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Savage Firestorm Tears Through Chile’s Historic Valparaíso

June 26, 2014

A furious wildfire burned its way through several Valparaíso neighborhoods last month, killing 15 people and leaving more than 12,000 homeless. Chile’s second major disaster in as many weeks, the fire also served as a painful reminder that for many, the country’s much-heralded economic “miracle” is still very much a mirage. Read the rest of this entry »

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El Salvador’s Most Wanted: Ex-President Francisco Flores Accused Of Corruption

June 26, 2014

El Salvador’s upcoming leadership change is being overshadowed by an unfolding corruption case involving one of the nation’s previous presidents, Francisco Flores (1999-2004), who has been “missing” since late January. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On: Nicaragua Rattled By Multiple Earthquakes

June 26, 2014

Nicaragua remains on “red alert” following a cluster of pre-Easter earthquakes that killed two people; damaged nearly 5,000 homes, some completely; opened up a 20 km-long crack in the earth; and may have even caused an odd drop in the water level of Lago Xolotlán, also known as Lake Managua. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chile’s Glaciers Face Multiple Threats

June 25, 2014
Ice formations in Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

Glacial ice in Chilean Patagonia (Benjamin Witte)

A prolonged rain deficit and a memorable media maneuver by the high-profile environmental group Greenpeace have together sparked an upsurge in public interest regarding Chile’s world-class collection of glaciers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salvadoran Gang Truce On Its Last Legs

June 25, 2014

The government of outgoing President Mauricio Funes appears to have turned its back once and for all on a controversial gang “truce” it helped broker more than two years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Ortega Grants Himself Control Of Nicaragua’s Forestry Resources

June 25, 2014

Having just put the finishing touches on a power-enhancing overhaul of the Nicaraguan constitution, President Daniel Ortega is now looking to extend control over yet another area of the country’s government apparatus: forestry administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bachelet Administration To Mapuches: ‘Sorry You Lost Your Land’

June 25, 2014

The recently inaugurated government of President Michelle Bachelet issued a timely mea culpa this month in an effort to press the proverbial reset button on long frayed relations with the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group. Read the rest of this entry »

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