I posted a piece on the Constituent Assembly Elections today from where I am in El Salvador. Tomorrow I’ll be heading into the World Poetry Festival of El Salvador, dedicated to Oscar Romero so I’ll no doubt be occupied for that for the better part of a week.
This piece that follows is a translation I did of an excellent piece on the Bolivarian “Revolution” of Venezuela, written by ex-guerrilla commander of the Salvadoran People’s Revolutionary Army (EPR). I tried to get this published at left websites, but to no avail. The left, in general, it seems, still doesn’t want to hear any bad news about Venezuela.[Update: I am told by someone I respect deeply who was very much involved in the Salvadoran solidarity movement that Villalobos was linked to the murder of the great Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton, and that he “worked as a consultant for the State Dept and the UN on counterterrorism.” Thanks for the info. My Salvadoran friend here, who was in the FPL and a political prisoner in the 1980s for her political work, tells me Villalobos has quite good analysis on some things. So messengers are often tainted, but still, the message here is what’s important, and I think Villalobos, who clearly has moved to the center, is spot on as regards Venezuela.]