Yesterday saw Colombia elect its first leftist president, Pacto Historico’s Gustavo Petro, after decades of violence and injustice. It is a historic turning point for the country – and for Latin America’s Left as a whole.
Gustavo Petro is leading the polls for Colombia’s presidential run-off this month, defying the country’s vicious right-wing establishment. If he wins, it won’t just change Colombia – it will be a landmark for all of Latin America.
Last week’s election in Colombia saw the best result for its left in decades – and confirmed Gustavo Petro as favourite to be the country’s first socialist president.
With Cold War divisions once again rising to the fore, the US is doing exactly what you’d expect it to: trying to exert influence in its old ‘backyard’.
Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab has been extradited to the US on thinly-veiled political grounds – but the media and ‘humanitarian’ NGOs are all too happy to toe the State Department’s line.