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  •  Great diary... (4.00)
    I was planning something of this nature in time for next weekend's election in Bolivia, but you beat me to it.

    Nice work.

    A few points of difference...

    1. Lula will be hard to defeat in Brazil, even given his party's corruption scandals.

    2. Ortega will have a difficult time in Nicaragua, he's lost many successive elections there.  Recent polling has him in a group of three candidates all in the low 20s.  I think the US and Reagan wiped out most of the leftists there, so Ortega needs to bring some new people to the Sandinista cause.

    3. I think its worthwile to note that Uribe changed Colombia's constitution to allow him to run for another term.  The Bush administration was silent when this happened, but are sure to criticize Chavez's party in Venezuela if the legislature trys it there.

    4. Latin America and the USA have much more in common than you would let on, the left is just much more organized and powerful there due to a backlash against US imperialism.  
    •  I hope you still do the diary. I don't remember (none)
      many on Latin America.

      As for Lula, I've read some opinion that he is in trouble, but I look forward to polls as the election draws closer.

      Your fourth point is interesting. I based my statement on the fact that there is so large an indigenous population and most Europeans there are of continental descent. Then there is history. How would you disagree?

      Do not feel safe. The poet remembers.
      You can kill one, but another is born.
      The words are written down, the deed, the date.

      Czeslaw Milosz

      by Chris Kulczycki on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 07:32:36 AM PST

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      •  There are not many diaries here... (4.00)
        ...on Latin America.  I would definitely like to see that change.  

        Lula has fallen in the polls, but he still leads all rivals in recent polling.  The latest had him at 30% and Serra at 24%.  And good resource for polling is Angus Reid Consultants (world-wide polling search).  Just type a country in the keyword search to find the polls you are looking for.

        As for my other point, it really depends on the country.  Argentina and Uruguay for example, have very few indigineous peoples and are primarily descended from Europeans.  Most are Italian or Spanish, but there are a sizable number of German, English, Irish (Che was part Irish), and Eastern European descendants.  Brazil and Caribbean nations have large percentages of the population descended from African slaves, like the US.  But besides ethnicity, I was speaking more to the mix of cultures that all of the Americas share as a result of colonialism.  Apart from the indigenous peoples, which are numerous throughout Central America and northern South America, we are all living in adopted countries that our ancestors came to just a few hundred years ago or less.

        •  Brazil (none)
          was dominated by the Portugese.  I think it is their colonial history.  There was a large German settlement but it was farther south than Rio and I don't believe it played a bigger part in the settlement. When I was in Brazil 30 years ago, the arrogance of the upper classes was evident.  At that time polio vaccine was well known in the U.S. yet there was no infrastructure for immunizing children.  And guess what, the educated people we spoke to didn't care.

          Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities-Voltaire

          by hairspray on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 09:06:31 AM PST

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