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Undertones in Nicaragua: Where parallel realities coexist

President Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s prominent guerilla leader during the Cold War, returned to power democratically in 2007, but today, he shows no sign of adhering to democracy. The country’s divisions crystallized after state forces killed hundreds of anti-government protestors in 2018 and subsequently clamped down on the political opposition, free press, and the Catholic Church … Read more

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Death, Taxes, and Extortion: Why Latin American Companies Keep Paying Up

A new report has delved into the inner workings of extortion techniques across Latin America, showing the constant innovation needed to ensure numerous businesses pay out fees to criminal groups with little complaint. After looking at extortion schemes in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as Colombia and Mexico … Read more

Human Smugglers Take to the Waves Along Mexico’s Pacific Coast

An increase in migration by sea along Mexico’s Pacific Coast has highlighted how adaptable the country’s human smuggling networks have become, as well as the lack of care they show toward their human cargo. Authorities broke up a large migrant camp in San Pedro Tapanatepec, Oaxaca, southwestern Mexico, on December 15, after locals voiced concerns … Read more

El Salvador Tourism

Lonely Planet includes El Salvador as one of the best 2023 travel destinations

Lonely Planet, one of the largest and most prestigious travel guide publishing companies worldwide, ranked El Salvador among the top 30 destinations to travel to in 2023. Explore a section of Central America that more people should visit: El Salvador. See Maya relics, volcanic scenery, and historic towns as the … Read more

Bitcoin in El Salvador

Latin Americans still invest in cryptocurrency despite crisis

The collapse of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange platform, created by Sam Bankman-Fried in 2019 and declared bankrupt on November 11, has damaged trust in the digital currency industry as a whole. After becoming one of the largest crypto platforms with a valuation of $32 billion, many now consider this to be a painful reminder of … Read more

Xiomara Castro President of Honduras

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declared a state of exception

Honduran President Xiomara Castro declared a state of exception as extortion cases reached uncontrollable levels, raising fears she may be inspired by controversial but widely popular measures in neighboring El Salvador. The measures will suspend some constitutional rights in urban areas with a significant presence of criminal groups, deploy 20,000 national police officers, and institute security checks on roads, among other steps to clamp down on gangs, reported Reuters … Read more

Tecoluca Jail El Salvador

Why Mega-Prisons Holding Tens of Thousands Won’t Make a Difference in El Salvador

A mixture of heavy-handed government policies, a lack of funding, and corruption has led to Latin America’s prisons being overcrowded hotbeds of violence and incubators for criminal activity. Mega-prisons, housing tens of thousands of prisoners in one spot, only seem to make things worse. In El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele’s gang crackdown, which has led … Read more