Central America

Thousands March in El Salvador as Bukele Plans to Run for Re-Election

On Thursday, El Salvador’s Independence Day, President Nayib Bukele announced that he will seek re-election when his five-year term ends in 2024, defying a constitutional ban on consecutive re-election. Earlier that day, as the government held a military parade, thousands marched in the capital against Bukele and his policies.

  • Sep 16, 2022
  • 12:50 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

Nicaraguan Community Unites Behind Little League Team in World Series

Nicaraguans living in the United States filled the stands in Pennsylvania to cheer on the players of 14 de Septiembre Little League from Managua after travel restrictions prevented their family members from attending the World Series games.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • 5:56 PM

Family Still Searching for Salvadoran Mother Who Disappeared at Texas Border

Ana Guadalupe Robles last spoke to loved ones on June 10. Three days later, they received a photo supposedly showing the 29-year-old Salvadoran nurse and mother lying dead in the Texas desert. But more than two months later and still no body, friends and family members are left with questions.

  • Aug 24, 2022
  • 1:18 PM

Reclaiming the Outdoors With Hike Clerb (A Latino USA Podcast)

‌In this episode of Latino USA, we go on a hike with Evelynn Escobar-Thomas and some of the women of Hike Clerb, to talk about the benefits of being in nature and how these women of color are reclaiming and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Aug 23, 2022
  • 11:49 AM

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

‘¡No Nos Callarán!’: Guatemala Continues Attacks on Journalists, Press Freedom

“¡No nos callarán!” —They will not shut us up!— chanted dozens of concerned citizens and journalists outside the Palace of Justice in Guatemala City on Monday morning as they waited for the hearing of prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora.

  • Aug 3, 2022
  • 3:57 PM

Guatemala Arrests Migrant Smugglers Wanted by the US

Guatemalan authorities arrested more than a dozen alleged members of a migrant smuggling network near the shared border with Mexico early Tuesday, including four sought by the United States in connection with the death of a migrant in Texas in 2021.

  • Aug 2, 2022
  • 11:55 AM

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

The Shadow of D’Aubuisson

Latino Rebels Radio: July 7, 2022

  • Jul 7, 2022
  • 3:23 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

US Sanctions Nicaraguan Gold Mining Firm Over Ties to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. imposed sanctions Friday on Nicaragua’s state-owned gold mining company and the president of its board of directors in part over the Central American nation’s ties to Russia.

  • Jun 17, 2022
  • 4:13 PM

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

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