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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:18 PM
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Have you noticed that Spanish speaking countires are electing leftists?


Lula

Chavez

Zapatera

Any theories?
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:18 PM
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1. Because leftists
are the only people in their right minds. :P
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:19 PM
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2. I think Brazil's first language is Portugese? But even so, I know what
you mean.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:26 PM
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3. yup they are portugese
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:27 PM
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4. Liberation Theology!
I believe that this is having a big effect!
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tedzbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:28 PM
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5. It's a communist plot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Where's McCarthy when we need him?

:bounce:
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:29 PM
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6. Smart people
The US is going to find itself *Very* alone.

Kanary
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wuushew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:31 PM
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7. Speaking of Lula
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 02:38 PM by wuushew
did anyone hear about land siezures rates being up since Lula was elected. I heard about it on BBC radio within the last few days and I need more info.


(On Edit) I found the story

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3618297.stm
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:43 PM
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8. snip from that article...

When the Portuguese first settled here, vast estates were shared out between a small number of aristocrats.
Five-hundred years later, nearly half of all farmland is still owned by just 1% of the population.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 02:57 PM
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9. You forgot Lagos in Chile. He was a contemporary of Allende.
And yes I've noticed :-)
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:31 PM
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10. Extreme Poverty, Family ties crossing over social lines and the
Catholic Church has a more pure purpose in "doing the right thing" than in America.

I believe that would be the main factors.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 03:51 PM
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11. The pendulum swinging...
from the far right governments that they have traditionally had. Often with the blessing and support of the US.

Many Latin American systems were essentially feudal, with the Spanish and Portuguese leaving large estates running things. After many years of revolutions and US interventions, many of these estates and ruling families were still untouched.

Left to their own devices, the populations in these countries are rebelling once again against these ruling families, but this time through the ballot box.

Spain still remembers Franco, and voting out a rightwing government is quite natural for them. Makes them feel more like other Europeans, too.



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