A conversation with Eva María, Naomi Schiller, and Gregory Wilpert
Friends & Foes
Lorena Peña and a generation of FMLN militants adjust to the promise and limits of state power.
The Pink Tide governments’ efforts to break from the tyrannies of world market dependence are not new. Neither are their failures to do so.
When it comes to imperialism, Latin America never forgets, and the United States never remembers.
Jeffery R. Webber
The Latin American left was on life-support in 1990. A decade later, it was in power.
The Vulgar Empiricist
Years of Pink Tide governance saw tremendous gains for ordinary Latin Americans.
Uneven and Combined
Chávez performed best in poor districts, worst in rich ones.
Chinese investments in Latin America have skyrocketed over the past ten years. But not everyone is thrilled about the new superpower in the region.
China’s interest in Latin America remains primarily economic — securing natural resources and diversifying export markets amid the global economic downturn... China’s strategy in Latin America is clear: it wants to “control the supply of commodities,” said the Brazilian Consul General in Shanghai. Chinese investors, encouraged by the Chinese Government, are rushing to invest in Brazil’s natural resources.
With exports to developed countries plummeting, China is looking to Latin America, which China thinks is still in relatively good shape, to pick up some of the slack .... China sees the need to “pay more attention” to large emerging countries like Brazil and Mexico amid the changing global economic balance of power.
Evo Morales’s presidency made real gains for working people. But could it have charted a more radical course?
Looking back at thirteen years of ambiguous reform and one swift counteroffensive.
The Bolivarian Revolution went too far for capitalism but not far enough for socialism.
TeleSUR’s trajectory reminds us that the task of criticizing the Left cannot be abandoned to the Right.
Beyond a Boundary
Mike Meehall Wood
Just as every party in Argentina tries to claim Juan Perón’s legacy, so every government tries to bring Maradona into its fold.
Left parties must take measures to stay connected to their bases.
The “patriotic bourgeoisie” is a myth.
Challenging the dominance of foreign capital requires far stronger regional integration.
Left governments need to pursue long-term programs of economic diversification.