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Dear readers, Welcome back to another week of Central American news. Federal Judge Edward Chen tempo
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Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #13 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
Federal Judge Edward Chen temporarily halted the cancellation of Temporary Protection Status for Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Haitian and Sudanese recipients. This helps 300,000 people and their families sleep a little better for the weeks to come.
The order states that there’s reason to believe the US administration cancelled TPS for these countries out of “animus [read - racism and xenophobia] against non-white, non-European immigrants.”
This got me thinking of the relevance of having people from immigrant backgrounds in decision-making positions - and how that might truly impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people of color.
What do you think?
Salú,
Melissa

Headlines
🗺️Nicaragua
⚡Austrian-American filmmaker deported by Ortega regime, accused of links with CIA // Groups that oppose Ortega join forces under “Blue and White National Unity” front, they push for dialogue
⚡Around 370,000 Nicaraguans lost their jobs since April
⚡President Ortega declares marches “illegal” through police order// Thousands of Ortega supporters marched to support government
🗺️Costa Rica
⚡Despite weeks of strike and protest, Parliament approves fiscal reform, now will be revised by Constitutional Court
Costa Rica urges Central America to turn to renewable energy and stop deforestation to tackle climate change and spur economic growth
⚡IACHR to visit Costa Rica and evaluate situation of Nicaraguan asylum-seekers
🗺️El Salvador
⚡Right-wing party ARENA praised its founder, who is also widely recognized as the person behind the assassination of Oscar Romero, sparks controversy
⚡Specialized Court for Women processes policemen who concealed assassination of Carla Ayala, killed by partner in police unit
🗺️Guatemala
CICIG: Army breaks ranks with president over court ruling about banning CICIG’s head, Iván Velásquez//Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) wants to investigate how Guatemala will assume functions of CICIG
⚡President Morales opens seventh soup kitchen for the poor
⚡Former General Prosecutor Thelma Aldana, widely recognized for her anti-corruption efforts, is under investigation for alleged misuse of funds
🗺️Honduras
⚡Honduras exported 9,4 million bags of coffee this year, mostly to Europe
⚡Unions create commission to demand labor rights
🗺️Belize
⚡At the UN GA, Belize stressed the importance of its April 2019 referendum in which Belizeans will decide whether the Guatemalan land claim will be resolved by the International Court of Justice
🗺️Panama
⚡Panama launches two major anti-drug operations by land, sea and air
⚡Panama prepares for Pope’s visit for the World Youth Day and thousands of visitors, amid tensions
🗺️United States
⚡Federal Judge suspends cancellation of TPS of Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Haitians and Sudanese recipients
⚡US VP Mike Pence to address second security conference with Mexico and Central American leaders
⚡US to appoint new ambassador to El Salvador, focus on security
Good reads
📰Javier Gutiérrez analyzes the link between big businesses and the rise of dictatorships in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala for The Global Americans.
📰For The Intercept, Danielle Mackey and Cora Currier report on the chasm within US federal agencies on methods to reduce violence in El Salvador: iron-fist and preventive measures.
📰Parker Asmann says that election season, iron-fist policies and sophistication of gangs explain the recent drop of homicides in El Salvador, on Insight Crime.
📰Interesting report by Claudia Palacios on the growing power of evangelical media in Guatemala and their coziness with the governing power, on Nómada. (In Spanish).
Podcasts
¡Púchica Vos! talked with PhD student Nicole Ramsey about an under-reported community: Belizeans, their Diasporas and Black Central American identities.
Fact
Costa Rica has been using renewable energy for 98% of its electricity usage in the past four years, according to Costa Rican Institute of Electricity. Source: Forbes.
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