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El Salvador’s president-elect criticizes China

(AP) — El Salvador’s president-elect said Wednesday that he has not decided whether to keep relations with China, but criticized the Asian nation as not being respectful to his country. In his first public remarks since winning election last month, the 37-year-old Nayib Bukele said...

El Salvador frees 3 women prisoners for abortion facing 30 years in prison

The Supreme Court of El Salvador ordered the release on Thursday of three women who had been sentenced to 30 years in prison for not having aborted their pregnancies.   The three women, who claim to have suffered spontaneous abortions, had been found guilty of homicide.   Alba...

Nayib Bukele Wins Presidental Election in El Salvador

Presidential candidate Nayib Bukele from the Great Alliance for National Unity (GANA) has won the presidency of El Salvador on Sunday with 53.1% of the vote while Hugo Martinez, from the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), was supported by 14% of the...

El Salvador, Taiwan Break Ties, Further Isolating Asian Isle

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan says it is breaking off diplomatic ties with El Salvador because the Central American country plans to defect to rival Beijing. The move is the latest blow to the self-ruled island that China has been trying to isolate on the global...

Northern Triangle Exceeds US$ 10 billion in remittances

Remittances sent by migrants to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the Northern Triangle of Central America, exceeded US$10 billion dollars between January and July of this year, according to their central banks. Guatemala leads with the highest flow of dollars and a growth of 10.62%...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Costa Rica – El Salvador Ferry To Be Reactivated To Avoid Impact On Trade Due To Nicaragua Crisis

The more than two-month-old protests in Nicaragua have had a strong impact on the region's trade that moves 90% by land. Many carriers are still trapped in Nicaragua without being able to reach their destinations, which is why the Costa government Rica accelerated the...

US Govt Financed El Salvador Police Units Accused of Illegal Execution – Reports

The United States government has provided millions of dollars as well as weapons to the Salvadoran elite police units that are accused of illegally executing alleged criminals, the CNN broadcaster reported on Wednesday, citing multiple sources. The US actions may come under worldwide scrutiny as...

The Volcanos Of Central America (By Country)

Among the things most loved by travelers to Central America is the volcanos. Ok, the beaches are great. The rivers, the forests, the lakes, all nice. But a volcano trumps them all. The isthmus is located along the Ring of Fire and that has meant...

Latin American elections mean volatility for emerging markets investors

Latin America has election fever. El Salvador held parliamentary and mayoral votes in March, Costa Rica elected a new president in April and Paraguay held general elections two weeks ago. Venezuelans go to the polls in two weeks’ time, Colombians a week later, and...

“Common Visa” Proposed For Tourism In The Region

The organization of the Central American Council of Tourism recently held a meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to continue the search for concrete actions in favor of greater integration and cooperation, such as a common visa, which will result in the growth of...

MS13 Is a Street Gang, Not a Drug Cartel — and the Difference Matters

In October 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that pursuing the Mara Salvatrucha, a Salvadoran gang also known as MS-13, was “a priority for our Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces.” “Drugs are killing more Americans than ever before, in large part thanks to powerful...

Four Central American cities among the most violent

San Salvador and San Pedro Sula have improved, although they remain among the most violent city in Central America: San Salvador in 17th place globally improved by ten positions compared to 2016, in the ranking by Mexico’s Citizen Council for Public Safety and Criminal...

Why Trump is Wrong to Blame Migration for MS13 Expansion, Violence

Insightcrime.org - President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union Address to blame the expansion and violence of the MS13 gang in the US on the “deadly loopholes” in the system dealing with unaccompanied children from El Salvador. But an upcoming groundbreaking...

Central America fears for US remittances as deportations loom

(AFP) San Isidro, El Salvador: Uncertainty and fear are rising in Central American countries over how many families will manage to get by when remittances from the US are cut off under plans by the Trump administration to make tens of thousands of Salvadorans...

