Archive for January, 2012

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Billion-Dollar Deluge Socks El Salvador

January 7, 2012

Tropical deluge '12-E' caused widespread damage in October, 2011 (YouTube)

The devastating tropical depression that pounded Central America for 10 days last month won’t go down as the deadliest act of Mother Nature to strike disaster prone El Salvador. But when it’s all said and done, tropical storm 12-E, as it was officially called, is likely to be one of the costliest. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Widespread Abuse Allegations Amid Police Crackdown On Chile Protests

January 7, 2012

Police cavalry readies to pounce in Valapariso (Flickr/Dave_B_)

By the time Francisco Gómez, a volunteer human rights observer, first saw 18-year-old Sebastián Bravo Piña, the teenager’s face had been so battered by police it “looked like a sack of potatoes.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ortega Trounces Opposition In Nicaraguan Presidential Election

January 7, 2012

Ortega plans to stick around (Flickr/tvbrasil)

Just as the polls predicted, President Daniel Ortega easily won Nicaragua’s Nov. 6 election, rolling past a fractured opposition to earn a controversial third term in office. But while the contest may have been short on suspense, it still delivered plenty of drama. In the days after the election, skirmishes between Sandinista and opposition followers resulted in a handful of deaths. Adding to the tensions are charges that the election, which the opposition so far refuses to concede, was wrought with fraud. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sunny Economic Outlook Boosts Ortega As Election Nears In Nicaragua

January 7, 2012

Construction workers in Nicaragua (Flickr/hhbcphotos)

A recent economic upswing in Nicaragua couldn’t have come at a better time for President Daniel Ortega, who is quickly closing in on an unprecedented – and arguably unconstitutional – third term in office. Nicaragua’s upcoming general election is set to take place Nov. 6. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Macabre Milestone In El Salvador: ‘Peacetime’ Murders Now On Par With Civil War Death Toll

January 7, 2012

Salvadoran police (Flickr/Lshave)

The bodies of two men, victims of apparent strangulation, lay along a road in El Ceibillo. Passersby discovered the bullet-riddled corpse of a 21-year-old man near the corner of 6Av. and Bulevar Rufino Barrios in San Salvador. Twelve kilometers outside of the city, a dead man turned up in a sewer. The list goes on. In total, the Oct. 12 edition of Prensa Libre put the day’s homicide count at 10. Read the rest of this entry ?