NACLA Update 11/12/09 - Honduran Elections/Children in Limbo

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Academics and Experts on Latin America Call on Obama to Denounce Human Rights Abuses by Honduran Dictatorship
by Latin American Experts and Academics
On November 11, 2009, over 240 academics and experts on Latin America sent a letter to President Obama urging him to denounce the ongoing human rights violations perpetrated by the coup regime in Honduras ahead of the planned November 29 elections. They also urged him to demand the immediate restitution of President Manuel Zelaya and to support a full three months of electoral campaigning after the coup has been overturned and "debating, organizing, and all other aspects of election campaigns can be conducted in an atmosphere that is free from fear; in which all views and parties are free to make their voices heard—not just those that are allowed under an illegal military occupation." This would mean that this month's elections—which Latin America and the European Union have said they will not recognize—would need to be rescheduled.
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Children in Limbo: Immigration and the Growing Ambiguity of Citizenship
by Kristina Aiello

Rapid economic globalization and recent political violence have spawned mass migrations of humanity across international borders throughout the Americas. The migrations have sparked fierce debates in many of the "receiving" countries, where the combination of exploding demands for cheap foreign labor and state obligations to protect incoming refugees have often provoked strong domestic opposition to the presence of foreign-born individuals—especially those without official documentation. While many of these debates have focused on the enactment of policies restricting the immigration of foreign-born adults, xenophobic sentiments have opened new political spaces to begin imposing limitations on the birth registration of the native-born children of immigrants.
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Out Now! Nov/Dec 2009

A New Day in El Salvador: The FMLN Victory and the Road Ahead
The March election of former journalist Mauricio Funes to the presidency of El Salvador marks a watershed moment for Central American democracy. If the new government enjoys some degree of success, it will ratify the decision of the Salvadoran left more than a decade ago to seek a negotiated solution to the civil war, and its more recent strategy of reaching out to the center left to form an electoral bloc. Failure, in turn, will greatly disappoint those who have long struggled for greater social justice in that troubled land of the Central American isthmus.
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