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CentAm Curator - Ojalá que llueva café

Dear readers, Welcome to this week's edition of CentAm Curator. We are having an uncommonly hot and d
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CentAm Curator - Ojalá que llueva café
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Dear readers,
Welcome to this week’s edition of CentAm Curator.
We are having an uncommonly hot and dry season, whether it be summer in the Northern hemisphere or the rainy season in Central America. In the middle of this canícula, I can’t help but think of the effect of climate change on our ecosystems and the people who are killed defending the environment.
According to Global Witness, 207 people were murdered in 2017 for trying to protect their soil, water and land from extractive and polluting industries. Twelve of them hailed from Central America.
Agribusiness – literally, “the business of agriculture” – along with local governments are most linked to these attacks. When people stand up against large-scale projects of coffee, palm oil and banana industries, their lives are at risk. It’s clear that corporations and governments need to be held accountable for this violence.
These conflicts of interest beg the question of how to advance economic development in Latin America while respecting natural ecosystems as well as human and indigenous peoples’ rights.

Headlines
⚡ Central America: Severe drought ruins crops and therefore millions of pounds of corn in El Salvador and Honduras, El Salvador declares emergency// El Salvador joins Guatemala & Honduras in Central American Customs Union
⚡ Nicaragua: Ortega gives interview on Fox News// Congress criminalizes those who support or donate to anti-Ortega campaigns// U.S. House of Rep condemns Ortega regime with resolution
⚡ Costa Rica: 10,000 Nicaraguans claimed asylum in Costa Rica, 3,300 received protection in June
⚡ El Salvador: Policemen accused of killing 3 delinquents & 1 laborer are freed, raising question about impunity of extrajudicial police crimes// Nayib Bukele joins Gana party in most recent effort to campaign for presidency
⚡ Guatemala: Congress ex-president Luis Rabbé is caught by Interpol in Mexico//2018 demographic census launched
⚡ Honduras: Judge wants to arrest 38 politicians accused of diverting $11,7 million from agricultural funds for political campaign of the president’s party (Caso Pandora)
⚡US: A majority of families reunited, but half of them at risk of being immediately deported//Stories abound of “misinformed, tricked and coerced” asylum seekers by U.S. immigration officials//List of corrupt Central American politicians are included in upcoming U.S. “Defense Act
⚡ U.S. & Belize: Delegation from Black Men Achievement Campaign, an initiative launched by Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcom X, traveled to Belize
Good reads
📰 Sandra Cuffe writes on the people who are killed because they defend their land and agriculture, with a specific focus on Honduras and Guatemala for Toward Freedom.
📰 In the U.S., Americans have been providing technical help and care to recently reunited families. Reported by Dara Lind for Vox.
📰 Bryan Avelar tells the story of Salvadoran women who are forced to babysit gang members’ children, for the BBC (in Spanish).
📰 For The Intercept, Emily Green and Alicia Vera talk with Salvadorans hesitating on making the trek to the U.S. despite Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
📰 Check out the profiles of people at the Mexico-Guatemala border, symbolized by the Suchiate river, presented by Kirk Semple and Alejandro Cegarra for the NYT.
For eyes and ears
🎧 A clear summary of Nicaragua’s crisis on Latino USA.
Photo of the week
 In Honduras, the brother of civil servant Velkis Hernández carries his niece in his arms while Hernández is at hearing for being implicated in Pandora corruption case. Photo: Martín Cálix/Contracorriente.
In Honduras, the brother of civil servant Velkis Hernández carries his niece in his arms while Hernández is at hearing for being implicated in Pandora corruption case. Photo: Martín Cálix/Contracorriente.
Survey
In El Salvador, 95% of men and 87% of women from 15 to 19 years old believe that women should not abort in case of unwanted pregnancy. More on Oxfam report.
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