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From Ambar Espinoza in El Salvador: Is the Salvadorian President cutting deals with gangs?

April 1, 2012

Ambar Espinoza writes from El Salvador where she is reporting for Round Earth Media — look for our stories on NPR and also in the media in El Salvador.   Round Earth Media’s reporting from El Salvador is supported by the Stanley Foundation.

What an interesting time to be back in El Salvador. This week (Wednesday, March 28) at a press conference President Mauricio Funes denied the Salvadoran government negotiated any deals with leaders of the country’s two violent gangs, Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13) and Pandilla 18,

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Global Hit: Bocafloja

August 2, 2010

Rap, in Spanish, easily crosses borders with fans in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America. One of the most popular independent rappers in Spanish is Aldo Villegas, also known as Bocafloja (which means “loose mouth”). Bocafloja has been active in Mexico City’s hip hop scene since its inception in the mid-1990s and, as Mary Stucky reports, over the years he’s acquired a huge following in both Mexico and the United States.

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Remember the "Marxist Threat" in Central America in the 1980s?

July 18, 2010

President Mauricio Funes of the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front took office a year ago in El Salvador. The former TV journalist was elected on the ticket of the FMLN, this after a 12-year civil war and after the former Marxist revolutionary group turned into a mainstream political party. The right wing Arena Party had ruled the country since the end of the civil war. How’s Funes done in his first year in office? Reporter Ambar Espinoza addresses that question as we plan our reporting trip to Central America.

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Our Central America Project

July 7, 2010

Gold mining in El Salvador: Pacific Rim verdict expected in August 2010

As we get closer to our trip to Central America, we will be blogging about some of the most important issues facing the region. One of the most contentious issues facing the country of El Salvador is gold mining. Is it an economic boon or an environmental disaster? From journalist Ambar Espinoza, the latest on the case involving the so-called Pacific Rim mine.

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In El Salvador, War Wounds Still Fresh

January 12, 2010

From journalist Ambar Espinoza in El Salvador, the country of her birth:

My family took mIMG_0170e to El Puerto de La Libertad, which is a port that was established in 1824. The pier was built in 1829 to export indigo and coffee to Europe and the United States. Ships no longer come to this harbor to load and unload cargo because the pier eventually became too old and antiquated. Now trade takes place at El Puerto de Acajutla, which has a far more sophisticated infrastructure.

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Questions for Ambar Espinoza

January 1, 2010

former gang membersHow horrifying to live in a country where one must believe these telephone calls and do what the caller demands. The situation is different in Nicaragua where we interviewed former gang members in Managua (photo left). About El Salvador, three essential questions arise.

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From El Salvador: What has changed and what has not

December 31, 2009

Ambar Espinoza, one of the journalists mentored by Round Earth, is in El Salvador. Here are her reflections from her first afternoon back in the country of her birth after many years.

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Next Gen Journalist in El Salvador

December 29, 2009

AmbarEspinozaThere has never been a more exciting time to be a young journalist with ambition to cover the world. And never a time more challenging.

News organizations are financially weakened, closing foreign bureaus and refusing to invest in young talent. Round Earth Media invests in global journalism’s next generation — journalists like Ambar Espinoza.

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Gangs in Nicaragua

December 16, 2008

According to some estimates there are at least a hundred thousand youth gang members in Central America. Violent, involved in drugs and organized crime….their numbers are growing and they’re moving north. Some Central American countries have adopted what they call an iron fist approach with massive detentions and harsh prison sentences… with little positive effect. But in Nicaragua they’re taking a different approach.

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GLOBAL HIT: B'itzma (Guatemalans Rock for Peace)

December 15, 2008

In Guatemala a majority of the population is Mayan Indian. For centuries they have been excluded from national political and economic life, but today they’re finding their voice in music. One Guatemala rock band called B’itzma (BEETZ-MAH) sings in an indigenous language called Mam. B’itzma, by the way, means “Harmony.” The band has a big following in Guatemala and in the US.

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