Saturday, May 9, 2009

On May 30, Costa Rica and Nicaragua Remember La Penca and Ronald Reagan

"The May 30, 1984, explosion at a press conference called by Eden Pastora, the famed Sandinista Comandante Cero of the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution, left four dead, three of them journalists. Since then, books have been written and lawsuits launched, but no one has ever been tried for a multiple murder that Costa Rica still treats as an active case that is seriously stalled....

....The La Penca bombing ranks among the very smallest of incidents of violent death that mark the Reagan legacy in Central America, but along with the thousands who mourn their dead in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala, reporters, too, remember their own."

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.