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  • Producer/Host: Kathleen March
    Topic: Presidential Elections in El Salvador Tomorrow

    This is Kathleen March. Welcome to WERU’s US El Salvador Report. This
    week we discuss tomorrow’s presidential elections and US groups that
    have voiced strong opinions on the matter – one for a free and fair
    process and one against the FMLN. This report is produced by Spanish
    496 Students at the University of Maine in collaboration with Radio
    Sumpul in El Salvador and US – El Salvador Sister Cities.

    Las elecciones presidenciales de cualquier país son importantes para
    su pueblo, no importa el tamaño del país. Es más: son importantes
    para otras naciones a causa de la consabida globalización.
    Hay dos partidos principales en El Salvador: ARENA, cuyo
    candidato es Rodrigo Ávila y el FMLN, cuyo candidato es Mauricio
    Funes. ARENA, para algunos, está asociado con los escuadrones de la
    muerte y el asesinato del Padre Romero en 1980. Para otros el FMLN
    está relacionado con el comunismo o por lo menos con la izquierda. El
    gobierno de Estados Unidos no ha tenido inconveniente en relacionarse
    con ARENA, que lleva 20 años en el poder. Ha habido dos facciones:
    una acusa al FMLN de asociarse con Venezuela y con las FARC. Desde
    ambos países se acusa a esta facción de promocionar unas elecciones
    sucias. Un anuncio de la tele afirma tajantemente que Funes es un
    “peligro”. Lo que no dice es que Funes no promociona los intereses
    de las multinacionales. Son sectores conservadores, con presencia en
    el parlamento estadounidense, que afirman que El Salvador perdería la
    amistad con su vecino del norte. Quieren que Hillary Clinton “pida
    al FMLN que se abstenga de tomar acciones que vayan en contra de la
    seguridad y los intereses de Estados Unidos”, que vigile las
    elecciones para “detectar posibles amenazas a nuestra seguridad” y
    que le pida al FMLN “que deje de usar en sus materiales de campaña
    imágenes del presidente […] Obama que puedan dar la falsa imagen de
    que está apoyando a ese partido”.
    En cambio, 200 académicos de Estados Unidos firmaron una
    carta a Clinton pidiendo que no se actuara en contra del código
    electoral salvadoreño, ya que personas asociadas con la actual
    administración, como Dan Restrepo, se han pronunciado o insinuado en
    contra del FMLN. Dicen los académicos: “Estamos en contra de la
    injerencia extranjera en los procesos electorales y en los asuntos
    internos de otros países. […] el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos ha
    intervenido descaradamente en las elecciones anteriores … y … una
    vez más, parece estar realizando tal intervención. Entre [los]
    incidentes que llaman la atención están las declaraciones del
    Embajador de los EE.UU. en El Salvador, Charles Glazer, en Mayo de
    2008 sobre las supuestas conexiones infundadas entre … el Frente
    Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional … y las FARC, organización
    guerrillera de Colombia. … Glazer afirmó que “cualquier grupo que
    colabora o expresa la amistad con las Farc no es amigo de los Estados
    Unidos”. … En Febrero de 2008, el Director de Inteligencia de los
    EE.UU, J. Michael McConnell, hiciera público un informe en el que, sin
    prueba alguna, denunció que el FMLN recibiría “financiación
    generosa” del presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez para su campaña. En
    Octubre, … Glazer hizo pública referencia al informe”.
    Uno de los resultados es que los salvadoreños temen la pérdida de las
    remesas de sus emigrados – o cosas peores. El simple silencio del
    gobierno estadounidense puede aumentar ese temor, favoreciendo la
    candidatura de ARENA. Es hora, dicen muchos, de que se tenga en
    cuenta la soberanía de cada país. Dicen: “Se trata de una amenaza
    velada contra el pueblo salvadoreño que, en caso de que elija a un
    gobierno no del agrado de los Estados Unidos, se enfrentará a su ira y
    posibles represalias. Consideramos que esta injerencia viola las
    normas internacionales y pedimos al gobierno estadounidense que
    desista de inmediato de todas esas injerencias”.
    Argumentan los académicos, que por su postura han recibido duras
    críticas desde ambos países, que: “Esperamos que, con su renovado
    compromiso para mejorar las relaciones diplomáticas con América
    Latina y su mensaje de cambio político, esta nueva administración no
    admitirá ninguna intervención en las elecciones salvadoreñas ni que
    tolerará violaciones de los derechos humanos ni fraude electoral.”
    O sea: Nada más ni nada menos que el derecho que se considera lógico
    y merecido en Estados Unidos para sus elecciones…
    This has been Kathleen March with this week’s report on Sunday’s
    presidential elections in El Salvador and US groups that have voiced
    strong opinions on the matter. This report is produced by Spanish
    Students at the University of Maine in collaboration with Radio Sumpul
    in El Salvador and US – El Salvador Sister Cities.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Carolyn Coe, John Greenman, Meredith DeFrancesco, Jessie Dyer-Stewart, Andy Jordan

