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A Week of Art, Women's Rights and East-Asian Interests

Dear readers, Welcome back! I hope you are doing well. This week, Fernando Llort, an iconic Salvadora
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A Week of Art, Women's Rights and East-Asian Interests
By Central American News • Issue #6 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back! I hope you are doing well.
This week, Fernando Llort, an iconic Salvadoran artist passed away, Taiwan and China are playing influence politics while trials and allegations against corrupt politicians continue. Costa Rica and Honduras are taking measures to prevent femicides and Antigua Guatemala banned the use of disposable plastic material.
Personal news: I’m joining the CentAm Empowerment Network team as an editor. I’m excited to see the work we can do as Central Americans around the world!
Have a great weekend,
¡Salú!

Headlines
Honduras: Youth from all over the country creates political platform ◼️ New gov’t commission to investigate on femicides ◼️ UN-led dialogue between gov’t and opposition slowly taking shape ◼️ OIM promotes “organized” migration & gov’t organizes festival “My North is Here” to prevent migration ◼️ 65,000+ families at risk of famine due to lost crops
Panamá: Ex-president Martinelli, charged with illegal wiretapping of 150 opponents, in rocky trial
Costa Rica: Law proposal: weapons confiscated from men accused of domestic violence ◼️ Tackling femicides becomes priority for the gov’t ◼️ President reaches 100 days in office
Nicaragua: Trial for alleged murderers of journalist Ángel Gahona starts ◼️ Budget cut dramatically, but not for army/police ◼️ Large march for the release of political prisoners ◼️ OAS dialogue group forbidden to enter country ◼️ Reports of $5,000 award for “journalist’s head”
El Salvador: Human rights’ defender killed ◼️ Iconic artist Fernando Llort has died ◼️Saca case continues, brings down ARENA party with him ◼️ Mozote trial resumes ◼️ “Extraordinary measures” in prisons will become permanent ◼️ Debate continues on creation of free trade zone with special concessions for China
Guatemala: Antigua Guatemala bans use of plastic bags and other tools ◼️ President Morales accused again of illicit party funding ◼️ Electoral Supreme Court can now request help from CICIG ◼️ Ongoing debate on abortion for abused girls under 14 yo
Belize: Taiwanese president visits Belize, offers scholarship to 29 youth to study in Taiwan
United States: President Trump signs new defense bill which includes fighting corruption in Central America ◼️ Congressman James McGovern visits El Salvador and Honduras to network for pro-immigrant policies in U.S. ◼️ Reports of rape of child in Arizona migrant detention center ◼️ ACLU says that USCIS and ICE tricked undocumented people to detain/deport them
Good reads
📰 The Mozote trial resumes amid vast corruption scandals in El Salvador. El Faro reports on this “forgotten trial.” (in Spanish)
📰 Mateo Echeverría tells why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could inspire a new generation of politicians in Guatemala, in Nómada.(in Spanish)
📰 The Guardian goes to Honduras to follow up on the post-election crisis and the impunity faced by the victims of security forces.
For eyes and ears
🎧 ElFaroRadio talks with Luis Salazar, from Cristosal, on the dangers of making the “extraordinary security measures” of the Salvadoran prison system permanent.
📷 Maclean’s shows a selection of John Moore’s photos of Central American migrants, along with an interesting interview.
🎧 ¡Púchica Vos! talks with lawyer of FM4 Paso Libre migrant shelter in Mexico, an unconventional albergue as it makes efforts to make migrants of all genders and sexual orientations feel welcome.
Fact
The Panama Canal became fully Panamanian on December 31, 1999. However, the U.S. still has a right to defend the canal from any threat that interferes with its functioning.
Throwback photo
Throwback to a reporting trip in Chalatenango, El Salvador. I snapped this picture quickly with my phone. In this department locally known as "Chalate", I've heard stories about how villages are emptying due to decades of migration to the U.S. However, some people come back and build their houses in the area.
Throwback to a reporting trip in Chalatenango, El Salvador. I snapped this picture quickly with my phone. In this department locally known as "Chalate", I've heard stories about how villages are emptying due to decades of migration to the U.S. However, some people come back and build their houses in the area.
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