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Dear readers, There have been quite a few new subscribers these past few weeks and CentAm Curator pas
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Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #27 • View online
Dear readers,
There have been quite a few new subscribers these past few weeks and CentAm Curator passed the 200 threshold of readers. Welcome on board! For newcomers and old-timers, you can fill out the survey here so I can know your preferences.
This week, two more waves of migrants left Honduras and El Salvador on foot, seeking safety in Mexico and in the United States. In El Salvador, MS-13 gang may be flexing its muscle ahead of general elections on February 3, Costa Rica is grappling with the reality of illegal mining, and Belize hesitates on how to treat the electoral rights of its Diaspora. Guatemala’s political crisis remains in limbo and Nicaragua’s government is losing some of its top officials amidst rising European pressure. Panama counts the pilgrims, and investments, arriving in the country for World Youth Day, starting next week.
Thank you for reading and have a great week everyone,
Salú,
Melissa
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Erratum from last week: as some of you rightly pointed it out, Epsy Campbell is still Vice-President of Costa Rica, and has been replaced in her function of Minister of Foreign Affairs for mismanaging ambassador appointments.

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Headlines
Migration
Honduras
El Salvador
Guatemala
Belize
Costa Rica
Panama
Nicaragua
Good Reads
  • Confidencial explains why the resignation of Rafael Solís, a Supreme Court judge, is shaking Nicaragua, both on political and moral grounds (in Spanish)
  • The story of the Honduran man, Nelson Espinal, who was killed right after he was deported by the US, by Jeff Ernst for The Guardian
  • A detailed account on CICIG in its history and its data of resolved and unresolved cases, by the team on Plaza Pública
  • Héctor Silva Ávalos analyzes MS-13 influence on elections through the use of violence, on Insight Crime
Multimedia
  • A two-minute vlog by Martín Rodríguez Pellecer, Director of Nómada, explaining what must be done to avoid a dictatorship in Guatemala (in Spanish)
  • The Guardian compiles photos depicting crime in Honduras
  • AJ+ released a video on the funeral of Jakelin Caal, the 7-year-old who died in US custody, in her Q'eqchi’ community in Guatemala
Art work
"A new mural decorates the streets of Tapachula, the busiest town on the Mexican side of the border with Guatemala. In vivid earthy tones, it depicts a woman holding a baby in her arms, sprinkled with the names of the two dozen women from north Central America who painted it and profound words capturing their aspirations: love, trust, freedom, safety." - UNCHR
"A new mural decorates the streets of Tapachula, the busiest town on the Mexican side of the border with Guatemala. In vivid earthy tones, it depicts a woman holding a baby in her arms, sprinkled with the names of the two dozen women from north Central America who painted it and profound words capturing their aspirations: love, trust, freedom, safety." - UNCHR
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