this is encouraging

Boric reminds me of the young Joschka Fischer.

Boric has said that the democratic left should not have a double standard on human rights or use the principle of self-determination to justify human rights violations. He said that, just as the left must “condemn the violation of human rights in Chile during the dictatorship, the ‘white’ coups in Brazil, Honduras and Paraguay, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, or the interventionism of the United States, we must from the left with the same force condemn the permanent restriction of freedoms in Cuba, the repressive government of Ortega in Nicaragua, the dictatorship in China and the weakening of the basic conditions of democracy in Venezuela.” During his 2021 presidential campaign, he said that the 2021 Nicaraguan general election was fraudulent and called on the Communist Party of Chile, one of his allies, to rescind its original statement supporting Daniel Ortega’s government. Boric has been critical of President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and his stance regarding the crimes of the military dictatorship of Brazil (1964–1985). He has also called Bolsonaro “a danger for the environment and for humanity.”

(too many leftists in our country are over-tolerant re: Cuba, China, Nicaragua, Venezuela)

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Steven Welzer

The editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a movement activist for many years (he was an original co-editor of DSA’s “Ecosocialist Review”).