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Stories about Guatemala

19 March 2017

Alleged Attacks on Online Media Follow the Tragic Death by Fire of Young Women in Guatemala

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A local media outlet that published testimonies of some of the victims of the shelter fire suffered a DDoS attack.

16 March 2017

Guatemala Mourns Dozens of Girls at a Children’s Shelter Left to Die in a Fire

“The girls rebelled and set fire to their mattresses so they would be allowed out of their rooms.” But they weren't.

7 May 2016

The ‘Migration Project’ Helps Guatemalan Families Find Missing Loved Ones

In Zacualpa, some residents take out a loan and head north in search of a better life. But they don't all make it and some go missing.

1 February 2016

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

4 December 2015

Jimmy Morales, the New Face of Guatemala’s Military Old Guard

Guatemala's newly elected president, despite campaigning as the antithesis of a career politician, is backed by the same forces responsible for some of the worst crimes in the country's history.

3 December 2015

From Coyotes to Vultures: What Happens When Migrants Borrow

When migrants decide to go to the US for a better future, they often rely on lenders to afford the trip, but often they became unwilling partners with the coyotes.

15 October 2015

A Landslide in Guatemala Killed More Than 200 People This Month. Here’s How You Can Help the Victims.

The Guatemalan Red Cross has put in place various measures to help the victims of a landslide in the town of El Cambray Dos that killed more than 200 people.

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's president no longer. After months of marching to demand justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former leader

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

8 August 2015

The Right's New Clothes: How Old Neoliberal Ideas Have Been Charming the Latinamerican Youth

A network of US neoconservative think tanks is financing young Latin Americans to fight the leftist governments in Venezuela and Brazil, defending old flags with new rhetoric.

27 July 2015

For a Glimpse of Plan Central America's Future, Look to Colombia

Replicating Plan Colombia's failed approach, a Washington aid program for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combines neoliberal economic reforms with military aid.

16 July 2015

Mexican Newspaper Launches Mayan-Language Edition

Mayan is the second most important indigenous language in Mexico, spoken by about 800,000 people.

18 June 2015

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

7 June 2015

Ahead of Mexico's Vote, a Young Indigenous Woman Asks for an End to Silence Over Deaths and Disappearances

Her criticism of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchú's call to vote echoed through social media, adding weight to the argument to annul Mexico's June 7 elections.

15 May 2015

Public Anger Only Grows After Guatemala Appoints Controversial Vice President

Guatemala has a new vice president, elected by the majority of government: Magistrate Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, who in 2013 declared all the genocide proceedings against former dictator Rios Montt invalid.

10 May 2015

Guatemalan Vice President Resigns, Protests Continue

As a new politically conscious youth fills the streets demanding change, is a 'Guatemalan Spring' in the offing?

26 April 2015

Thousands of Guatemalans March to Demand Resignations of Top Leadership

According to some analysts, these protests are different from demonstrations against "corruption as usual," and could lead to an institutional crisis, early elections, or even a coup.

19 March 2015

How Guatemalan Group ‘Las Poderosas’ Uses Theater to Confront Violence Against Women

For these women, theater is a means to heal trauma and raise awareness of gender-based violence within a country where two women a day are killed on average.

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