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Ralph Nader's strange bedfellows

In 2000 the long-standing consumer rights advocate, Ralph Nader, stood as the Green Party's presidential candidate, featuring on the ballot in most of the 50 states. He garnered around 3% of the popular vote nationwide (though considerably more in several states) and was denounced by many a Democratic Party hack for putting Bush in the White House. Read more...

Peru: General strike unites opposition to Toledo

The 24-hour general strike against the government of Alejandro Toledo on 14 July was described as a "complete success" by the Peru trade union federation CGTP. Read more...

Lula: The World Bank’s president

In October 2002, Lula was heralded as Brazil’s first “worker president", just 20 years after the founding of his Workers’ Party (PT). But after less than 20 months into his term, he is provoking strikes, imprisoning landless peasants and expelling members of his own parliamentary delegates. Keith Harvey asks what went wrong? Read more...

Corrupt mayor killed in Aymara uprising

On Monday 26 April, news arrived in Lima of a popular uprising in the Peruvian town of Ilave, in the province of Collao as a result of the refusal of the electoral authorities to sack the local mayor for corruption, as demanded by the local population. Read more...

Toussaint L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

Haiti has just celebrated the 200th anniversary of the revolution that brought about its existence as a formally independent state. Anyone who wishes to study this revolution can still do no better than to turn to a classic of Marxism, Trotskyism and Black Liberation: The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution Read more...

Imperialists act to oust President Aristide

At the end of February, with most of Haiti in rebel hands and the capital under siege, the French and US governments called on the popularly elected President, Jean-Beautrand Aristide, to step down. Read more...

Solidarity needed in supermarket strike

For nearly four months some 70,000 workers employed by four major supermarket chains across southern and central California have been engaged in a battle that will shape the terrain of struggle between US unions and corporate bosses for the course of the next decade. Read more...

Brazil: Expulsions from PT start moves for new party

In the middle of December the Brazilian Workers Party (PT) Directorate voted by 55 to 27 to expel four members of the PT parliamentary group for daring to vote against the PT government's attacks on state employees' pensions. Read more...

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