July 22, 2011
As El Salvador struggles with widespread violence and a sluggish economy, polls from San Salvador appear to show President Mauricio Funes’s approval ratings plummeting—from 83% last March to 41% in June. But on a recent visit to San José Las Flores, deep in the mountains of Chalatenango, members of...
July 21, 2011
By Michael Fox
Caravan at the border. (Credit: A. Mychal Johnson)On July 20, a caravan of over 100 people crossed the U.S.-Mexican border, carrying 100 tons of humanitarian aid on its way to Cuba. This is the 22nd aid caravan to Cuba organized by the Interreligious organization,...
July 20, 2011
In April 2008, the Bush Administration waived 30 environmental and land management laws that stood in the way of completing 470 miles of fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of that year. "Criminal activity at the border does not stop for endless debate or protracted litigation," former...
July 19, 2011
Ernesto Cordero (Photo: mexico.vg)Mexico’s Secretary of the Treasury, Ernesto Cordero, recently provoked some outrage when he announced that Mexico “was no longer a poor country.” Mexico, he tweeted to the press, echoing the line of the ruling National Action Party (PAN), “is now a middle income...
July 18, 2011
Uzi Landau (Photo: Claudia Rubio /EL TIEMPO)In light of an imminent Palestinian declaration of independence in September before the UN General Assembly, Israel is pressuring the Colombian government of President Juan Manuel Santos not to recognize Palestine statehood. This was the primary...
July 15, 2011
Argentinian singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral, gunned down en route to the Guatemala City airport on July 9, was beloved throughout Latin America for his lyrical popular protest songs. Exiled to Mexico during Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship, his music, poems, and 66 books inspired millions...