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¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 191st Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! El Salvador on Your 191st Year of Independence

Today, all of El Salvador is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. continue reading »

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been "very aggressive" in trying to broaden relations with the region. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Salvadoran Colonel Tied to 1989 Massacre Pleads Guilty to U.S. Immigration Fraud

Salvadoran Colonel Tied to 1989 Massacre Pleads Guilty to U.S. Immigration Fraud

One of 15 Salvadoran military men indicted in Spain for the 1989 murders of five Spanish Jesuits in the Central American nation pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying on U.S. immigration documents. continue reading »

El Salvador Utilizing Ocean Monitors to Prevent Natural Disasters

El Salvador Utilizing Ocean Monitors to Prevent Natural Disasters

El Salvador's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry has installed two oceanographic stations in the Pacific to monitor waves and currents, allowing the country to be better prepared for potential disasters, officials said. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »

U.S. Volunteers Give Dozens of Girls a Quinceañera in El Salvador

U.S. Volunteers Give Dozens of Girls a Quinceañera in El Salvador

An American woman named Jenni Ramsey gave a number of women in El Salvador a party to truly remember. For her sixth trip to the Latin American country, Ramsey brought 19 volunteers with her to help plan and host an continue reading »

Woman Struck by Lightning, Boy Drowns in Severe Rains in El Salvador

Woman Struck by Lightning, Boy Drowns in Severe Rains in El Salvador

A 26-year-old woman was killed by lightning and a 3-year-old boy drowned due to the severe thunderstorms that hit El Salvador in the past few days, officials said. continue reading »

7.4 Earthquake Hits Coast of El Salvador, Tsunami Warning for Portions of Latin America

7.4 Earthquake Hits Coast of El Salvador, Tsunami Warning for Portions of Latin America

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a 7.4 earthquake off the coast of El Salvador and 110 miles southeast of the country's capital of San Salvador, late Sunday early Monday. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Quality in Latin America

How many families are homeless or live in poor quality houses? Despite the strong economic performance Latin America and the Caribbean has enjoyed in the past decade, the lack of adequate housing for low income people remains a serious development problem for the region. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

INFOGRAPHIC: Latin America’s Best Cities to Live In

The ranking system is based on a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) using a spatial adjusted livability index. The EIU ranked 70 cities internationally, Hong Kong ranked the highest and Harare, Zimbabwe ranked the lowest. The other scores (ie- education) are out of 100. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

INFOGRAPHIC: Where is Innovation Happening in Latin America?

The Global Innovation Index (GII), a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. Globally, Latin America ranked between 39 and 118 (out of 141). continue reading »

Salvadoran Priest Celebrates 5 yrs in Chicago’s Little Village

Salvadoran Priest Celebrates 5 yrs in Chicago’s Little Village

Salvadoran priest Jose Landaverde has become a pro-immigrant activist, community organizer and the heart and soul of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission in Chicago's mainly Mexican Little Village neighborhood, where he has been working for five years to "create hope among those who don't have it." continue reading »

RUBIO WATCH: Sen. Menendez and Rubio Express Concern About Constitutional Crisis in El Salvador

RUBIO WATCH: Sen. Menendez and Rubio Express Concern About Constitutional Crisis in El Salvador

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs, respectively, today expressed deep concern regarding the ongoing constitutional crisis in El Salvador continue reading »

El Salvador Sees 52 Percent Drop in Murders Since Gang Truce

El Salvador Sees 52 Percent Drop in Murders Since Gang Truce

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes said Saturday that the "truce" among street gangs that took effect last March "has had results," since homicides have dropped 52 percent since then. continue reading »