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Dear readers, Welcome back to another week of Central American news. This week, Central American asy
Central American News
Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #20 • View online
Dear readers,
Welcome back to another week of Central American news.
This week, Central American asylum seekers suffered from tear gas and unsanitary shelters on the US-Mexico border. In Honduras, the trial for the murder of Berta Cáceres led to seven sentences but in Guatemala, indigenous environmental leaders are still under attack. Costa Rica’s Vice President is in trouble for illegal appointments and El Salvador’s courts released police officers who were accused of an extrajudicial murder. The United States sanctioned Nicaragua’s first lady and vice-president, Rosario Murillo. Belize is preparing for its referendum on whether the International Court of Justice should settle land claims by Guatemala and Panamanian Conga culture has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List.
I hope you enjoy this week’s edition. As always, thank you for reading.
Salú,
Melissa

Headlines
🗺️ Migration
Tijuana: 6,000 asylum seekers are now in Tijuana // last Sunday, US fired tear gas on asylum seekers who tried to cross border, 42 migrants were detained by Mexican officials and Honduran gov’t condemned the use of rubber bullets// Asylum seekers are moved to new shelter because of the rain // 7,000 asylum seekers would have returned to Honduras (with the help of the UN)// // women are on hunger strike // US Vice President Pence and Mexican President AMLO to discuss migration on Dec. 1
🗺️ El Salvador
⚡ Court released five police officers accused of committing an extrajudicial execution
🗺️ Belize
Belizean journalists at The Hague to learn about the International Court of Justice
⚡ Belize looks to manage its oceans in a sustainable way to maximize profit
🗺️ Honduras
⚡ JOH brother to declare innocent in NY court
🗺️ Guatemala
⚡ Politician accused of torturing prisoners goes to pretrial detention
⚡ Maya Ch'orti’ environmental leader found dead
🗺️ Costa Rica
⚡ Vice President Epsy Campbell made illegal appointments, the opposition wants her destitution but President discards this option
74% of academic directors will be replaced for participating in strike and six teachers fired for leaving the country during strike
🗺️ Panama
Corruption: German NGO Transparency International denounces “scandalous” judicial crime and high profile corruption cases// Children of former President in US costudy for “illegal immigration status”// President Varela is exempt from investigation in the Odebrecht case // U.S. banking regulators say Panama is a ‘high risk’ country
Featuring Wonway
Wonway is a DJ and musician whose family is from Nicaragua. He wrote this touching immigrant advocacy song with GRAMMY nominated children’s group @alphabetrockers, called “Walls”.
WALLS (Music Video) by GRAMMY-nominated Alphabet Rockers
WALLS (Music Video) by GRAMMY-nominated Alphabet Rockers
My Work
A few days ago, Arabel radio station invited me to talk about Central American asylum seekers, the root causes of migration, and Mexico’s role in all of this. Check out these two video excerpts of our discussion, in French, on my Instagram account.
Good Reads
📰 Jonathan Watts, The Guardian’s Environment Editor, sees the glass half full regarding Berta Cáceres case.
📰 Nicaraguan student writes about her experience of being in exile (in Spanish) for Vice.
📰 Sandra Cuffe revisits Honduras’ controversial presidential elections and ties it with the migrant exodus on Al Jazeera.
📰 Interesting report with drawings and paintings from Crisis Group on “Life Under Gang Rule” in El Salvador.
📰 Mike Allison comments on Miles Culpepper’s article that appeared in Jacobin on how “the US uses Central America as its testing ground for imperial violence.”
Other News/Culture
🎨 Congo of Panama is recognized in UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage List.
🎨 If you like Central American style buses, check out this young Salvadoran man’s tiny scale models.
🔬 Costa Rican pharmacist receives award for his research on fighting epidemics
Figures
In El Salvador, more than 630 gang members would have infiltrated the army since 2010, according to the Salvadoran Minister of Defense. Source.
Photo Of the Week
Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culture has just been inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. Photo by Alexander Arosemena.
Ritual and festive expressions of the Congo culture has just been inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. Photo by Alexander Arosemena.
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