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From EL FARO ENGLISH: Secret Dossiers Prove Hundreds of Wrongful Detentions in El Salvador

Leaked court documents reveal that wrongful arrests in El Salvador are on the rise as the country courses its fifth month in a state of exception that suspended multiple constitutional rights. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Fiddles While the Crypto Market Burns

Global financial duress is pummeling cryptocurrencies including Tether, an important piece of Nayib Bukele’s bitcoin project. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Central America Talks Back to Biden

Central America, in Brief: After the no-show of the Northern Triangle presidents at the Summit of the Americas, their foreign ministers gave strident speeches defying Joe Biden and named their countries’ terms for U.S. and regional engagement. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: New Targets of Lawfare Against Guatemalan Justice

Guatemala, in Brief: The persecution of independent judges and prosecutors pressed onward with the order to put former top state attorney Virginia Laparra on trial. The shady Foundation against Terrorism, lead architect of the legal attacks that have already pushed two-dozen anti-corruption operators into exile, has named among its next targets the human rights ombudsman and three of the… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Honduras Pivots Left in Bid to Rebuild Country

Record participation and a 20-point lead for Xiomara Castro defeated fears of a stolen election based on violence during the campaign and past fraud. If confirmed, the results will swing Honduras t… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Salvadoran Soccer Team, a California Export

On September 8, El Salvador’s men’s national team suited up for its World Cup qualifying match against Canada with five of the eleven starters born in the United States. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Game-Changing Electoral Alliance in Honduras

Honduras, in Brief: A last-minute alliance has shifted the pre-election scene to open the possibility of the first-ever victory of a left-wing party. In the middle of an increasingly violent campai… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Who Controls Justice’s Sword?

Central America, in Brief: Persecution of judges and prosecutors, expulsion of international anti-corruption monitors, and cooptation of courts have spread in the region. → Read More

Surviving the Virus in New York’s Migrant Neighborhoods

In the summer of 2020, Corona, Queens was the epicenter neighborhood of the epicenter city of the global coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Administration Shoots the Messenger Again

Bukele administration officials have forcefully denied new evidence of their negotiations with gangs. While gang negotiations have become common practice for politicians in El Salvador, broad publi… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Bukele Administration Buried Evidence of Gang Negotiations

Salvadoran prosecutors obtained groundbreaking evidence confirming that the Bukele administration negotiated a reduction in homicides with the country’s three gangs and that top prison officials re… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: What’s Changed for Migrants Under Biden?

Seven months into Biden’s term, the administration is considering reinstating Remain in Mexico and is ramping up Title 42 border expulsions. The future of DACA and TPS recipients also remains in li… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: As Expected, Bukele Pushes Constitutional Rewrite

A proposal to reform the Salvadoran constitution would loosen current limits on judicial power and extend the presidential term. Lawyers question the legitimacy of the reform and the implications f… → Read More

Steve Hanke About El Salvador: ‘Insane to Introduce Bitcoin Into a Corrupt Environment’

The new Bitcoin Law is priming Salvadoran banks to run afoul of international regulators and could tip the country into an inflation crisis, says conservative economist Steve Hanke. Skepticism of b… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Ortega’s Single-Candidate Elections

The results of the November 7 presidential elections are now clear: Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo will run for reelection without any legitimate opponents. → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: A Revival of the Guatemalan Spring?

A national strike shook Guatemala last week following the removal of a top anti-corruption prosecutor. In El Salvador, while walking a precarious fiscal tightrope, Nayib Bukele handed a rare olive … → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Pandemic’s Darkest Hour Yet in Guatemala

“We still have no testing or contact tracing strategy to control the pandemic,” Óscar Chávez, of independent think tank and data clearinghouse Lab Datos GT, told El Faro English. “As we see a spike… → Read More

From EL FARO ENGLISH: The Cuba Question in Central America

Some long-time leftists say that old regional alliances and unwavering support for the Cuban regime are cracking. → Read More

On the Expulsion of Daniel Lizárraga

The resolution immigration officials issued to Lizárraga specifies that he was denied his work permit and residence due to his inability to prove he is an editor or journalist. → Read More

The Dark Art of Vaccine Diplomacy

Sixteen months into the pandemic and five months since pharmaceutical giants began pumping out vaccines, Central America remains vastly undervaccinated. → Read More