What is the Forum of São Paulo? And why is the far-right so obsessed with it?

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A few years removed from the commodities boom that elevated local economies and lifted millions out of poverty, Latin America has been working off a pretty severe hangover. Brazil and Argentina have seen inequality levels rise; the people are protesting on the streets of Chile, Bolivia, and Ecuador; the Peruvian president was almost ousted, and Venezuela is enduring the worst humanitarian crisis in the Western hemisphere. 

For Brazil’s far-right, all of these cases have a common thread: they are the fault of the Forum of São Paulo.

This left-wing conference—created 29 years ago by the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro...

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