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A Tale of Two Elections: U.S. and Bolivia

Mark Weisbrot Counterpunch
While Trump's coup attempt flounders, Bolivia's 2019 right-wing coup succeeded with support from the U.S. and the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) until it was overturned in last month's election.

Strike for Democracy!

Stephanie Luce Organizing Upgrade
If Trump stays in office by subverting the democratic process, the implications for unions are grave. A network of union leaders and activists have formed Labor Action to Defend Democracy to begin planning labor actions after November 3rd.

How We Should Defend Against an Impending Trump Coup

Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainablility
President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power no matter who wins the election. What is to be done if Trump loses the election but refuses to concede?

The Battle for Venezuela

Tony Wood London Review of Books
In Latin America alone, the long and disastrous record of US-led interventions is enough to cause alarm about the possible outcomes of this crisis. Even if Maduro is levered out of power, the battle for Venezuela is just beginning.

“Not One More Coup”: Slogan of the January 2016 World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Ruth Needleman Portside
“No impression should be permitted in Latin America that they can get away with this, that it’s safe to go this way. All over the world it’s too much the fashion to kick us around.” * U.S. President Nixon. Right now it is critical for the U.S. public to get some lessons on U.S. imperialism and Latin American history, and for progressive voices to condemn U.S. intervention in elections throughout Latin America and, in particular, in funding violence in Venezuela.

The Spirit of Socialism in Chile Lives On; Poem - On Pinochet's Capture

Harry Targ; poem by Mitchel Cohen Diary of a Heartland Radical
The Chilean Song Movement had become so identified with Popular Unity, it had been such a strong factor, emotional, cohesive, inspiring, that the military authorities found it necessary to declare `subversive' even the indigenous instruments, whose beautiful sound had become so full of meaning and inspiration. Together with prohibiting even the mention of Victor's name, they banned all his music and the music of all the artists of the New Chilean Song Movement.
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