Ex-general Replaces Leftist Leader in El Salvador’s Security Cabinet as Washington Reasserts Influence in Central America

November 23, 2011 CISPES 0

Yesterday, President of El Salvador Mauricio Funes swore in retired general David Munguía Payés as the country´s new Minister of Public Security and Justice, following the sudden resignation of Manuel Melgar from the position on November 8. “This was not a decision that the President made; he is simply a spokesperson. It’s a decision that was made somewhere in the U.S. capital,” said Roberto Lorenzana, spokesperson for the governing leftist party, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).


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.


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