Tag Archives: security

April 2, 2014

El Salvador Update: March 2014 / Informe mensual El Salvador, marzo 2014

Two weeks of tension and uncertainty followed El Salvador’s shockingly close March 9th presidential runoff election. The ARENA party refused to accept the results, charging systematic fraud and bias on the part of election officials. The party mounted a series of street demonstrations and filed multiple legal appeals before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the Supreme Court, demanding a total recount.

March 11, 2014

El Salvador presidential vote a near tie

AFP — El Salvador’s presidential runoff was hung up Monday in a near tie between an ex-guerrilla leader and an arch conservative mayor as tension mounted over who would be proclaimed the winner. Preliminary results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former rebel commander, edging out conservative candidate Norman Quijano by 6,634… read more »

March 9, 2014

Joe Biden: Venezuelan situation ‘alarming’

The Associated Press — Vice President Joe Biden called Venezuela’s situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using “armed vigilantes” against peaceful protesters and accusing it of “concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories” about the United States. Biden’s remarks, issued in writing to a Chilean newspaper in response… read more »

February 15, 2014

N Korean ship seized with Cuban weapons returns to Cuba

BBC News — The North Korean ship seized with undeclared Cuban weapons on board is returning to Cuba, says the Panamanian government. The Panama Canal Authority recently said the ship could leave, after Pyongyang paid a nearly $700,000 (£425,000) fine. The ship was seized seven months ago with Soviet-era weapons and… read more »

February 14, 2014

Cuba Condemns Coup Attempt vs. Venezuelan Gov’t

Prensa Latina — Cuba strongly condemned developing coup attempts against the constitutional government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the recent violent incidents that caused deaths and dozens of injures, it was reported in this capital today. 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 3, 2014

Colombian negotiators reach Cuba for peace talks with rebels

AFP — Negotiators for the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in communist Cuba Sunday to resume peace talks with their country’s leftist rebels. The team, led by former vice president Humberto de la Calle, is scheduled to sit down with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia… read more »

October 8, 2013

Pentagon names special envoy for Guantanamo prison closure

Reuters — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday named congressional committee attorney Paul Lewis as a special envoy to work on closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The announcement was part of President Barack Obama’s renewed push to close the prison, which remains open despite his 2009… read more »

October 1, 2013

Federally Funded Radio and TV Marti to Continue Cuban Broadcasts During Shutdown

Kyle Munzenrieder, Miami New Times  – Thanks to the government shutdown, national parks are closed, hundreds of thousands of federal workers will be sent home without a paycheck, and all federal government activities considered non-essential will effectively halt. However, controversial and ineffective government-sponsored broadcasts to Cuba through Radio and TV… read more »