Haiti: From the 1804 Revolution to the Current Crisis

Diana Carolina Alfonso and Lautaro Rivara A brief revolution and a never-ending counter-revolution It is difficult for us to understand Haitian social formation and the deep crisis of the neocolonial, neoliberal and post-state model behind it, without situating ourselves at the exact point of a long parable of re-colonization of the country, in what constitutes…

How Latin America and the Caribbean are Dealing with COVID-19

Zoe PC The government of Jair Bolsonaro has been severely criticized for its flawed handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, an image of Bolsonaro failing to put on a mask properly is screened on a building as a mark of protest. Photo: Brasil De Fato Worldwide, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is close…

The Feminist Spring and the Patriarchal Counter-Offensive

Irene León One of the most relevant contemporary political events is the positioning of feminism as a transforming force with a global scope, achieved both by its contributions to the mobilization of ideas to apprehend reality and act upon it, and by the political and strategic action that, as the core of all change, is…

Haiti by the Numbers, Ten Years Later

Jake Johnston The Haitian National Palace crumbled during the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. Number of government ministry buildings that stood after the earthquake: 1 Magnitude of earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010: 7.0 Years since an earthquake of that magnitude struck Haiti: 168 Number of aftershocks, over 4.5 magnitude, in the week after…

Dividing the Caribbean: A New U.S. Strategy

Enrique Moreno Gimeranez“Divide and conquer” was a phrase used by both the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and France’s Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite differences with the military tactics used by these historical figures, this approach seems to be the United States’ political strategy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, in another desperate attempt to divide peoples south…

Our America in These Times

Enrique Ubieta Gómez I will not address the context or the ins and outs of José Martí’s best known essay written in 1891, entitled Our America, a term still used by those of us who aspire to the unity of this immense, rich territory, which stretches from the Rio Bravo to Patagonia. My intention is…

Caricom Rejects U.S. Attempt to Split the Caribbean

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) today rejected U.S. attempts to divide the region, in the wake of a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several leaders in Jamaica. Barbadian Prime Minister and Caricom President Mia Mottley criticized the meeting between Pompeo and an undisclosed select group of Caribbean representatives, which is intended…

The Story of the Haiti’s Earthquake Camps

Timothy Schwartz Haiti’s Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake – a decade ago this week — was one of history’s great natural disasters. However, it was not as great as the world’s large humanitarian relief organizations and their allied media outlets would have us believe. It became a money-making tragedy. That is the message of the following…

Latin America-Caribbean: Balance of a Complicated Year

Javier Tolcachier The past year in Latin America and the Caribbean is hardly an easy one. Nor does it allow for a definitive equation to be drawn, given the dynamics of the situation. From the perspective of the sovereignty of the peoples, the resistance of the Venezuelan people and government in the face of the…

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez: “They Cannot Forgive Us for Uniting in Solidarity as Latin Americans and Caribbeans without Imperial Tutelage”

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez Speech by Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, during the political-cultural event commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement, at the University of Havana’s Grand Stairway, December 14, 2019, Year 61 of the Revolution (Transcript: Presidency of the Republic)…

2019 Latin America in Review: Year of the Revolt of the Dispossessed

Roger Harris A year ago, John Bolton, Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, invoked the 1823 Monroe Doctrine making explicit what has long been painfully implicit: the dominions south of the Rio Grande are the empire’s “backyard.” Yet 2019 was a year best characterized as the revolt of the dispossessed for a better world against the…