Tag Archives: militarization

December 19, 2012

HECTOR SILVA: El Top 5 de 2012

Hector Silva, El Faro - Recurro al listado de fin de año para ofrecer los cinco hechos políticos y tendencias que, a mi juicio, marcaron 2012 en El Salvador. La tregua pandillera, gestionada por el gabinete de Seguridad Pública que tomó posesión luego que la administración Funes sacara al FMLN de… read more »

October 2, 2012

El Salvador Update: August-September 2012

After a long, hot summer of fierce political battles, marathon negotiating sessions, and international pressure, on August 19th political leaders reached an agreement on the contentious issue of Supreme Court justices. The clash over the constitutionality of elections to the Supreme Court was considered by some analysts to be the most serious political crisis since the 1992 Peace Accords. The settlement – mediated by President Funes – was presented as a Solomonic decision with both ARENA and the FMLN making concessions. But, it would appear that the FMLN and its allied parties conceded a little less: the new president of the Constitutional Court— and thus of the full Supreme Court – is José Salomon Padilla, a member of the FMLN.

August 17, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL Newsblast: Ryan’s Conversion on the Road to Havana

Rep. Paul Ryan flip-flopped on Cuba. Before voting to support the embargo in 2007, he opposed sanctions and spoke passionately against them. Now, the Romney campaign and its supporters in Florida have gone to great lengths to reassure their conservative Cuban American base that Ryan isn’t the Cuba contrarian now that he appeared to be less than a decade ago. That’s the end of the story, but not the moral of the story.

May 23, 2012

In Honduras, U.S. should tread lightly

L.A. Times Editorial Board- As the war on drugs has spread from Mexico to Central America, so has the U.S. role in Honduras. Pentagon contracts are helping to fund new military bases in remote regions of that country, and U.S. troops and special Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been deployed to train local… read more »

May 23, 2012

Honduras names new national police chief

Matthew Lee and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press- The newest top cop who President Porfirio Lobo is giving the responsibility of cleaning up the national police force has faced questions in the past about his record on human rights. Lobo swore in Juan Carlos Bonilla Valladares, a veteran law enforcement official… read more »

May 4, 2012

CUBA CENTRAL News Blast: Governor Scott steps on a rake; the Cuba Transition Project loses the plot

Last week, we reported on Governor Rick Scott’s decision to sign legislation to stop Florida’s municipalities and state agencies from doing business with companies that have dealings with Syria and – the intended target – Cuba.  At the time, we called him “cynical” for signing legislation that is probably unconstitutional and bad… read more »

May 1, 2012

Informe Mensual: El Salvador, Abril del 2012

Si bien la Cumbre de las Américas estuvo colmada de frustraciones para el Presidente Obama, en el caso del jefe de Estado de El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, este acontecimiento de dos días resultó ser todo un éxito. En su discurso ante los participantes de la Cumbre, el Presidente Funes pudo anunciar por primera vez durante los casi tres años de su administración que el sábado 14 de abril hubo “cero homicidios” en este país. Esto obedece a un frágil acuerdo de cese al fuego entre las dos pandillas más grandes del país, la MS y Barrio 18.

March 30, 2012

Informe Mensual: El Salvador, Marzo del 2012

El tumultuoso proceso electoral de medio período de la Asamblea Nacional y las municipalidades de El Salvador concluyó de forma ordenada el 11 de marzo con pocos problemas serios. En el transcurso de los días siguientes, se retiró la propaganda de las campañas, los salvadoreños se prepararon para disfrutar de unas largas vacaciones de Semana Santa en la playa y la clase política se sumió en un análisis postelectoral de victorias y derrotas. En el seno de la Asamblea Legislativa, surgieron de inmediato las negociaciones, a medida que los dos partidos mayoritarios (ARENA y el FMLN) —ninguno obtuvo una mayoría— se lanzaban a buscar votos entre las agrupaciones políticas más pequeñas para garantizarse el éxito en torno a diversos asuntos críticos que les esperan. Ahora que ya finalizaron las elecciones del 2012, empezó de inmediato la contienda presidencial del 2104, en tanto los esperanzados candidatos compiten inmediatamente por quedar bien situados.

March 30, 2012

El Salvador Update: March 2012

The tumultuous mid-term electoral process for El Salvador’s National Assembly and municipalities concluded in an orderly fashion on March 11th with few serious problems. In the following days, campaign propaganda came down, Salvadorans prepared for long Semana Santa vacations at the beach and the political class was immersed in post-election analysis of victories and defeats. In the National Assembly, negotiations were immediately underway as the two major parties (ARENA and the FMLN), neither with a majority, hunted for votes among smaller parties to guarantee success on critical issues ahead. With 2012 elections over, the campaign for the 2014 presidential contest began straightaway as hopeful candidates jockeyed for position.

March 15, 2012

The Pan-American Post: Did El Salvador Officials ‘Negotiate’ with Street Gangs to Bring Down Violence?

A new report by El Faro suggests that, confronted with a surge in homicide rates, the government of El Salvador may have struck a deal with the country’s two largest street gangs – Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 – in order to reduce violence.