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 Ortega Gets an Earful: Nicaraguan opposition groups want their voices heard following government crackdown

Posted by Editor
17/05/2018
Posted in Nicaragua

This week President Danny Ortega hosted a public forum to “hear” the grievances of private, civic and student groups in Nicaragua. Though, what actually transpired can hardly be mistaken for “civil dialogue.” “The dialogue is to demand justice for the victims and that Daniel Ortega leave power because he no longer has the capacity to …

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Honduras Debuts Country’s First Geothermal Energy Plant

Posted by Mike Phillips
04/05/2018
Posted in Honduras

Juan Orlando Hernández, the President of Honduras, and Ryan Brennan, US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) Vice President for Investment Policy, have inaugurated a 35 MW geothermal baseload power plant at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in western Honduras. OPIC, the US Government’s development finance institution, is supporting the project with $135 million of financing. The project …

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