Archive for October, 2010

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El Salvador Declares First Environmental State Of Emergency

October 16, 2010

Years after neighbors of a now defunct battery factory first began airing concerns about toxic lead pollution, the Salvadoran government has finally declared a state of “Environmental Emergency.” Long overdue, the declaration – the first of its kind in El Salvador’s history – is “better late than never” for residents of San Juan Opico, where dangerous levels of the heavy metal have sickened well over 100 children. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Piñera Pulls Plug On “Barrancones” Power Plant

October 16, 2010

Six months into his presidency, Sebastián Piñera – Chile’s first conservative head of state since dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) – continues to prove a penchant for perplexing his more liberal opponents. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile: Mapuche Strikers Hungry For Justice

October 16, 2010

Nearly two months into a dangerous hunger strike, more than 30 indigenous Mapuche prisoners are struggling to gain national attention at a time when all eyes have been focused north, to the desert city of Copiapó, where another group of Chilean men, buried by an Aug. 5 mine collapse, are also struggling for survival.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nicaragua Opposition Shuffles Deck Ahead Of 2011 Election

October 16, 2010

With just over a year to go before the next presidential election, Nicaragua’s deeply divided opposition is scrambling for a viable formula to unseat powerful if not entirely popular President Daniel Ortega of the Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN). Read the rest of this entry ?