Weekly Report - 08 August 2013 (WR-13-31)

REGION: Alba challenges Pacific Alliance

The most prominent leaders of Latin America’s Left took aim this week at the Pacific Alliance, which they argued was not merely a free trade grouping but also embodied the malign influence of the US intent on countering ‘progressive’ leftist governments in the region. This view was upheld in the summit of the radical leftist integration movement Alianza Bolivariana de los Pueblos de Nuestra América (Alba), held in Ecuador’s coastal city of Guayaquil, and a meeting of the Foro de São Paulo, an umbrella organisation of leftist parties across the region formed in 1990, during which Brazil’s former president Lula da Silva (2003-2010) was a particularly strident critic of the Pacific Alliance.

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