The South American continent has been subject to enormous changes over the last two decades, and among these changes, the political ones are, by far, the most easily noticeable. For many countries, it has been a period of slow recovery from long decades of oppression and persecution conducted by military dictatorships.

Left wing movements, some of them linked with the USSR, suffered the most, as a result of the US foreign policy for the region during Cold War.

In recent years, the great majority of South American countries have elected left wing governments. They have, in general, a greater concern with social policies and with eliminating dependence on a single major economy, as well as preventing foreign intervention in internal affairs.

President Obama’s declaration in the Summit of the Americas, stating that he wants the US to have fair relations with Latin American countries, as with equals, is also a great sign of hope for the days to come.

All of these changes represent a major accomplishment, the result of long, and often painful struggles. It does not mean, however, that everyone can enjoy a good life, but rather that there is much more to be done. Corruption is one of the strongest examples of the struggles ahead.