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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.

Guatemala: The Unexpected Leader of the Anti-Corruption Spring

Ana Davila | Posted 10.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

On the eve of the upcoming elections in Guatemala, uncertainty is in the air. Ten days before the decisive round, it is still unclear if the people will choose the outsider Jimmy Morales, or the experienced former First Lady Sandra Torres to run the country.

Former Guatemalan Leader Blames U.S. For His Fall From Grace

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.10.2015 | World

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Why the Resignation of Otto Pérez Molina Matters for U.S. Policy towards Guatemala

Laura Weiss | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Laura Weiss

Congress is still debating Obama's proposed $1 billion aid package to Central America. In the past years, the majority of funding to Central America, allocated through the Central America Regional Security Initiative, has mainly focused on the drug war and fighting gangs.

Not in My Name in Guatemala

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

The people of Guatemala are seeking justice. In the face of corruption, power, and violence they are demanding to be heard. We in the United States have a role in their struggle. We must say to our own government, "Not in my name."

In Times of War and in Times of 'Peace': The Role of the U.S. Embassy in the Current Political Turmoil of Guatemala

Tobias Roberts | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Tobias Roberts

The current meddling of the U.S. government in the political turmoil of Guatemala of the moment is not coincidental. It is the result of a dogged determination to control the geopolitical sphere of Central America, a determination that dates back hundreds of years.

Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

Daniel Robelo | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Daniel Robelo

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the UN General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.

Soldier Implicates Guatemalan President In Civil War Atrocities

AP | SONIA PEREZ-DIAZ | Posted 04.05.2013 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- A former soldier implicated Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina in civil war atrocities on Thursday during the trial of former U....

Amid U.S. Drug War in Central America, Who Is Capt. Byron Lima and Why You Should Care

Romina Ruiz-Goiriena | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Romina Ruiz-Goiriena

Shortly after entering prison, he became Guatemala's most notorious inmate. After all, he wasn't a typical gang leader.

The Tide Is Turning

Amanda Feilding | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Amanda Feilding

A drug policy based on health, harm reduction, cost effectiveness and human rights is no longer an impossible dream; it is something that is almost within our reach.

Wars of Others

Lilia Luciano | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Lilia Luciano

As we continue to resist new solutions, the war on drugs has generated a number of "unintended consequences" -- significantly affecting producer countries -- which undermine security, development, governance, health and human rights.

Raul Castro Avoids the Ibero-American Summit in Cadiz

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.17.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro travels little and when he does he prefers politically like-minded countries. His absence in Cadiz was expected, as he has never gone to any Ibero-American summits. Perhaps he prefers to avoid possible critiques of the state of human rights on the island.

Earthquake Rattles Guatemala's Coast

AP | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 11.12.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, just four days after a major quake killed dozens and left ...

Guatemala President: Legalize Drugs

AP | CLAUDIA TORRENS and ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 09.26.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina is advocating the international legalization of drugs even as he is moving to fight narcotics...

Guatemala President To Speed Up 350 Adoptions For U.S.

AP | Posted 04.12.2012 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemala's president says he's willing to speed up 350 adoptions by U.S. couples that were in process before his Central American n...

Drugs: The Debate Goes Mainstream

Fernando Henrique Cardoso | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The foundations of the U.S.-led war on drugs -- eradication of production, interdiction of traffic, and criminalization of consumption -- have not succeeded and never will. When there is established demand for a consumer product, there will be a supply.

Legalization Debate Takes Off in Latin America

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

After decades of being brutalized by the U.S. government's failed prohibitionist drug policies, Latin American leaders, including not just distinguished former presidents but also current presidents, are saying "enough is enough."

Drug War Politics: Doing Biden's Bidding

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
Laura Carlsen

Vice President Biden landed in Mexico City Sunday for a two-day trip to that country and Honduras. He's left little doubt about his mission: to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes amid mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and move away from the military-based drug war.

Thousands Of Guatemalans Ascend A Volcano

Posted 01.24.2012 | World

A human chain of 12,000 people scaling a volcano is certainly one way to create awareness. According to the BBC, thousands of people climbed Guatem...

Disco War Zone: At Least 8 Killed In Nightclub Shooting

Posted 01.23.2012 | World

A night out of music and dancing quickly turned into gunfire and bloodshed near Guatemala City, Guatemala, leaving at least eight people dead, accordi...

Drug Cartel Wreaks Havoc In Guatemala

AP | Posted 03.17.2012 | World

MEXICO CITY -- Guatemala's newly inaugurated president says Mexico's Zetas drug cartel sought to take over the drug trade in Guatemala by co-opting or...

Guatemala Leader Takes Office Pledging 'Iron Fist'

AP | ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 03.15.2012 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY — Retired Gen. Otto Perez Molina was sworn in as president of Guatemala on Saturday, calling on the United States and Mexico to h...

Guatemalan Congressman Shot Dead

AP | Posted 03.14.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY — A congressman who was reportedly negotiating a switch to the law-and-order party of Guatemala's conservative president-elect wa...

New Guatemelana President Wants U.S. To End Military-Aid Ban

AP | By ROMINA RUIZ-GOIRIENA | Posted 01.12.2012 | World

GUATEMALA CITY -- Former general Otto Perez Molina takes office as Guatemala's new president Saturday with a top priority of ending a long-standing U....

Guatemala Presidential Candidates Head For November Runoff

AP | SONIA PEREZ D. | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemala's leading presidential candidates are headed for a November runoff after a retired general who had a commanding lead ...