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Stories about Guatemala

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's President, no longer. After months of marching in the streets demanding justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former...

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

27 July 2015

For a Glimpse of Plan Central America's Future, Look to Colombia

Replicating Plan Colombia's failed approach, a Washington aid program for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador combines neoliberal economic reforms with military aid.

16 July 2015

Mexican Newspaper Launches Mayan-Language Edition

Mayan is the second most important indigenous language in Mexico, spoken by about 800,000 people.

18 June 2015

A New Mesoamerican Film and Radio Festival Is Spreading the Word About Indigenous Struggles

The First Mesoamerican Community Film and Radio Festival began on June 10 in Oaxaca and will continue on to various countries in the region from later in June.

15 May 2015

Public Anger Only Grows After Guatemala Appoints Controversial Vice President

Guatemala has a new vice president, elected by the majority of government: Magistrate Alejandro Maldonado Aguirre, who in 2013 declared all the genocide proceedings against former dictator Rios Montt invalid.

26 April 2015

Thousands of Guatemalans March to Demand Resignations of Top Leadership

According to some analysts, these protests are different from demonstrations against "corruption as usual," and could lead to an institutional crisis, early elections, or even a coup.

19 March 2015

How Guatemalan Group ‘Las Poderosas’ Uses Theater to Confront Violence Against Women

For these women, theater is a means to heal trauma and raise awareness of gender-based violence within a country where two women a day are killed on average.

1 October 2014

Community Media Groups in Guatemala Document Deadly Raid on Indigenous Villages

Indigenous groups in Guatemala are facing violent attacks by police, all in response to demonstrations for land rights.

17 July 2014

Authorities Have Confiscated $9.9M Hidden in Bean Cans, Shoes and Even Stomachs at This Guatemalan Airport

Money launderers try to smuggle the undeclared cash to destinations like Panama or Colombia, often to pay for drugs.

3 June 2014

Hackers Are on the Money Trail

Technology for Transparency Network

Saturday June 7 is ”The Money Trail ”regional hack day organized by Hacks/Hackers to track the flow of public funds throughout Latin America.

21 March 2014

GV Face: How to Win the Rising Voices Microgrant

Rising VoicesGV Face

Are you brimming with ideas to help your community tell their story through citizen media? On GV Face the Rising Voices team discusses best practices for winning their microgrant competition.

15 January 2014

4 Arrested after White Powder Attack on Guatemalan Vice President

The VP was leaving the annual state of the union address. Reactions to the incident show citizens' skepticism regarding the government and their results in their two years in power.

26 November 2013

Global Voices Partners With Fundación MEPI

Fundación MEPI is an organization that promotes investigative journalism projects in Central America. Global Voices will republish their stories regularly, bringing you in-depth reporting about the region.

22 October 2013

This Weekend at Developing Latin America 2013 Apps Challenge (Part I)

Technology for Transparency Network

This past weekend has been very productive for the Developing Latin America Apps Challenge. Here we bring you a brief summary of what happened in some of the participating countries.

27 September 2013

Developing Latin America 2013: An ‘Apps Challenge’ for Social Impact

Technology for Transparency Network

This year Developing Latin America goes from being a Hackathon to an Apps Challenge, an event to think of better ideas, obtain more concrete solutions, and achieve more sustainable applications.

24 September 2013

Latin America: “Where do the Disappeared go?”

The internet is a source of innumerable initiatives and stories that remember the disappeared and fight against impunity.

10 September 2013

Indigenous Demand Investigation into Massacre at Nacahuil, Guatemala

Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 28 more over the weekend in a village near Guatemala City, where indigenous communities struggle to preserve their territory free from mining and militarization.

4 September 2013

Derailment of ‘La Bestia’, Another Tragedy in a Broken Immigration System

Levi Bridges reflects on immigration reform and the latest derailment of 'la bestia', a Mexican train that offers migrants an alternative way of reaching the U.S.

11 May 2013

Efraín Ríos Montt Found Guilty of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Guatemalan de facto dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The 86-year-old former General was sentenced to 80 years in prison. This landmark verdict...

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