This week Latin Pulse comes remotely from the annual Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Congress in Washington, D.C. One of the key topics at the conference was reaction to the news of a truce between the MS-13 street gang, one of the most violent gangs in the world, and its primary competitor, the gang known as Barrio 18. The program delves into the key role of the Catholic Church in brokering the truce and how both Catholicism and evangelical Christianity have played a role in countering gangs in Central America. The program also looks at how politics and diplomacy regarding Honduras and the 2009 coup continue to resonate throughout the hemisphere.
The program includes in-depth interviews with:
Bob Brenneman of St. Michael's College of Vermont; and
Jorge Heine of Wilfrid Laurier University of Canada.
Executive Producer: Rick Rockwell
Associate Producer: Curt Devine
Writer: Zach Cohen.
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(The program is 30 minutes in length and the file size is 28 MB.)
Bishop Romulo Emiliani
U.S. State Department
Organization of American States
Barrio 18 Gang
Mara Salvatrucha 13