Guatemalan Protestors Call For An End To Government Corruption

October 5, 2016

This past April the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) released a report that exposed a network of Guatemalan officials and individuals involved in a $15 million USD embezzlement scheme.  The announcement immediately generated widespread public outrage, which led tens of thousands of Guatemalans to peacefully protest an end to government corruption.

Guatemala Elections 2015: A Brief Overview

October 5, 2016

This upcoming September, eligible Guatemalans will be voting for several heads of state including President, Vice President, 158 Congress deputies, and 338 mayors.  With increasing rates of poverty, crime, and violence, the next wave of elected officials will play a major role in the country’s direction and future.  Perhaps the most important of these will be the selection of the president-elect and the agenda he or she pursues.  However, the pool of hopeful candidates (as can be seen below) appears less-than-ideal.

External Investigatory Commissions Get Results in Central America

October 4, 2016

On September 3, 2015, the president of Guatemala resigned after being charged with fraud, illicit association and corruption.1 Less than a week later, in Mexico, the government account of what happened to 43 missing students was discredited, calling into question the integrity of everyone from Mexico’s military to the president himself.2 Neither of these things could have happened without a key element of the investigations: two external investigatory commissions, organized by the UN and the OAS respectively, which turned out reports negating the validity of

Guatemala, de crisis en crisis, y el comediante que pretende calmar sus ansias

April 27, 2016

Guatemala está sumida en una crisis política como nunca en su historia, con un presupuesto desfinanciado, el ex binomio presidencial tras las rejas, un Presidente transitorio y a dos meses que asuma el recién electo gobernante. Se trata de un novato que ha recibido la venia de la población, porque ha sido a la fecha, el Presidente más votado en la historia de este país centroamericano.

Place Making in Colonial Guatemala by Considering Today’s Municipal Boundaries

April 27, 2016

The twists and turns of the municipal border of a Spanish colonial pueblo de indiostells a story. The geographic tale began in pre-Columbian political territories and early modern re-thinking of the role of the city and how space imagines and fortifies an ordered citizenry, then continued through clever negotiation of power across class, racial, and ethnic boundaries1. The method for officially designating the municipal border was through surveys.

Costa Rica Scrambles for Solution to the Cuban Migrant Crisis

April 26, 2016

Costa Rica has suspended participation in the Central American Integration System (SICA) in response to the unwillingness of fellow Central American countries—specifically, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize—to work together to find a solution to the Cuban migrant crisis in Costa Rica.1 Upwards of 6,000 Cuban nationals intending to travel through Central America to the United States have been stranded in Costa Rica since November, when Nicaragua refused them entry.2

Guatemala: Un ex Presidente Remueve el Ambiente Electoral

October 10, 2016

Todavía no hay nada claro. Aunque el ex presidente de Guatemala Alfonso Portillo (2000- 2004) ya adelantó que no apoyará a ningún partido político en las próximas elecciones generales del país, dejó entrever que buscará formar un frente para reformar el Estado. La pregunta es: ¿El ex funcionario participará con esta propuesta en el proceso electoral que está por iniciar o esperará darle batalla al nuevo gobierno?


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