Guatemala

September 26, 2014
Jeff Abbott

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.

September 10, 2014
Pamela Yates

Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, co-founder of Plaza Pública, on how his new media outlet Nómada fits into the boom in Latin American journalism that could reshape the region. 

September 9, 2014
Pamela Yates

Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, cofundador de Plaza Pública, cuenta cómo su nuevo medio digital Nómada encaja en el boom de periodismo latinoamericano que podría transformar la región.

July 8, 2014
The rise in unauthorized border crossings by Central American migrants demonstrates how U.S. immigration control and foreign policy in Latin America combine to produce violent results.
May 27, 2014
Jeff Abbott

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 12, 2014
Peace in Colombia is in a precarious position—says the literature on post-conflict countries. A 2003 report states that on average, 44% of countries emerging from civil war return to conflict within the first five years.
July 28, 2013
In its treatments of Guatemalan and Honduran violence and instability, NPR's This American Life edited out essential lines of inquiry and concealed the countries' relevance for U.S. listeners: It is as if Washington’s continuous support of the Central American countries' brutal security forces had never happened.
July 25, 2013

On July 22, Ontario Superior Court Justice Carole Brown ruled in a landmark decision that lawsuits against the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals regarding shootings, murder, and rapes at its former mine in El Estor, Guatemala can proceed to trial in Canada.

June 17, 2013
Jo-Marie Burt

On May 10, 2013, before a packed courtroom, a Guatemalan court declared that it had found former de-facto president General José Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Just 10 days after this historic ruling, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court vacated the verdict against Ríos Montt and ordered a partial retrial of the legal proceedings from April 19 forward.

April 23, 2013
Gabriel Schivone

You may not know it from reading or listening to the major U.S. media, but the rest of the world has been steeped in news coverage of a former Guatemalan head of state recently on trial in a national court (though proceedings are currently on hold) for genocide and crimes against humanity. The accused, General Efraín Ríos Montt, was one of the most vicious mass killers the United States—or Israel—ever produced.

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