Countries in Central America, that is, in the very backyard of the United States, are progressively descending into authoritarianism.
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Bordered by Mexico to the north and Colombia to the southeast, Central America consists of seven countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Many countries in the region suffer from high crime rates.
The decision of whether to boycott or participate in authoritarian elections poses a strategic problem for democratic activists.
In reaction to peaceful anti-government protests, the Cuban government has consistently engaged in abuse-riddled criminal trials.
A top US diplomat in El Salvador has expressed concerns after the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, said he was the ‘coolest dictator’.
El Salvador has adopted Bitcoin as legal tender, the first country to do so in the world. The policy is pushed by its young authoritarian President.
Beauty queen Berenice Quezada has been disqualified from competing in upcoming Nicaragua polls. She has also been arrested.
Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis (R), proposed internet transmission to Cuba via high-altitude balloons when it is blocked by government.
A key observer argues that while recent protests are extraordinary and signify change, many forces in Cuba are pushing against democracy.
Media sources report that thousands of people joined Cuba’s largest anti-communist protests in decades, resulting in dozens of arrests.
Cuban authorities have restricted social media sites, ostensibly to stifle information flow into, out of, and inside the embattled country.