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UN: Violence, COVID-19 Create Displacement Crisis in Central America

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reports worsening violence and hardship caused by COVID-19 are pushing people in Central America to flee their homes in droves, creating a displacement crisis in the region. By the end of last year, escalating violence and instability had displaced some...

Central American migrants: The tragedy in the midst of the pandemic

Those who stayed face a precarious reality, with job losses, overcrowding, without access to medical. Those who return, deported, were in many cases exposed to contagion risks in prisons, detention centers and on the journey back. The Donald Trump administration has been - in fact...

Guatemala Relaxes Curfew, Extends Travel Restrictions

The government of Guatemala decided to extend the travel restrictions until April 27, but related the vehicular restrictions to only between 6 pm and 4 am the following day. Supermarkets, grocery stores and corner stores will be able to adjust to the new restricted hours,...

Discrimination Against Domestic Workers Rises in Guatemala

Guatemalan domestic personnel are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 economic and social impact than other workers due to their livelihood and labor conditions. According to the Union of Domestic, Maquila and Related Workers’ (Sitradom) president, Floridalma Contreras, domestic workforces are predominately women who are under...

Long Road To Justice: CIA’s Allies In Guatemala On Trial For Indigenous Tribes Genocide

During the Cold War the CIA was obsessed with keeping communism out of Latin America. In the 1970s and 1980s, the agency backed right-wing regimes in Guatemala which carried out genocidal attacks in indigenous groups that supported left-wing rebels. Three retired officers in the Guatemalan...

Guatemala reports first coronavirus death

Reuters - Guatemala has registered its first fatality from coronavirus infection, an elderly man who had recently visited Madrid, Health Minister Hugo Monroy said on Sunday, in one of the first deaths from the outbreak to hit Central America. Monroy told a news conference the...

Guatemala Confirms Its First Case of the Coronavirus

Guаtеmаlаn Рrеѕіdеnt, Аlејаndrо Gіаmmаttеі tоdау соnfіrmеd Guаtеmаlа’ѕ 1ѕt саѕе оf соrоnаvіruѕ. Тhе раtіеnt іѕ а Guаtеmаlаn mаn whо аrrіvеd frоm Іtаly with two of his relatives аnd іѕ аt thе Vіllа Nuеvа hоѕріtаl, reported the Prensa Libre. Gіаmmаttеі received a call prior to an activity...

Government Wants Answers From Guatemala For Restrictions On passengers from Costa Rica

After the first case of Covid-19 coronavirus was confirmed in Costa Rica on Friday, March 6, the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) issued a statement indicating that an “epidemiological clinical evaluation” will be required of all passengers arriving in Guatemala...

Coronavirus threatens Central America textile industry

In Central America, where 200 million pounds of yarn thread and fabric are imported monthly to produce apparel, manufacturers are facing US$300 million worth of feedstock delays, said Alejandro Ceballos, president of top trade lobby Vestex in Guatemala. The coronavirus outbreak is causing supply-chain disruptions...

Guatemala Declares Covid-19 Yellow Alert

Due to the rapid expansion of the coronavirus in Latin America, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) of Guatemala established a yellow alert to the potential risk of the Covid-19. According to the Conred, the alert establishes continuous surveillance and monitoring of the threat...

Guatemala children forced to work six days a week

An investigation carried out by Britain's Channel 4 shows children working on six farms in Guatemala, the largest coffee producer in Central America. The TV documentary, which will air on Monday (in the UK), appears to show Guatemalan children picking beans, lifting heavy loads...

U.S. erects billboards in Central America telling would-be illegal immigrants to turn back

The U.S. State Department is stepping up an advertising campaign in Central America to warn would-be migrants against illegally traveling to the United States, Fox News reports. “The message that we’re sending is that the pathway to the United States illegally is a futile journey,”...

SKECHERS Launches New Subsidiary in Latin America

SKECHERS USA, a global leader in the lifestyle and performance footwear industry, announced that the Company is transitioning its business in Latin America from a third-party distributor to a wholly-owned subsidiary, SKECHERS Latin America LLC. The subsidiary will oversee more than 30 countries in the...

Trump’s son-in-law trying to raise money for Central America

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is organizing an investment conference in Mexico City, aiming to pair private money with foreign aid for Central America that his father-in-law President Donald Trump froze as punishment for the region’s high level of migration to the U.S. Planners...

Crime has an economic cost of 16% of GDP in Central American Northern Triangle

The economic costs of crime in the Central American Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are the highest in the world, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report entitled Crime and Output: Theory and application to the Nothern...

