Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez uplifted the lives of millions and defied the neoliberal agenda. Salim Lamrani lays bare the truths behind a man often demonised by the major economic powers.
A new sense of solidarity and regionalism has developed among Latin Americans, writes Francis Loh.
In Dec 2006, leaders and envoys of 12 Latin American nations came together for a two-day summit and signed the Cochabamba Declaration, agreeing to study the idea of forming a continent-wide community similar to the European Union. The principles of this declaration will serve as the cornerstone for the formation of a South American union. Contrast them with the proposed principles for the Asean Charter (from the Eminent Persons Group report), and notice especially the heavier emphasis given to democracy, human rights and the environment in Latin America.
Noam Chomsky hails the emergence of independent-minded governments in Latin America as a sign of hope that their struggle for more people-oriented development is finally bearing fruit.