Obama in El Salvador

March 23, 2011 Belén Fernández 0

As part of his visit to El Salvador yesterday, the last stop on a Latin American excursion occurring despite events in Japan and Libya, Barack Obama visited the tomb of Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero, assassinated on March 24, 1980.


Cristina Reyes, president of the local community council

Women at the Forefront of Grassroots Organising in El Salvador

March 2, 2011 Dahr Jamail 0

Women are playing a leading role in a powerful social movement addressing natural resource protection, adaptation to climate change, and corporate accountability in this coastal village in El Salvador. Cristina Reyes is currently in her second term as president of the local community council in Ciudad Romero, located in the department (province) of Usulután, on the Pacific Ocean.

Interview: Return to El Salvador

June 15, 2010 Tim Høiland 0

Why do 700 Salvadorans leave their native country every day? This is the burning question behind documentary filmmaker Jamie Moffett’s latest project, Return to El Salvador. Narrated by Martin Sheen and endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the film provides a rare glimpse into how the lives of North Americans are directly tied to those of this tiny Central American nation. I recently interviewed Moffett about the film.


El Salvador: Monsignor Romero, 30 years later

April 5, 2010 James Rodríguez 0

Monsignor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, was assassinated while giving a mass on March 24th, 1980. Romero had become a recognized critic of violence and injustice, and was therefore perceived as a dangerous enemy by certain military and right wing civil groups. This March 24th, a mass honoring Monsignor Romero’s memory was held on the same altar where the latter one was gunned down exactly thirty years before.

Indigenous Peoples in El Salvador Commemorate 1932 Massacre

January 27, 2010 Geovani Montalvo 0

Indigenous peoples in the western Salvadoran town of Izalco commemorated the 78th anniversary of  the slaughter of 30 thousand indigenous people and peasants, killed during the popular uprisings.  On January 22, 1932, more than three thousand farmers, indigenous and political leaders protested  low wages, unfair distribution of land and hoarding of wealth in the hands of a few elite Salvadoran families.


Dora Alicia

El Salvador: Fallen Anti-Mining Activists Honored with Vigil

January 14, 2010 Geovani Montalvo 0

Last week, family and friends of environmentalists killed in the town of San Isidro, Cabañas, gathered in solidarity with their fallen loved ones at a public ecumenical and artistic commemoration. Those gathered attributed the recent assassinations of three environmental activists to a generalized repression targeted at those opposed to the re-opening of the “El Dorado” gold mine by the Vancouver, BC-based Pacific Rim Mining Corporation. The company has denied any role in the murders. (Special feature: recent video of anti-mining activities below.)


Alicia Sorto Rodriguez

El Salvador – Hitmen Assassinate Prominent Woman Activist in Cabañas; Pro-Mining Violence Continues

December 27, 2009 Jason Wallach 0

Six days after heavily armed men took the life of a respected anti-mining activist in Cabañas, El Salvador, another prominent community leader has been assassinated. On December 26 at 3:30 pm Dora “Alicia” Sorto Rodriguez, 32, was killed as she returned from doing laundry at the river near her home in Cantón Trinidad, in the municipality of Sensuntepeque, Cabañas.”Alicia,” as she was known to friends, was eight months pregnant and carried her 2-year-old son in her arms as she was shot dead.


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