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Unfair Competition for Guatemalan Footwear

Unfair Competition for Guatemalan Footwear

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Local producers denounce the practice of triangulation, smuggling, under-invoicing and reporting new footwear coming from Chinaas as used. In 2012 footwear exports generated $35 million, though at the end of 2014 this figure recorded a reduction of $4.2 million. The opposite has occured with imports, which between 2012 and 2013 amounted […]

More than 700,000 Children Work in Guatemala, Says Report

More than 700,000 Children Work in Guatemala, Says Report

CENTRAL AMERICA – (Prensa Latina) A total of 702,000 children between seven and 17 years old work in Guatemala, mostly indigenous children from rural areas, said a study by the Association for Research and Social Studies (ASIES). Out of the total, 427,000 are indigenous children, of whom 336,000 live in countryside areas, while 274,846 are […]

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

Guatemala Communities Near Volcano Remain on Alert

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – The Guatemalan Coordinator for Reduction of Disasters (CONRAD) is maintaning preventive measures in 25 communities near the volcano Fuego, although the activity of the volcano, located 50 kilometers southwest from this city, has normalized. After the eruption last Saturday and Sunday, the volcano Fuego shows normal levels with weak and moderate […]

Volcano Eruption Closes Guatemala Airport, Forces Evacuations

Volcano Eruption Closes Guatemala Airport, Forces Evacuations

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (CNN/Reuters) – Guatemala’s Fuego volcano “fire volcano” belched black ash into the sky on Saturday, causing the government to evacuate 100 nearby residents and forcing the closure of the capital’s international airport, President Otto Perez told reporters. The volcano, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of the capital, forced the cancellation of […]

Marimba to be Declared Cultural Heritage of America

Marimba to be Declared Cultural Heritage of America

CENTRAL AMERICA  – The Organization of American States (OAS) will declare Guatemalan marimba (variety of xylophone) Americas Cultural Heritage for the world on February 12, said Guatemala’s Ministry of Culture and Sports. According to the official statement, the declaration will be issued at OAS headquarters in Washington DC, in the United States, during a solemn […]

Military and Police Cooperate to Improve Public Safety in Guatemala

Military and Police Cooperate to Improve Public Safety in Guatemala

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Guatemala’s Joint Security Force, which consists of Army Soldiers and National Civil Police (PNC) officers, improves public safety by conducting patrols and vehicle searches and capturing dangerous suspects. The security force was launched in 2000, and its 4,500 Military service members and 3,000 PNC officers concentrate their efforts in Guatemala City […]

Guatemala: More Taxes on Gasoline?

Guatemala: More Taxes on Gasoline?

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Taking advantage of the low price of oil the government is discussing increasing the tax base on the distribution of petroleum and petroleum products. The proposal seeks to raise the fuel tax which is currently around US$0.60 for gasoline and US$0.17 for diesel. Moreover, the measure would also provide an increase […]

Can Rudy Giuliani Save Guatemala?

Can Rudy Giuliani Save Guatemala?

Fifteen years ago, a European diplomat said that Guatemala was “over-diagnosed.” Everyone knew what needed to be done. The problem was that nobody was doing it.  This year, at Guatemala’s national business meeting (known as Enade), think-tank the Guatemala Development Foundation (Fundesa) proposed applying the strategies that had saved New York from its 1990s crime […]

Eleven CFAC Countries Complete UN Peace Operations Training in Guatemala

Eleven CFAC Countries Complete UN Peace Operations Training in Guatemala

QCOSTARICA (Diaologo-Americas) Military delegations from the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC) recently completed a United Nations (UN) integrated training course for peace operations missions. For nearly four weeks, from November 3-27, delegations from 11 countries participated in the training program in Guatemala. The training was conducted at the Regional Command for Training for Peace […]

Guatemala Telcos Return Phone Lines to State

Guatemala Telcos Return Phone Lines to State

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – In response to approval of a new tax of us$0.65 per telephone line, operating companies have returned 6 million lines to the Telecommunications Superintendency. Representatives from Claro, Tigo and Telefónica each returned 2 million inactive numbers with the aim of adjusting their internal policies to adapt to the new tax which […]

