Retrial Begins for the ‘Aggravated Homicide’ of a Miscarriage

Retrial begins Thursday for a young Salvadoran woman facing 30 years in prison for the “aggravated homicide” of her fetus in a miscarriage. Though a judge cleared her in the first trial, the state appealed, raising profound questions for the country’s progressive new president and the nation’s powerful Catholic Church.

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A Popular Young President Shakes Things Up in El Salvador

The Left in Central America has suffered decades of hard times. Time was, it could form coalitions with liberals and have a voice in political discourse, at least within the circles of academia and progressive Christianity. But the economic sector in Central America — the bankers, ranchers and exporters — remain hostile to social improvements such as clean water and health care and education for the poor.

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At Long Last, Glimmers of Hope in El Salvador

Since the Salvadoran civil war ended in 1992 the country has been ruled by either the right-wing ARENA party (1989-2009) or the formerly left-wing FMLN, named for a coalition of armed groups that challenged the US-backed army from 1980-1992. The FMLN won the presidency in 2009 and left power on June 1 this year, after humiliating defeats in legislative elections in 2018 and this year’s presidential election. 

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O’Rourke Immigration Plan Includes Pathway to Citizenship

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping immigration plan to seek a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 11 million people in the country without documents, deploy thousands of immigration lawyers to the border to help with asylum cases and earmark $5 billion to bolster the rule of law in Central America.

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