Welcome back to another week of Central American News.
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This week, a lot of ink flowed about the U.S.’s decision to cut aid to Central America. U.S. officials are confused to what this means and we wonder what effects this will have on the ground.
Nicaragua’s National Dialogue has stalled as the Ortega government refused two points out of four, which may mean that international sanctions could befall the country.
Guatemala has been in a lot of international coverage this week - about climate change, indigenous peoples demanding reparations for displacement, and indebted migrants looking to pay off loans by going to the U.S.
Hondurans go to the streets to keep the OAS-led anti-corruption body MACCIH in the country, while a pre-trial on the murder of Berta Cáceres for the alleged mastermind has started.
In Costa Rica, residents of protected areas feel “trapped” as they are constrained by what they can do on the land. The government is looking into this.
Belize postponed its referendum on land dispute with Guatemala and will receive help from Taiwan to deal with the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, Panama still bets 100% on China’s investments.
From my own reporting, I can tell you that two separate delegations of El Salvador - from the coffee industry and the parliament - traveled to the European Union this week to forge other partnerships than those with the U.S.
See you next week!