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CentAm Curator - ¿Dónde están los ladrones?

Dear readers, ¿Dónde están los ladrones? I've had this Shakira song in my head the whole week. I reco
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CentAm Curator - ¿Dónde están los ladrones?
By Central American News • Issue #5 • View online
Dear readers,
¿Dónde están los ladrones?
I’ve had this Shakira song in my head the whole week. I recommend listening to it for therapy when you feel down because of corruption cases.
This week, El Salvador has been going through a lot with the confessions of ex-president Saca. He, and his network of bankers, business-people, politicians and journalists, have been complicit in embezzling and laundering $301 million. Saca’s confession earned him minimal time in prison.
Those $301 million are still lacking for people who drink muddy water because of poor infrastructure, for patients dying in hospitals that don’t have enough medicines or for kids who won’t have access to safe playgrounds and then linger on the streets.
We’ll see how this case will continue to unfold.
See you next week,
¡Salú!

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Headlines
Central America: 149 Central American migrants found in truck in south of Mexico ◼️ U.S. Representatives want to sanction Mexican and Central American business-people and politicians
Nicaragua: Daniel Ortega says Nicaragua will “fight back” OAS ◼️ Church wants to start dialogue again ◼️ Future demonstrations will focus on the liberation of political prisoners ◼️ U.S. pushes UN Security Council to focus on Nicaragua
Panamá: Panamanian producers protest against “excessive food imports” ◼️ Panama Police launches specialized gender violence unit
El Salvador: Ex-president Tony Saca reveals details of corruption under his mandate ($301 million), is granted reduced prison time for his confessions ◼️ Congress is 26 days late in electing Supreme Court judges, raising questions about transparency ◼️ D.C. Mayor travels to El Salvador to make D.C. and San Salvador “twin towns”
Honduras: Alleged Salvadoran leader of MS13 captured in Honduras ◼️ Leader of Gang 18 captured ◼️ Students at UNAH protest against increase of transport price ticket ◼️ 5,314 underage Hondurans were deported back in last 7 months, compared to 2,693 in 2017
Belize: National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, which helps prevent and improve emergency response to oil spills, is about to be adopted
Costa Rica: Gay marriage will soon be legal, as Supreme Court wants legislators to reverse ban ◼️ The murder of two foreign women poses questions about femicides and tourism ◼️ UNHCR launches job program for Nicaraguan asylum seekers
Guatemala: Otto Pérez, ex-president in prison for corruption, is hospitalized for heart issues ◼️ Canada gave 24,605 temporary work permits to Guatemalans in last 3 years
U.S.: DACA is in a life-or-death legal battle ◼️ 572 Central American children still in shelters risk being “permanently orphaned” ◼️ Federal Judge Sullivan made a deported Salvadoran mom and her child fly back to the U.S. because they hadn’t had their hearing
Good Reads
📰 Franklin Foer reports on the slow strengthening and radicalization of ICE for The Atlantic.
🔊 Belizean journalist Bilal Morris asks what happened to Belize’s “The Justice & Reparations Convention” which wanted to address slavery and its reparation, on Amandala.
History
Central America’s coffee production in the 19th Century propelled the region into the global market, but also drove the appropriation of public lands and dissolution of communal forms of property.
Photo of the week
Elías Antonio Saca, El Salvador's Ex-President, during a hearing on August 17, 2017. Credit: Marvin Recinos/AFP
Elías Antonio Saca, El Salvador's Ex-President, during a hearing on August 17, 2017. Credit: Marvin Recinos/AFP
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