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Mexican and Central American Independence: A Historic Backdrop for Present Challenges

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five...

Gangs: the real ‘humanitarian crisis’ driving Central American children to the US

The spectacular arrival of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children at the southern frontier of the US over the last three years has provoked a frenzied response. President Obama calls the situation a “humanitarian crisis” on the US’s borders. News interviews with these vulnerable...

Another Setback for Mining in Guatemala

The Constitutional Court has confirmed the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice, which last June suspended the operating licenses of the Escobal mine, run by Minera San Rafael. In its resolution, the Constitutional Court argued that "... when the Ministry of Energy and Mines...

Unstoppable Smuggling in the Northern Triangle

Guatemalan businessmen are demanding stricter laws to combat the illegal entry of goods from Mexico, which are now being sold in El Salvador and Honduras, three Central American countries forming what is known as the Northern Triangle. Food and beverage companies say that in the...

What is the cost of violence against women for their health, their children, and their work?

  (Q24N) Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) suffers disproportionately from the impact of violence against women compared to other regions. The vast majority of victims are men, and especially young people. But the impact on women is also high, and manifests itself in many...

How Odebrecht Profited From Corrupting Latin Ameica’s Political Elites

(Insightcrime.org) On December 21, 2016, the US Department of Justice and Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht reached a record-setting anti-corruption settlement that revealed Odebrecht spent hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to secure public works contracts in twelve different countries across three continents. Half...

Lawrence Pezzullo, Who Brokered End Nicaragua’s Somoza Regime, Dies at 91

Lawrence Pezzullo, an American diplomat who brokered the 1979 resignation of Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza Debayle, whose family had ruled the country for more than four decades, died July 26 at his home in Baltimore. He was 91. The cause was heart ailments, said a...

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid

(IPS) - Despite the fact that Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, it has half-empty coffers when it comes to funding efforts against the phenomenon, in part because it receives mere crumbs in foreign aid to face the...

Would impeaching Trump restore the rule of law? Lessons from Latin America

Some Americans and members of Congress have called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. What happens after a president is impeached? The vice president would take his place, but other parts of the government continue unchanged. That may not be a bad thing. However, partisan...

China Seeks to Displace Taiwan in Central America

Q24N - Could Nicaragua be the next Central American country to switch diplomatic relations from Republic of China to People’s Republic of China? Last month, Panama became the second country in the region to do so, following the example of Costa Rica in 2007. Concerned about...

Guatemalan Newspaper Calls Out US For Contradictory Stance on War against Drugs

Guatemala’s most influential newspaper, Prensa Libre, published a strong criticism of the United States’ recent comments about fighting drugs. The editorial, published this Friday, June 16, was a strongly worded critique of the Trump administration’s contradictory approach to fighting the “War on Drugs.” Vice President Mike Pence, it said,...

How Different Really Are Costa Ricans From The Rest of Central Americans?

  Costa Rica is known as the "Switzerland of Central America". But its people are often accused of feeling closer to the people of Europe than to their neighbors on the continent. And, certainly, in sectors such as health and education, their indicators are much closer...

Central American drought leaves millions in need of humanitarian aid

(Q24N) A prolonged drought across Central America has devastated the region's lakes and rivers. In Guatemala, Lake Atescatempa has disappeared, leaving fishermen without a source of income, and people without food. It's part of the ongoing impact of climate change on Central America known as the...

Northern Triangle: A Never-Ending Crisis?

(Q24N) For years, the set of countries known as the Northern Triangle –Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras– has suffered a serious economic, political, and security crisis. While insecurity keeps being one, if not the main, obstacle for these three countries to have prosperity, there...

India’s TVS Motor Driving Into Costa Rica and Central America

One of India’s leading two and three-wheeler manufacturer, TVS Motor Company Limited, announced last week its alliance with MASESA (Mayor Servicios Socieda Anonima), a Guatemala based company that is a leader in the commercialization of motorcycles and Tuc Tucs in the Central American region. The...

‘La Patrona’ Escape from Guatemala Prison Spotlights Institutional Corruption

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - A former mayoral candidate turned criminal leader in Guatemala has escaped from one of the country's detention centers, further illustrating how corrupt institutions undermine the pursuit of justice and rule of law. Marixa Ethelinda Lemus Pérez, alias "La Patrona," escaped from the...

Central America Second To Syria In World’s Worst Conflict Zone

(Q24N) Death tolls have declined in world conflict zones but civilians remain pawns of armed groups, increasingly in urban areas, says the London-based think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Its annual report highlighted problems in Central America. Syria remains the world's "most lethal"...

