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Morales wins massive vote in Bolivian elections -- Which way will he go now?

Evo Morales has won a handsome majority in the presidential elections getting more than 50%. This massive victory can only be explained on the basis of the revolutionary movements that have shaken Bolivia in the recent period. Now Morales faces a choice: carry out the demands of the workers and peasants or bend under the pressure of the oligarchy and imperialism. The masses are waiting to see which way he goes. (by Jorge Martín)

2006: The Year of Latin American Revolutions -- Important lessons for Canadian workers

As we enter the new year, huge events are unfolding in Latin America. In Venezuela, despite the opposition boycott and other slanderous efforts to invalidate the December 4th elections, a clear Bolivarian victory is indisputable. In Bolivia, the workers and peasants are celebrating the victory of Evo Morales in their December 20th presidential elections. The Venezuelan and Bolivian masses will learn by experience that electoral victory is not enough. It is the responsibility of serious revolutionaries to ensure that this does not result in demoralization, which would surely open the road to counterrevolution. Instead, we must consistently explain that the solution to the problems facing working people and the poor lies outside capitalism, and in the present Latin American political climate, it is within easy reach. (by Fightback editorial board)

Bolivia after the election victory of the MAS -- Morales cannot serve two masters

The massive victory of the MAS in the elections was the distorted by-product of the revolutionary movement that Bolivia has witnessed for the last two years. This is why the imperialists are worried. The choice faced by the Morales government is clear: either with the workers and peasants or with the multinationals. If he attempts to please both he will please none. (by Jorge Martín)

Eye-witness report from ALCASA: Workers' control unfolding in Venezuela

ALCASA is an aluminium plant in Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela. It is being run under cogestion, formally speaking workers’ participation. But when you take a closer look what we see is that in practice the workforce is moving more and more towards genuine workers’ control. Managers are elected and do not get higher wages than those they had before becoming managers, and so on. It confirms that the Venezuelan workers are in the vanguard of the world revolution. (by Andreas Bülow)

Trade-union elections in ALCASA - Campaigning for revolutionary class struggle policies

Trade union elections have been taking place in the ALCASA aluminium plant in Venezuela. Different tendencies are struggling for positions within the union. The CMR, Revolutionary Marxist Current, has been actively involved. Here an eyewitness report, written just before the elections, shows how revolution and counter-revolution are facing each other even at this level. We will shortly publish the results and an analysis of the situation in the plant. (by Andreas Bülow and Hermann Albrecht in Venezuela)

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