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July 18, 2000
Alexandre Jose Barbosa Lima Sobrinho, 103, believed to be the world's oldest practicing writer. Barbosa Lima, a respected political journalist and former politician, was a longtime president of the Brazilian Press Assn. Freedom of the press, he often said, is not a privilege of the journalist, but a "sacred right of the people."
June 19, 1989
Seldom do we see in our American press such a clear and unqualified analysis of a situation as that given by Richard Goodwin "Aid to El Salvador Is Aid to Murder," (Op-Ed Page, June 12). For the last eight years the pleas of the Salvadoran and Central American churches as well as our own efforts from the refugee community in Los Angels have fallen on deaf ears in Congress. While members of Congress, with the accustomed arrogance in their attitudes toward Latin America, play politics around this issue thousands continue to die in a senseless slaughter of mostly innocent people.
March 29, 1993
There can be no peace without justice--in El Salvador or elsewhere. And in that country, justice has just been ground beneath the wheel of an entrenched, self-serving oligarchy and a merciless, ideological military Establishment. By decreeing amnesty President Cristiani and his Arena Party (March 21) have cynically cast a blanket of immunity over those on both sides who have committed the most egregious of crimes, again without heeding the voices of the people who cry at least for accountability.
March 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
The Salvadoran Supreme Court rejected Friday the findings of a report on human rights violations that recommended, among other things, the removal of the justices. The court disputed the Truth Commission's finding that the judges obstructed investigations into some of the rights violations during the past decade, when the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government battled leftist guerrillas.
June 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
President Jose Napoleon Duarte today handed over power to his successor, rightist businessman Alfredo Cristiani, while Marxist rebels stepped up their campaign and threatened to make the country "ungovernable." It was the first transfer of power from one elected head of state to another in El Salvador. Soldiers patrolled the capital and roads were deserted after guerrillas ordered a ban on transportation and set off bombs to protest the inauguration of Cristiani. His political party is blamed for poor living conditions of the peasants who make up most of El Salvador's population.
September 17, 1989 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Salvadoran guerrilla commander Joaquin Villalobos, who has built Latin America's strongest rebel army and steered it through nearly a decade of civil war, said Saturday that he now believes the way to make revolutionary change is through peace. Villalobos said that the rebels of the Farabundo National Liberation Front realize they cannot achieve their revolutionary goals alone and, instead, must ally themselves with centrist political sectors.
November 21, 1989 | Associated Press
American aid to El Salvador is emboldening the government's military and destroying the country, Roman Catholic priests said Monday as they protested U.S. policy and prayed for six slain Jesuit priests. At a demonstration by more than 600 protesters, federal officials arrested 110 demonstrators--some of them priests--for sitting down and blocking the doors of the Federal Building. San Francisco police arrested 26 other demonstrators for blocking the sidewalk.
July 27, 1989 | From Reuters
Former Salvadoran president Jose Napoleon Duarte has identified the assassin of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as a bodyguard for a leader of El Salvador's ruling Arena party, a television network said Wednesday. Duarte, in an interview earlier in the week with the Spanish-language U.S.
January 20, 2009 | associated press
El Salvador's chief leftist party had a strong lead Monday in legislative elections, with 50% of the vote compared with the conservative Arena party's 40%. But the leftists, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, lost their stronghold in the capital, getting 47% to Arena's 50%, with almost 70% of the votes counted. Mayor Violeta Menjivar, running for reelection, conceded defeat to physician Norman Quijano, but accused his party of sending extra voters into the capital.
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