All eyes were on Cuba this week at the Organization of American States gathering in Honduras. The island nation, whose membership in the regional body was suspended in 1962, was welcomed back into the institutional fold after intense negotiations between the thirty-four member-states over whether human rights and other conditions would accompany Cuba’s readmission.
Twenty years of uninterrupted reactionary rule in El Salvador came to a close yesterday with the inauguration of leftist president Mauricio Funes. The former journalist, running on the party ticket of former Marxist guerillas-the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)-captured victory at the polls on March 15 over conservative candidate Rodrigo Avila. Despite the country's bloody history of violent confrontation between the FMLN and the ruling conservative ARENA party, the uneventful period between election and inauguration bore all the hallmarks of a mature democracy.