Roberto Jorquera
Towards a new Chile
Roberto Jorquera

Executed folk singer Victor Jara’s song “El derecho de vivir en paz” (the right to live in peace) has become the anthem for the rebellion unfolding in Chile. Written in 1971 as a tribute to the struggle of the Vietnamese people, it became a popular song of the Chilean workers’ movement, which at the time had high expectations and aspirations to build a new country under workers’ control after the election of the socialist government of Salvador Allende in 1970.

Chile has awoken!
Roberto Jorquera

The lyrics of Chilean musical group Quilapayún are known by millions around the world: “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido, La patria está forjando la unidad. De norte a sur se movilizará”. (The people united will never be defeated, the country is building unity, from north to south it will mobilise.) The song was written in June 1973, only months before the brutal repression of the Chilean working class by the dictator Augusto Pinochet, who assumed power in September. Over the last week in Chile, these lyrics have been heard loudly throughout the country in a united way.

The struggle in Venezuela
The struggle in Venezuela
Roberto Jorquera

Ever since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the political terrain in Venezuela has been volatile. On the one hand has been the increasing confidence of the working class to demand a restructuring of the social, political and economic system in the country. On the other hand, the ruling elites have done everything possible to sabotage and confront the Bolivarian revolutionary movement head on.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution defeated at the polls
Venezuela’s Bolivarian revolution defeated at the polls
Roberto Jorquera

The electoral defeat suffered by the Bolivarian forces in Venezuela’s mid-term elections in early December is a major setback for the process that began in 1998 under Hugo Chavez. 

US imperialism pushes for regime change in Venezuela
Roberto Jorquera

United States president Barrack Obama signed a new executive order on 9 March declaring “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela”.

NSW Catholic Schools take industrial action
Roberto Jorquera

Teachers and support staff throughout NSW Catholic schools are facing a massive assault on their wages and working conditions in the proposed agreement being put forward by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER).

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