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Is the case of Che Guevara still alive? Why Socialists Are Rising To Power Across Latin America

Date: January 29, 2023 Time: 04:43:27

Inauguration ceremony of Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

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On January 1, Brazil, the largest country in South America, officially inaugurated Lula da Silva as president. The triumphant return to big politics of the honorary president of the local Workers’ Party, a 77-year-old socialist with a long history, continues the process of “popping” Latin America – that’s what they call the establishment of left-liberal regimes, not so radicals like the real “reds” who rule in China or North Korea.

KP.RU found out what was happening: the reactivation of the case of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, or a historical accident.

MEXICAN PASSIONS

Of course, one of the “initiators” of the left’s victories on the continent was Andrés López Obrador, who came to power in Mexico in 2018. Having started his political career in the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (which, by the way, , led the country continuously for more than 70 years), gradually began to move “to the left.” In 2000-2005, López Obrador was mayor of Mexico City, and then ran twice for the highest government post.

And now, having won the next vote, López Obrador had the opportunity to gradually change the domestic and foreign policy of Mexico. It is true that until now the country has not been able to escape the problems of the last decades. Through it, migrants are pouring in trying to reach the United States, and each time the drug cartels are defying the authorities ever more boldly, making them doubt who the government is.

The situation is the same for another “communist” Gustavo Petro, who triumphed in Colombia, who until then was considered Washington’s closest “friend” in Latin America, and even such that in 2022 he was granted the status of one of the most important in the United States. non-NATO allies. And in this country, the leader was not just a socialist, but a real radical partisan revolutionary, albeit “retired”. Since the age of 17, Petro has long been a partisan as part of the M-19 group under the call sign “Comandante Aureliano” and served a year and a half in prison for illegal possession of weapons.

Having come to power, the former militant vowed to fully implement the 2016 peace deal with the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia group and to negotiate with another guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army, as well as halt all new oil and gas developments. . so as not to spoil the environment.

Of course, one of the “initiators” of the victories of the left on the continent was Andrés López Obrador, who came to power in Mexico in 2018.

Photo: REUTERS

The beginning of the presidential term was impressive: the first tax reform in several years was achieved, increasing the rates of oil companies and the wealthiest segments of the population. In addition, Petro was finally able to open the border with Venezuela, blocked after the attempts of the Venezuelan “impostor” Juan Guaidó to become president of the Bolivarian Republic. But the “partisan” has more than enough opponents within the country, starting with the right-wing elites and ending with the drug mafia, which itself does not want to cede its power to anyone.

Even Honduras, the mention of which might make someone smile, also ended up under the rule of the leftist president, who became Xiomara Castro.

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THE PARTY COMES TO US

Lula da Silva also has a lot of work to do in his post. She got a country that exists in a very unstable world, which is about to collapse in an economic crisis.

Even Honduras, the mention of which might make someone smile, also ended up under the rule of a left-wing president, who became Xiomara Castro, the wife of former head of state Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 coup. And An interesting fact: in the midst of the West’s attempts to isolate Russia, it was Honduras that decided to open for the first time in its history (!) an embassy in Moscow.

There are many examples, but even if you just look at the statistics, it turns out that now the “leftists” are in power in 10 of the 20 largest countries of Latin America, not counting the small Caribbean states: in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Chile and Cuba.

LIVE WITH WOLVES

True, it is not worth rejoicing too much, because the current representatives of the “progressive peoples” are not at all what they used to be. If in Soviet times any head of state who declared his left orientation could receive generous “gifts” from Moscow, now the leaders have to rely mainly on their own strength. Even a generous China will not help much here, because Beijing is ready to work with any regime and is not yet particularly eager to pay for its political loyalty.

Gabriel Boric is the youngest president in the history of the Western Hemisphere

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So left-wing countries have to maneuver between their own political ideology and the harsh reality in which proximity to the United States is a key factor of existence.

And not all leftists turn out to be those “fighters for the happiness of the people” as they are presented in our country. For example, Chilean leader Gabriel Boric, 27, is the youngest president in the history of the Western Hemisphere. In words, he advocates the expansion of programs to help Chile’s indigenous and vulnerable people, but in reality he sounds more like an American Democrat advocating “progressive” values. In international politics, Boric also plays more on the side of the United States: he supported the removal of Peru’s leftist president and harshly criticized Russia for a special military operation in Ukraine.

And the rest of the left does not profess the ideas of socialism in the classic version either: nobody is going to nationalize companies or expel Americans from the country. Rather, to the contrary, Latin Americans are very interested in new investment flowing to them, and it doesn’t matter who will own that money. Given the current situation, the saying is better for them: “Don’t get fat, I would live”.

EXPERT OPINION

“Today’s leftist politicians are not like the Trotskyist fanatics of the past”

Igor Pshenichnikov, Latin American political scientist:

The rise of the left to power in Latin America is a natural process, because the social crises are worsening in the countries of the Western Hemisphere, there is a terrible inequality between the elite and the poorest sectors of the population. So the victories of the socialists in the largest states in the region were predictable.

Another thing is that one should not expect any “heroic effort” from the left to break with the United States and form an anti-American coalition. Washington’s position in the regions is very strong, and even the most radical Latin Americans understand this. This is why, at their best, Lula, López Obrador and other heads of state have always “looked North”, keeping US interests in mind and carefully maneuvering between their political program and reality. And today’s socialists in the region themselves, for the most part, are not Maoist or Trotskyist fanatics, but rather adequate people, inclined more towards social democracy than communism.

Separately, I want to note that the coming to power of the left is beneficial for Russia, because the representatives of this political direction traditionally have warm feelings for our country. For example, Lula himself was one of the “founding fathers” of the BRICS, and many joint projects were better developed with representatives of precisely the leftist ideology. I think we should take this opportunity to strengthen relations, especially since Russia and Latin America have something to offer each other!

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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