Center-Left Surprise in Guatemalan Elections

Left-of-center opposition legislator Bernardo Arévalo shattered all forecasts, seizing second place in Guatemala’s presidential elections on Sunday and advancing to an August runoff. Arévalo will face political boss Sandra Torres.

  • Jun 26, 2023
  • 12:28 PM

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

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

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Central America Talks Back to Biden

Central America, in Brief: After the no-show of the Northern Triangle presidents at the Summit of the Americas, their foreign ministers gave strident speeches defying Joe Biden and named their countries’ terms for U.S. and regional engagement.

  • Jun 15, 2022
  • 1:19 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: New Targets of Lawfare Against Guatemalan Justice

Guatemala, in Brief: The persecution of independent judges and prosecutors pressed onward with the order to put former top state attorney Virginia Laparra on trial. The shady Foundation against Terrorism, lead architect of the legal attacks that have already pushed two-dozen anti-corruption operators into exile, has named among its next targets the human rights ombudsman and three of the country’s most influential judges.

  • Jun 8, 2022
  • 12:38 PM

Chilean Truckers Rally Against Venezuelan Migration

Truckers in the north of Chile on Friday set up roadblocks to protest insecurity they attribute to undocumented migration in the region.

  • Feb 14, 2022
  • 11:58 AM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Honduras’ New Future, Divided

As of Monday afternoon, Honduras still had two parallel Congressional leaderships, both under suspicion of illegality, a sign that does not bode well for the stability for the first days of Castro’s presidency. 

  • Jan 25, 2022
  • 12:45 PM

From EL FARO ENGLISH: Who Controls Justice’s Sword?

Central America, in Brief: Persecution of judges and prosecutors, expulsion of international anti-corruption monitors, and cooptation of courts have spread in the region.

  • Sep 30, 2021
  • 6:29 PM

Guatemalans Protest Firing of Corruption Prosecutor

The firing of an anti-corruption prosecutor has sparked an angry reaction from civil society and demands for the resignations of President Alejandro Giammattei and Attorney General María Consuelo Porras.

  • Aug 2, 2021
  • 12:14 PM

From El Faro English: Harris’ Rough Landing in Guatemala

In her first visit to the region this week, Vice President Kamala Harris’ blunt message to Central American migrants (“Do not come”) triggered a backlash among human rights defenders and Central America experts for contradicting international asylum laws and appearing insensitive to the reality driving migration.

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • 11:39 AM

Political Arrests in Nicaragua and Guatemala

“Throw them in jail, take their cell phones!” yelled Nicaraguan riot police in a Managua office building complex last Thursday morning as they chased down reporters from international and local outlets.

  • May 24, 2021
  • 11:59 AM

Ricardo Zúñiga: ‘An Economic Crisis in El Salvador Could Prompt a New Wave of Migration’

Ricardo Zúñiga has spent the past several days fielding the same question with diplomatic stoicism and a poker smile.

  • Apr 13, 2021
  • 12:29 PM

Guatemala Begins Reshaping Court as Corruption Concerns Grow

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s Congress began reshaping the country’s highest court Tuesday, selecting a new magistrate and an alternate in decisions that could have grave consequences for the battle against corruption and impunity.

  • Mar 3, 2021
  • 4:19 PM

Face of Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Fight Faces Threats

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Erika Lorena Aifán is used to threats after more than a decade as a judge in Guatemala, but she says the tone has intensified in recent months, such as the text message to her cellphone saying that she and her family “should be dead.”

  • Nov 25, 2019
  • 10:23 AM

Mass Shooting in Puerto Rico Leaves 6 Dead, Governor Calls for Emergency Meeting

Sounds of what may be automatic weapon fire were widespread on social media.

  • Oct 16, 2019
  • 1:39 PM

Report Alleges US Pharma Companies Lure Mexicans Across Border to Donate Plasma

Thousands of Mexicans cross the border each week on temporary visas designed to allow people to shop or engage in transactions that don’t equate to “gainful employment,” according to ProPublica.

  • Oct 9, 2019
  • 1:00 PM

Would Ousting Trump Rebuild the Country’s Faith in Government? Lessons From Latin America

The current political crisis in the United States shares similarities with political issues in Latin America.

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 5:47 PM

Trump Administration Pens New Asylum Deal With Honduras

The deal would prevent asylum seekers traveling through Central America from entering the United States.

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 11:40 AM

Clinicians Report ‘Severe Mental Trauma’ on Separated Migrant Children

The majority of cases came during the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” last year.

  • Sep 5, 2019
  • 12:33 PM

Hurricane Dorian Expected to Cause Massive Flooding in Southeast US

More than 2 million people have been told to evacuate the region.

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • 12:02 PM

Guatemala Arrests Former First Lady and Presidential Runner-Up Sandra Torres

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former Guatemalan first lady and presidential runner-up Sandra Torres was arrested Monday on charges of campaign finance violations, the latest high-profile political figure to face allegations of malfeasance even as a U.N. anti-graft commission is set to shut down.

  • Sep 2, 2019
  • 4:43 PM

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