Monday, November 06, 2006

Another Leftist Leader Triumphs in Latin America

Daniel Ortega was recently elected president of Nicaragua. He joins Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia as newly established leftist leaders in South America. Combined with the rioting in Oaxaca, Mexico, the election controversy in Ecuador, the UN Security Council votes, and the political hot potato of immigration in the United States, Ortega's election adds another brushstroke to the fascinating portrait that is 21st Century Latin American politics.

If you studied Spanish at a left-leaning liberal arts university, odds are that you know Daniel Ortega is a former Nicaraguan president and socialist leader of the Sandinistas.

In other Latin American Marxist News, read about the sentence of Abimael Guzman, the former leader of Peru's Shining Path terrorist organization. [EDITOR'S NOTE: The most interesting aspect of this story is that Guzman's lawyer is Leonard Weinglass - the same man who has defended Mumia Abu Jamal, Angela Davis, the Chicago 7, and the kidnappers in the Patty Hearst trial.]


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