El Salvador’s New Savior

November 20, 2017 Hilary Goodfriend 0

Bukele is, in many ways, a monster of the FMLN’s own creation. To defeat him, and to ensure the continuity of its own revolutionary project, the party will have to cultivate radical new voices from within. […]

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador

August 18, 2015 Beverly Bell 0

“We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers.” – Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador.


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Draconian Ban on Abortion in El Salvador Targeted by Global Campaign

May 5, 2015 Edgardo Ayala 0

International and local human rights groups are carrying out an intense global campaign to get El Salvador to modify its draconian law that criminalizes abortion and provides for prison terms for women. This Central American country of 6.3 million people is one of the few nations in the world to ban abortion under any circumstances and penalize it with heavy jail terms.


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Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions

March 25, 2015 Edgardo Ayala 0

Textile companies that make clothing for transnational brands in El Salvador are accused of forging alliances with gang members to make death threats against workers and break up their unions. Forced labor is also widespread in the maquilas, where the women have to work 12 hours a day to meet the high production targets set for them.


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El Salvador: Pardon Granted For One of 17 Women Jailed for Miscarriage, Accused of Homicide

January 23, 2015 Danica Jorden 0

Guadalupe, a Salvadoran young woman who has already spent more than 7 years in prison on charges of aggravated homicide for miscarriage of her fetus, was pardoned. However, Cinthia, who gave birth alone to an infant she says had its cord wrapped around its neck, was denied pardon, ostensibly because she smoked and drank beer on a daily basis. Cinthia, like Guadalupe, was also 18 when she miscarried, and was likewise found guilty of aggravated homicide and has been serving the same 30 year sentence.


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Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador

November 17, 2014 Edgardo Ayala 0

Rural communities and social organizations in El Salvador agree that the lack of specific laws is one of the main hurdles to resolving disputes over water in the country. “If the right to water was regulated in the constitution, we wouldn’t be caught up in this conflict,” said David Díaz, a representative of the Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal Bendición de Dios (Adescobd).



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