Why is Marco Rubio Against Anti-Corruption in Guatemala?

Posted by Mike Phillips
29/05/2018
Posted in Guatemala, USA

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about why U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and a number of other prominent lawmakers have become so vocally critical of the anti-corruption commission in Guatemala (CICIG). Yes, there is the unfortunate handling of the Bitkov family, which looks like a classic case of the Russian government persecuting an opponent. …

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UNHCR: 294,000 Central American Asylum Seekers and Refugees in 2017

Posted by Editor
22/05/2018

Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and the rest of Central America are experiencing unprecedented emigration in the midst of unprecedented violence, corruption and inadequate social programs. The number of asylum seekers and refugees who had abandoned the region increased from about 18,000 in 2011 to 294,000 at the end of last year, the UN’s refugee agency, …

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The punchline has been delivered, and no one is laughing

Posted by Editor
19/05/2018
Posted in Guatemala

The irony is deafening. Following the Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) joint corruption probe’s release of damning information that President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala received illegal campaign finance contributions in 2015, the evidence continues to mount against the legitimacy of Morales’ presidency. The embattled former-comedian, who …

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Anti-Corruption Is Sometimes Anti-Democratic

Posted by Mike Phillips
17/05/2018
Posted in Guatemala, Honduras

Central America does not enjoy the world’s strongest reputation for rule of law, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that some recent efforts to crack down on graft end up being exploited for political purposes – as those in power accuse their opponents of made up crimes, and then have their prosecutors carry …

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President Morales Is Not Joking

Posted by Editor
22/04/2018
Posted in Guatemala

A colonial-era border dispute still hampers Belizean-Guatemalan diplomatic relations, as Guatemala lays claim to much of Belizean territory. Last week, Jimmy Morales oversaw a nation-wide referendum on whether to make a formal claim to Belizean territory with the International Court of Justice, a play unlike the periodic military mobilizations of the 20th century. With this, …

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