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 ?
Archive for September, 2012
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 ?
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 ?
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 ?
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 ?
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 ?