Monday, July 23, 2018
Young musicians and bands in rural El Salvador are supported by UK-based Music for Hope
Salvadorean President Mauricio Funes has promised support and incentives for small-scale localised food production in an implicit criticism of the neo-liberal model.
Gang violence expert Sonja Wolf expresses doubts about current short-term fix approaches to drug trafficking in Central America—both government plans to negotiate with the maras in El Salvador and the fully militarised onslaught in Mexico.
A CIA document, recently declassified and heavily redacted, has been published by the El Salvador electronic newspaper La Página (2 February 2012). Article in Spanish.
San Salvador: Life under the Maras. Maras, or street gangs, have becoming the scourge of El Salvador, particularly in the capital. They sell drugs, extort money and rape girls, often in extremely cruel ways.
El Salvador says sorry for the violence of the past, but not a word about the violence of the present: the 'war on drugs' and the security interference by the USA.
Two decades after the signing of the Peace Accords, together with the social commitments they contained, El Salvador's levels of poverty and violence are so high that academic and social leaders are proposing new accords to overcome the crisis.
The author places the murder of a group of Jesuits and their housekeeper and daughter, more than two decades ago, in the context of today's justice system in El Salvador.
After a visit to Central America it becomes clear that the U.S. won't commit new funds to the region above what has already been promised, despite the growing crisis.
At the end of March, President Obama will make his first official visit to Latin America. Aleksander Aguilar looks at why he has chosen to visit Brazil, Chile and El Salvador.

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