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Honduras, El Salvador on Same Wavelength

The same day that Nayib Bukele staged a military siege of the gang bastion Soyapango, Xiomara Castro deployed police and military in 162 of Honduras’ most marginalized urban communities after decreeing a state of exception. The suspension of constitutional guarantees goes even further than in the Salvadoran model.

  • Dec 12, 2022
  • 1:18 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Central America Journalists Create United Front Against State-Sponsored Attacks

The Network of Central American Journalists hopes to protect independent news media from state-sponsored attacks, spur regional collaboration, and increase the international visibility of press freedom strained by criminalization and public and private-sector censorship.

  • Nov 9, 2022
  • 2:21 PM

EL FARO ENGLISH: Who Will Inherit Giammattei’s Power in Guatemala?

Nine months before the presidential election, the country’s right-wing regime is fracturing into rivaling projects as progressive groups discuss the elusive idea of a united candidacy. Meanwhile, electoral authorities are indulging the pre-campaigning by the ruling party and top conservative Zury Ríos.

  • Oct 5, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Time to Meet the Real Xiomara Castro

A defining moment has come for President Xiomara Castro, who must decide how much free rein to grant a future U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission that could end up investigating her own government.

  • Sep 7, 2022
  • 1:30 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Et Tu, Costa Rica?

Amid multiple corruption and misconduct probes muddling his first three months in office, President Rodrigo Chaves has lashed out at the press. In July, authorities shuttered a business financing the operations of leading newspaper La Nación.

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • 1:31 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Secret Dossiers Prove Hundreds of Wrongful Detentions in El Salvador

Leaked court documents reveal that wrongful arrests in El Salvador are on the rise as the country courses its fifth month in a state of exception that suspended multiple constitutional rights.

  • Aug 10, 2022
  • 5:17 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: The Garifuna Nation Struggles Against Sea and State

El Faro has released a three-part multimedia special on the Garifuna struggle against land theft, criminalization, and enforced disappearances in the fishing village of Nueva Armenia and the sister island Cayo Chachahuate, 10 miles off the Honduran coast.

  • Aug 4, 2022
  • 3:33 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Corruption Cannot Hide Behind Sovereignty Claims

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has accused the United States of violating the sovereignty of El Salvador—this time, following the U.S. State Department’s sanctioning of officials engaged in corruption or undermining democracy across four Central American countries.

  • Jul 27, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: US Shows Its Teeth on Engel List

The “Engel List” adds five dozen names to the U.S. State Department’s corruption map, and the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras won’t be happy, as now banned from U.S. soil are many officials and business people linked to the Central American leaders.

  • Jul 21, 2022
  • 12:16 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: El Salvador Wants One Last Dance With IMF

Bukele’s government told Wall Street investors in March that it hasn’t totally ruled out a deal with the IMF to avoid default, offering backup plans. All scenarios involve massive credits from regional development banks and somehow squeezing more tax revenue.

  • Jul 18, 2022
  • 1:44 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: MS-13 Fugitive Leaves Social Media Trail of Escape

A trail of images and videos published on social media expose what journalistic publications have shown for months: that the senior leader of MS-13 was illegally freed last year by the government of El Salvador despite 40 years remaining on his prison sentence and a U.S. extradition request.

  • Jul 13, 2022
  • 12:02 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Just How Powerful Are Guatemalan Drug Rings?

The Huehuetenango-based crime ring Los Huistas is trafficking cocaine produced by Colombian FARC dissidents for the Jalisco New Generation Cartel through the turf of its rival, the Sinaloa Cartel. The arrests of colluding Guatemalan military officers and the Huistas’ family ties to legislators beg the question of just how far the drug trade has penetrated the government and politics.

  • Jul 8, 2022
  • 2:07 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Nicaragua’s Ortega Finds Complicity in Central American Presidents

Central American leaders are averting their gaze from Nicaragua’s Ortega-Murillo regime, aware that picking a fight with the most consolidated autocracy in Central America would give more oxygen to criticism of corruption and human rights violations in their own countries.

  • Jul 5, 2022
  • 2:38 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Fiddles While the Crypto Market Burns

Global financial duress is pummeling cryptocurrencies including Tether, an important piece of Nayib Bukele’s bitcoin project.

  • Jun 21, 2022
  • 11:23 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Central America Talks Back to Biden

Central America, in Brief: After the no-show of the Northern Triangle presidents at the Summit of the Americas, their foreign ministers gave strident speeches defying Joe Biden and named their countries’ terms for U.S. and regional engagement.

  • Jun 15, 2022
  • 1:19 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: New Targets of Lawfare Against Guatemalan Justice

Guatemala, in Brief: The persecution of independent judges and prosecutors pressed onward with the order to put former top state attorney Virginia Laparra on trial. The shady Foundation against Terrorism, lead architect of the legal attacks that have already pushed two-dozen anti-corruption operators into exile, has named among its next targets the human rights ombudsman and three of the country’s most influential judges.

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • 12:38 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Summit in LA Showcases Biden’s Central America Problem

Four days before the Summit of the Americas begins on June 6 in Los Angeles, the U.S. is short on friends in the Northern Triangle. Even Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, once President Joe Biden’s ally of last resort, said he will not attend.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • 1:23 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Former Attorney for MS-13 on Supreme Court in El Salvador

A Supreme Court magistrate appointed by the ruling party was years ago the attorney of “Diablo de Hollywood,” the head of the Mara Salvatrucha. The detail, undisclosed when he was appointed last year, was revealed when the judge recused himself from ruling on the gang leader’s pending extradition to the United States.

  • May 27, 2022
  • 11:37 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Audios Reveal Collapse of Gang Negotiations in El Salvador

El Faro obtained audio files of conversations between a senior Bukele official and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), revealing that the covert negotiations with the gangs fell apart after MS-13 considered the surprise arrest of a group of its leaders a violation of the agreement they brokered in 2019 for a reduction in homicides.

  • May 18, 2022
  • 12:30 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Finance Could Be Bukele’s Achilles Heel

The falling price of bitcoin underscores El Salvador’s precarious debt crisis, financial experts say. President Nayib Bukele, nevertheless, perseveres: On Monday, May 9, he announced a new $15 million state bitcoin purchase and boasted about his mockup of the megaproject Bitcoin City.

  • May 16, 2022
  • 12:48 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Five In-Custody Deaths After Mass Arrests in El Salvador

Despite unprecedented peacetime policing operations that led to 27,000 arrests in two months, gangs continue to extort businesses as an expression of their territorial control. Human rights groups and the press have also documented at least five in-custody deaths during President Nayib Bukele’s state of exception.

  • May 10, 2022
  • 12:54 PM

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