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Stories about Guatemala

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.

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.

1 October 2014

Community Media Groups in Guatemala Document Deadly Raid on Indigenous Villages

Indigenous groups in Guatemala are facing violent attacks by police, all in response to demonstrations for land rights.

17 July 2014

Authorities Have Confiscated $9.9M Hidden in Bean Cans, Shoes and Even Stomachs at This Guatemalan Airport

Money launderers try to smuggle the undeclared cash to destinations like Panama or Colombia, often to pay for drugs.

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