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Latin American left struggles post-Castro and pre-Trump

The Latin American left lost its spiritual leader with the death of Cuban leader Fidel CastroIt’s been a bad year for the Latin American left, which lost its spiritual leader Fidel Castro, saw its “pink tide” ebb to new lows and now faces the menace of Donald Trump. The band of union leaders, ex-guerrillas and other left-wing rabble-rousers that dominated Latin American politics for more than a decade has fallen from favor as the region’s economic boom of yesteryear has gone bust. Of the 15 countries swept up in the so-called pink tide that began in the late 1990s, just eight have leftist leaders today — and several of those are wobbling.

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