Frida Ghitis on Why South America Has ‘Turned Against the Extremes’

An anti-government demonstrator bangs on a pan painted with the Colombian national colors during a strike in Bogota, Colombia, Dec. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
An anti-government demonstrator bangs on a pan painted with the Colombian national colors during a strike in Bogota, Colombia, Dec. 4, 2019 (AP photo by Fernando Vergara).
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The past two decades have brought dramatic changes to South America. Beginning in the early 2000s, Chinese demand for commodities fueled an economic boom that leftist governments across the region used to tackle poverty and inequality, reshaping their countries’ societies and political arenas in the process. But the end of the commodities super cycle in 2013 led to slowed growth, an end to government largesse and a return of center-right parties, while calling into question the sustainability of the previous decade’s gains. In this big picture Trend Lines interview, Frida Ghitis joined WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein to discuss the impact […]

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