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Latin America: "Post-Communism" and Lessons from the European East (II).

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Edited by Federico Ferrero

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On the delicate situation in Russia, one must emphasize a recent and almost unknown letter of warning sent to President Bush by Vladimir Bukovsky and Elena Bonner, wife of the deceased former Russian dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Andrei Sakharov. In it, they warn that Russia, "contrary to what is believed in the West, is not walking on the road of democracy and the free market"; and they mention, among others examples, the fact of the last presidential elections in which the Russian electorate was given the false alternative of "choosing between a Communist leader and a colonel of the KGB."

On the Latin American scene, what occurs in the Czech Republic of today serves as a warning for an eventual fraud that officials of the Cuban regime are plotting for "post-Castroism" in Cuba.

But the lessons of Eastern Europe perhaps go a great deal further. In fact, save for the obvious differences in political situations, it would not be difficult to establish analogies between the strategies of the Czech "post-Communists" and of various Eurasian countries, with those of "post-leftists" of Latin America. A variety of these have outlined new revolutionary strategies, having affinity with those of the Czech "post-Communists," in the course of the three sessions of the World Social Forum of Porto Alegre. Its main Latin American figure is the current president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who, paradoxically, has received compliments and unusual manifestations of confidence from the American ambassador in Brasilia, Donna Hrinak, from the recently appointed undersecretary of State for Affairs of the Western Hemisphere, Roger Noriega, and from President Bush himself.

All the preceding facts should be serenely reflected upon, with a view of devising the adequate doctrinal antidotes and propaganda, on the part of those who in the three Americas were opposed yesterday to the old revolutionary tactics, and today distrust the new ones.

Destaque Internacional - No. 110 - Buenos Aires, Sept. 12, 2003.

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