regime.
This week has seen an ongoing strike by pilots at private LAB. The Pilot Association paralyzed work Thursday demanding the reinstatement of 15 fired workers, alongside the cessation of lawsuits against three others, and payment of $8 million instalments to retirement funds that were deducted by LAB.
Workers' Memory, from Communism #4
"This signifies the rashest defiance of everything that stands for law and order and the worship of the Homeland, which is the worship of institutions under whose protection groups of more or less genuine workers attempt to vent their hatred and class resentment with unspeakable abuse" said the bourgeois of the "Union", 1921.
Poorly written but still interesting article about a massacre of prisoners in Peru in 1986.
From Communism #6
Social-democratic peace is nothing else but the peace of tombs.
The tombs of all the proletarians who struggle against the State.
International Solidarity with the Proletariat and its prisoners in Peru!
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We are publishing here a translation of an article that was first published in our Spanish review "Comunismo" (No.22 - June 86).
If this story sounds vaguely familiar, it may be because Labourstart ran a campaign last year in support of workers in Argentina who, faced with a mismanaged business about to close decided to take matters into their own hands.
That company was Zanon and it's part of a network of worker-managed businesses that are transforming people's lives. At the centrr of that network is the Hotel Bauen, a four star hotel in Buenos Aires, run by its workers.