El Salvador’s Security Smoke Screens

NACLA and Taylor & Francis Online, November 2020. With Pamela Ruiz. This is an excerpt; complete copies are available at either publisher. My reporting for this piece was thanks to a grant from The Fund for Constitutional Government. In April 2020, Salvadoran president Nayib Bukele reacted to a wave of murders by ordering prison officials... Continue Reading →

All the President’s Trolls // Los mercenarios digitales de Ecuador

Rest of World, June 2020. En español aquí. Luisana Aguilar Alvarado contributed reporting.   It was early October 2019, and Quito was on fire. Smoke from Molotov cocktails and tear gas blanketed buildings, mixing with the flames of burning tires. Whole families marched in the melee. Men with T-shirts tied around their mouths threw rocks... Continue Reading →

The Criminal Age // Tiempo de crímenes

Contra Corriente, Oct 2019, New York. En español aquí. With Jennifer Ávila. A trial in New York reveals narco control in Honduras *This article has been amended since its original publication to reflect changing news.  Tony Hernández is a former congressman from Honduras' ruling National Party and the brother of the sitting president. Since 2004,... Continue Reading →

The Rise of the Net Center: Anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala vs. an army of trolls

The Intercept, April 2018. With Cora Currier. En Español aquí. At 6:02 A.M. on August 27, 2017, the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, uploaded a video statement to Twitter declaring the former Colombian judge Iván Velásquez a persona non grata and ordering his expulsion from the country. Velásquez is investigating corruption on behalf of a United Nations-backed commission... Continue Reading →

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