Monday, June 2, 2014

Salvadoreños en Washington celebran segundo mandato del FMLN en El Salvador

Por Ramón Jiménez

Simpatizantes y afiliados del Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) del Distrito de Columbia, Maryland y Virginia celebraron el ascenso a la Presidencia de la República de El Salvador por segunda vez consecutiva.

La toma de posesión de la Primera Magistratura por parte del profesor y excomandante guerrillero Salvador Sánchez Cerén tuvo lugar este domingo 1 de junio en el Centro Internacional de Ferias y Convenciones de San Salvador.

La celebración en la región metropolitana de Washington tuvo como escenario la sala de recepciones de la Iglesia Episcopal San Mateo en la localidad de Hyattsville, Maryland que se vio abarrotada por decenas de personas que lucían banderas alusivas al partido izquierdista así como camisetas o vestidos completos de rojo brillante.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Salvadoran President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren meets with Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Salvadoran President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, at the Department of State.

Around 5 pm today, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Salvadoran President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren at the Department of State.

In the meeting, Mr Kerry said to Mr. Sanchez Ceren that the US considers El Salvador an important ally in the region not just as partner in security matters, but also in economic terms. Due to its large Salvadoran population in the United States, El Salvador is the third country with whom the US exchanges more services, products and information after Mexico and Canada.

Sanchez Ceren,  on his part, invited Mr. Kerry to visit El Salvador for his inauguration ceremony on June 1, 2014 and to speed up the $261 Million Second Compact from the Challenge Corporation Account, which Mr. Kerry presides.

In Press Conference, Sanchez Ceren said that his visit to U.S. was fruitful and saluted the Salvadoran community, the largest latino group in the Washington metropolitan area.  

 Mr. Sanchez Ceren is expected to return to El Salvador at 5:00 am on Tuesday. 


FMLN’s Foreign-Born Base

FMLN’s Foreign-Born Base, the Future of Transnational Politics

We share with you the Future: FMLNs Next Generation, Foreign-Born.

On April 26th, 2014 the FMLN's leadership in Washington, DC. gathered some of their young base to show that the party has a bright future.

Here is the result:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

El Salvador’s President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren will Meet State Secretary John Kerry in Washington

Tomorrow, El Salvador’s President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren will Meet State Secretary John Kerry in Washington

Sanchez Ceren, in an official trip to Washington, will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry this Monday May 12, at the State Department.

John Kerry has confirmed the meeting with Sanchez Ceren and said that the US will continue to work with El Salvador on a variety of issues, including migration, economic development, security in the region and other bilateral matters of great importance for both countries.

President-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, is accompanied by appointed Chancellor Mr. Hugo Martinez; Technical Secretary of the Presidency Roberto Lorenzana and Ambassador of El Salvador in Washington, Rubén Zamora.

After winning the elections in El Salvador, Sanchez Ceren has visited the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Venezuela, and His Holiness Pope Francisco in the Vatican and a tour throughout Central America.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Arrest Warrant Issued against EL Salvador's former President Francisco Flores

El Salvador's Attorney General Office issues an arrest warrant against Former President of El Salvador Francisco Flores.
Today El Salvador's Attorney General Office (FGR) turned in an indictment against former President Francisco Flores, on charges of embezzlement, illicit enrichment and  civil disobedience in the case of the $10 million donation his administration received from Taiwan. 

The FGR also issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Flores, whose whereabouts are still unknown. He disappeared after the was dismissed as ARENA’s Chief Campaign Manager in the last presidential elections.

Attorney General (AG) Luis Martínez explained that the former president has not yet been located, but said he has had talks with the Minister of Justice and Security , Ricardo Perdomo, about the "need " to locate him immediately to prosecute him. 

Martinez emphasized that the accused shall be guaranteed due process in the courts, and suggested that Mr. Flores voluntarily steps forward from wherever he is hiding to face the charges in the courts according to Salvadoran law.

In a national television interview "Frente A Frente", the AG said that "no one could further delay this case due to the risk of prescription". He also assured that this is a serious case, and his decision to prosecute Mr. Flores is not due to media or public pressure, though, he admitted he has received attacks, libel and slander for what the public perceives as “strange passivity” on the part of the AG on this particular case. 

Regarding the crime of illicit enrichment, Martinez said that Mr. Flores is being accused for the disappearance of $ 5.3 million, but according to the investigations of the Special Legislative Commission, the figure could be around $ 90 million.

"The investigation is still under development," said Martinez and subsequently confirmed that Flores is now a fugitive wanted by the Salvadoran Justice.

In the meantime ARENA has withdrawn from the case and undone any ties with Mr. Flores.

Friday, April 25, 2014

President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren meets the Pope Francis in Rome

The Pope Francis met this Friday with Salvadoran President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, at the Vartican in Rome, in a historical visit in which the ex-guerrilla commandant thanked the Pontif’s efforts to the beatification of San Salvador’s Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.

Romero, 62, was killed on March 24, 1980 by death squad members supported by the military when celebrating mass in his Church La Divina Providencia in San Salvador.

His canonization process began in 1994 and, after several years of stagnation, Francisco reactivated the cause in 2013 to beatify and make Romero become the first saint in Salvadoran history.

