SOUTH AMERICA - Latin America Leans Left

Arno Froese

Latin America’s new “pink tide” is gaining pace after Colombia elected its first leftist leader Gustavo Petro, with Brazil expected to follow suit in elections in October, an echo of a regional political shift in the early 2000s.

Around the region, angry voters, pinched by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and rampant inflation fanned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have ditched mainstream parties and been lured by promised of bigger government and social spending.

Colombia’s shift means it joins Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru in a growing leftist bloc. In Brazil, the regional economic giant, former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva leads opinion polls against far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

“There is really an important and clear movement happening in Latin America, even though different governments show different nuances,” said Brazilian Senator Humberto Costa and member of the leftist Workers’ Party.

On the streets of Colombia, many voters simply wanted a better life for themselves and their children. The chance to study and work.

“I don’t understand much about the left and right, we are working people and those things don’t matter to us, we want to work and that our children they can be better than us,” said Pedro Pedraza, 60, a shopkeeper in Bogota.

“We don’t want anything for free, we want conditions to be able to work and get ahead, get out of poverty.”, 22 June 2022

Arno's Commentary

Whether it’s the left, the right, or the middle of the road, what people want the world over is more freedom and more earnings, to be able to buy more merchandise. It matters not which system is being practiced or adhered to; in the end, globalism will have its way with super success, albeit temporarily. Revelation 18:15-17 reports: “The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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