There is only one subject that almost all Salvadoran bloggers have mentioned recently -- the World Cup. Although El Salvador had no team in Germany, that did not matter as blogging fans noted the start of the great world tournament. Ligia at Que Joder has perhaps the best post (es) as she describes the deserted streets when the games are on TV, the necessity of always knowing the score in case someone asks you, and the positive feelings of everyone united in watching the world's favorite sport.
Similar feelings of fraternity are not generated by the newly inaugurated monument (es) to Roberto d'Aubuisson, founder of the ruling ARENA party. Following the Salvadoran civil war, the UN Truth Commission found d'Aubuisson to have been responsible for the 1980 murder of archbishop Oscar Romero. D'Aubuisson organized and directed deathsquads which killed thousands of civillians during the war years. The blogger Hunnapuh responds (es) to news of the monument with disdain and republishes an interview from 2005 with the sister of d'Aubuisson in which she laments her brother's involvement with Romero's assassination. Comments to the Hunnapuh post (es) and on Tim's El Salvador Blog show the depth of emotion which d'Aubuisson still stirs in the country.
A post in Inferno's Underground World (es) puts the monument to d'Aubuisson in perspective:
Now, for those who are bothered by [the monument] the wealthy have constructed, I say to you -- But what is a miserable post of cement near a multiplaza and a poorly paved street compared with the great quantity of monuments, statues, images, movies, etc. dedicated to Monseñor Romero? And even more important, the greatest monument that Monseñor left: his memory in each and every one of the hearts of the Salvadoran population. There is no monument that can compare with this.
Also posted to Global Voices.