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Your Central American News Fix
By Central American News • Issue #29 • View online

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Welcome back to another week of Central American news!
Here’s a round-up of this week:
In Nicaragua, activists work in secret while human rights groups exiled in Costa Rica try to help them. In Honduras, an expensive hydroelectric project has been halted due to harassment of its employees and Panama will start yet another trial on a big corruption case. Belize is looking to boost its banana industry. Prominent Guatemalan figures officially announced their campaign for presidency while Salvadorans hold their breath for this Sunday’s first round of presidential elections. The U.S. is “tracking” three caravans of Central American migrants crossing Mexico and implemented a new asylum policy, informally called “Remain in Mexico.”
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El Salvador
Good Reads
  • On El Salvador’s upcoming elections: Revista Factum has investigated Nayib Bukele’s campaign and Carlos Calleja’s business with Venezuela. The editors opine that the three candidates are “insiders” despite campaign slogans (in Spanish).
  • Martha Pskowski traces the life of old U.S. buses to Guatemala and explains the consequences on Guatemala’s quality of air, for The Guardian.
  • Karla Vasquez writes on Nicaragua’s uprising through the lens of U.S.-based Nicaraguan activist Anais Gonzalez for Teen Vogue.
  • Is populism in Belize on the rise? An early analysis by Nefretery Marin on
  • Ana Lucía Ola And Mike Castillo report for Prensa Libre on how migration is emptying Guatemalan schools. (in Spanish)
Press Award
Congratulations to Wilfredo Miranda and his colleagues for their coverage on Nicaragua.
Wilfredo Miranda: Recibo el Premio Iberoamericano de Periodismo Rey de España en nombre de todos los colegas presos, exiliados, hostigados, y por Ángel Gahona.
9:02 PM - 31 Jan 2019
Corrupt Governments in the Isthmus, Ranked
According to Transparency International, here are the Central American countries ranking from “most corrupt” to “most clean”: Costa Rica (48th spot in the world), Panama (93rd), El Salvador (105), Honduras (132), Guatemala (144), and Nicaragua (152). There is no data for Belize.
Photo of the Week
This photo was taken by Martha Pskowski when she reported on Guatemalan buses for The Guardian.
This photo was taken by Martha Pskowski when she reported on Guatemalan buses for The Guardian.
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