Archive for September, 2012

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Tenuous Gang Truce Halves Homicides In El Salvador

September 5, 2012

Salvadoran gang members surrender weapons (Departamento de Seguridad Publica OEA)

Something remarkable recently occurred – or rather didn’t occur – in violence plagued El Salvador. On April 14, for the first time in nearly three years, police did not record a single murder. For a country that normally counts its daily homicide figures in double digits, the sudden absence of murder reports wasn’t just good news; it was huge news. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Clean Energy ‘Revolution’ In Nicaragua

September 5, 2012

Wind turbine in Nicaragua (Flickr/Nyall & Maryanne)

A spate of new power projects, surging foreign investment and a welcome dose of positive press coverage are helping transform Nicaragua’s go-getter energy goals from pipe dream to reality. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Gay Rights: Hate Crime Killing A Wakeup Call For Chile

September 5, 2012

Thousands turned out for Daniel Zamudio’s funeral (Flickr/chilefotojp)

The savage and ultimately fatal beating of a young homosexual man in Chile, allegedly at the hands of a group of neo-Nazis, has triggered a nationwide discussion on gay rights and prompted the government of President Sebastián Piñera to “fast-track” a dusty anti-discrimination law that had wallowed in Congress for years. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chávez Cancer Reports Spell Trouble For Venezuela-Dependent Nicaragua

September 5, 2012

Ortega and Chavez: Friends, allies and ‘socios’ (Flickr/chavezcandanga)

A huge question mark for Venezuela, President Hugo Chávez’ ongoing health problems are also making waves in Nicaragua, where Daniel Ortega has good reason to pray for his cross-Caribbean counterpart’s full and speedy recovery. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Citizen Revolt, Police Repression In Far Southern Chile

September 5, 2012

Residents in far southern Chile’s Aysen region demand more government attention (Periodico El Ciudadano)

The most sparsely populated of Chile’s 15 regions, Aysén is in many ways the most isolated as well. But in recent weeks, a burst of popular unrest has lifted the normally out of sight, out of mind outpost to the top of President Sebastián Piñera’s priority list. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador Elections: Modest Victory For Right-Wing ARENA

September 5, 2012

El Salvador’s rightist ARENA party picks up seats in the unicameral legislature (Flickr/-Chupacabras-)

The opposition Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (ARENA) eked out a narrow victory in El Salvador’s March 11 midterm elections to maintain a numbers advantage in the country’s municipal governments and earn a slim lead in the unicameral legislature. Hardly a rout, the results nevertheless marked a major reversal of fortunes for the far-right party, which stumbled after losing the last presidential election. Read the rest of this entry ?