Ex-Panama President’s Sons Are Extradited to U.S. After Multicountry Chase

Two sons of the former president Ricardo Martinelli fled the United States by Uber, private jet and an “unknown vessel,” prosecutors said. The second has now been extradited, weeks after his brother.

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Migrant Truck Crash in Mexico Kills More Than 50

The migrants, mostly from Guatemala and apparently U.S.-bound, had been crammed into a tractor-trailer that flipped and slammed into a bridge in southern Mexico.

#chiapas-mexico-truck-accident-2021, #guatemala, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #salazar-ken, #smuggling

Man Survives Flight From Guatemala to Miami in Plane’s Landing Gear

The 26-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody by border agents, officials said.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #guatemala, #guatemala-city-guatemala, #miami-fla, #miami-international-airport, #miami-dade-county-fla

Mario Vargas Llosa and the Age of the Strongman

His novel “Harsh Times” examines power and conspiracy at a crucial point in Latin American history.

#books-and-literature, #guatemala, #harsh-times-book, #vargas-llosa-mario

In France, Kamala Harris Asserts Herself as a Diplomatic Asset

The vice president met with President Emmanuel Macron of France, skirting recent U.S.-French tensions, and immersed herself in issues like Libya and cybersecurity.

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Guatemala Investigates Claim of Bribe Paid to Its President

A previous inquiry was cut short when the chief anti-corruption prosecutor was fired, but media reports of cash payments have prompted another one.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #giammattei-alejandro, #guatemala, #sandoval-juan-francisco

A Runner’s Olympic Dream Was in Doubt Because of His DACA Status

Luis Grijalva, who qualified to run for his native Guatemala, risked not being able to return to the United States if he left. On Monday, he got good news.

#deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #guatemala, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2020, #track-and-field, #united-states

In Guatemala, Harris Tells Undocumented to Stay Away From U.S. Border

In her first foreign trip as vice president, Kamala Harris promoted economic development and anti-corruption efforts, trying to stem the northward flow of migrants.

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Kamala Harris, in Guatemala, Discusses Plan to Deter Migrants

Vice President Kamala Harris detailed efforts to combat trafficking and corruption in order to deter northward migration.

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U.S. Aid to Central America Hasn’t Slowed Migration. Can Kamala Harris?

A stark reality faces the vice president as she visits the region: Expanding aid programs have failed to stem migration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #foreign-aid, #guatemala, #harris-kamala-d, #immigration-and-emigration, #wages-and-salaries

For One Young Migrant, a Family Separation Nightmare

This story, split between Guatemala and Florida, offers a firsthand look at the continuing trauma of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” separation policy.

#family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #florida, #guatemala, #illegal-immigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Many Families Torn Apart at the Southern Border Face a Long and Uncertain Wait

Some parents are opting to try, once again, the dangerous trek north to rejoin the children who were kept in the U.S. by the Trump administration.

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A Violent End to a Desperate Dream Leaves a Guatemalan Town Grieving

The trek from Central America to U.S. soil has always been perilous, but a massacre with many victims from one corner of Guatemala has shaken that country.

#central-america, #coffins, #funerals-and-memorials, #guatemala, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration

US to Send Millions of Covid-19 Vaccine Doses to Mexico and Canada

The announcement came at a time when the Biden administration has been quietly pressing Mexico to ramp up its efforts to limit the flow of migrants.

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Biden Urges Mexico to Do More to Stop Migration

The Biden administration has been quietly pressing Mexico to ramp up its efforts to limit the flow of migrants, clinging to a Trump policy of relying on southern neighbors to enforce America’s immigration agenda.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #chihuahua-mexico, #ciudad-juarez-mexico, #guatemala, #honduras, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #latin-america, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #north-america, #united-states

Surge in Migrants Defies Easy or Quick Solutions for Biden

The administration expects more apprehensions at the border this year than at any point in the past two decades. Enacting policy to deal with the problems faces deep-rooted political and logistical challenges.

