Archive for July, 2012

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Ortega Presente! Nicaraguan President Begins Contitutionally-Questionable Third Term

July 4, 2012

Daniel Ortega (right) with allies Rafael Correa (center) and Hugo Chavez — (Presidencia de la Republica de Ecuador/Flickr)

If the thin turnout at last month’s inauguration ceremony is any indication, Nicaragua’s recently reelected president, Daniel Ortega, is running low these days on foreign friends. But at home, the one-time Marxist revolutionary remains popular – and arguably more powerful than at any previous point in his decades-old political career. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: President Funes Irks Armed Forces With Emotional El Mozote Apology

July 4, 2012

Memorial to the Civil War-era massacre in El Mozote (Alison McKeller/Flickr)

As El Salvador marked the 20th anniversary of the UN-brokered peace accords that ended its dozen-year Civil War (1980-1992), President Mauricio Funes broke with tradition by directing the nation’s attention to what was arguably the darkest moment of that conflict: the El Mozote massacre. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Time To Bid Adieu To Chile’s Curious Binomial Electoral Law?

July 4, 2012

Campaign posters in Santiago’s Plaza Italia (Alastair Rae/Flickr)

Just when it looked like Chile’s weary president, Sebastián Piñera, might finally enjoy something of a summer respite, an intra-coalition blowout over the country’s controversial binomial electoral law has put him back in the political hot seat. Read the rest of this entry ?