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Imperialism, state and social movements in Latin America

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For decades, imperialism has conducted comprehensive programmes of torture, disappearances, and assassinations, harkening back to “Operation Condor.” It is a practise that has been documented for a long time in U.S. prisons as well, notably against political prisoners. One has to feel for U.S. citizens whose President can now decide to label them “enemy combatants” and proceed to detain them indefinitely without any rights. Although in the long term, it is China that will probably constitute the principal challenge to the United States, a present-day challenge consists of the new wave of social movements and electoral radicalisation occurring in Latin America which Washington so fondly regards as its “backyard.” This chapter explains seven points that are most frequently under-estimated in the region’s resurgent challenge to imperialism.

Keywords: electoral radicalization; Latin America; political parties; social movements; U.S. imperialism



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