Expelling CICIG is a Recipe for Uncertainty in Guatemala

Posted by Editor
05/02/2019
Posted in Guatemala

Too much discussion of Guatemala’s worrying state of corruption and impunity in light of President Morales’ decision to expel CICIG, the UN-backed anti-corruption body. But what about the economy? On Jan. 9, a Moody’s investor service report said that expelling CICIG would result in a credit negative rating for the country. This put Guatemala’s business community on …

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Fingers Crossed for Bukele

Posted by Editor
05/02/2019
Posted in El Salvador

For many observers, a tumultuous year in Central America hardly shows any signs of improving. Corruption, poverty, crime and other deeply entrenched, systemic societal ills are driving thousands to emigrate for Mexico and the United States. Citizens in the region and International observers alike are quick to point to responsive, transparent governance as the quick …

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US Government Denies Visas to Honduran Legislators Implicated in Corruption Scandal

Posted by Editor
04/02/2019
Posted in Honduras, USA

Several Spanish-language news media outlets are reporting that several former and current Honduran legislators who’ve been accused of embezzlement of public funds from a sham-NGO have had their US Visas denied. According to reporting from Televicentro Aldo Santos, a legal scholar, referred to the decision as a “moral sanction”. This is the most recent development in …

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Going From Bad To Worse In Guatemala

Posted by Editor
04/02/2019
Posted in Guatemala, USA

Since his refusal to allow for the return of Iván Velásquez, the current chief of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Jimmy Morales’s behavior is of increasing concern for international observers who were once optimistic about Guatemala’s prospects for democratic ‘normalcy’. Now that he’s effectively expelled the investigative body, things are looking worse …

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After Historic Election, A New Hope For El Salvador?

Posted by Editor
04/02/2019
Posted in El Salvador

After decades of largely corrupt two-party rule, the election of Nayib Bukele, an outsider, marks a turning point for El Salvador. The young former-mayor’s electoral victory comes at a crucial time for the Northern Triangle region of Central America, where democratic institutions and civil society are again exhibiting symptoms of vulnerability and weakness after recent …

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