Richard Gott

Round-up: Will the Real Left Please Stand Up?

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Much confusion has arisen over the so-called "move to the left" in Latin America occurring in recent years.

Leaving aside the fact that "the left" has become a difficult and ill-defined concept in the years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there is obviously a new and hopeful mood throughout Latin America. It was created by the emergence of leaders and parties, traditionally associated with progressive causes, who have been notably sceptical of US claims to global hegemony. Particularly significant is the return of Cuba as a player in the continent's politics.

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