Tag Archives: gang truce

March 12, 2014

Salvadoran army will stay out of election dispute

The Associated Press – The top commanders of El Salvador’s armed forces say they will stay out of an election dispute pitting a conservative candidate against a former leader of the leftist rebels the army fought in a 12-year civil war. Conservative ARENA party candidate Norman Quijano organized Venezuela-style protests Wednesday… read more »

February 10, 2014

El Salvador: Gangs accept pacification of neighborhood

Lorena Baires, Infosurhoy.com – The Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18) gangs agreed on Jan. 9 to pacify the neighborhood of Escalón on San Salvador’s west side. “We committed to playing a role in creating the conditions for the Escalón neighborhood, its communities, residents and visitors to live without violence… read more »

February 5, 2014

VIDEO: El Salvador 2014 Elections

Sarah Stephens, CDA’s Executive Director, and Linda Garrett, CDA’s senior policy analyst on El Salvador, led a delegation to observe last week’s elections in the country. There, they spoke with Oscar Mejia, member of gang Barrio 18 who has joined the gang truce effort. He spoke to CDA about his… read more »

February 5, 2014

Héctor Silva Hernández: La hipocresía del Caso Flores

On Sunday, February 2, voters in El Salvador marked their ballots in the first round of voting to select the country’s next president.  As Salvador Sanchez Ceren, nominee of the FMLN, and Norman Quijano, standard bearer for ARENA, reach out to voters they’ll need to win the March 9th run-off,… read more »

February 2, 2014

El Salvador ex-rebel leads vote, well placed for run-off

Nelson Renteria and Michael O’Boyle, Reuters – A former left-wing guerrilla commander had a strong lead in El Salvador’s presidential election on Sunday and heads into a run-off vote well positioned to defeat a conservative rival who wants to fight powerful street gangs with the army. Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140202/ex-rebel-faces-gang-fighting-conservative-el-salvador-vote-1

December 16, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: CDA urges the U.S. to treat El Salvador like the democracy that it is; Applauds congressional call for neutrality in upcoming presidential vote

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) has joined a call by 51 Members of Congress for the United States government to maintain strict neutrality before and during the upcoming presidential elections in El Salvador.

December 6, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Nelson Mandela, Cuba, and the Terror List

In a statement at the White House, President Obama paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who died Thursday at age 95: “Today, he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth…. read more »

November 5, 2013

El Salvador Update: October 2013 / Informe mensual octubre 2013

Human Rights: The sudden shutdown of Tutela Legal, El Salvador’s well-respected Catholic human rights office, on orders from the Archbishop of San Salvador, stunned the national and international human rights community. Several weeks later, the motivations for the closing and the future of the archives remain obscure.

September 6, 2013

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: From Guantánamo to Key West, Fresh thinking on Cuba

If you are looking for news accounts of Diana Nyad’s swim across the straits, or the still-grounded airplane that can’t fly or broadcast news to Cuba, but can still waste taxpayers’ money, scroll down. But, if you’re ready for some fresh thinking about U.S. policy toward Cuba, look here. In a soon-to-be… read more »

September 6, 2013

El Salvador Update: August 2013 / Informe mensual agosto 2013

This summer’s end finds Salvadorans more scandalized by news of alleged game fixing by their beloved soccer team than by the report that two of the country’s best-known – and as yet publicly unnamed – businesses have failed to pay $50 million each in taxes. Still, there is good news for the nation’s coffers as well as for anti-mining activists and the environment: The lawsuit for $100 million brought against the government by the Commerce Group Corporation was tossed out by the World Banks’s arbitration center, ICSID (International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.)