InSight Crime’s 2017 Homicide Round-Up In Latin America & Caribbean

(Insightcrime.org) Record highs, all-time lows, and a few surprises: 2017 proved a remarkable year in terms of homicide rates for many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Once again, InSight Crime presents its annual homicide round-up to give a snapshot of murder rates around...

Why is El Salvador so dangerous? 4 essential reads

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that it will eliminate the Temporary Protected Status that gave provisional U.S. residency to Salvadoran migrants after a 2001 earthquake. Some 200,000 Salvadorans now have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States, obtain a green...

El Salvador Court Rejects Appeal of Woman Serving 30 Years for Stillborn Baby

El Salvador has one of the world’s toughest abortion laws. The court has upheld a 30-year sentence of a woman, who was accused of “aggravated homicide” in 2008, while she claimed she had a miscarriage. Back in 2007, Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was nine months...

Surge in US immigration comes from Northern Triangle

The number of immigrants in the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras rose by 25% from 2007 to 2015, in contrast to more modest growth of the country’s overall foreign-born population and a decline from neighboring Mexico. During these same years, the total...

FAC Expands Online Card-Processing Services

Payments technology company First Atlantic Commerce  (FAC)  has expanded its online card-processing services across Central America. The Bermudian-based payment gateway can now offer payment solutions to merchants in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua through a new integration to a processor in the...

In El Salvador Gangs, Not Government ‘Rule’ the Country, Citizens Say

(Insightcrime.org) Respondents to a recent survey in El Salvador were far more likely to believe that gangs -- not government officials -- "rule" the country, underscoring how the state's failure to establish a legitimate presence in many areas has left them under the control...

Trump asked to renew program for Salvadoran and Honduran migrants

Democrats and activists are calling on the Trump administration to renew immigration permits for hundreds of thousands of citizens from a pair of Central American countries that have experienced serious disasters. A group of 22 Democratic senators, led by Sens. Ben Cardin (Md.) and Tim Kaine (Va.),...

How Fear of Crime in Central America Impacts Daily Life, Contributes to Migration

A new report by Vanderbilt University's Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and the Inter-American Dialogue titled "Beneath the Violence" at an October 3 event in Washington, DC, shows the extent to which insecurity negatively affects the daily lives of Central American citizens, and...

Amid Elite Crime Scandals, Central America Continues Anti-Gang Focus

QCostarica via InsightCrime - Authorities in Central America have arrested hundreds of suspected gang members in recent days during coinciding operations, but their willingness to mount such large-scale efforts against gangs has not been matched by an equivalent committment to tackle recent allegations of...

Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

El Salvador Death Squad Cases Go International

(Insightcrime) A new report from two local Salvadoran rights groups has provided further evidence of extrajudicial killings carried out by El Salvador's police forces, in a case that now appears to be entering the international judicial stage. In the report, which was presented September 5...

Gangs: the real ‘humanitarian crisis’ driving Central American children to the US

The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable...

Amid escalating violence, El Salvador’s young people are struggling to build a future

In a quiet side street of one of San Salvador’s infamous northern districts, lies a small community centre. All day, it is filled with small groups of children playing, paying little attention to how precarious their surroundings are. Severe violence is an established reality in...

Lawmakers Pressure Trump To Let Central Americans Stay In The US

Lawmakers from across the country are trying to build support in Congress to pressure President Donald Trump to allow nearly 300,000 immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador to stay in the country, adding to a growing pile of requests facing a White House that...

Unstoppable Smuggling in the Northern Triangle

Guatemalan businessmen are demanding stricter laws to combat the illegal entry of goods from Mexico, which are now being sold in El Salvador and Honduras, three Central American countries forming what is known as the Northern Triangle. Food and beverage companies say that in the...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid

(IPS) - Despite the fact that Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, it has half-empty coffers when it comes to funding efforts against the phenomenon, in part because it receives mere crumbs in foreign aid to face the...

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