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Thursday, March 19, 2009

El Salvador: Voting in Rebel Territory

I have just returned from observing Sunday's historic elections in El Salvador. For the first time in that country's history voters selected a left-wing government. This bring an end to 20 years of right-wing ARENA rule, the U.S.'s closest ally in the region and a party associated with paramilitary death squads in the 1980s.

El Salvador is the only country in Latin America that has troops as part of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The FMLN's victory will mean that the country will withdraw those troops, striking a significant blow against imperialism.

My report on the elections is available on Upside Down World at http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1771/1/


Blogger David T. Beito said...

Good report. While I'm not a particular fan of leftwing governments, or rightwing governments for that matter, this will deal a needed blow against U.S. imperialism.

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