El Salvador, Where Bourbon Grows on Trees

Posted by Mike Phillips
08/06/2018
Posted in El Salvador

El Salvador’s coffee industry was recently crushed by a crop disease just a few years ago. Now, in order to catch up and compete globally, coffee farmers are turning to increasingly exotic bean varieties. Will the strategy pay off? In Reuters: The global dollar-denominated benchmark coffee price for commercial grades of arabica beans, known as …

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Nicaragua’s Courageous Youth Revolution

Posted by Mike Phillips
07/06/2018
Posted in Nicaragua

Writing in The Atlantic, Tim Rogers examines the tumultuous events in Nicaragua, where a broad section of the population, led mainly by the youth population, is confronting Daniel Ortega’s government amid escalating levels of violence and repression. The asymmetrical fighting has claimed the lives of at least 120 people, including one U.S. citizen, and injured …

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Why is Marco Rubio Against Anti-Corruption in Guatemala?

Posted by Mike Phillips
29/05/2018
Posted in Guatemala, USA

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about why U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and a number of other prominent lawmakers have become so vocally critical of the anti-corruption commission in Guatemala (CICIG). Yes, there is the unfortunate handling of the Bitkov family, which looks like a classic case of the Russian government persecuting an opponent. …

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