Latin America's 'pink Tide' Ebbs To New Low In Brazil

Latin America's 'pink tide' ebbs to new low in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Pakistan Point News - APP -1st Sep,2016) - Dilma Rousseff's impeachment doesn't just mark the end of 13 years of Workers' Party rule in Brazil, but a new low for the so-called "pink tide" of leftist leaders in Latin America. It's been nearly two decades since the left began sweeping to power, promising a new politics for a new century in a region often characterized as having the world's greatest inequality. The pink tide -- more moderate than the communist red of Fidel Castro and other Cold War-era revolutionaries -- reached 15 countries in all, starting with the late Hugo Chavez's election in Venezuela in 1998.

Eight remain now that Brazil's Senate has convicted Rousseff. Giant Brazil was a leader in the regional movement, providing two of its most emblematic presidents: Rousseff and her once hugely popular predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. They brought radical street cred from the bad old days in Latin America. She was an urban guerrilla jailed and tortured by the military regime installed after Brazil's 1964 coup. He was a rabble-rousing steelworker who helped lead the fight for democracy.