The Pink Tide 2.0? A New Left Surge in Latin America

July 26, 2023

With a wave of progressive leaders taking office in Latin America, many have heralded the rise of a new pink tide. However, since the height of the first pink tide during the first 15 years of the 21st century, the commodity bubble has burst causing economic distress, the impacts of climate change have intensified, an emboldened far right has emerged, the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated communities, and a new wave of popular protests broke out across the southern hemisphere. The current left-wing governments in the region are, in significant ways, different from their predecessors. And they must govern in a very different socio-political environment, with constant threats and backlash from the right.

How is this latest resurgence of the left faring, whether in the presidential palaces or on the streets? This talk will consider key issues including Indigenous rights, environmental issues, and the war on drugs.

Windham World Affairs Council is hosting Linda Farthing, an independent journalist and scholar, to share her analysis of Latin America’s New Left surge, based on a Spring 2023 issue of NACLA Report she edited.

Wednesday, July 26 · 6:30pm EDT

118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Linda Farthing is a writer and educator with 25 years’ experience in Latin America as a study abroad director, film field producer, and journalist/independent scholar. She is co-author of four books: Impasse in Bolivia: Neoliberal Hegemony and Social Resistance (2006), From the Mines to the Streets: An Activist’s Life (2011), Evo’s Bolivia: Continuity and Change (2014) and her latest, Coup: A story of violence and resistance (2021). She has written for the Guardian, Ms. Magazine, Jacobin, Al Jazeera, and the Nation.

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