Saturday, June 17, 2006

AMLO in the NYT again

An article in today’s NYT discusses AMLO. Overall it’s fine, but we still have the sometimes gross lack of understanding about Latin American politics. For example:

His fiery appeals have turned the election into a referendum on whether the country wants to stick with the free trade and pro-business policies of the Fox administration or join the growing number of Latin American countries — Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru among them — that have elected populist left-wingers who want to assert greater state control over the economy and funnel more wealth to the poor.

Just the term “left-winger” sounds so antiquated. But he writes that Venezuela and Peru elected the same type of president, when in fact Chávez actively and openly campaigned against García.

But the general description of AMLO is far more positive than the last NYT article.


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