Past is present in Latin America

Addressing the Summit of the Americas Obama explained “I didn’t come here to debate the past, I came here to deal with the future.” However, without accepting the role of the US in Latin America, which the States contemptuously titled its “backyard,” how can those in the backyard, who are now largely defined by their resistance to this status, agree consensus on a future? In the following report the Real News examine the past that Obama wants to ignore and they explore why that past is inextricably linked to the present and the future. The report also contains an excellent feature on Oscar Romero a liberation theologian assassinated by US backed right wing militia.

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2 thoughts on “Past is present in Latin America”

  1. Very interesting report, just one thing, bishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (or padre Antonio Pereira as Ruben Blades called him in his famous song) was no Liberation Theologian. In fact, he was very conservative in many ways. That was part of the tragedy, because he was only asking for justice and a condemning the death squads from the right wing ARENA and the violence from the leftwing FMLN… he was not leftwing. He was just a great man with a humanity that exceeds this world. A true Christian I would say. That was made him talk about ordinary people, the poor and the excluded. That was why he criticise the US for giving support to the rightwing groups and the government despite a tragic track record in human rights. But he was no Liberation Theologian, in fact he was very close to John Paul II.

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