El Salvador 60 Day Brief: 8 Stories You Should See
Everything you need to know that happened in the last 2 months in El Salvador.
Each day we sift through hundreds of articles in English & Spanish to bring you the very best ones from Central America. From investment indicators to new infrastructure projects. Adventure stories to politics. It’s all here.
El Salvador April 2014.
El Salvador Tourism
- Jose Napoleon Duarte Duran Maintains Tourism Portfolio in El Salvador (Caribbean News Digital via Google Translate) Following presidential elections, tourism official, Jose Napoleon Durante will hold his position and attempt once again to grow El Salvador’s tourism base.
- El Salvador Rises from the Ashes (BBC) Central America’s secret garden, El Salvador (“the Saviour”) is waiting. Despite its bad rap for violence, El Salvador is at a critical point in the evolution of its tourism industry, and it is only a matter of time before the bigger tour operators catch on.
El Salvador Economy
- The Dark Road: The Worst Tax Law You’ve Never Heard About (The New American) If worrying about the IRS wasn’t enough of a stress, its famous FATCA law now threatens to take your U.S. citizenship away from you or drown you in an endless amount of paperwork and confusion.
El Salvador Politics
- El Salvador’s President-Elect Faces Daunting Economic Challenges (Nearshore America) The growing burden of debt and pension has long been a drag on El Salvador’s economy. If they are to turn it around, their newly elected president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, should focus on restoring business confidence and attracting private investment to reverse his nation’s economic fortunes, says Fitch Ratings.
- El Salvador Among Countries Seeking to Control the Internet (El Salvador.net Via Google Translate) Thumbs down El Salvador. Your agreement to join other countries who have expressly sought and exercised greater control of the supply and demand for content on the Internet is a warning sign. Salvadoran government officials signed the binding international agreement in Dubai. Experts say the agreement holds the potential to serve as a regulatory framework to control Internet content or even, regulate its citizens’ access to spaces in the virtual network.
- El Salvador’s New President Faces Gangs, Poverty and Instability (NPR) A civil war tore El Salvador apart in the 1980s – and today violent drug-gang crime rages. About 40 percent of the population live in poverty while a tiny elite lives in luxury. That’s a difficult place for any government leader, especially a newly elected president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren. He narrowly won the country’s presidential election in April. Now he faces difficult challenges in a poor country that’s been plagued by gang violence.
El Salvador Environment
- El Salvador’s Communities Battle to Keep Their Gold in the Ground (The Guardian) Mining has never been a major part of the Salvadoran economy. But today the tide has changed and the battle to keep El Salvador’s gold underground is drawing the attention of politicians from rival parties, the Catholic church, farmers and NGOs who have all spoken out against mining as a route to development.
- Deforestation of Central America Rises as Mexico’s War on Drugs Moves South (The Guardian) It’s not illegal logging or coffee growing that is threatening Central America’s forests, but drugs. Swaths of rainforest are being affected by ‘narco-deforestation’ which is clearing large tracks of land for landing strips and roads to transport drugs.
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