Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina (left) and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, who have both faced calls to resign recently over corruption scandals. (Image: Government of Honduras)

Top Story — Corruption scandals in Honduras and Guatemala continue to grow amid protest movements calling for the ouster of both countries’ presidents. On Wednesday, Guatemalan prosecutors announced corruption claims against the lawmaker leading a probe of President Otto Pérez Molina — himself accused of corruption. In Honduras, President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that due…

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina, seen here at the 2013 World Economic Forum. (Image: Michael Wuertenberg, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Guatemala’s Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for the legislature to decide whether it will pursue the impeachment of President Otto Pérez Molina, who has faced calls to step down in recent weeks over two corruption scandals that have forced many of his closest associates to resign. A five-member congressional commission…

Former Guatemalan Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla. (Image: Government of Guatemala)

Top Story — The Guatemalan intelligence chief, as well as the ministers of the interior, environment and energy resigned on Thursday over a series of separate corruption scandals that have rattled the Central American country. The resignations come one day after police arrested 16 people, including the country’s central bank chief, as part of a…

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Top Story — Thousands of Guatemalans staged a protest in the capital on Saturday, calling for the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina after his vice president stepped down in connection with a large corruption scandal. The demonstration in Guatemala City, which was accompanied by smaller rallies nationwide, does not appear to have been organized…

Guatemala City, where in the 1940s the U.S. government conducted experiments that non-consensually exposed subjects to STDs. (Rigostar, CC BY-SA 3.0)

NEW YORK — More than 750 Guatemalans filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. city of Baltimore against Johns Hopkins University, drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Rockefeller Foundation over their alleged roles in experiments that intentionally exposed Guatemalan subjects to sexually transmitted diseases in the 1940s and 1950s. The lawsuit alleges that, from 1945 to…

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Top Story – Officials from the U.S., Mexico and Central America are moving to address the unaccompanied minor crisis, but friction over the issue persists. U.S. justice officials met on Thursday with counterparts from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss solutions to the crisis which has affected the U.S. since January, reported EFE….

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Top Story — Guatemala declared a “state of prevention” Monday in a municipality outside Guatemala City after eleven people died in violence last week, the Associated Press reported. The emergency measures allow for the suspension of constitutional rights, such as the freedom of movement and the right to gather and protest, and will last for a…

Oxlajuj B'ak'tun: Mayan Era Change

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala — Events here during the much-awaited end of the Oxlajuj Baktun, a 5,129-year period in the long Mayan calendar, provide a clear reflection of the divisions and challenges faced by Mayan communities today. The media exploited inaccurate apocalyptic rumors the Maya never predicted, the government and business sectors viewed it as an opportunity to…

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Top Story — Erick Barrondo on Saturday became Guatemala’s first-ever Olympic medalist by winning a silver medal in the 20-km race walk in London. Barrondo finished 11 seconds behind the first-place finisher from China, Chen Ding, while China’s Wang Zhen won the bronze. Barrondo, whose parents are middle-distance runners, was congratulated by phone by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez…

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Top Story — At least fifty people, including students, journalists, and Guatemala’s ministers of education and the interior, were injured in a Guatemala City park as students protested education reforms on Monday. For the last two months, students studying to become teachers have opposed a measure to lengthen the time it would take primary school teachers to…