Chris Harman analyses critical choices facing the Latin American left.
'The US has lost the plot in Latin America.' So said at least one commentator during last month's Summit of the Americas in the Argentinian city of Mar del Plata. Not only was Bush faced with a big and militant demonstration outside led by former football star Diego Maradona, but his plans for a Free Trade Area of the Americas got the thumbs-down from the government leaders assembled inside.
It was symptomatic of a swing to the left throughout South America in the last five years. But how deep is this swing, and where is it going?