Tag Archives: Central America

“¡Las Sandinistas!” Filmmaker Jenny Murray


November 29, 2019 – “¡Las Sandinistas!” is a documentary that chronicles the brave women on the front lines of not only combat, but social reform during Nicaragua’s 1979 Sandinista revolution and what would go on to become the controversial Contra war. NMPBS aired the documentary earlier this year. Correspondent Russell Contreras spoke to filmmaker Jenny Murray about the largely untold story, including the continued battle for human rights.

Jenny Murray, Director


For Further Reading:

“¡Las Sandinistas! Film Webpage

More about the Iran-Contra AffairBrown University

The history of the Sandinista RevolutionViaNica.com


History of Civil Wars in Central America Impact Current Migrant Crisis

1301 El Salvador Civil War

July 5, 2019 – The migrant crisis facing New Mexico and the nation has a number of causes and origins. One of them is a history of devastating civil wars in Central America throughout the 1980s. Todd Greentree knows all about that history, serving as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador during the Reagan administration. He also served in Angola and other conflict zones, and currently serves as a Brigade Political Advisor in Afghanistan. Greentree is author of the book “Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America.” He sat down recently with NMiF Correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about that turbulent history and what it means for solving the current migrant crisis.



Todd Greentree, National Security Advisor and Former Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador

For Further Reading:

Crossroads of Intervention: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency Lessons from Central America

New Push for Justice after 4 Dutch Journalists Slain in 1982, Daily Herald 

America’s Role in El Salvador’s Deterioration, The Atlantic