So to those residing in the USA: Expect a news blackout on the recent Lula da Silva interview in Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, cos it tells things that your media just won't want you to hear. Here are some of the money lines from Lula, translated into English;
2. "The victories of Chavez, Morales and others and the latest (victory of) Fernando Lugo in Paraguay are signs of democratic advance....it was high time that presidents were elected who truly provided to the people."
3. "Europe need not fear the Latin American left."
4. "Where there is hunger, where people are deprived of education, politicians adopt more radical stances. This continent was ravaged by military dictatorships. 20 years ago there was guerilla activity in many countries. Today we all agree, with exception of the FARC in Colombia, that (democratic) elections are the only legitimate road to power."
5. We want to help (Raul Castro's Cuba). Brazilian agriculture experts will sow 20,000 hectares of soybeans in Cuba. It will be the first plantation of this type in the island."
For anyone left reading, your helpful Otto strongly suggests you stop believing what your told in the English-speaking press, and I'm talking about left and right wing agendas promoted by whoever. Until you do, you'll never 'get' Latin America and the nuanced political way of the world down here. In fact, if you don't speak Spanish or Portuguese what makes you think you have an opinion about LatAm that is truly your own?