Tim’s El Salvador Blog: Marco Rubio and the FMLN

Rubio seems to be referring to some stories about Merino which surfaced more than 8 years ago and attempted to establish links between Merino and the FARC guerrillas in Colombia after a laptop computer was captured from the FARC.   From time-to-time, conservative US politicians like Rubio trot out the accusation when they want to dump on the FMLN.  I am unaware of any authority having made a comprehensive investigation into the allegations surrounding Merino. The FMLN denounced the Florida senator this weekend.  The party launched an ad hominem attack on the senator, calling him “a reactionary politician with Cuban roots, known for his extreme positions, anti-immigrant, and associated with the Cuban-American mafia of Miami.” I’m not sure what Rubio was up to in specifically naming Merino.  Usually conservative Republicans only talk about El Salvador when El Salvador is about to have an election, in an obvious attempt to influence votes in the Central American country.

Source: Tim’s El Salvador Blog: Marco Rubio and the FMLN

Serena Williams steps up pace as she dismantles Annika Beck in style | Sport | The Guardian

Against Williams – the second oldest woman in the draw behind her sister Venus – she looked as though she was fighting in the wrong weight division. Williams sent down one serve at 123mph and her average first serve was well over 100mph in both sets; Beck’s average speed in the two sets was 86 and 88mph, about the same as Williams’s second serve. Nor did Beck’s ground strokes have the muscle to trouble her opponent.

Source: Serena Williams steps up pace as she dismantles Annika Beck in style | Sport | The Guardian