25 March 2012

PARAGUAY / EL SALVADOR : 29 March UPDATE : Chaco Forest Under Siege By Cattlemen; Did Church/Gang Deal Reduce Violence? NYTIMES Paywall Reduces Free Visits.

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       Simon Romero reports on the rapid destruction of Paraguay's Chaco Forest...with 1.2 million acres already burned...to raise cattle.
     The growth is a boon for the Mennonites who have long lived there...but not for the indigena.
         NEW!!   El Salvador President Funes reveals that the Catholic Church negotiated a truce between  2 prison gangs...MS 13 and M-18...to reduce violence.
        Ans...the murder rate there has plummeted recently.