Venezuela has experienced a progressive criminalization of protests since President Nicolás Maduro took office nearly a year ago.
Reactions in the region have ranged from name calling to accusations of Russian meddling to observations of declining world powers.
Victor Sánchez Cerén won 50.11 percent of the vote. Competing ARENA party candidate Quijano has not yet acknowledged the FMLN's win.
Striking trash workers in Rio were able to pressure the government for better wages during Carnival. With the World Cup quickly approaching, other sectors may try to follow their example.
The business community in western Michoácan, Mexico, is trying to regain its footing after years of terror under the thumb of the Knights Templar criminal gang.
The vigilante movement has been hailed in Mexican towns where the Knights Templar cartel wrecked havoc, but it raises questions about extralegal policing.
Polls show the FMLN is a shoo-in for the presidency. But, they don't have a majority in the national assembly, limiting their power.
Save for the Venezuelan flag, wearing even an accent of Chávez's trademark red can put you in hot water in an opposition stronghold.
From 1994 to 2001, The Christian Science Monitor's Howard LaFranchi ran the Mexico City bureau. Back in the city on a reporting trip, he counts the changes.
As protests have taken over Venezuela the past few weeks, tensions between the US and Caracas have been on the rise. Statements from US and Venezuelan officials paint the picture.
Some say the protest movement appears to be leading opposition politicians, rather than the other way around.