Today revision of the contested ballots started in Guatemala after the country's highest court intervened in the Guatemalan elections. The court's move is unprecedented in Guatemalan history. My story for Al Jazeera
Guatemala court intervenes in presidential race, raising concern
The country’s Constitutional Court has suspended its certification of the election results, pending a review of votes.
Movimiento Semilla's successes on Sunday came as a big surprise for analysts and brings hope for many, especially as there were concerns over rollbacks of democratic institutions ahead of the elections.
My story for Al Jazeera
Progressive party stages surprise upset in Guatemala elections
First round of Guatemala’s presidential election indicates support for anti-corruption efforts and voter discontent.
In early April 2023, ICE agents arrested an ex-member of the Salvadoran military who stands accused of participating in one of the worst massacres in Latin America during the 1980's. He is one of many war criminals who have sought to find refuge in the US, but many have deported to face charges
The Other Americans: ICE Detains Former Colonel Accused of War Crimes in El Salvador - Progressive.org
With changes to the U.S. and Salvadoran policy over the last two decades, those responsible for the El Mozote massacre of 1981 are finally being deported and prosecuted.
Tomorrow marks the fifty-third Earth Day. As the world marks the day, Indigenous communities in Guatemala have sought to raise attention to the contamination from plastic and pollution. In San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala, residents have gone out to clean the beaches of their municipality
The Other Americans: Indigenous Guatemalans Raise Awareness of Plastic Pollution - Progressive.org
A community with one of the first plastic bans in the Central American country does a monthly beach clean up—highlighting how far things have to go.
Guatemalans abroad sent home 1.665 billion dollars in March 2023, continuing the trend in the last 3 years. The steady increase in remittances being sent home is reflective of the necessity that exists in Guatemala and how migration is the only way for many families to survive
750 migrants were deported yesterday on 6 flights, 5 from the United States and 1 from Mexico, acccording to the Guatemalan Immigartion authorities. Between Jan 1 and March 31, 22,374 have been deported from both Mexico and the U.S.
Last week Honduras announced it was severing ties with Taiwan, further isolating the island diplomatically. This trend will likely continue because no country wants to be the last to recognize One China. My latest for @theprogressive
The Other Americans: Honduras Officially Breaks Diplomatic Relations With Taiwan - Progressive.org
The Central American country is the latest to align with China as economic pressure continues to grow.
Residents of San Pedro la Laguna have taken it apon themselves to clean the shores of Lake Atitlán of the garbage that appear on the shroes. The accuse the lack of regulation and the GT business commuity of contaminating the lake. My latest for Waging Nonviolence
Water defenders protect Guatemala’s majestic Lake Atitlán from mountains of garbage - Waging Nonviolence | Waging Nonviolence
Communities around one of Guatemala’s most popular tourist destinations are working to ban single-use products polluting the water they depend on for survival.
My story about the attacks on the press in Guatemala and how there is an escalation of the campaign against journalists in the Central American country after a judge gave the green-light to investigate journalists.
The Other Americans: Guatemala Escalates Attacks on the Press - Progressive.org
Journalists who have reported on complaints about the public prosecutors office are now being targeted for investigation.
Over the last 22 years, the presence of the Guatemalan military in the streets across the country have done nothing to improve security finds Plaza Publica. Rather it has been costly and made the country more inscure.
La paradoja del ejército en las calles: es costoso, innecesario y no baja la violencia | Plaza Pública
Desde octubre del 2022, el Ministerio de Gobernación implementó la poco novedosa medida de integrar a soldados en patrullajes y puestos de control conjuntos con la PNC. Es la misma idea que fue desechada hace cinco años por ineficiente e incluso riesgosa para la población. El objetivo de reactivar e..
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Guatemala continues to see a worsening situation. Yesterday a judge ordered that nine journalists and columnists from the newspaper El Periódico and others will be investigated for their work.
Judge orders investigation of Guatemalan journalists | AP News
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan judge ordered the investigation Tuesday of nine journalists from a newspaper whose president, a prominent government critic, has already been jailed on various charges since last year.
I wrote another piece to look at the threats to migrant shelters in Guatemala and how these threats stem from pressures from the United States to address the transit of migrants through Central America. Please give it a read and share it around
The Other Americans: Migration Crackdowns Are Targeting Migrant Shelters in Guatemala - Progressive.org
Pressured by the United States, Guatemala is seeking to criminalize as human traffickers those who are aiding migrants.
The Catholic Church in Guatemala raised concern that their network of migrant shelters could face closure due to new pressures and requirements from the government that they say restrict their ability to give shelter to migrants.
My most recent for Al Jazeera.
Migrant shelters in Guatemala under threat from legal reforms
Critics of recent immigration reform fear laws could criminalise religious groups and volunteers who work with migrants.
During the campaign for the Presidency of Honduras, Xiomara Castro promised to bring an UN backed anti-corruption body to the country. Since taking office last year, she has advanced on her promise, but there are still mixed signals on what it will mean. My column for the week for The Progressive
The Other Americans: Honduras Gives Mixed Signals on Investigating its Own Corruption - Progressive.org
The country’s new president has promised to work with the United Nations to establish an anti-corruption commission, with the United States offering support. But experts have questions.
As of February 13, the United States has deported 4226 Guatemalan migrants on 38 different ICEair chartered flights. These migrants will likely try to migrante again due to the lack of opportunities and the lack of attention provided by the state.
Today I appeared on 89.9 WORTfm in Madison, Wisconson to talk about new barriers and challenges facing migration and asylum seekers trying to reach the United States. Listen here:
Obstacles facing migrants and refugees at the US-Mexico boarder - WORT-FM 89.9
Last year, US Immigration arrested more than 2 million migrants at the southern boarder–a historic spike. The Biden Administration has since announced it will make seeking asylum more difficult and […]
Guatemalans will vote for the country's next president this coming June. At least seven of the candidates running for various offices have been signaled, santioned, or served prison time for money laundering, corruption, or anti-democratic actions by the United States
Sancionados por EE. UU. por corrupción ahora buscan su reelección
Siete diputados, exdiputados, alcaldes y excandidatos señalados por Estados Unidos como corruptos y antidemocráticos, ya fueron proclamados por sus partidos para optar a cargos públicos
Guatemala’s Central Bank published remittances data for January 2023 this week, and once again migrants abroad have sent home more money in remittances in January than the in the same month in 2022. In total migrants sent 1.386 billion dollars to families. This money means the survivial of many.
Community leaders in El Salvador who beat back metal mining in the country have been accused of a decades-old murder by its rightwing administration. The case brings fears of the rollback of the mining ban in the Central American country
The Other Americans: El Salvador Criminalizes Water Protectors - Progressive.org
Six community leaders who beat back metal mining in the country have been accused of a decades-old murder by its rightwing administration.