When the left in Latin America suffered a series of electoral setbacks and other defeats in major countries on the continent, including Brazil and Argentina, the pro-imperialist media of course rushed to claim that the Latin American right was now sweeping all before it after the failure of the left – of the ‘pink tide’ which has pushed most countries in the continent to the left in the period after 2000. This was always a delusion.
‘The Empire Strikes Back in Latin America – Understanding Trump and the Reactionary Right’ Summer Dayschool
Saturday 9 June
For nearly 60 years the Cuban revolution has been a beacon for all those struggling for liberation and progress, especially in the developing world.
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US-aligned right wing forces have been advancing in Latin America over the past three years. They have capitalised on the political instability created by an economic crisis which has engulfed the region following the crash in commodity prices in 2014. Their agenda is to reverse the huge social gains delivered by socialist and left wing governments throughout Latin America since the turn of the century and subordinate the region’s governments to US policy.
Recent gains by the Latin American right are marked by two important features: a shift back to the old neoliberal economic model and an authoritarian turn.
In Brazil, President Michel Temer has pursued free-market policies after coming to power following a parliamentary coup which forced out leftist Dilma Rousseff.