…on sunday, 26 october – uruguay and brazil…

…two momentous elections, with another in the offing…

TeleSUR provides the English updates on the elections, In 60 Seconds: 2 Days Until Elections in Brazil, Uruguay. There is also an information tab for each country. Not to be forgotten is the tenure of outgoing Uruguayan President José ‘Pepe’ Mujica.

As is known, Latin America is one of the most unequal and poor regions in the world. However, over the last decade or so rapid strides have been made in alleviating poverty and inequality, and in increasing opportunities through education and training. TeleSUR provides a profile of the socio-economic progress made by some of these countries under the stewardship of these leaders. Latin America Provides Alternative Paths to Successful Poverty Reduction. As explained, the path chosen is unlike that recommended by the late Prime Minister of the UK, Margaret Thatcher, who also famously said something to the effect that there is no such thing as society.

Specific to the governments that face elections, there is this,

The significant gains made in Latin America in reducing poverty, especially in countries led by left-wing governments that reject the neoliberal economic prescriptions that Thatcher praised and Washington continues to promote, proves that not only are there alternatives to free market capitalism, but that these alternatives are more humane and effective in creating egalitarian societies.

Of course, such information is available from international organisations such as the World Bank/IMF and ECLAC. The economic research site CEPR has also generated studies to that effect.

…in contention, continuation of economic development focused on all the population as against a turn back to neoliberalism…

 

 

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