Costa Rica Joins Latin America Countries Strongly Condemn Venezuela Gvt. Violence

Q COSTA RICA - Costa Rica joined Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Paraguay in condemning the situation in Venezuela, denouncing Venezuelan authorities' "excessive use of force" against civilian protesters. On Thursday Costa Rica recalled its highest-level diplomat in Venezuela, charge d'affaires Ana Patricia...

Australian Backpackers Kidnapped in Guatemala Live To Tell Their Story

(Q24N) Two young Australian backpackers have told their horror account of being kidnapped, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint while travelling through Guatemala. Jayson Peter Kelly, 25, and Kirsten Smith, 25, from Cairns, Queensland were just eight weeks into their nine-month backpacking adventure - a trip...

Airline Wars: Southwest Airlines Objects to Volaris Costa Rica’s FACP Application

Q COSTA RICA - Southwest Airlines has lodged an objection against the application by Volaris Costa Rica for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP) and Exemption Authority from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The US carrier contends that Volaris Costa Rica is not...

Mafia of the Poor: Gang Violence and Extortion in Central America

Q24N (via Crisigroup.org) Born in the aftermath of civil war and boosted by mass deportations from the U.S., Central American gangs are responsible for brutal acts of violence, chronic abuse of women, and more recently, the forced displacement of children and families. Estimated to number...

The Face of Latin American Migration Is Rapidly Changing

A fundamental shift in U.S. immigration patterns is well underway. Recent rhetoric from President Donald Trump and the focus of U.S. immigration policies suggest that Mexicans entering the U.S. without authorization are the principal challenge facing policymakers. That is no longer the case. The...

Guatemala President Admits State Responsibility in Shelter Fire

Q24N - As many outraged Guatemalans are calling for his resignation over the fire, Morales said that the state wasn't paying attention. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales acknowledged Friday the responsibility of the state in a tragic fire days before in a government-run shelter for abused...

Costa Rica Continues With Highest Gasoline Prices In The Region

Q COSTA RICA - The volatility of international prices of fuels in the oil market persists, being the main factor affecting prices in Central America. Despite the instability of oil prices and their fluctuations are permanent factors, predictions about future prices is unpredictable, however, in...

Guatemala President Halts Promise to Donate 60 Percent of His Salary amid Legal Issues

(Q24N) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has announced he will no longer be donating 60 percent of his salary. Morales backed out of his promise this week, due to “the situation and the cost it represents,” but did not clarify beyond that. Many have speculated that...

The Dangerous Politicization of Guatemala’s Justice System

(Q24N) Prosecutor Thelma Aldana and CICIG — an international commission that acts in Guatemala to avoid impunity — have prosecuted the son and brother of President Jimmy Morales. They have been sent to jail for a crime they helped commit against a state agency...

Guatemala Judge Flees Country Fearing Own Judiciary Colleague

(Q24N via Insightcrime.org) A Supreme Court magistrate in Guatemala has allegedly pressured a judge handling her son's case, leading the latter official to leave the country in an affair symbolic of Guatemala's ongoing struggle against corruption and elite interference with anti-corruption efforts. Judge Carlos Giovanni...

Shake Up In Low-Cost Airlines In Costa Rica?

Q COSTA RICA - The low-cost airline Wingo that began operations in Costa Rica last month announced the cancellation of its San José - Guatemala, reports La Nación. According to Wingo, its low-cost flights to that destination do not have enough market to maintain operations. "We...

Small-Scale Drug Trafficking Spreads Throughout Guatemala

Q24N -  A Guatemalan anti-narcotics prosecutor announced that the sale of drugs not only persists in the metropolitan area, but is expanding throughout the province. The prosecution explained that the amount of drugs being sold is due to the fact that more and more people...

Cargo Robberies in Northern Triangle Hamper Regional Commerce

Q24N - Criminal groups are stealing commercial shipments transiting Central America's Northern Triangle, illustrating how insecurity in the region is negatively impacting regional trade. A recent report from Nicaraguan news outlet El Nuevo Diario delves into the issue of highway robberies in the Northern Triangle...

Northern Triangle Deploys Tri-National Force to Combat Gangs

Q24N NEWS (Insightcrime.org)- The Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will launch a tri-national force aimed at disrupting the movements of street gangs that are increasingly crossing borders in order to coordinate criminal activities and flee security crackdowns. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández...

Central Banker Bargains Way Out of Prison in Guatemala

(Q24N) A former president of Guatemala’s Central Bank who admitted involvement in laundering $30 million will avoid serving jail time, a mixed result for an otherwise successful effort by prosecutors to counter corruption at the highest levels of the country's bureaucratic elite. Édgar Barquín, the...

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