The audience, at the Pontiff 's Private Library at the Vatican Papal Palaces, lasted for 30 minutes, after which the president-elect said he was " very happy to meet with a Pope so loved by the Salvadoran people ."

Sanchez Ceren asked the Pope’s blessing for his presidency, which begins the first of June, 2014.

The President-Elect kissed the Pope’s ring, as part of the protocol, and reiterated that he was "very happy to be for the first time in the Vatican with the Pope, to whom he gave a painting of the figure of Archbishop Romero, painted by famous artist Joshua Villalta .

He also presented a stole made by artisans of La Palma, in the north of El Salvador, who specialized in making guerrillas combat clothing during the civil war.

The Pope, meanwhile, gave Sanchez Ceren a medallion of a saint and document of the V General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM ) in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.

At parting, Francisco wished a speedy recovery of Margarita Villalta, Sanchez Ceren’s wife, who came to the Vatican walking with a cane due to surgery practiced on her left leg.

The five-person delegation that accompanied Sanchez Ceren were Foreign Minister, Jaime Miranda, Margarita, his wife and two diplomatic representatives accredited to the Vatican.

Sanchez Ceren , 69, who is Catholic , will be the first former guerrilla to come to power in El Salvador and the fourth in Latin America, after Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega, José Mujica Uruguayan and Brazilian Dilma Rousseff.


Monday, April 14, 2014

New law guarantees social programs in EL Salvador

New law guarantees social programs in EL Salvador

As part of Sanchez Ceren campaign’s promise to protect human dignity through a social agenda, El Salvador's Legislative Assembly approved the Social Development and Protection Law on April 3. The law was presented by President Mauricio Funes last year to ensure that the groundbreaking social services initiated by his administration continue.

These programs are designed to address the needs of historically abandoned and excluded sectors. The law mandates a “legal framework for human development, protection and social inclusion that promotes, protects and guarantees the fulfillment of people’s rights”.

It specifically targets Salvadorans living in poverty or facing discrimination, and gives special priority to children, women, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities and indigenous people.

Guillermo Mata, a legislator from the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), said: “We are guaranteeing a series of human rights for people, not as a handout, but as a right.”

Among the wide range of social initiatives now cemented into law are: free uniforms, shoes, and school supplies as well as school meals and a daily glass of milk for all public school children; the Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City) service centers that provide reproductive and mental healthcare, legal support, childcare and employment training for women; pensions for impoverished senior citizens; the Family Farming Plan, which provides seeds, supplies and technical support to small-scale farmers; and a free, comprehensive public healthcare system for all.

During the electoral campaign, president elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren said that if he won the presidential election, the current social programs would continue and new law would be enacted to further protect the neediest and poorest in El Salvador.

“What we are doing is starting to implement some of the promises of the campaign today rather than tomorrow”, said the candidate in his twitter account.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sanchez Ceren’s Inauguration Ceremony the most austere in the history of El Salvador

Budget of Sanchez Ceren's Inauguration Ceremony is the most austere in the history of El Salvador.

The cost of the official inauguration of the Government of president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren this coming June 1 has been reduced to $983,000, Roberto Lorenzana, new Secretary of Economic Affairs, said yesterday.

At first it, the Legislature had approved $1,404,970 for the official ceremony. But Sanchez Ceren said that that was too high, and unacceptable for country like El Salvador and instructed the transition team to reduce the costs.

Lorenzana also confirmed that the inauguration act will be held at El Salvador’s International Convention Center. After that, a popular gathering will take place in which Sanchez Ceren will share with fellow Salvadorans the beginning of his Administration.

With the 30% reduction in the budget ordered by Sanchez Ceren, the act will become the most austere presidential inauguration in the history of El Salvador, well below the $2 million average of the past 5 inauguration ceremonies.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thousands March Against Deportation in United States

Thousands of undocumented immigrants and their supporters rallied across the United States on Saturday as part of a national day of action called “Two Million Too Many" – activists’ latest effort to urge President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to scale back deportations.

Protesters gathered outside government offices and detention facilities where undocumented immigrants are transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation.

Organizers said the campaign was prompted by the Obama administration’s record deportations, which are anticipated to hit the milestone of 2 million removals since he took office.

Halting deportations is neccesary, advocates say, because many of those in detention could one day benefit from eventual reform.

In Atlanta, protesters told Al Jazeera correspondent Robert Ray that the Latino community is bearing the brunt of a failed immigration policy. "You don't see Canadians being deported in numbers. Why is the Latino community being persecuted?" said Paulina Helm-Hernandez, co-director of rights group Southerners on New Ground. "We are calling on President Obama to save hard-working families so that generations of people can help America."

In Washington, D.C., on Saturday, families of undocumented immigrants vowed to maintain an indefinite presence at the White House until Obama stops deportations and reunites them with loved ones currently held in detention.

Friday, April 4, 2014

March Against Deportation – Gran Marcha contra la deportación

March Against Deportation

From Mount Pleasant Park to the White House

When: Saturday April 5th, 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Mount Pleasant Park (Mount Pleasant and Lamont St.), Washington, DC.

Cuando: Sábado 5 de abril del 2014
Hora: 11:00 a.m.
Lugar: Parque Mount Pleasant (Mount Pleasant and Lamont St.) Washington, DC.