Modernization of Guatemala – China Relationship

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — There is an imperative need for Guatemala to table a clear strategic relationship with China, not only in terms of trade, but also fundamentally at the political level. From the Publication entitled “Economic Policy, Trade and Investment by Guatemala in the PRC: strategy in the short, medium and long term” by […]

Guatemala: Compulsory Registration of Cattle

Guatemala: Compulsory Registration of Cattle

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — An announcement has been made that all animals born after 2015 must be registered so that, by 2020, the herd can be incorporated into the regional traceability system. Cattle traceability was approved in March 2013 by the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic and aims to make known the “history” […]

Wind Projects in Guatemala

Wind Projects in Guatemala

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — Of a potential of 1,000 MW of power generated through wind in the country, 101 MW will start to be generated from three wind projects which will start operations in May 2015. The three projects referred to are those of the companies Viento Blanco which will generate 21 MW, Tresca, with […]

27 Dead In Guatamala Rains, More than 50.000 Affected

27 Dead In Guatamala Rains, More than 50.000 Affected

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — (Prensa Latina) A total of 27 dead, 22 injured and thousands of victims have been reported in the rainy season in Guatemala (May to October), according to the executive secretary of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), Alejandro Maldonado. At least 56,000 were victims of the heavy rains in Guatemala […]

Capture of Guatemala Trafficker May Have Officials Trembling

Capture of Guatemala Trafficker May Have Officials Trembling

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS (Insight Crime) — A little known, but powerful drug trafficker from Guatemala thought to be connected to the highest levels of the country’s political establishment is in US custody, a fact that may have the political elite scrambling to cover its tracks. Hayron Borrayo Lasmibat, alias “El Gordo,” was arrested in France […]

Guatemala Hands Over Another Narco Leader to US

Guatemala Hands Over Another Narco Leader to US

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS — A high-ranking member of a powerful criminal organization in Guatemala has become the latest drug trafficker from this Central American country to be extradited to the United States, in what appears to be a growing trend. On September 23, Guatemalan authorities handed over Byron Linares Cordon to US Drug Enforcement Administration […]

Why Did the US Release One of Guatemala’s Biggest Drug Traffickers?

Why Did the US Release One of Guatemala’s Biggest Drug Traffickers?

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Records show that the United States quietly released Guatemala kingpin Otto Herrera nearly a year ago, hinting at the possibility that the cocaine trafficker has struck a deal with authorities. According to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) website, Otto Herrera Garcia – once one of the most-wanted drug traffickers […]

Near 20,000 Guatemalans Learned to Read, Write Using Cuban Method

Near 20,000 Guatemalans Learned to Read, Write Using Cuban Method

LATIN AMERICA NEWS – (Prensa Latina) About 19,425 people have learned to read and write with the Cuban method “Yo, si puedo” (Yes, I Can) from 2007 to date in Guatemala, the national coordinator of that program, Vilma Monteagudo, stated today. About 20 municipalities were declared free of illiteracy in this Central American country until […]

Guatemala Extortion Generates $61 Mn A Year

Guatemala Extortion Generates $61 Mn A Year

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Authorities in Guatemala estimate criminals make around $61 million a year from extortion, a figure that illustrates the extent to which this crime impacts businesses and families. According to figures compiled by Guatemala’s Interior Ministry, the biggest earners for criminals dedicated to extortion are the public transport sector and small businesses, […]

Guatemala May Target ‘Coyotes’ to Address Child Migrant Crisis

Guatemala May Target ‘Coyotes’ to Address Child Migrant Crisis

CENTRAL AMERICA NEWS – Guatemala’s Congress is analyzing an initiative to target the human smugglers known as “coyotes,” as political pressure in the region builds to tackle the unprecedented numbers of child migrants trying to enter the US. Guatemala’s congressional Justice and Security Committee is in the process of analyzing reforms to the country’s Migration […]

Guatemala-Honduras Border: Corridor of Violence

Guatemala-Honduras Border: Corridor of Violence

A new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) details how inadequate measures to combat drug trafficking helped exacerbate violence in the Guatemala-Honduras border region, a phenomenon that has important policy implications. The provinces of Zacapa and Chiquimula on Guatemala’s eastern border had homicide rates more than twice the national rate of 34 per 100,000 […]

