Is South America Another Arab Spring?

  • Christina Kirchner will soon become Vice President of Argentina even though she is facing five seperate indictments.
  • Evo Morales won a 4th (unconstitutional) term in an election that was likley rigged to support Cocaine production.
  • Anti-austerity riots are rocking the government of Ecuador.

Instability in South America is growing. The nations currently experiencing unrest are Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti, Uruguay and Venezuela. The region is experiencing a shift from dictatorship to democracy. The left and the right factions remained the same for a long time with both sides supporting black markets, corruption, and taking outside funds either from the West or Russia/China (in the past from the Soviet Union).

Each time the new faction came to power, it would trigger an economic crisis. In Argentinian elections over the weekend, Alberto Fernandez became president-elect. Fernández is an Argentine lawyer, a left leaning candidate and was expected to win. He was the Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers during the entirety of Néstor Kirchner’s presidency, and the early months of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s.  Additionally, it means that Christina Kirchner will be Vice President. Her family has been in power for 12 years since 2003. She is under investigation by 13 criminal probes and she is likely to be indicted by five of them.

President-elect of Argentina Alberto Ángel Fernández.

Many experts believe the crisis in Argentina is not economic but purely political. For the past 25 years Argentina has been in a transitory state undergoing changes from dictatorship to democracy. It is a circus between right and left populists and every strategy becomes unattainable.

Coca is known throughout the world for its psychoactive alkaloid, cocaine.

Bolivia is experiencing a permanent state of dictatorship and is the only country which allows the legal growing of the coca plant.

Coca is any of the four cultivated plants in the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America. Juan Evo Morales Ayma continues as dictator. He is a former cocalero activist, the 80th President of Bolivia, and has been serving since 2006.

The leader of Bolivia, Juan Evo Morales Ayma.

Morales is currently the longest ruling leader in South America. Coca plant growth skyrocketed under his rule. US and other western nations believe his recent reelection was rigged, leading to mass protests and violence. It is a known fact a dictator never surrenders their power voluntarily.

Additionally, how is it possible for Morales to run for a 4th term, when the Bolivian constitution only allows 2 terms? The loophole is he held a flawed referendum about running for the 3rd term and miraculously a majority was in favor. Interestingly, the populous shows their love of him by throwing Molotov cocktails and claiming the results of the election are rigged.

Haiti has endured weeks of widespread protest paralyzing the main arteries in the country. Demonstrators are calling for the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse, to resign from office. He is refusing to step down even with alleged corruption and severe violence rocking the nation. Corruption, economic mismanagement and allegations of fraudulent elections have driven discontent, also resulting in mass protests.

Ecuador has not been spared and has experienced bouts of severe violence in October. The riots were fueled due to anti-austerity measures adopted by President Lenín Moreno.

South America has been in a prolonged phase of corruption for over 25 years and the struggle for democracy continues. Needless to say, the longer Russia supports dictators, including Nicolas Moduro in Venezuela, democracy will continue to fail. While their leaders are driven by a geopolitical agenda, the actual citizens of South America tend to be forgotten in favor of greed and corruption.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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