Archive for December, 2010

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El Salvador Unveils Gang-Busting Law

December 4, 2010

Desperate to reign in the rampant violence that has made tiny El Salvador one of the world’s most dangerous non-conflict zones, President Mauricio Funes has implemented a series of tough law-and-order tactics targeted primarily at the country’s notorious “maras” (street gangs). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nuclear Renaissance Underway In Argentina

December 4, 2010

Left for decades on the proverbial back burner, Argentina’s once cutting edge but now very much dusty nuclear power sector is experiencing a real renaissance. For the first time in more than a quarter century, the country is preparing to open a new nuclear power plant, its third. More may be on the way as Argentina looks to ease its dependence on fossil fuels, particularly natural gas. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chilean Maupuche Prisoners End Harrowing Hunger Strike

December 4, 2010

Very much overshadowed by the rescue of Chile’s now world-famous “33,” another group of Chilean men – more than three dozen Mapuche prisoners – concluded their own striking survival story last month, ending a harrowing hunger strike that left many dangerously near death’s door. The Mapuche is Chile’s largest indigenous group with an estimated population of roughly 800,000. Read the rest of this entry ?