Archive for January, 2014

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Bachelet Is Back! Former President Romps In Chile’s Runoff Election

January 29, 2014
Chile's once and future president, Michelle Bachelet (Wikipedia)

Chile’s once and future president, Michelle Bachelet (Wikipedia)

If ever there was a case of victory foretold, this was it. On Sunday Dec. 15, former President Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) – the hands-down favorite long before she even announced her candidacy – completed her reelection bid with relative ease, besting her rightist rival Evelyn Matthei by nearly 25 percentage points in Chile’s presidential runoff election. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Daniel Ortega Reworks Nicaragua’s Constitution To His Liking

January 29, 2014

At the behest of President Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s Sandinista-controlled legislature is preparing to approve a series of made-to-order constitutional reforms that together amount to an overhaul of the country’s entire political system. Read the rest of this entry ?

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El Salvador: Human Rights Archives Torched

January 29, 2014

An intimidating pre-dawn attack on a San Salvador human rights organization has turned new attention to the still divisive legacy of El Salvador’s dozen-year civil war (1980-1992), which involved numerous abuses and atrocities, and resulted in an estimated 75,000 deaths and 8,000 disappearances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bachelet Cruises In First-Round But Falls Just Short Of Winning Chile’s Presidency Outright

January 29, 2014

Opposition candidate and former President Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) cruised to victory in Chile’s Nov. 17 first-round presidential election, scooping up nearly twice as many votes as her closest rival, Evelyn Matthei of the governing Alianza coalition, and sending the rest of the crowded field packing. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nicaragua’s Tapirs Running Out Of Time And Space

January 29, 2014

Born and raised outside of Managua, in Nicaragua’s Zoológico Nacional,  “Maya” and “Carburito” will soon be traveling east – aboard a military helicopter – to the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur (RAAS), where they will swap their familiar chain-linked enclosure for the leafy wilds of the Wawashang forest. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Alarm As Hundreds Of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Ashore In El Salvador

January 29, 2014

Conservationists and government authorities are pointing their fingers in very different directions following a recent die-off of sea turtles, hundreds of which have washed up on El Salvador’s shoreline in recent weeks. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Chile: Víctor Jara’s Alleged Killer Faces Legal Challenges In U.S.

January 22, 2014
Slain singer-songwriter Victor Jara remembered in a Santiago mural (Wikipedia)

Slain singer-songwriter Victor Jara remembered in a Santiago mural (Wikipedia)

History may finally be catching up to a former Chilean Army officer – and long-time resident of the US state of Florida – who allegedly played a lead role in the 1973 murder of famed Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara. Read the rest of this entry ?