CAFTA Diet May Be Bad For Health, Say US Experts

A study on a trade deal between the U.S. and smaller, developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean - the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) - highlights how free trade agreements impact diet and health The study analyzes the availability of non-nutritious food...

Guatemala Proposes Tax Incentives to Encourage Tourism

In Guatemala, Congress is discussing a bill that seeks to increase the arrival of flights to the country through tax incentives for airlines, which would be coupled with the elimination of improper tax charges. On August 14, 2019, the President of the Legislative Branch, Álvaro...

Guatemala remittances hit record US$1 Billion a month

For the first time in its history, Guatemala received $1 billion (7.7 billion Quetzales) from its emigrants in remittances in a single month. The record was set last month. And from January through October remittances totaled $8.7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 13.8%. The trend in...

Namaste India, All About Business In Guatemala

For the first time almost top 20 Indian companies are participating in the first Indian Festival — `Namaste India’ in Guatemala. This event is being hosted by the Indian mission in the upmarket neighbourhood of the city – Cayala. The Indian companies are from different...

Central America suffers massive power outage

A major power outage hit Central America on Monday that left Nicaragua and Honduras without power for over an hour, according to Nicaragua's state-owned Empresa Nacional de Transmisión Eléctrica (ENATREL), blaming the problem to "technical failures". In Nicaragua, the power failure lasted from 30 minutes...

Central America’s 10 best tours: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Panama and beyond

If it’s volcanoes, colonial towns, Mayan ruins and abundant nature you’re after, head to Central America. From Belize to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama adventure is guaranteed. Step back in time in Nicaragua Visit the rural backwaters and remote Caribbean islands of Nicaragua on this...

Latin America, a continent of discontent

Crime, weak economies and corruption are pushing Latin Americans to move abroad. Among them are citizens of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who are emigrating en masse. They are fed up with poverty and violence, and people-smugglers have become adept at transporting them. This exodus...

Central American Firefighters Sharing Operational Knowledge with U.S. Counterparts

The Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 612th Air Base Squadron will be hosting a multinational firefighting exercise at Soto Cano Air Base, August 19-23, with the participation of 25 firefighters from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. The Central America Sharing Mutual Operational Knowledge and...

Remittances to Central America are caught in Trump’s line of fire

As political tensions between Central American countries and the US ramp up, the cash flows are being caught in the line of fire. US president Donald Trump has begun to use remittances as a political weapon; in July he threatened Guatemala that unless it agreed...

Wanted In The U.S. Narco Tico Arrested In Escazu

José Efraín López Mendoza, 49, alias "M1" or "Dante", wanted by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was arrested on Tuesday afternoon when he was traveling on the Ruta 27 in Escazú. López Mendoza, leader of the Organized...

U.S. denies requesting Costa Rica immigration pact

Sharon Day, the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, clarified that her government has not asked Costa Rica to sign an immigration pact like the one he signed with Guatemala, which has unleashed strong criticism. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after a...

Only 3 countries in the world protect the right to bear arms in their constitutions: the US, Mexico, and Guatemala

(Insider) - The right to keep and bear arms is a longstanding, often glorified right protected by the US Constitution. Americans own nearly half of all the civilian-owned guns in the world, and on a per capita basis, the US has far more guns...

US Bill Would Shut Doors to Central Americans

(HW.org) The United States Senate Judiciary Committee on August 1, 2019, forwarded a bill to the full Senate that would all but shut US doors to Central American refugees, Human Rights Watch said today. The Secure and Protect Act (S.1494), introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham,...

Trump Invites Costa Rica To Sign Immigration Agreement

The United States will promote negotiations to reach migratory agreements with El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama, in line with the seal last week with Guatemala, to curb irregular migration from Central America, a senior US official said. Interim US National Security Secretary Kevin...

US and Guatemala sign agreement to restrict asylum cases

The United States and Guatemala have signed an immigration asylum agreement intended to control the flow of US-bound migrants from Central America, President Donald Trump announced Friday. The so-called "safe third country" agreement would require citizens of Honduras and El Salvador who enter Guatemala to...

Latest plan by U.S. to deny Central American asylum seekers protection is illegal

QZ.com - The Trump administration introduced a new rule that would essentially ban Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the US today, the latest attempt to radically rewrite US immigration policy outside of Congress. The new rule, issued jointly by the Department of Justice...

Their Own Governments Driving Central Americans to the U.S.

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are, by all accounts, countries ravaged by gang violence, drug trafficking and extreme poverty. It’s these elements that have driven wave after wave of illegal immigration to the U.S., drawing the ire of President Donald Trump. And yet the bond...

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