After more than a decade of left-leaning governments being elected to power across Latin America, some have now lost power, and others are now embroiled in political and economic crises.

Noam Chomsky, a long-time supporter of Latin American emancipation, says that despite being in "a period of regression" it is the first time in 500 years that the region has "pretty much extricated itself from foreign control".

Chomsky also dismisses that the United States is reaching out to Cuba as "the way it's put in Western propaganda", pointing to the fact that the US "has been carrying [out] a bitter war on Cuba, a terrorist war" and that the Obama administration was forced to open up to Cuba as its position was becoming increasingly isolated in the hemisphere.

Watch more from Mehdi Hasan's interview with Noam Chomsky.

Source: Al Jazeera