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Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

U.S. To Grant Refugee Status To Some Central American Children

AP | By LUIS ALONSO LUGO | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some people under the age of 21 who live in Guate...

A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

5 Amazing Cities for Raising a Family (and They Aren't Where You Think)

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel
Ombretta Di Dio

You've always imagined, even as a teenager, that most of your days would be spent commuting from the aforementioned suburban paradise to your workplace, so that you could just to come back home and do it all over again the next day.

Couple's Home Invaded by Baby Sloths (PHOTOS)

Lucy Cooke | Posted 10.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Cooke

Rescued adult sloths are released back into the jungle as soon as they are fit but orphaned babies are extremely vulnerable and need 24-hour care. So the couple have had to give up their home to their sleepy adopted babies until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.

Drought Threatens More Than 500,000 In Honduras

Reuters | Posted 10.23.2014 | Green

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 22 (Reuters) - A severe drought is endangering more than half a million people in Honduras, ramping up pressure on them to migrate,...

Rep. Duncan Hunter Now Fearmongering About Ebola As Well As ISIS

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) says the Obama administration must beef up security on the southern border of the U.S. because of the threat posed by te...

Back to the Dark Ages? The Imminent Danger of a Regional Domino Effect in Obama's Hardline Policy for Mothers Fleeing Central America

Galya Ruffer | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Galya Ruffer

It is imperative that we stop jailing mothers and children systematically in so-called family detention centers, where they face continued fear and uncertainty instead of safety and succor. It shouldn't be this way.

The Hidden War in El Salvador

Salil Shetty | Posted 10.02.2014 | World
Salil Shetty

Scratch beneath the surface of apparent peace in El Salvador and you will find a hidden war being waged. A war that does not involve guns or troops but one that has still resulted in the unnecessary deaths and disability of thousands and the incarceration of others. A war being waged against women and girls.

"Sí" and "Aye," Entwined

Christine Stoddard | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

My light olive hand clutched a pencil. The florescent lights might as well have been a spotlight. Before the test began, I was faced with every multicultural child's fear: the question of choosing my race or ethnicity.

Stop Fearing Young People

Scott M. Weber | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Scott M. Weber

We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution. That starts with engagement. We need to listen to their hopes and fears and make their voices audible in the debate on the present and the future.

A Father's Perspective on the Humanitarian Border Crisis

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Christopher Punongbayan

My son is too young to understand what is happening in the news, but one day I will have to tell him why our country is treating the children from Central America so inhumanely. I'm not sure what I will say about this shameful moment.

'Who Is Dayani Cristal?': Offering Resources for the Movement

Lina Srivastava | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Who is Dayani Cristal?, is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart

Welcoming Children to Our Land

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

The US has a legal and moral responsibility to protect children fleeing violence.

What is Driving the "Central American Migrant Crisis"? US Economic Recovery

Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda

The increasing number of migrant children being apprehended at the US border has finally focused media and political attention on the humanitarian plight of Central American migrant families.

Policy Alternatives for Central America in Conflict and Crisis

Noah Bullock | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Noah Bullock

The media spotlight has all but moved on from the recently white-hot humanitarian crisis on the Southern U.S. border involving upwards of 60,000 child refugees from Central America. Sadly, the region has faded from the headlines, but the conditions on the ground that force families from their homes persist.

In Praise of Mark Krikorian's Honesty: Let the Child Migrants Die

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

As political leaders debate whom to blame for the surge of child migrants, most agree on one goal: deporting the children as quickly as possible. Yet few advocates of their removal are willing to state on the record that the children's death is a strong possibility.

Mexico To Increase Railroad Surveillance In Hopes Of Deterring Immigrants

AP | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican federal official says the government plans to improve railway surveillance and increase the speed of northbound trains ...

Midwives, Moses and the Demonization of Mothers Meditations on Exodus 1:8-2:10

Alison Harrington | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Alison Harrington

We need to hear this story anew because there are thousands of Jochebeds suffering in Central America because they too have put their babies in baskets and have watched them float down the Nile so that they might also be save from certain death.

What If Governments Were More Like Tech Startups? How to Grow a City in Honduras

Zach Weissmueller | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Zach Weissmueller

How do you fix a system that's so broken and corrupt that the citizens living under it go to lengths such as jumping aboard a freight train nicknamed "The Beast" with their children just to escape it?

The Panama Canal - Part 2 of 3

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

One hundred years later, Panama is a truly independent nation that with great sacrifices and diplomatic efforts managed to regain sovereignty over the Canal Zone. Nevertheless, reaching this point had a high cost for this young republic, which gradually is becoming a regional economic power.

Why This Place South Of The Border May Be The World's Best Retirement Spot

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

Costa Rica, often dubbed the 'happiest place on earth,' has long beckoned expats from North America and elsewhere who long for a more laidback lifestyle and warm tropical breezes.

'Exceptional American'

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

What would be exceptional is if we looked at our border crisis as a humanitarian situation, and we reflected on our responsibility for helping fuel it in the first place. If we looked at it from the broader standpoint of what is compassionate, as opposed to the more narrower one of what is legal.

The Immigration Crisis: Just Another Byproduct of the Drug War

Neill Franklin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Neill Franklin

Until we alter our drug strategy, we can expect more murder and mayhem south of our border -- and greater numbers of immigrants fleeing north for safety.

It's Blackout Season Again in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Marco Cáceres

As if it didn't have enough problems already, Honduras is having to endure a severe shortage of electricity, which has caused the National Electric Power Company (ENEE) to begin rationing power.