Central America

Brownlisted: Putting the ‘Con’ in ‘Congressman’

A wrap-up of the most important and interesting Latino news items from the past week

  • Jan 18, 2023
  • 5:06 PM

Brownlisted: Who Wants a Mazapán?

A roundup of the week’s top Latino news from around the world, written by Latino Rebels senior editor Hector Luis Alamo.

  • Jan 13, 2023
  • 4:35 PM

Brownlisted: America’s Favorite (and Stolen) Christmas Flower

Senior editor Hector Luis Alamo gives a rundown of some of the facts, bits of news, real histories, and actual lies he came across during the past week.

  • Dec 16, 2022
  • 4:09 PM

Journalism Is Not a Crime

Why is military-grade spyware being used against journalists? Latino Rebels Radio host Julio Ricardo Varela searches for answers by speaking with El Faro reporter Nelson Rauda to discuss the use of Pegasus spyware in El Salvador and why it should matter to journalists in the United States.

  • Dec 15, 2022
  • 4:50 PM

Honduras, El Salvador on Same Wavelength

The same day that Nayib Bukele staged a military siege of the gang bastion Soyapango, Xiomara Castro deployed police and military in 162 of Honduras’ most marginalized urban communities after decreeing a state of exception. The suspension of constitutional guarantees goes even further than in the Salvadoran model.

  • Dec 12, 2022
  • 1:18 PM

Brownlisted: What I Saw This Week in Quarantine

This week’s wrap-up comes to you from the cozy confines of quarantine, as senior editor Hector Luis Alamo has managed to catch COVID for only the second time this year.

  • Dec 9, 2022
  • 11:35 AM

Puerto Rico Towns Sue Oil Companies for Climate Denial

A group of 16 municipalities filed a lawsuit on November 22 against multiple Big Oil companies for downplaying the risks of their fossil-fuel products on climate change.

  • Dec 5, 2022
  • 12:12 PM

Ahead of Bad Bunny Concert in Honduras, Activists Demand Government ‘Traiga la Plan B’ (OPINION)

Honduras is the only country in Latin America where access to emergency contraception is banned and one of the few countries in the region where abortion is prohibited under any circumstances, including in cases of rape or incest.

  • Nov 23, 2022
  • 12:29 PM

Mothers of LGBTQ Children Join Forces in Latin America

Founded in 2017, the Latin American Movement of Mothers of LGTB+ Children lobbies governments to eliminate prejudicial laws and better enforce existing bans on violence and discrimination.

  • Nov 21, 2022
  • 10:33 AM

‘Safe Line’ Guiding Visitors to Safety Draws Criticism in Costa Rica

A striking line of red paint approximately eight inches wide and spanning a kilometer in length appeared on Friday in parts of downtown San José. Part of a project called Kilometer Downtown, its intent is to guide tourists to hotels and safe spots where they can ask for information.

  • Nov 14, 2022
  • 1:38 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Central America Journalists Create United Front Against State-Sponsored Attacks

The Network of Central American Journalists hopes to protect independent news media from state-sponsored attacks, spur regional collaboration, and increase the international visibility of press freedom strained by criminalization and public and private-sector censorship.

  • Nov 9, 2022
  • 2:21 PM

EPA to Test Air, Groundwater in Puerto Rico for First Time

The announcement, made on Friday, is part of the Biden administration’s effort to directly address the disproportionate impacts of pollution that have existed for decades in many low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Nov 7, 2022
  • 12:05 PM

Two Wounded at Bolsonaro Rally in Brazil, Tensions High Before Sunday Vote

A violent showdown at a Bolsonaro rally on Sunday left two wounded, and political tensions remain heightened leading up to the October 30 runoff election between right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and left-wing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

  • Oct 25, 2022
  • 4:54 PM

Why Viejitos Vote Republican (OPINION)

My grandma votes Republican because she believes in three things: money, strength, and the rule of law. Whether the Republican Party stands for any of those things is beside the point because, to her, and to a lot of other people still, the Republicans represent those values more than the Democrats.

  • Oct 25, 2022
  • 2:56 PM

Former University of Puerto Rico Student Sentenced in Cyberstalking Case

A judge on Wednesday ordered Iván-Santell Velázquez, a former student at the University of Puerto Rico, to serve 13 months in federal prison and two years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to cyberstalking.

  • Oct 17, 2022
  • 12:38 PM

Mexico to Sue U.S. Gun Companies for Flow of Illegal Weapons

The Government of Mexico plans to file a second lawsuit against U.S. companies it alleges are responsible for the flow of illegal weapons into the country, Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard announced last Wednesday.

  • Oct 11, 2022
  • 12:44 PM

28 Dead as Julia Drenches Central America With Rainfall

Former Hurricane Julia has dissipated, but was still drenching Guatemala and El Salvador with torrential rains Monday after it reemerged in the Pacific following a pounding of Nicaragua. Floods and mudslides were possible across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday.

  • Oct 11, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

EL FARO ENGLISH: Who Will Inherit Giammattei’s Power in Guatemala?

Nine months before the presidential election, the country’s right-wing regime is fracturing into rivaling projects as progressive groups discuss the elusive idea of a united candidacy. Meanwhile, electoral authorities are indulging the pre-campaigning by the ruling party and top conservative Zury Ríos.

  • Oct 5, 2022
  • 5:18 PM

Thousands March in El Salvador as Bukele Plans to Run for Re-Election

On Thursday, El Salvador’s Independence Day, President Nayib Bukele announced that he will seek re-election when his five-year term ends in 2024, defying a constitutional ban on consecutive re-election. Earlier that day, as the government held a military parade, thousands marched in the capital against Bukele and his policies.

  • Sep 16, 2022
  • 12:50 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Time to Meet the Real Xiomara Castro

A defining moment has come for President Xiomara Castro, who must decide how much free rein to grant a future U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission that could end up investigating her own government.

  • Sep 7, 2022
  • 1:30 PM

Nicaraguan Community Unites Behind Little League Team in World Series

Nicaraguans living in the United States filled the stands in Pennsylvania to cheer on the players of 14 de Septiembre Little League from Managua after travel restrictions prevented their family members from attending the World Series games.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • 5:56 PM

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