The Words That Explained the World in 2019
A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.
Is Canada Violating Its Constitution by Sending Refugees Back to the United States?
A federal court case could stop Ottawa from treating the United States as a safe third country due to the Trump administration’s harsh policies toward asylum-seekers.
A Nation Held Hostage
The rival gangs MS-13 and La 18 control or influence every facet of life in El Salvador, making the small Central American nation the world’s most dangerous place outside a war zone.
Sending Refugees Back Makes the World More Dangerous
Repatriating refugees to dangerous countries violates international law and breeds conflict, instability, and future crises. Regional work visas and long-term integration into host countries are more promising solutions.
Diplomats’ Warnings Over Mass Deportations Ignored by Trump Administration
A memo details the Trump administration’s efforts to end waivers for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Central American nationals and send them home.
El Salvador’s Tough Policing Isn’t What It Looks Like
Shootings reported as enfrentamientos, or confrontations, often mask killings of civilians and other misconduct.
Our Best Weekend Reads
This week, the world marked International Women’s Day, and the U.S. State Department canceled an award for a Finnish journalist who criticized Trump.
Trump Is Sending Guns South as Migrants Flee North
The administration’s push to weaken oversight of gun exports could worsen the Central American refugee crisis.
El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs
Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it’s washing its hands of the problem.
Can El Salvador’s New President Fix What’s Driving Citizens Out?
Nayib Bukele won in a landslide. Now, he needs new policies to reduce violence in his country.
How One Top Diplomat Took a Stand Against Trump’s Immigration Policy
The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign policy.
The Hungry Caravan
Violence isn’t the only reason migrants are fleeing Central America. A four-year drought has destroyed harvests and lives—and has pushed the hungry northward.
Jobs and Opportunity Are the Only Path to Peace in Central America
The United States must foster free trade and economic growth in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, or the vicious cycle of violence will persist.
The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election
Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.
On the Front Lines of El Salvador’s Underground Abortion Economy
Amid an indifferent state and an activist Church, a defiant network of health workers struggle to offer a reprieve from the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.
This Is What a Molasses Spill Looks Like (And It’s Not Funny)
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of molasses spilled into a river in El Salvador, in what the country's Environment Ministry is calling a three-month emergency.