Festive Left Friday Blogging: Happy Birthday, Augusto César Sandino!

According to Aporrea, today is the 119th birthday of Augusto César Sandino, Nicaraguan revolutionary leader and inspiration to guerrillas all over Latin America. (He in turn drew inspiration from his South American forerunner, Simón Bolívar. Perhaps you’ve heard of him?) Among his trendsetting activities: fighting to get gringo imperialists and their lucrative business interests out of Central America, and advocating for the nationalization of local resources for the benefit of locals. An idea which we now see bearing fruit all over the place, most notably in Venezuela, Bolivia, and most recently, Argentina.

Cake, anyone? Thanks to Sandino’s inspiration, some countries actually have plenty of it to go ’round!

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