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FMLN Gains in El Salvador Elections Despite Lackluster Turnout

March 13, 2006 Jason Wallach 0

El Salvadorans cast ballots in 262 city mayoral races and elected 84 representatives to the national Legislative Assembly on Sunday, March 12. Despite being outspent 20-1 by the right wing ARENA party in the electoral campaign, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) gained a seat or two in the National Assembly and looked likely to regain the mayor’s office in the capital city of San Salvador. Nationwide turnout approached 50%. […]

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No Business As Usual in El Salvador as CAFTA Takes Effect

March 8, 2006 Jason Wallach 0

There was little fanfare and much protest on March 1 as The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went into effect in El Salvador. The country is the first Central American nation to honor CAFTA and for the second straight day, thousands marched and traffic was snarled throughout San Salvador. Five other signatory nations have failed to meet US requirements necessary to join the agreement.

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Private Rivers: Will Transnational Water Companies Swallow El Salvador’s Water Supply?

February 22, 2006 Jason Wallach 0

The office of SETA, El Salvador’s water workers union, sits like a mouse at the elephant’s feet. The union’s plain, two room office sits next door to the huge, block-long two story building which is the headquarters for El Salvador’s national water company, ANDA (National Water and Sewage Administration). Inside the SETA office, union reps equipped with an old computer and chairs with broken rollers are bracing for a fight against government attempts to privatize their industry. Representatives for SETA say losing the fight could mean the "extinction" of their union and limits on Salvadoran’s access to clean water.

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El Salvador to vote on ILEA

November 30, 2005 Cyril Mychalejko 0

 El Salvador’s National Assembly is expected to vote today on whether to host a U.S. run "police training" school. The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) will train Latin American police officers to combat transnational crime, […]

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The ILEA: A New School of Assassins in El Salvador?

November 15, 2005 Tanya Snyder 0

US Officials and FMLN discuss ILEA

As the solidarity movement prepares for another protest and vigil against the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security and Cooperation (WHINSEC, nee School of the Americas and forever known to the movement as the School of Assassins) this November, another threat to peace and democracy in the Americas lurks behind the curtain. […]

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