Bolivarian snub

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The cutting of diplomatic ties with Israel by Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales has been an inspiration to the rest of the world. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets, calling upon their own governments to take such action. Yet again the projects taking place in Venezuela and Bolivia are standing out from the crowd.

However, as highlighted by Mike Gonzalez (Socialist Review, January 2009), the movements in Latin America face great challenges. As the global economic crisis deepens, the working class and poor are the ones suffering as the battle over the continent's natural resources increases. The breadth and intensity of the resistance are what will define their future.

Such hurdles are not far away for some. Venezuelans are set for the ballot box again this month as the two-term limit on elected office is debated. This amendment to the constitution was turned down in the 2007 referendum. It will be yet another defining moment in the Bolivarian process and for the movement in Latin America in general.

Steve Henshall
London