All About Guatemala

COCAINE / 11 SEP 2019

The growing number of flights carrying drugs across in Guatemala has brought renewed attention to the government’s failed strategies to tackle drug trafficking.

ELITES AND CRIME / 5 SEP 2019

After 12 years, the mandate of a widely heralded international anti-corruption commission has come to an end in Guatemala, but in its absence, serious questions remain about where the country’s…

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 AUG 2019

Alejandro Giammattei, a 63-year-old doctor linked to Guatemala’s right-wing elite, became the country’s president almost by surprise. After starting low in the polls, Giammattei became president-elect after certain more popular…

ELITES AND CRIME / 23 JUL 2019

Prosecutors in Guatemala are investigating a multimillion-dollar graft scheme within the country’s Public Health Ministry, in just the latest example of officials and business elites raiding the coffers of Latin…

GUATEMALA / 18 JUL 2019

Some two dozen planes suspected of carrying drugs have been discovered in Guatemala this year, evidence that traffickers are continuing to exploit the country’s central location and its inadequate air…

GUATEMALA / 18 JUN 2019

The impunity rate in Guatemala increased last year even amid high-profile prosecutions by a heralded anti-graft body, laying clear the limitations of such…

ELITES AND CRIME / 14 JUN 2019

Guatemala will head to the polls on June 16 to elect a new president, a decision that is sure to have profound implications for the nation’s domestic security and regional…

EL SALVADOR / 7 JUN 2019

The MS13 in Honduras has gone from shaking down motorcycle taxi drivers to owning fleets of the bikes and controlling the organizations that license them, showing the evolution of the…

DRUG POLICY / 24 MAY 2019

In late March, President Donald Trump followed up on his threat to suspend US aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, He had repeatedly made this pledge, stating that these…

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 MAY 2019

Corruption seems to be the common denominator in Guatemalan politics, particularly in an election year. One particularly egregious case involves Otoniel Lima Recinos, the mayor of Nueva Concepción.

EL SALVADOR / 21 MAY 2019

A new US list of corruption suspects in Central America includes officials with ties to sitting presidents -- an important step in recognizing how deeply corruption has penetrated these countries'…

ELITES AND CRIME / 16 MAY 2019

Kamilo Rivera was a cop, an executioner and government minister. He is now on the run. Kamilo Rivera arrived shortly before 6 a.m. at his office in the colonial palace,…

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