Central America

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 »

Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers

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The Lacandon Maya lived deep in the jungles of southern Mexico with limited outside contact until the turn of the 20th Century, when loggers and missionaries began to arrive. Susannah Rigg BBC News I first met Daniel Chankin in the highland town of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Daniel, a Lacandon Maya who… Mexico’s 500-year jungle dwellers Read More »

The 350+ islands set to disappear

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Panama’s indigenous Guna tribe have called San Blas home for hundreds of years. But the entire idyllic archipelago is at risk of being underwater within a matter of decades. BBC News Colleen Hagerty Ever since I’d arrived in Panama, I’d been hearing about San Blas, an archipelago of more than 350 islands in the Caribbean Sea. The suggestions to visit came both from… The 350+ islands set to… Read More »

Canada can help Cuba along a new path: Editorial

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can continue to play a role in influencing Cuba to be more open to the world. The Star For the past few days, Conservative leadership candidates, Trudeau haters and U.S. Republicans have been lashing out at Justin… Canada can help… Read More »

How Fidel Castro changed Cuba: a small island at the centre of the world

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Late on November 25 2016, it was announced that one of the last remaining iconic political figures of the 20th century, Fidel Castro Ruz, had died. The Conversation Mervyn Bain  Castro had played a less prominent role in the Cuban political system since 2006, when his health began to deteriorate, but… How Fidel Castro… Read More »

Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television announced

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FORMER Cuban president Fidel Castro has died, Cuban state television has announced. News.com.au The revolutionary icon was aged 90. His brother, President Raul Castro announced… Fidel Castro dead at 90, state television… Read More »

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s leader of revolution, dies at 90

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Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former president and leader of the Communist revolution, has died aged 90, his brother has said. “The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 hours this evening (03:29 GMT Saturday),” President Raul Castro said. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba as a… Fidel Castro, Cuba’s… Read More »

Oil drilling underway beneath Ecuador’s Yasuní national park

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Government claims oil extraction is causing minimal disturbance to the Unesco biosphere reserve in the Amazon John Vidal Ecuador has confirmed that oil drilling has begun under the country’s Yasuní national park, one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. But the government claims that there has been only minimal disturbance to the… Oil drilling underway… Read More »

Guantanamo torture victims should be allowed UN visit

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Why does the US think it is acceptable to deny ‘high-value detainees’ at Guantanamo medical and psychological help? by Andy Worthington From Guantanamo, Ammar al-Baluchi, one of 15 “high-value detainee”, known as HVDs, has written to Professor Juan Mendez, the… Guantanamo torture… Read More »

Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization

Thousands of people marched throughout Mexico Sept. 10 to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto’s initiative to legalize gay marriage. MEXICO CITY – Agence France-Presse The National Front for the Family — a coalition of conservative religious groups — called for the protests, and is also planning a mass march for Sept. 24 in… Source: Thousands protest in Mexico against gay marriage legalization – AMERICAS Read More »

On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC

The comprehensive Colombia peace deal faces major challenges, including a 2 October plebiscite, disarmament and UN verification. But after four years of talks in Cuba, Colombians have passed a new landmark in the long search for an end to 52 years of armed conflict… Source: On the Verge of Peace: Colombia Reaches Final Agreement with the FARC | International Crisis Group Read More »

Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration

Massive deportations from Mexico and the U.S. have not stopped Central Americans fleeing endemic poverty and epidemic violence. Erecting more barriers and forcing migrants and refugees underground deepens the humanitarian crisis – and strengthens the illegal networks turning much of Central America into a criminal battleground… Source: Easy Prey: Criminal Violence and Central American Migration | International Crisis Group Read More »

The Recolonization of Latin America: The Struggle for Venezuela’s Soul

Washington wants Latin and Central America recolonized, US-controlled tyranny replacing sovereign independence throughout the hemisphere. At an Association of Caribbean States summit last week in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro expressed alarm about Latin American and Caribbean “turbulence,” calling it the result “of an imperialist and oligarchic counteroffensive against popular and progressive governments.” Washington orchestrated Brazil’s coup, wrongfully impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, forcing her to step down for 180 days, facing Senate trial controlled by right-wing fascists sure to convict ... Read More »