TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT | LATIN AMERICA ONCE AGAIN TURNS LEFTWARD
For the last twenty years or more, most Latin American countries have faithfully followed the dictates of the United States; they have opened up their economies to foreign capital and have signed up en masse for increasingly larger loans from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The results, across the boards, have been less than stellar. Of course, the number of millionaires has shot up but the poor masses have, if anything, become even more wretchedly destitute. There were those who argued that the left in Latin America was dead, that only Cuba remained and that they wouldn’t last long. The truth is that the left did not die, it was assassinated. Everywhere, from Balaguer’s Dominican Republic to Pinochet’s Chile, right-wing governments with C.I.A. provided info systematically, ruthlessly liquidated and eradicated the left. The problem is that ideas don’t die. Fidel Castro has found a suitable ideological heir in Venezuela’s Chavez. Hugo Chavez’s taking on the mantle of the left has caused a paradigm shift in Latin America. Brazil now has Lula Da Silva at the helm and recently Evo Morales, the first Indian President in a predominantly native country, has taken the reigns of power in Bolivia. The month of November has also seen Daniel Ortega return to power in Nicaragua and Rafael Correa is the newly elected leader of Ecuador. The winds of change are blowing across Latin America, where they will be felt next is anybody’s guess but rest assured that the left is alive, kicking, screaming and in no mood to do the bidding of their former masters in Washington.
It’s only 7 years young and already this century has given us enough plot twists, intrigue, coup’s and murder’s to fill a couple of Tom Clancy novels. Stay tuned as the saga’s continue to unfold on the world stage!