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Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #30 • View online
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Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
Although Central American caravans are attracting less media attention, thousands of migrants continue to cross Mexico, while the U.S. “Remain in Mexico” policy has been launched.
Salvadorans from all over El Salvador elected Nayib Bukele from the GANA party as their next president in the elections’ first round, hoping for a less corrupt government. In Guatemala, parties are preparing their campaign but many of them may not run as they are being investigated for illicit financing.
In Nicaragua, the number of political prisoners rises to 767 according to the Committee of Political Prisoners and in Costa Rica, several women have accused former President and Nobel prize winner of sexual abuse.
Panama and China are getting closer, Belize is against U.S. interference in Venezuela and U.S. Senator Rubio is increasingly calling the shots for U.S. diplomacy in Honduras - where he wants a “more hard-line approach,” according to congressional sources.
Thank you for reading.
Salú,
Melissa
Headlines
Migration
El Salvador
Honduras
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Belize
Costa Rica
Panama
Good reads
Bukele specials
  • Tim Muth offers a wrap-up of English language press coverage on Bukele’s victory on his blog El Salvador Perspectives.
  • Anna-Catherine Brigida neatly reports on the hope that Bukele brings to voters along with his main challenges for Foreign Policy.
  • Steven Dudley analyzes Bukele’s task to deal with police and gang violence for Insight Crime.
Palm Oil industry
  • Jeff Abbott & Sandra Cuffe report from Guatemala’s palm oil industry and link it to Jakelin Caal’s story, land conflicts and displacements of indigenous peoples for Al Jazeera.
Multimedia
🎧 Not Central American focused, but timely nonetheless with Bukele’s election: Cecilia Baeza talks about the Palestinian diaspora in Latin America with Latin Media Collective.
🎧 Heather Gies wraps up the Salvadoran election in 8 minutes for The Takeaway.
📷 Photojournalists from El Faro capture Bukele’s election win and the defeat of other parties.
🎥 Nómada released a series of 2-min videos on Guatemala’s unsung heroes and heroines.
Photo of the Week
"Nayib Bukele, together with his wife Gabriela de Bukele and his running mate Félix Ulloa, say goodbye to the people who attended the Morazán Square to celebrate their triumph in the Salvadoran presidential elections on the night of February 3". Photo: Fred Ramos/El Faro.
"Nayib Bukele, together with his wife Gabriela de Bukele and his running mate Félix Ulloa, say goodbye to the people who attended the Morazán Square to celebrate their triumph in the Salvadoran presidential elections on the night of February 3". Photo: Fred Ramos/El Faro.
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