Analysis and opinions - Page 8
The international community has condemned the removal of president Manuel Zelaya in Honduras as a coup and demands that he is reinstalled as president. This reaction is based on a misunderstanding and can easily make things go from bad to worse in the country, claims Leiv Marsteintredet at the University of Bergen in this commentary in Bergens Tidende (04.07.09 - in Norwegian).
With the modernization of the party and the nomination of a popular and experienced TV journalist as presidential candidate, the former guerrilla movement FMLN is seriously challenging the the governing ARENA ahead of next year's elections in El Salvador.
The opinion polls in El Salvador show a moderate lead to the left wing party FMLN, closely followed by the conservative Arena.
Media images from Latin America distort our perceptions of the region, as we have seen with the release of Betancourt from FARC captivity in Colombia and recent documentary and news representations of Haiti.
Norwegian media covers to a very limited extent Latin America, and when something is reported from this part of the world, it is often negative and stereotypical: Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez is a dangerous dictator, and Mexico is little more than a drug war. Are the journalists pre-programmed to prioritize like this?
On January 18th people of El Salvador participated in a great civic event. Mayors and other local politicians, representatives to the National Assembly and to the Central American Parliament where elected. The Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) the highest electoral authority in the country, was in charge of organizing the elections. The official results where confirmed by the TSE on January 24th. Parties were quick in announcing the expected results early after the voting centres closed.
Benedicte Bull comments on the contradictions arising from the VI round of negotiations for an Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union that took place in Brussels last week. Read more here .