Archive for the ‘Around the Region Blog’ Category

June 26, 2015 |


by Dr. Dan Hellinger Divisions Deepen within Left and Right in Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian government have seen a defection of a faction of its grassroots organizers and intellectual supporters. The radical Marea Socialista (or “Socialist Tide”) has definitively split from the Unified Socialist Party of Venezuela… read more »

March 4, 2015 |

EL SALVADOR UPDATE: Election Glitches, Surprises and Prospects for 2015

For the past decade, international observers have praised Salvadoran election officials for conducting clean, efficient, professional, and transparent elections. But, the successful run was broken in balloting that took place on Sunday. Although there were no immediate accusations of fraud in the legislative, municipal, or Central American Parliament elections, officials… read more »

February 25, 2015 |

CARACAS CONNECT: February 2015

Conflicts Widen and Deepen as the New Year Unfolds in Venezuela Venezuelans entered 2015 bedeviled with several problems that have now been exacerbated by a new one: the collapse of global oil prices. Lines outside supermarkets and other stores have grown longer; but, more importantly, they have become more common… read more »

January 12, 2015 |

El Salvador Update: November-December 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, noviembre-diciembre 2014

After publishing this monthly update for five years – and updating our Chronology of Peacemaking for nearly three years – this review of 2014 will be our last edition. The timing of our decision turns out to be just right. It coincides with the surprising and historic news that President Obama will end a long and tragic break with Cuba by restoring diplomatic relations.

November 24, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: A Presidential Action that Benefits Millions but Excludes Many

While some critics question the legality of the immigration actions President Barack Obama unveiled in his address on November 20th, no one can doubt that the President cemented his legacy with Latinos and other immigrant communities. In a historic, often emotional address, the President presented measures within his executive authority that could benefit as many as five million undocumented immigrants.

November 3, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: Octubre 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, octubre 2014

Living in a time of Ebola reminds us that diseases and other hazards are never confined by borders. While no cases of Ebola have been reported in Latin America, Archbishop Romero Airport in El Salvador is ready to take temperatures of incoming passengers, has prepared a quarantine area, and has 50 biohazard suits on hand. Of more immediate concern for the region, however, are chikungunya and dengue, both mosquito-borne viruses that are rarely deadly but which can be very painful.

October 7, 2014 |

El Salvador Update: September 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, septiembre 2014

September 18th was a notable day for El Salvador. The U.S. finally approved disbursement of the $277 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) development grant, former president Francisco Flores, who had been charged with embezzlement and went into hiding for 123 days, was ordered from house arrest to jail, and Francisco Altschul presented his credentials to President Obama for the second time as El Salvador’s Ambassador to the U.S.

October 1, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: Obama Administration Opens Door to Some Central American Children

When the New York Times reported yesterday that President Obama had “approved a plan to allow several thousand young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status in the United States,” we decided to take a quick look. The program will allow some children — perhaps 4000 —… read more »

September 17, 2014 |

LINDA GARRETT: In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered

In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border to the United States this summer. The number of migrants crossing… read more »

September 9, 2014 |

Report from the Border

McAllen, Texas was the center of a media and political storm that hit the U.S. in June. By then, the gradual but consistent rise in the numbers of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing the Northern Triangle countries of Central America had reached dramatic proportions.