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Leaving Children Behind

John Lindsay-Poland | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John Lindsay-Poland

Why do Washington policymakers frame the arrival of children and families fleeing organized violence in their countries as a threat to national security? Is it possible to restore compassion to our debate about this kind of immigration?

Gabriel Arana

Fusion Courts Millennials With Deep-Dive, International Stories

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media

In one of the nascent network’s most ambitious projects to date, last night Fusion aired “Generation in Crisis,” a one-hour documentary special ...

Placelessness: The Underlying Cause of Central American Youth Migration

Tobias Roberts | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Tobias Roberts

It would be limiting to suppose that Central American youth migrants venture to the United States solely because they were enamored with the unbridled possibilities of the American lifestyle. The enchantment with this apparent abundance and limitlessness is also the result of cultural colonization.

Roque Planas

What's Really Wrong With Bill O'Reilly's El Salvador Reporting

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 02.27.2015 | Latino Voices

Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly has pointed to his brief stint in Latin America in 1982 as a correspondent for CBS News as proof of his experienc...

Power to the People, But Really: Participatory Democracy in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

Estela Hernandez is both a member of the national assembly and a leader in the transformational social movement, La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in rural El Salvador. Here, Hernandez talks about a radical vision and practice of direct, participatory democracy by the citizens.

Measuring Misery in Latin America 2014: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 04.11.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. My misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

The US Helped Create a Christian Martyr in Oscar Romero

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The murder of progressive clergy in Colombia continues to be part and parcel of the policy of both the Colombian military, and the U.S. which sponsors it, to prevent social change in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

Roque Planas

Here's Why Oscar Romero Became A Martyr And Why His Work Still Isn't Done

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 02.04.2015 | Latino Voices

Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero died as a martyr, opening a path toward his beatification, which is the last s...

Lessons In Vulnerability: Visiting The ER Abroad

Patrick Furlong | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Patrick Furlong

Only an asthmatic may fully ever understand how beautiful your first deep or semi-deep breath feels after laboring in panic for whatever oxygen your lungs have been willing to suck in only moments prior.

Human Rights First: The Great Robert White

John Tirman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

Robert White passed away earlier this week at the age of 88, and my first thought beyond my sadness was, "they don't make them like that anymore." He was a tough, active, idealistic advocate in the Latin America of 30-40 years ago that was still dominated by corruption and genocidiares.

Transforming Power, Protecting the Environment in El Salvador

Beverly Bell | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Beverly Bell

La Coordinadora of the Lower Lempa and the Bay of Jiquilisco in El Salvador is a grassroots, community-led organization of 27,000 families in more than 100 communities. It is transforming economic and political power and the health of the environment, across the department of Usulután.

Prayers For Our Children For The New Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.

Hillary's Policies (Two-State Solution, Mexico 43, EU Energy)

Jarryd Willis | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Jarryd Willis

The international scope of what Hillary refers to as her "unfinished business" in Hard Choices goes beyond the perfunctory rhetoric aligning the liberal-conservative spectrum.

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

As El Salvador Proves, Championing the Cause of the Hungry Can Exact an Ultimate Price

Chris Herlinger | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion
Chris Herlinger

This week the world commemorates the killings, 25 years ago, of six Jesuit priests (five of them from Spain), the clerics' housekeeper and her teen-age daughter. All were killed on the grounds of Central American University, a Jesuit institution in the capital of San Salvador. In El Salvador, the memory of those events has never died.

El Salvador Still Deserves Justice

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

I await the day when the United States will recognize its own responsibility for the suffering and sorrow of so many families throughout Latin America, including El Salvador, ask forgiveness, and as an act of reconciliation, close the WHINSEC.

Why They Come: The Real Reason for the Surge of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Andrew Tucker Avorn

Claiming that the main motivation of the children who flee the Northern Triangle is anything other than violence and danger is worse than false, because such claims try to absolve Americans of the responsibility for solving the crisis.

Stop the Killing

Kathy Kelly | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

We in the U.S. must give up our notions of exceptionalism; recognize the economic and societal misery our country caused in Iraq; recognize that we are a perpetually war-crazed nation; seek to make reparations; and find dramatic, clear ways to insist that Romero's words be heard: Stop the killing.

Powerful Quake Strikes Off Coast Of El Salvador

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

A powerful earthquake hit late Monday off the Pacific coast of El Salvador, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The temblor was recorded about 66 ...

Salvadoran Families Struggle to Commemorate Their Disappeared

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Jeff Ritterman, MD

1980 was a tragic year for Sofia Hernandez and her family. Government security forces and right wing death squads were terrorizing the rural population of El Salvador. By March, Sofia's family had fled their home in the countryside in hopes of finding safety.

Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

The Hidden War in El Salvador

Salil Shetty | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Salil Shetty

Scratch beneath the surface of apparent peace in El Salvador and you will find a hidden war being waged. A war that does not involve guns or troops but one that has still resulted in the unnecessary deaths and disability of thousands and the incarceration of others. A war being waged against women and girls.

Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

Healing Central America Starts With Women

Ana I. Grande | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Ana I. Grande

Educational and economic opportunities that allow children and youth to dream of a better tomorrow are integral to achieving peace.