Opinion


Trash problem in El Salvador

Opinion: The trash problem in El Salvador. It can’t be ignored anymore!


The trash problem in El Salvador is an issue that has been around for years and continues to grow. Over 60% of urban areas have problems with trash in sidewalks, vacant lots, parks, empty fields, and alleys. Garbage is one of the principal reasons the country has poor water quality … Read more

President Nayib Bukele

Opinion: President Bukele’s possible re-election continues to be a hot topic of discussion


Even though the next presidential elections in El Salvador will not take place until February 3, 2024, the idea of the potential re-election of Bukele continues to be a hot topic of discussion. President Nayib Bukele announced on September 15 that he was going to register as a candidate for … Read more

President Nayib Bukele

Opinion: Why most Salvadorans want Bukele’s re-election despite his growing authoritarianism


A Salvadoran perspective on why people want to re-elect the controversial president. On El Salvador’s Independence Day on September 15, President Nayib Bukele publicly announced that he would run for the presidency again in 2024. This statement didn’t surprise anyone but drew criticism from many parts. Local and international organizations, media outlets, politicians, reporters, and … Read more

Trash Problem in El Salvador

Opinion: People who throw garbage on the street should get fined, but more needs to be done


The trash issue in El Salvador has been around for years and continues to expand. This problem becomes more visible during the rainy season, especially in urban areas; it blocks drainages that usually result in floodings, among other things. On August 30th, deputy Rodrigo Ayala introduced a bill to the … Read more

El Salvador Tourism

Opinion: El Salvador’s state of exception is not affecting tourism. But, should you be worried when visiting?


No, the emergency state of exception has not affected tourism to El Salvador. In fact, the Salvadoran tourism industry seems to be increasing as it feels more … Read more

Salvadoran Army

Opinion: El Salvador’s gang crackdown is working, but worries over human rights violations are increasing


After a dramatic increase in homicides over three days in late March 2022 that left 87 dead, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and his security cabinet took swift action to stop the violence. Immediately, President Bukele asked congress to declare an emergency “state of exception” to deal with the increased violence … Read more

Imprisoning children El Salvador

Opinion: Imprisoning children: How El Salvador’s adults fail young people involved in gangs


In El Salvador, children from 12 to 16 years old may now receive a 10-year sentence and serve in adult prisons as part of recent legislative changes to curb crime in the country. However, as a developmental psychologist, I argue that tough-on-crime policies, especially those aimed at children, do not work … Read more