Category: El Salvador

Alexis Stoumbelis: Right Wing Trying To Steal Elections In El Salvador

The right-wing is moving swiftly to derail the democratic process and stop Salvador Sanchez Ceren from being announced as president

Ajamu Dillahunt: El Salvador, Violence and Impunity

The bullets buried into the walls of the room within a foot of their intended victim, in El Salvador’s northern town of Ilobasco

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Greg Grandin: Latin American Votes

Interview on two recent elections in Latin America with historic implications

Alexandra Early: How Young Organizers Have Become Unwitting Victims of the U.S.-Funded Fight against Gangs

On December 12, 2012, 12 young people were arrested in the poor community of El Progreso 3, in the northeastern part of San Salvador. Dressed all in black with their faces covered, police from the much-feared Anti-Gang Unit stormed the community in the middle of night, going home to home trampling down doors and pulling young Read more…

Allen Hines: US-El Salvador: Threats to Privatize Education Meet International Resistance

  When her son Jackson entered third grade, Diana Zevala noticed a changed in his attitude toward school. He grew less interested in school and started to not want to go. Diana, a former English teacher at Progress High School in Brooklyn, New York, sensed he was under stress. Following last year's winter break, she Read more…

Lisa Fuller: The Future of the Revolutionary Project in El Salvador

Reading any of the mainstream newspapers in El Salvador, you’d think that the leftist Farabundo Marti Front for National Liberation (FMLN) party had been soundly defeated in March’s mid-term legislative and municipal elections. The truth is more complicated. Since winning the presidency in the historic 2009 election, the first FMLN government has been busy developing Read more…

Alexandra Early: Legislative Elections in El Salvador: Under U.S. Pressure, the FMLN Loses Ground in Struggle With The Right

On March 11, hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans headed to the polls in the first major contest between parties of the right and left since the leader of the latter, Mauricio Funes, was elected president three years ago. Like mid-term congressional elections in the U.S., voting for municipal officials and national legislators in El Salvador Read more…

Alexandra Early: How the Occupy Movement Came to El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR–At the U.S. embassy here on Thursday (Nov. 24), Ambassador Carmen Aponte held a gala Thanksgiving dinner for a select group of local and North American guests. Outside the castle-like embassy compound, there were some uninvited visitors as well.   Nearly 100 Salvadorans and U.S citizens gathered to display our solidarity with the global Occupy/Indignados movement Read more…

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Sherwood Ross: Salvadorans Struggle Against Mining Firm

Farmers along the banks of El Salvador’s Lempa River believe tomatoes gleam brighter than gold. They would rather put the river to work for farming, fishing, and drinking than to allow the multinational Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Co. of Canada use the river water to extract the rich veins of gold buried nearby—a process that Read more…

Alexandra Early: Obama in El Salvador

(San Salvador) — President Obama’s visit to El Salvador this week has become a focal point for protest organizing by Central American social movement organizations and their North American allies, who are equally outraged about U.S. trade policy and military meddling in the region. Local environmental and community organizations have joined together with allies like Read more…

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