How much damage will the U.S. Engel List do to the Bukele administration in El Salvador?
On Thursday, July 1, the highly anticipated corruption list, or Engel list as is popularly known, was made public by the U.S. State Department. The released corruption list includes four top officials currently part of the Nayib Bukele administration and two of Bukele’s ex-ministers. The so-called Engel List gets … Read more
Removal of the attorney general and magistrates is alarming everyone but most Salvadorans
On May 1, the newly elected Salvador legislature began its three-year term. This day is usually a formality with activities such as the swearing-in ceremony of all newly elected deputies. But not this time.
President Bukele’s popularity continues to be strong in El Salvador
Despite claims of authoritarianism, President Bukele’s popularity continues to be strong in El Salvador On February 6, 2021, CID Gallup released its first poll of the year regarding Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and his job managing the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the survey, 91 per cent of Salvadorans approve … Read more
Why I might not go back to El Salvador. But others may not have a choice
Dawns in El Salvador are fresh and humid. Whenever I go to this tropical, warm and volcanic country in Central America, I would be woken up at 6 a.m. by the voice of the young man selling bread: “El pan, el pan,” he calls, while ringing the bell on … Read more
Fighting inequality in El Salvador during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inequality in El Salvador is one of the main reasons the country has large problems related to health, education, poverty, and violence. In recent years, El Salvador has been making progress toward becoming a nation with more equality; but, there is still a long way to go. It is … Read more
Poverty in El Salvador, an issue that leads to crime, migration, and health issues.
Poverty in El Salvador is expected to increase in 2021. The international monetary fund, IMF, estimates a -4.3 GDP growth in 2020. The world bank states that the COVID19 pandemic could increase poverty in El Salvador in 2021. In 2018, the Salvadoran poverty rate was 25.7; this rate likely … Read more
Historic homicide reduction in El Salvador continues to spur debate in the country.
After 15 months of governance, it seems that president Nayib Bukele — a 37-year-old politician who put an end to an old two-party system — is delivering on his promise to reduce El Salvador’s legacy of violence and homicides. Since he took office, El Salvador has had the lowest homicide rate since 2015, the … Read more