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Israel Gives Vaccine to Far-Off Allies, as Palestinians Wait

The donations will go to nations like the Czech Republic and Honduras that pledged to move diplomats to Jerusalem. Critics say Israel has an obligation to inoculate Palestinians under its occupation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #czech-republic, #gaza-strip, #guatemala, #honduras, #hungary, #israel, #palestinian-authority, #vaccination-and-immunization, #west-bank

Dianna Ortiz, American Nun Tortured in Guatemala, Dies at 62

She became a champion of survivors of torture and helped compel the release of documents showing U.S. complicity in decades of human rights abuses in Guatemala.

#deaths-obituaries, #guatemala, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ortiz-dianna, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government

To Express the Sound of a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments

The Guatemalan composer, inventor and writer Joaquín Orellana’s creations are the subject of the Americas Society exhibition “The Spine of Music.”

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Biden Charts a New Course in Guatemala

An emerging multiethnic and multigenerational coalition is reimagining the country’s future. Partnering with them could be the key to lasting change.

#corruption-institutional, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #guatemala, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Migrant Caravan, Now in Guatemala, Could Pose Early Test for Biden

As many as 9,000 migrants from Honduras are hoping to reach the United States to escape poverty intensified by hurricanes and the pandemic. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to ease asylum rules.

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2 Hurricanes Devastated Central America. Will the Ruin Spur a Migration Wave?

The storms displaced hundreds of thousands of people, creating a new class of refugees with more reason than ever to migrate north and setting up an early test for the incoming Biden administration.

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Hurricane Iota Barrels Toward Central America

The storm is expected to make landfall along the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras as a Category 4 hurricane by Monday night.

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Guatemala Rescuers Search for Scores of People Buried in Mudslide Caused by Eta

More than 100 are feared dead in what is likely to be the deadliest episode of a storm that has already claimed more than 60 lives in Central America.

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Guatemala Mudslides Kill More Than 50

Another 23 people across Central America have died or are missing as a result of a vast storm system dumping heavy rainfall across the region.

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How to Make D.I.Y. Worry Dolls

Whispering your fears to these little dolls made of rolled newspaper might help you sleep better.

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How U.S. Policy Turned the Sonoran Desert Into a Graveyard for Migrants

Roberto Primero Luis set out across the U.S.-Mexico border last year as previous Guatemalan migrants had. But the crossing has changed.

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They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

As the pandemic destroys paychecks, migrant workers are sending less money home, threatening an increase in poverty from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

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Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal

UC graduate student Brian Lane climbs out of the Perdido Reservoir.

Enlarge / UC graduate student Brian Lane climbs out of the Perdido Reservoir. (credit: Photo/Nicholas Dunning)

For centuries, Tikal was a bustling Maya city in what is now northern Guatemala. But by the late 800s CE, its plazas and temples stood silent, surrounded by mostly abandoned farms. A recent study suggests a possible explanation for its decline: mercury and toxic algal blooms poisoned the water sources that should have carried the city through dry seasons.

Tikal’s Maya rulers built the city’s reservoirs to store water from rain and runoff during the winter months. The pavement of the large plazas in the heart of the city tilted slightly, helping funnel rainwater into the reservoirs. Over the centuries, dust and litter settled into the bottom of the reservoirs, too, providing a record of what the environment around Tikal was like—and what was washing into the city’s water supply. University of Cincinnati biologist David Lentz and his colleagues sampled layers of sediment dating back to the mid-800s, and they found that two of Tikal’s central reservoirs would have been too polluted to drink from.

An X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (which identifies the chemicals in a sample based on how they react to being zapped with an X-ray light) revealed that the sediment on the bottom of the reservoirs was laced with dangerous amounts of mercury. Lentz and his colleagues also found ancient DNA from blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, which can produce deadly toxins.

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#algal-blooms, #ancient-central-america, #ancient-infrastructure, #archaeology, #cinnabar, #guatemala, #harmful-algal-blooms, #maya, #pre-columbian-civilizations, #science, #tikal, #water-pollution

Cristobal Threatens Gulf Coast From Louisiana to Florida

The third named storm of what is predicted to be an intense hurricane season is expected to make landfall on Sunday.

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Americans Abroad Ask Whether to Stay, and Risk Infection, or Fly Home, and Risk Infection?

As virus cases increase, Americans overseas wonder if it is better to take a commercial flight back to the United States — even if it means interacting with people who could infect them.

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