The revival of Unasur at a summit of 13 Latin American leaders, and the rehabilitation of Venezuela, demonstrates the region’s shift back to the left – a blow to US imperialism.
We are now in the fourth wave of a left emergence since the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Even the mildest centre-left governments will be forced to address serious social crises. The test of these governments will be how they act when faced with the refusal by the forces of capitalism to solve these crises.
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.
Right now the issue for the U.S. interventionist machinery in Nicaragua is the coming election to be held on 7 November 2021 with the likely victory of the FSLN. The US is desperate to discredit these elections by orchestrating a stream of media-oriented provocations that may allow it not to recognise the results.
The situation in Cuba is today the key to the situation in Latin America and is of crucial importance throughout the world. Defeat of Cuba, that is success of the US in its hybrid war, would be a huge step forward for the US in its fight against national independence in Latin America and throughout the world, and in the fight against the new cold war against China.
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.