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A new spectre haunting America

Published : Jan 15, 2010 00:00 IST

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After Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has emerged as the most prominent symbol of anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America. His immense popularity has kept in check U.S.- inspired counter-revolutions. And his Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, zealously backed by other left-of-centre governments that have sprung up in the continent after a series of silent electoral revolutions, is threatening to stop the free run of European and American imperialisms, which had ravaged the region for centuries since the time Columbus made a geographical miscalculation in his search for India and landed up on the American coast.

After Fidel Castro, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has emerged as the most prominent symbol of anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America. His immense popularity has kept in check U.S.- inspired counter-revolutions. And his Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, zealously backed by other left-of-centre governments that have sprung up in the continent after a series of silent electoral revolutions, is threatening to stop the free run of European and American imperialisms, which had ravaged the region for centuries since the time Columbus made a geographical miscalculation in his search for India and landed up on the American coast.

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