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Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Nicaragua’s Mining Boom

June 25, 2014

A leading Nicaraguan environmental group is sounding the alarm over President Daniel Ortega’s cozy embrace of metals mining, an industry that has boomed in recent years and now boasts the country’s number one export product: gold. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Comandante” Sánchez Céren, Leftist Fighter And Peace Accord Signer, Elected President Of El Salvador — Barely

June 9, 2014

After a year-and-a-half-long campaign season, two rounds of voting, competing claims of victory, right-wing protests, a thinly veiled coup threat and a partial recount, El Salvador’s grueling presidential race has finally produced a victor: former guerilla commander and current Vice President Salvador Sánchez Céren. Read the rest of this entry »

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Salvadoran Presidential Contest To Be Decided In A Runoff

June 5, 2014

Vice President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the left-wing Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) won El Salvador’s Feb. 2 presidential election by an unexpectedly solid margin but fell just short of the 50% plus one valid vote needed to avoid a runoff. Read the rest of this entry »

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President-Elect Bachelet Names Chile’s Next Government Cabinet

June 5, 2014

After routing the right in December’s runoff election, President-elect Michelle Bachelet now faces the considerable challenge of turning her broad campaign coalition – a loose affiliation of center-left and leftwing parties known as the Nueva Mayoría – into a viable governing bloc. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ortega’s Overhaul Of The Nicaraguan Constitution Is A Done Deal

June 5, 2014

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega put the finishing touches this month on a thunderous political power play that could extend his already lengthy stay in office until 2021 – and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chile’s Congress Bids Adieu To Controversial ‘Hinzpeter Law’

June 5, 2014

Two days after losing last month’s presidential runoff, the Chilean right suffered a second stinging defeat, this time in the lower house of Congress, the Cámara de Diputados, which voted Dec. 17 to reject a controversial law and order bill known popularly as the “Ley Hinzpeter.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kidney Disease Epidemic In Nicaragua’s ‘Land of Rum and Sugar’

June 5, 2014

In Chichigalpa, Nicaragua’s “tierra del ron y del azúcar” (land of rum and sugar), hundreds of men who developed a “mystery” illness while working in local sugarcane fields are seeking compensation from their former employer, a powerful conglomerate called Grupo Pellas. Read the rest of this entry »