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U.S.S. Honduras | Under the Shadow, Episode 6

In the 1980s, Honduras was ground zero for US operations in Central America—it was the primary point from which the US would wage its proxy wars and launch its interventionist operations across the region in the name of “fighting communism.” The 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, which we explored in Episode 2 of Under the […]

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El Salvador. Bukele. Presidente. | Under the Shadow, Update 2.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has been reelected. While the official results aren’t yet in, with 70% of the ballots counted, Bukele has received an astounding 83% of the votes. He declared victory on Sunday night over X (formerly Twitter).  Under the Shadow host Michael Fox was on the ground for the election. He takes […]

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The return of Guatemala’s left | Under the Shadow, Update 1

Guatemala’s new president Bernardo Arévalo was inaugurated on January 14. But it did not come off without a hitch. Outgoing opposition lawmakers did their best to try to stymie the swearing-in of Arévalo and some of his party members. Arévalo’s supporters rallied in Guatemala City.   As we looked at in Episode 2, Bernardo Arévalo is the […]

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‘Radio Venceremos’ and El Salvador’s Civil War | Under the Shadow, Episode 5

Today, we look at Radio Venceremos — a grassroots guerrilla radio that broadcast throughout El Salvador’s Civil War, denounced violent state repression, and inspired a nation. In this episode, Michael Fox travels to San Salvador, where he visits the Museum of Word and Image, the home of the archives of Radio Venceremos. He hears from […]

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El Salvador’s Civil War | Under the Shadow, Episode 4

In the 1980s El Salvador was ground zero for the US intervention in Central America. The United States would funnel over $6 billion US dollars to El Salvador in mostly military aid and police and security training throughout the country’s 12-year civil war, which would last from 1980 until 1992. The violence and the US […]

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Guatemala’s ‘Silent Holocaust’ | Under the Shadow, Episode 3

In the third episode of Under the Shadow, host Michael Fox visits a memorial for the disappeared on the outskirts of the Guatemalan town of San Juan Comalapa. Then, he walks back in time to the 1980s, into the country’s genocide of Indigenous peoples—and the overwhelming support for the violence that came from the United States […]

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Guatemala and the United Fruit coup | Under the Shadow, Episode 2

In the second episode of Under the Shadow, host Michael Fox digs into the past to examine the outsized role one US banana corporation, United Fruit, played in shaping the history of modern Central America. While literally walking in the footsteps of those who worked at United Fruit’s former central Guatemalan operation in the town of […]

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The Beginning: Monroe and Migration | Under the Shadow, Episode 1

Two hundred years ago, on Dec. 2, 1823, then-president James Monroe delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. In his address, he laid out what would become both one of the most consequential and devastating ideas for Latin America, an idea that would come to be known as the Monroe Doctrine. In the […]