/ America has been gripped by scandal after scandal of banana-republic proportions as Congress and the FBI probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

The underlying sentiment from every article, think piece, and talking head is: How could a foreign power act to destabilize the democracy we hold so dear? Who let this happen?

In Latin America and the Caribbean, however, the outrage and confusion coming from the United States seems ironic. This country has been meddling in elections, propping up dictators, financing coups, and destabilizing governments in the region for so long that it’s cast a shadow over the meaning of democracy itself.

Just as Vladimir Putin aims to sprinkle the Trump administration with his brand of authoritarianism, Latin America has functioned as the proxy for the whims of various American administrations.


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