By Sherwood Ross - September 08, 2011
Farmers along the banks of El Salvador’s Lempa River believe tomatoes gleam brighter than gold. They would rather put the river to work for farming, fishing, and drinking than to allow the multinational Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Co. of Canada use the river water to extract the rich veins of gold buried nearby---a process that involves applying toxic cyanide-laced water to separate gold from the surrounding rock.
Brutal worker exploitation for corporate America.
By Lalo Espejo - rabble.ca
By all accounts, a hard working, peaceful and committed family man with three children born in Canada during the 13-year refugee process, Mr. Figueroa has been contributing to the famed Canadian mosaic while his case hobbled its way through the system. In May this year he was ordered to be deported. The order hinges on his membership in the student wing of the FMLN, a left-wing resistance group fighting against the brutal regime in El Salvador in the 1980s.
By Leah Wilson - May 2010
On Friday, January 8, hundreds of people arrived in the rural town of Trinidad, El Salvador to hold a vigil for the "martyrs of the struggle against mining." Five lives had already been lost due to violence against anti-mining activists. People came from across the country to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims and their rejection of metallic mining in their country.
On December 26, Dora “Alicia” Recinos Sorto, age 32, was assassinated, the second anti-mining activist killed this week in the small community of Nueva Trinidad in the department of Cabañas. Recinos Sorto was eight months pregnant and carrying her two-year old child when she was shot on her way back from doing laundry at a nearby river.
By Moira Peters - December 21, 2009
Another citizen opponent to mining in Latin America has been assassinated. Another Canadian miner is implicated in the murder...Yesterday at 4 pm, Ramiro Rivera Gomez, Vice President of the Environmental Committee of Cabanas (ACC), was gunned down and killed...Rivera was a leader in the resistance to Canadian mining company Pacific Rim Mining Corporation, which has been trying to secure permits for its El Dorado gold mine...
"They told me that because of my affiliation with the [FMLN], they wouldn't let me into the country...I told them that the war in El Salvador ended 17 years ago and the FMLN is now the governing party in El Salvador, but they told me that was the information they had available."
--Eugenio Chicas, Salvadoran Judge and member of El Salvador's main electoral institution, after being detained at Toronto's Pearson Airport on his way to a meeting hosted by Elections Canada and the Organization of American States. Chicas said he was personally invited by the Canadian government to attend.
Salvadorans soon enough will learn they were fooled again.
By NIKOLAS KOZLOFF - March 11, 2009
"...[T]he right-wing ARENA...party has launched an ugly campaign to link leftist FMLN...candidate Mauricio Funes with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez...Founded by right wing death squad leader Roberto D’Aubuisson...ARENA is still fervently anti-Communist. ARENA, whose colors are red, white and blue, models itself on the U.S. Republican party but is even more explicitly nationalist. The hymn of the party touts El Salvador as the tomb where 'the Reds will die.'"
By Mark Engler - March 04, 2009
El Salvador...[is] a place where a single party has been in power for two decades. It has long been mired in poverty, crime, and corruption. And its own Cheneys and Rumsfelds remain in power. A victory by the progressive frontrunner in the electoral contest...would give the new White House an opportunity to reject fear-mongering about the rise of left-leaning governments in Latin America and instead praise the regional wave of democratic transformation.
By Cyril Mychalejko - December 25, 2008
A Canadian mining company intends to sue El Salvador's government for several hundred million dollars if it is not granted permission to open a widely unpopular gold and silver mine that scientists warn would have devastating effects on local water supplies.
A disturbing trend is afoot. In the past couple of months, in two countries, governments have relied on broadly-worded terrorism laws to put down social protests...Political demonstrators in El Salvador and London, [England] have found police deploying a new weapon against them: laws designed to prevent and punish terrorism.
I should like to trace the paradoxical discourse not only of the western doctrines, but also of Middle-Eastern contexts, to show the contrary relations between dominant readings/interpretations and the volition and power which resistance and refusal can garner for its benefit. I will shortly speak about the Shari-ah. The Shari’ah is the body of Islamic law that was developed by religious scholars (Ulama’s) after the death of the Prophet Muhammad.
Nov 11, 2005 | Prensa Latina
Opposition Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) reiterated Friday that the recent modifications to the El Salvador electoral code would remove legitimacy and transparency from the 2006 elections.