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El Salvador: One weekend / 24 homicides

“Last weekend closed with 24 homicides in El Salvador. The country’s National Civil Police has now recorded 98 homicides in the first 10 days of the month.

For the entire year, the daily average of homicides is 11. (That country is slightly smaller than Massachusetts.)”


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Police Academy student decapitated

La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 10/2/10

The head of a student of El Salvador’s national police academy (ANSP) was found in a suitcase along a highway near the capital city of San Salvador.

The grim find was accompanied by a message that authorities did not reveal. The body of the youthful student, who was to have joined the police force in six months, has not been located.

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Maybe we should be focusing our attentioin closer to home?

Debusmann was shot twice in the course of his work -- once covering a night battle in the center of Beirut and once in an assassination attempt prompted by his reporting.

The United States is spending around $6.5 billion a month on the war in faraway Afghanistan, where a large part of its effort is meant to help the government assert its authority, fight corruption and set up functioning institutions.

Closer to home, the U.S. has allotted $44 million a month to help the governments of its closest neighbours – Mexico and Central America – assert their authority, fight corruption and set up functioning institutions.

The two cases raise questions about American priorities. If money were the only gauge, one might draw the conclusion that it is 147 times more important for Washington to bring security and good governance to Afghanistan than to America’s violence-plagued next-door neighbours — Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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