    Segment 1: Confronting the Iraqi Refugee Crisis conference at Colby College.  A report produced by Carolyn Coe and John Greenman.  How are students at Colby College organizing to address the Iraqi refugee crisis?  Why are Iraqis seeking resettlement in a third country like the U.S.?  What is the experience for those who have resettled and for the organizations working to support new immigrants? Speaker: Jason Opal, Professor at Colby.  FMI: www.refugeesinternational.org , www.thelistproject.org , www.preventinghate.org , www.ccmaine.org , www.afsc.org

    Segment 2: The 2 major political parties in El Salvador are comprised of people who fought on opposite sides in the civil war there in the 1980s.  The right-wing ARENA party, of which the current president is a member, is the party of the repressive government and death squads that were financially supported by the US.  As a term of the Peace Accords, those who committed atrocities were never tried or punished, and many of them continue to be in power.  The left-leaning FMLN party represents the popular people’s movement who rose up against the repressive right wing regime.  In the recent municipal elections the FMLN were largely victorious, and the FMLN presidential candidate is ahead in the polls for that election, to be held next month.  As we’ve reported previously, there are widespread reports from El Salvador that the communities that support the FMLN are being targeted for harassment—- and on-going criminalization of dissent— by the current right wing regime.  This has escalated in recent days in the community of Cinquera.  Meredith DeFrancesco, Jessie Dyer-Stewart and Amy Browne spoke by phone yesterday with Francisco Amilcar Lobo, a teacher from Cinquera who described what has been happening.  FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org

    Also, a 4 part special produced by Amy Browne in 2007 features Don Pablo Alvarenga, the town historian, telling about the oppression and atrocities in the years leading up to, and during the war.  Here are links to those programs in our archives:

    archives.weru.org/specials/special-20070327_donpablo1

    archives.weru.org/specials/special-20070329_donpablo2

    archives.weru.org/radioactive/ra-20070405

    archives.weru.org/radioactive/ra-20070412

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  • Producer: Kathleen March & Jennifer

    Topic: Mining

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  • Producer/Host: Kathleen March

    Topic: Immigration and Remittances

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Cathy Melio, The Humble Farmer,  Kathleen March & her Spanish students at the University of Maine, Orono;  Music contributed by: Tree by Leaf and Andy Jordan

    Segment 1:  The debut of Cathy Melio’s new monthly “Artist’s Voice” feature.  Today she interview Anna Hepler.  FMI: www.cmcanow.org

    Segment 2:  A few gems from the Humble Farmer,  Robert Karl Skoglund

    Segment 3:  Poetry from El Salvador

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topic: Military Intimidation in El Salvador

    We talk by phone with Francisco Martinez and Michelle Anderson in El Salvador for breaking news from Suchito where the right-wing ARENA party government military showed up in town this week, apparently to intimidate the people in the area where the left FMLN party is far ahead in the polls leading up to elections in January and March.

    Francisco Martinez is with the PROGRESO “Directiva Regional” or regional coordinating board in the Suchitoto region.   PROGRESO is the regional branch of CRIPDES.  CRIPDES started under the name Christian Committee for the Displaced of El Salvador. After the end of the Salvadoran Civil War, the CRIPDES communities changed the name to The Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salvador, the Spanish acronym for which is CRIPDES

    Michelle Anderson is the Co-Coordinator for the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities network, linking 16 cities across the U.S. as a movement in solidarity with the Salvadoran organized communities.  In addition to participating in this interview, she provides translation as well.

    FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    The stage is set in El Salvador for the FMLN party to defeat the right wing ARENA party in the upcoming elections. The groups that eventually became the FMLN and ARENA parties, fought on opposite sides in the war in El Salvador in the 1980s.  The right had ties to the small number of wealthy families that had long controlled the country, and included paramilitaries who committed widespread massacres and other crimes against humanity, and assassinated Archbishop Romero. They received funding from the U.S. government, which labeled the uprising of the poor rural people against that right wing regime “communism”.
    Since the peace accords that ended the war nearly 17 years ago, former paramilitaries—who have gone unpunished—-have been active in the right-wing ARENA party, and many of those involved in the people’s uprising are associated with FMLN.
    The ARENA party has been in office and has had a close relationship with the Bush regime.  Now that polls indicate that the FMLN will likely win in next year’s elections, many in El Salvador believe that the U.S. will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening.
    We spoke by phone yesterday to a community organizer in El Salvador, and a member of the Sister Cities organization that helps coordinate WERU’s relationship with our sister station Radio Sumpul, as well as the sistering relationships between Maine Organic Farmers and Gardener’s Assoc and the rural communities of El Salvador, and PICA and Bangor’s Sister City relationship with Carasque.

    Guests: Bernardo Belloso is a National Directive Council Member of the Association of Rural Communities for the Development of El Salvador,CRIPDES*.* CRIPDES is the largest rural grassroots movement in El Salvador which coordinates the organizing, education and mobilization of over 300 rural communities spread through seven provinces of El Salvador
    Michelle Anderson is the Co-Coordinator for the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities network, linking 16 cities across the U.S. as a movement in solidarity with the Salvadoran organized communities.  In this interview Michelle is translating Bernado’s comments to English

    FMI: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

    Interview aired on “On The Wing” on 10/14/08

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