Archive for May, 2012

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A Look Ahead At El Salvador’s Municipal And Parliamentary Elections

May 1, 2012
The left-wing FMLN hopes to hold its congressional majority (dignidadrebelde/Flickr)

The left-wing FMLN hopes to maintain its congressional majority (dignidadrebelde/Flickr)

Even though President Mauricio Funes continues to enjoy strong popular support, the party that catapulted him to power three years ago, the left-wing Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional (FMLN), may soon lose ground in El Salvador’s Asamblea Legislativa (AL). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Central American Laborers Cut Down By Mystery Kidney Disease

May 1, 2012
A cane plantation worker in Zapote, Nicaragua (treesftf/Flickr)

A cane plantation worker in Zapote, Nicaragua (treesftf/Flickr)

The northwestern Nicaraguan town of La Isla has lost so many of its residents in recent years that locals have unofficially renamed it “La Isla de las Viudas,” or island of widows. The victims, mostly men, all die from the same cause – kidney failure. They have something else in common too: they all worked in the nearby sugar cane fields. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile’s Sea Lions In The Cross Hairs

May 1, 2012
Lobos marinos in Chile's Region V (Naturaleza/Flickr)

Lobos marinos in Chile's Region V (Naturaleza/Flickr)

Under pressure from both artisan fishermen and lobbyists with the powerful farmed salmon industry, Chilean authorities are revisiting a 17-year-old hunting ban on one of the country’s most iconic species: the South American Sea Lion. Read the rest of this entry ?