Guatemala seeks to stop lynchings

Guatemala seeks to stop lynchings

GUATEMALA CITY – “They are trying to extort us!” That’s all a taxi driver needed to yell to cause 500 residents to swarm Daniel Cabrera Ávila, 17, beat him, dowse him with gasoline and burn him to death. What happened on the morning of April 14 in the town of San Pedro Ayampuc, 15 kilometers […]

Explosions of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Increases

Explosions of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Increases

Fuego volcano intensified its explosions to moderate and strong, which generated alarm in the Guatemalan population located 35km from the volcanic perimeter, an official source announced today. Today the activity maintains the expulsion of columns of gray ashes 4.500m above the sea level, moving to 12 km towards West, Southwest, and Northwest of the volcano, […]

Imprisoned Guatemala Ex-President Rejected US Plea Deal in 2010

Imprisoned Guatemala Ex-President Rejected US Plea Deal in 2010

Declassified US State Department cables document how Alfonso Portillo, the former president of Guatemala who recently pled guilty to money-laundering charges in New York, refused a plea deal following his arrest to chance his arm in the corrupt Guatemalan justice system. Hours after Portillo’s arrest in January 2010, Stephen McFarland, then US Ambassador to Guatemala, […]

Guatemala Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Corruption, Money Laundering

Guatemala Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Corruption, Money Laundering

Former Guatemala President Alfonso Portillo has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes and money laundering before a New York court, a turn of events that could spell trouble for corrupt Guatemalan elites accustomed to enjoying impunity for their crimes. On March 18, Portillo — who led Guatemala from 2000 to 2004 — admitted in […]

Guatemala’s Underworld ‘Patriarch,’ Lorenzana, Extradited to US

Guatemala’s Underworld ‘Patriarch,’ Lorenzana, Extradited to US

Guatemala’s government has extradited longtime drug trafficking suspect Waldemar Lorenzana to the United States, a move that will please the US authorities and send shivers down the spine of the underworld in Central America. Lorenzana, alias the “Patriarch,” boarded an airplane bound to the US on the morning of March 18, Prensa Libre reported. Lorenzana […]

Guatemala: 11 killed, 12 wounded in 12-hour period

Guatemala: 11 killed, 12 wounded in 12-hour period

GUATEMALA CITY – At least 11 people were killed and at least 12 were injured in violent crimes nationwide during a 12-hour period on Feb. 15, the National Civil Police (PNC) said. On Feb. 15, two men were found executed in the Guatemala City suburb of Villa Nueva, while the body of a man with […]

Early Removal of Guatemala Prosecutor Shows Power of Elites

Early Removal of Guatemala Prosecutor Shows Power of Elites

Latin America – Guatemala’s Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz is being prematurely pushed out of office, an illustration of the ability of the country’s elites to manipulate the judicial system. On February 5, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ruled Paz y Paz must step down from her post in May, seven months before her term […]

More Than 7,000 Guatemalan Children Involved in Crime in 2013

More Than 7,000 Guatemalan Children Involved in Crime in 2013

Minors involved in crimes in Guatemala in 2013 amounted 7,518; 3,227 more than the previous year, according to data of the Guatemalan attorney published here in this capital. Children and teenagers participated in rapes, murder, kidnappings and extortions, according to the official source. Children of this Central American country are recruited since their six to […]

Property Theft on the Rise in Guatemala

Property Theft on the Rise in Guatemala

Gangs using violence and fraud are driving an exponential increase in the theft of properties in Guatemala, demonstrating a level of sophistication that goes far beyond street gangs seizing homes and businesses with threats and intimidation. Guatemala has recorded 1,400 cases of property theft so far in 2013, 400 more than last year’s total, reported […]

The Woman Who Reduced Impunity in Guatemala

The Woman Who Reduced Impunity in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY  (IPS) – Guatemala’s first female attorney general has managed to reduce impunity in a country where over 90 percent of murders go unsolved. The question is whether the changes will vanish once Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz’s term ends in December 2014. Never before had a former head of state been tried […]