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…

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COBAN, GUATEMALA — On February 27th, 2012, The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) began an exhumation inside the former Military Garrison of Cobán, one of Guatemala’s largest cities. Three months later, forensic anthropologists have recovered the remains of close to 100 victims of Guatemala’s 1960-1996 internal armed conflict. One mass grave has revealed the remains…

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Top Story– U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a motion by the U.S. federal government to dismiss a lawsuit by Guatemalan victims infected with STDs while U.S. researchers tested the effects of penicillin in the 1940s. According to Guatemalan officials, 2,082 people — most of them vulnerable members of Guatemalan society like orphans, prisoners, soldiers and mental…

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Today in Latin America Top Story — Forensic anthropologists working at a former military outpost in Guatemala have unearthed the remains of at least 99 people who were massacred in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region during the country’s 1960-1996 civil war. The anthropologists discovered 15 separate mass graves at the site, now used as the United Nations’…