Rate of Political Imprisonment Rises in Nicaragua

Posted by Editor
07/02/2019
Posted in Nicaragua

Confidencial, a popular Nicaraguan newspaper critical of the Ortega administration, reports that the number of political prisoners in Nicaragua has been steadily increasing since political repression began last year. Even civilians with as large a public profile as Carlos F. Chamorro [pictured], the founder of Confidencial, are not safe from persecution by the state, fleeing …

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Senator Rubio Once Again Makes His Mark on Latin America Policy

Posted by Editor
06/02/2019
Posted in Honduras, USA

After successfully blocking the appointment of career-diplomat Francisco “Paco” Palmieri as Ambassador to Honduras, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is making his stranglehold over US foreign policy in Latin America increasingly evident. The move opens the door for a political appointee to serve as ambassador to a nation that has emerged as a centerpiece of …

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Allegations Of Campaign Finance Violations Levied Against Former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate

Posted by Editor
06/02/2019
Posted in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Guatemala sought Wednesday to have presidential candidate Sandra Torres Casanova’s immunity from prosecution withdrawn over a case of millions in alleged illicit campaign financing four years ago. Juan Francisco Sandoval, head of the anti-impunity prosecutors’ office, or FECI, said Torres’ National Unity of Hope party is suspected of receiving …

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Expelling CICIG is a Recipe for Uncertainty in Guatemala

Posted by Editor
05/02/2019
Posted in Guatemala

Too much discussion of Guatemala’s worrying state of corruption and impunity in light of President Morales’ decision to expel CICIG, the UN-backed anti-corruption body. But what about the economy? On Jan. 9, a Moody’s investor service report said that expelling CICIG would result in a credit negative rating for the country. This put Guatemala’s business community on …

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Fingers Crossed for Bukele

Posted by Editor
05/02/2019
Posted in El Salvador

For many observers, a tumultuous year in Central America hardly shows any signs of improving. Corruption, poverty, crime and other deeply entrenched, systemic societal ills are driving thousands to emigrate for Mexico and the United States. Citizens in the region and International observers alike are quick to point to responsive, transparent governance as the quick …

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