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Guatemala

Poverty makes plastic pollution worse

November 8, 2019

Guatemala City, the impoverished Central American metropolis, has almost no system for managing solid waste. As a result, huge surges of plastic trash wash down the Motagua river to choke the massive Mesoamerican Reef and many Caribbean beaches. Plague of plastic Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans; 90 percent […]

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These apocalyptic Christians have been hard at work in Latin America — and beyond

September 6, 2019

Capitol Ministries, a powerful American evangelical Christian group with a mission to “evangelize world political leaders,” has been a major player behind the controversial drive to relocate embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The group, which has expanded its influence throughout Latin America and the world, uses its White House connections to advance […]

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Mining opponents win dubious victory

September 11, 2018

In 2017, when the house walls of residents in Xinca indigenous communities of southwestern Guatemala began to crack, they blamed the nearby San Rafael Mine, run since 2014 by the Canadian company Tahoe Resources. Mining operations were shut down following protests and a court case in which the Xinca charged that they had not been […]

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Will accountability come to Hudbay?

September 4, 2018

Q’eqchi’Maya women suing a Canadian mining company for alleged human rights violations have “changed our law for the better,” one lawyer told The Guardian. Irma Yolanda Choc Cac and ten other women say that employees of a Hudbay subsidiary committed rape, arson and murder in a campaign against anti-mining activists in Guatemala. The case has […]

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Dispatches from the water wars

September 4, 2018

The Dry Corridor, a naturally arid zone stretching from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, is subject to devastating droughts and intense human poverty. Yet in Chiquimula, Guatemala, a government collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has helped hundreds of families install home rainwater catchment systems that are mitigating these effects. The simple and […]

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The plastic rebellion

September 4, 2018

An indigenous rebellion against plastic cups has taken hold in the Tzu’tujil Maya town of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala.  The only town in the country so far to ban plastic hasn’t done so solely to protect the environment from discarded tortilla bags and other refuse. The ban on disposable plastics, enacted in 2016, is […]

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