The Pink Tide is the political movement in Latin America in the 21st century. Its beginning is often associated with Hugo Chavez being elected president of Venezuela in 1998. The reason for the name Pink Tide is that the color red is associated with communism and these leaders are lighter on the communist and socialist ideas but they still lean left, and a red tide is a biological phenomena that is associated with the near extinction of all organisms that live in the oceans that did not create the tide.
Organizations associated with the Pink TideEdit
The pink tide in Latin America has unified much of the region in organizations like CELAC, the Bank of the South and the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. These organizations have notably left the United States out of their membership, preferring instead to create the policies with their own agenda in mind. These organizations have also included Cuba as a member leading some to believe that the Pink Tide is an anti-American movement.
Leadership in the PInk TideEdit
Notable leaders of the movement include Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Evo Morales of Bolivia, and the Kirchners of Argentina. These leaders have become outspoken against various European institutions, especially the International Monetary Fund. The leaders have also been criticized as having close ties with drug trafficking (Morales) because of their backgrounds. The Pink tide movement is often associated with a rise in socialism in Latin America that identifies these leaders as threats to the United States.