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El Salvador news and analysis from The Nation
March 23, 2021
What Salvadoran Activists Can Teach Us About Building Coalitions
The water defenders recognized the fight was less a contest of right versus left than right versus wrong.
November 24, 2020
Unforgetting: Confronting El Salvador’s—and My Family’s—Past
Doing so helped me to understand not just the violent history of El Salvador, but also that of my country of birth, the United States.
September 24, 2020
Justice, Finally, for a War Crime in El Salvador
A Spanish court has convicted one perpetrator of the 1989 murder of Jesuit priests—but El Salvador itself is a long way from mounting a credible prosecution.
June 29, 2020
A Decades-Old Atrocity Finally Sees Its Day in Court
In a potential test case for international law, the murder of Jesuit priests in El Salvador is now being prosecuted—in Spain.
April 22, 2020
How Poetry Can Bear Witness to Crisis and Revolution
We talked to Carolyn Forché about her first book of poetry in 17 years.
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January 30, 2020
Confirmed: Elliott Abrams’s Defense of Mass Murder Was Based on Lies
The reporters who covered the El Mozote massacre were right all along.
September 16, 2019
The Latest Link in Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Chain: El Salvador’s New Border Patrol
The new enforcement agency is more about preventing migrants from leaving the country than it is about protecting El Salvador’s borders.
August 27, 2019
Carolyn Forché’s Powerful Reckoning
In her memoir, the poet confronts America’s role in El Salvador’s brutal civil war.
January 30, 2019
There Are Still Migrant Children Separated From Their Families
The coercion and cruelty at the border is not over.
January 29, 2019
El Salvador’s Pivotal Election
Is presidential candidate Nayib Bukele a social media-savvy maverick, or a shape-shifting political opportunist?