A Lula victory in the second round is essential for Brazil as Bolsonaro remains a serious threat to Brazilian democracy.
There is hope. A Lula presidency could ‘offer robust leadership for a world that seems to be crumbling due to the myriad challenges such as climate catastrophe, warfare and social toxicity’.
The victory for the left in Colombia marks the latest success for a rejuvenated left across Latin America. The election of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez is an inspiration to socialists in Latin America and across the globe.
Forces in Latin America seeking national independence and socialism are increasingly interacting with China. Illustrating this was a recent speech by Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s former president, organised by Brazil’s School of Latin American and Global Studies. Rousseff spoke about China’s economic development and its influence in Latin America – and criticised the harmful role of Brazil and Latin America’s submission to the United States.
Bolsonaro has announced he will not relinquish the presidency at the 2022 election in the event of “election fraud”. This is the baseless pretext used in both the 2019 US-backed coup in Bolivia, and currently in Peru, where the election winner, Pedro Castillo, is being prevented from taking office.
The CIA director’s recent visit to Brazil appears to be part of an effort to contain and prevent ascendence of South American governments allied with, or sympathetic to, China.