At Summit Obama interested in looking forward, while many live the past every day - El Salvador report
"In their first ever meeting, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gave US President Barack Obama a copy of Eduardo Galeano's classic historical essay, Open Veins of Latin America. Arguably the most complete history of imperialism in Latin America, a clear sign from Chavez that an understanding of the region's history is important to him. But when Obama got to the podium, he announced "I didn't come here to debate the past, I came here to deal with the future." The most recent country to join Latin America's leftist block is El Salvador, with the election of the FMLN's Mauricio Funes to the presidency. El Salvador's Ramon Rivas believes that the only way mutual understanding can be achieved is through a commitment to learning the history as the only path to understanding the present."