Think there’s no alternative? Latin America has a few

THE AMAZON PINK DOLPHIN’S VOICE

Think there’s no alternative? Latin America has a few

Not only have leaders from Ecuador to Venezuela delivered huge social gains, they keep winning elections too — proving western media wrong

Ever since the crash of 2008 exposed the rotten core of a failed economic model, we have been told there are no viable alternatives. As Europe sinks deeper into austerity, governing parties of whatever stripe are routinely rejected by disillusioned voters — only to be replaced by others delivering more welfare cuts, privatisation and inequality.

So what should we make of a part of the world where governments have resolutely turned their back on that model, slashed poverty and inequality, taken back industries and resources from corporate control, massively expanded public services and democratic participation and keep getting re-elected in fiercely contested elections?

That is what has been happening in Latin America for a decade. The latest political leader to underline the trend is the radical economist, Rafael Correa, re-elected as President of Ecuador last week with an increased 57 per cent share of votes, while Correa’s party won an outright majority in the parliament.

However, Ecuador is now part of a well-established pattern. Last October, the much-reviled but hugely popular Hugo Chvez, who returned home last Monday after two months of cancer treatment in Cuba, was re-elected President of Venezuela with 55 per cent of the vote after 14 years in power, in a ballot far more fraud-proof than those in Britain or the US. That followed the re-election of Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Latin America’s first indigenous president, in 2009; the election of Lula da Silva’s nominated successor Dilma Rousseff in Brazil in 2010; and of Cristina Fernandez in Argentina in 2011.

 

Source: Gulf News

 

 

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

Selvavidasinfronteras.wordpress.com

Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 22 February, 2013.

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