Articles by: Jeff Abbott

October 5, 2018
Late last month, president Jimmy Morales announced the end of the mandate of Guatemala’s International Commission Against Impunity. But Guatemalans have not taken this anti-democratic decision lying down.
August 15, 2018

Rural communities in Guatemala are rising up against unmanageable energy bills, more than two decades after the Central American country privatized its power grid.

May 17, 2018

The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has revealed $2 million in illegal campaign financing in the 2015 election of President Jimmy Morales. What will it mean for the country’s anti-corruption movement?

November 27, 2017

A disturbing new proposal by members of Guatemala’ Congress could give blanket amnesty to military members for committing war crimes.

September 8, 2017

As the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) furthers its investigations into political corruption, the elite political class attempts to shield itself from accountability to the people. 

January 4, 2017

Two decades after the end of Guatemala’s violent internal armed conflict, challenges to peace remain – from criminalization of indigenous authority to remilitarization.

January 26, 2016

18 high-ranking military officials, including President Morales’ right-hand-man, face charges of leading campaigns of forced disappearances in the 1980s.

October 30, 2015

Guatemala's President-elect Jimmy Morales, despite campaigning as the antithesis of a career politician, is backed by the same forces that carried out some of the worst crimes in the country's history.

September 26, 2014

On September 19, a dispute between armed cement factory workers and local indigenous Mayan community members left 11 killed and 20 wounded. Once completed, the cement factory is planned to be one of the largest in Latin America.

May 27, 2014

Police violently evicted a community resistance group in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. For two years the group peacefully protested the use of a local mine in La Puya by a U.S.-based mining firm.

February 17, 2014

It was by chance that I ended up in Oaxaca. But plans changed after interacting with members of a militant teachers’ union, when Oaxacan police abducted me off the street.