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Panama: Canal Crawls and a Cup of Perfect Coffee

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Panama wants us to think of it as more than a feat of engineering; more than a continental bridge; more than headquarters for summer hats. This is why I am here. I want to check out its highlands and some of the animals and birds that you have to sneak around quietly to see.

Mexico Matters: Pope Francis's Most Important National Tour

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for a meeting with religious for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life at Paul VI audience hall...

The American Zika Virus Threat: What You Need to Know

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.29.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Zika virus (Zv) infects people via daytime mosquitoes carrying it, and rarely via sex with infected partners. Mosquitoes can bite infected people and then bite others, transmitting Zv to new people.

WHO Director-General: Zika Virus 'Spreading Explosively'

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.28.2016 | World

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Zika, Vaccines and Climate Change: Convergence of Right and Left Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Consider two people circumnavigating the globe at the equator from the same starting point but moving in opposite directions; the two points furthest apart converge at the end where the journey began; so too here with anti-science zealotry on left and right: They merge together in a bond of extremism. Nowhere can this circle of delusion be seen better than with the emergence of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that can cause devastating brain damage in newborns.

5 Reasons to Visit Honduras: The Murder Capital of the World

Josh Ferry Woodard | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Josh Ferry Woodard

Honduras may be known as the murder capital of the world but outside of the big cities, where gang violence and corruption are rife, you can expect to...

From NPR's Latino USA: There and Back

Latino USA | Posted 01.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Latino USA

The Central American migrant crisis is back in the news. For this week's show, Latino USA revisits this issue, which we initially covered in 2014.

Rick Santorum: Deportations Would Be ‘A Blessing’ For Troubled Countries

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is now going even further than saying deportations would be good for the U.S. -- he said Monday that it woul...

Bizarre Contract Dispute Putting Thousands Of Migrant Children At Risk

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the U.S. border as part of the migrant crisis are at risk of being deported without d...

How the U.S. Can Revamp Its Strategy Toward Central America

Jo-Marie Burt | Posted 01.15.2016 | World
Jo-Marie Burt

The intertwining of past and present highlights the necessity of addressing impunity at its core in post-conflict societies, and the perils of not doing so in the immediate transition period.

El Salvador Deemed Too Dangerous For Peace Corps, But Not For Deportees

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics

The Obama administration considers El Salvador too dangerous for Peace Corps volunteers, but will continue to send mothers and children with orders f...

White House Isn't Backing Down On Deportation Raids Targeting Families

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House plans to stay the course on its policies toward undocumented mothers and children fleeing violence in Central America, ...

Why You Should Quit Your Job and Travel the World

Jordan Dansky | Posted 01.07.2016 | Travel
Jordan Dansky

Okay so first things first -- this post isn't just for those itching to break out of the cubicle, grab their backpack, and spend all their savings on finding themselves. It's about honoring what's right for you and believing in your dreams and passions enough to take a huge chance on yourself.

Accountability and Human Rights Needed in U.S. Approach to Central America

Kimberly Krone | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Kimberly Krone

There's growing evidence that Mexico is violating the rights of migrants and preventing children from seeking asylum and other forms of protection. Mexico is increasingly detaining and deporting children, in violation of its domestic law and obligations under international human rights law. The U.S. is actively supporting these policies.

El Salvador Is On Track To Become World Homicide Leader

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 12.30.2015 | World

El Salvador’s homicide rate jumped 70 percent this year, putting the country on track to become the most dangerous in the world. The homicide r...

One Couple's Enviable Retirement Life South Of The Border

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 12.26.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

One of the biggest appeals of life in Nicaragua for Darrell and Amy is the cost of living. The couple lives very well on about $2,000 a month. They have two vehicles and a maid. They eat out often. They travel.

3 Signs of Global Hope

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

There are promising initiatives pursuing this goal around the world. In Haiti, international aid organizations are assisting farmers in reviving a once-flourishing coffee and cocoa sector. In East Africa, the Economist has touted the potential of coffee to lift small farmers out of poverty.

Central American Moms And Kids Are Still Coming To The U.S. For Safety

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of mothers and children being apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border is going up, again. After crossings by unaccompanied...

Climate Change This Week: Breaking Clean Energy Barriers, A Hot Year and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
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Here's The Secret Behind Army Ants' Bridge-Building Ways

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 11.27.2015 | Science

Ants are pretty awesome. They clump up into islands to survive floods. They construct ginormous colonies. They even do acrobatics to build bri...

What You Must Be Aware Of When Retiring In Belize

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 11.26.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Unlike Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries in the region, Belize has no organized crime. In Belize, no drug cartels are fighting for dominance or control. Luckily, our sleepy little country seems too small to interest those types.

Unraveling Latin America's Illegal Wildlife Trade

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Laurel Neme

The trafficking of elephants in Africa has gained tremendous media attention. Not so the illegal trade in birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and fish of Central and South America -- a problem of epidemic proportion.

Why Nicaragua Is A Better Retirement Choice Than Costa Rica

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Nicaragua, long hidden behind the image of her picaresque president, is finally emerging as a top retirement and vacation hotspot. We've been making the case for Nicaragua for years. Why do I think things could finally be turning around for this beautiful but misunderstood country with so much to offer?

In Latin America, Illegal Wildlife Trade Explodes

Laurel Neme | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Laurel Neme

Despite this lack of comprehensive data, a survey of media reports on cases in South and Central America and the Caribbean provides insights into, and some measure of, the trade's alarming dimensions.

Ron Johnson: Deporting Kids To Honduras Is OK Because It's 'A Beautiful Country'

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

It's not so bad to deport children to what was until recently the murder capital of the world, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Friday, since Honduras ...