Articles by: Francisco Dominguez

Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today Is Brazil’s Chance to Bury Bolsonarismo

Today’s presidential run-off in Brazil leaves voters a stark choice: continue the destructive nightmare of Bolsonaro’s presidency – or choose Lula to fight poverty and rebuild. Moisés Mendes, a Brazilian journalist, recently wrote that the dissemination of fake news by the Bolsonaro camp had reached a level such that voters will miss the ‘mamadeira de piroca’. The reference is to[Read More…]

by 30/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Amazon’s Last Chance

The Amazon’s Last Chance

In the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, Lula triumphed. But the threat of a Bolsonaro victory to the world is clear – and must be passionately fought in the upcoming run-off. Brazil went to the polls yesterday under unusual political circumstances: Lula, the Workers’ Party (PT) candidate and champion of the poor, confronted an extreme right-winger, racist, misogynist, homophobic,[Read More…]

by 04/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
The Stakes in Brazil’s Election Couldn’t Be Higher

The Stakes in Brazil’s Election Couldn’t Be Higher

Ahead of October’s election, with leftist Lula leading the polls, fears are rising of a Bolsonaro coup – meaning it’s the entirety of Brazil’s democracy at stake. After four years of a right-wing Bolsonaro government, Brazilians will vote for a new president on 2 October 2022. Former president Lula—currently high in the polls—is confronting an increasingly delirious incumbent, who appears[Read More…]

by 26/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

Understanding Maduro’s successful socialist economic strategy

After years of calling Venezuela’s economy a dismal failure that demonstrates the dangers of socialism, Western media is now lauding its recovery for ’embracing capitalism’ — but this is not accurate, argues Francisco Dominguez In its intensely biased coverage of Venezuela during the hard years of 2014-21 the mainstream media wheeled in every imaginable academic pundit to “demonstrate” that the[Read More…]

by 12/08/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

Maduro’s success: principled resistance to imperialism pays off

The world has been stunned by a double wonder: Bolivarian Venezuela’s political survival and its miraculous economic recovery: the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has reported that it expects the Venezuelan economy to grow for the first time since 2014, by 5 per cent, one of the highest in the region. Venezuela’s rate of inflation has come[Read More…]

by 01/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Chile: another good-sized nail in neoliberalism’s coffin

Chile: another good-sized nail in neoliberalism’s coffin

Men [and women]make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.  – Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte. A few days ago, when[Read More…]

by 22/12/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Xiomara Castro celebrates during general elections on 28 November 2021 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Inti Ocon / Getty Images)

Honduras’ Left-Wing Breakthrough

Since a US-backed coup toppled Mel Zelaya in 2009, Honduras has faced a clampdown on democracy and serious human rights abuses. But the election of socialist Xiomara Castro is a chance to break the cycle. What appeared impossible has been achieved: the people of Honduras have broken the perpetuation, through electoral fraud and thuggish violence, of a brutal, illegal, illegitimate,[Read More…]

by 11/12/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Bolivia: right wing threatens the recovery of democracy

Bolivia: right wing threatens the recovery of democracy

Francisco Dominguez writes: After a full year of racist and repressive horror perpetrated by a de facto government resulting from a coup, the people of Bolivia went to the polls on October 18, 2020 and stunned their own country and the world by giving Evo Morales’ MAS-IPSP party candidate, Luis Arce, a landslide. The coup d’état that installed a racist regime led[Read More…]

by 17/03/2021 Comments are Disabled World
Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba… since 1959

Black Lives Matter a lot in Cuba… since 1959

When in 1868, Cuban slave-owner Manuel de Céspedes embarked on a 10-year nationalist uprising against Spain, the colonial master, he did not imagine he would be building not only the political bases of an independent Cuba but also the ideological blocks of a new Cuban identity. Scholars correctly point out that Ten Years War (1868-78) turned out to be the[Read More…]

by 05/07/2020 Comments are Disabled World