El Salvador: Darkness Before Dawn

In his first 100 days, Duarte finds setbacks, success and promise

From the Casa Presidential in San Salvador, José Napoleón Duarte last week issued a decree creating a commission to investigate political killings committed by El Salvador's right-wing death squads. In a country where 50,000 people, 1 out of every 100 citizens, have died in political violence of one sort or another in the past five years, the news should have been greeted with sweeping enthusiasm. Instead, it was hardly greeted at all. The announcement was mentioned only briefly in the capital's three...

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