Monday, March 16, 2009

The FMLN has won in El Salvador

This is a really good day/good thing. The FMLN fought a hard civil war in the '80s against U.S. backed Contra forces because it wanted to have a leftist society and not be pushed around by U.S. imperialism anymore. They've since become a legal political party, as part of the agreement in the cease fire. El Salvador was the country where Archbishop Romero was assassinated. It remains extremely poor, supported mainly by money sent from Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S., and has directly suffered from globalization through the coffee that they used to grow there being undercut on the market by cheap coffee from Vietnam. Hopefully an FMLN victory, which was probably made possible by Obama winning in the U.S., will mark an upturn in the country and maybe even an end to the oligarchy that controls the majority of the land there.

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