Central America

The Guardian view on climate change: see you in court

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It is possible to determine which nations and companies are responsible for damaging the climate. It’s only a matter of time before courts decide they must pay for global warming. Editorial The Guardian Recent days have seen Houston, Texas literally sunk under sheer weight of rain, Carribbean islands battered by powerful storms barrelling across the Gulf and now Florida homes blasted by Irma, the largest of three hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin. It seems almost certain that man-made climate ... Read More »

Guatemala Stumbles in Central America’s Anti-corruption Fight

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Guatemala’s fight against corruption is in danger after President Morales attempted to expel the head of a uniquely effective UN-backed anti-corruption organisation. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Analyst for Guatemala Arturo Matute says a corrupt elite is waging a battle to maintain its privileged position. Arturo Matute ICG What is happening in Guatemala? A remarkable and hopeful two-year interlude in one of Central America’s most corrupt countries may now be ending. The key reversal came on Friday 25 August 2017, at a ... Read More »

US calls for smaller deficits in new NAFTA talks

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The US government says trade deficits and market access will top the agenda as it renegotiated trade terms with Mexico and Canada. BBC US President Donald Trump has described the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a “disaster” and ordered fresh talks earlier this year. The objectives have been released in advance of the start of meetings with Canada and Mexico next month. Economists have warned that reaching the goals might be… US calls for… Read More »

Puerto Rico following Greek footsteps to economic woe

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It is said that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Desmond Lachman, opinion contributor The Hill Sadly, this seems to be the case with respect to the Puerto Rican government and its Financial Oversight and Management Board in their handling of the Puerto Rican economic… By not drawing the right lessons from Greece’s recent failed attempt at fiscal austerity in a Euro straitjacket, the Puerto Rican government is all too likely to exacerbate rather than ... Read More »

A Misguided Cuba Roll-back

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President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and group travel. Ivan Briscoe ICG But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and conflicts. President Donald Trump’s 16 June announcement that his administration will partially reverse efforts to restore diplomatic ties and normalise relations with Cuba represents a… A Misguided Cuba… Read More »

A Misguided Cuba Roll-back

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President Trump’s new measures against Cuba preserve diplomatic relations and the right to most U.S. trade and… Ivan Briscoe ICG But aggressive U.S. atmospherics risk hardening Cuba’s domestic politics and making it harder for Havana to play its mediating role in regional crises and… President Donald Trump’s 16 June announcement that his administration will partially reverse efforts to restore diplomatic ties and… A Misguided Cuba… Read More »

US president suggests building ‘solar wall’ on Mexican border

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U.S. President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters on June 21 for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: cover it with solar panels – and… WASHINGTON – Agence France–Presse Hurriyet “Yes, we will build a wall,” he told a crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “We have to stop the drugs from flowing in. “I will give you an idea that nobody has heard about yet,” he said. “The southern border. Lots of sun, ... Read More »

Trump partially rolls back Obama’s Cuba thaw

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US President Donald Trump says he is rolling back the Obama administration’s “completely one-sided deal with Cuba”. BBC Speaking in Miami, Florida, he said his new policy would tighten rules affecting travel and on sending funds to the Caribbean island nation. But he is not reversing key diplomatic and commercial ties, and will not close the US embassy in… Trump partially rolls… Read More »

Mexico’s Worsening War without a Name

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The “war on drugs” has morphed into a new rash of killings in Mexico. Froylán Enciso ICG The deadly violence of increasingly well-organised, business-minded criminal groups risks being aggravated by government inaction, corruption and bombastic U.S. rhetoric – exactly what caused the problem in the first place. Murder rates in Mexico have hit a… Mexico’s Worsening War… Read More »

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan, switches to China

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Panama and China announced June 13 they were establishing diplomatic relations, as the Central American nation became the latest to dump Taiwan for closer ties with the… BEIJING – Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The move prompted an angry response from Taiwan and will likely further strain ties between Taipei and Beijing, which considers the self-ruled island a renegade province awaiting reunification with the… Taiwan is recognized by around 20 countries worldwide and its status is one of the… Panama cuts ties… Read More »

‘Inspiring’ reporter and journalism educator Jill Singer dead at 60

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Journalist Jill Singer has died at the age of 60 The award-winning reporter, who also taught scores of journalists while at RMIT University, was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Broede Carmody Michael Lallo The Sydney Morning Herald Her family announced her death on Facebook, remembering her as a “bright life who made a difference”. Former students have flocked to her Facebook page to leave tributes, remembering her as an… ‘Inspiring’ reporter and… Read More »

Dutch ‘abortion boat’ arrives off the coast of Mexico

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Women on Waves says it is offering free, legal, medical abortions till nine weeks of pregnancy in international… Al Jazeera A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico‘s west coast, according to the organisation which… The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on… Dutch ‘abortion boat… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »

Veracruz: Fixing Mexico’s State of Terror

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Mexico’s third-most populous state has suffered an unprecedented wave of violence. ICG Veracruz’s new governor must stand by pledges to end state-criminal collusion and impunity. Strong international support will be needed to help find the bodies of the disappeared and transform the state police and… Veracruz: Fixing Mexico… Read More »

The environmental costs of Trump’s wall

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It looks like Donald Trump’s “great, great wall” is actually going to happen. Shonil Bhagwat The Conversation Its likely impact on human society has been well-noted, but in the longer-term a barrier across an entire continent will also have severe ecological consequences. The US-Mexico border… The environmental costs… Read More »

Ecuador presidential candidate promises to evict Julian Assange from embassy

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Main opposition candidate said WikiLeaks founder’s asylum expensive and not justified. Gašper Završnik Politico WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be asked to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London within a month if the country’s main opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso wins the… Ecuador presidential candidate… Read More »