MARA SALVATRUCHA?

I didn't get to make small talk with these two to ask, or was too afraid to do so, but they have all the earmarks of being members or former members of Mara Salvatrucha aka MS-13, a criminal gang originating in Los Angeles and made up predominantly of Salvadorans.  During one of the 400 pueblos... Continue Reading →

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THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND ITS IMPACT IN CENTRAL AMERICA (TRANSLATION)

Below is my translation of a feature that appeared in yesterday's print edition of Mexican newspaper El Universal.  The original in Spanish can be found online here. When pieces of the Berlin Wall began to fall on November 9 1989 symbolising the start of the end of the Cold War, the old struggle between communism and... Continue Reading →

EL SALVADOR: 21 YEARS ON

El Salvador is probably not be at the top of your list for your next vacation. It is a country better known to most for the ferocious fighting of the civil war years (1980-92) rather than the stunning scenery and generous warm-hearted people. Repression from a military regime, inequality and poverty all contributed to the... Continue Reading →

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