Tag: Central America

Appeals Court Strikes Down Trump Administration’s Asylum Ban

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court on Monday struck down President Trump’s policy that barred most migrants from seeking asylum in the United States if they had passed through another country, concluding that the government did “virtually nothing” to make sure that another country is “a safe option” for those fleeing persecution. A three-judge […]

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What’s Killing Jaguars in Central and South America?

In May 2019, a headless jaguar carcass turned up at a garbage dump in southern Belize. The killing, one in a series of similar incidents, added to local outrage and inspired authorities, private citizens and companies to offer a combined $8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the jaguar killer. More than just […]

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Resisting Lockdown, Nicaragua Becomes a Place of Midnight Burials

MANAGUA — Just hours after Yamil Acevedo died in a hospital, funeral home workers in hazardous materials suits strapped his coffin to the back of a pickup truck, drove it to a cemetery and buried him in the dark of night. Across Nicaragua, families are being forced to hold these “express burials,” rushed funerals at […]

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The ‘Liberal World Order’ Was Built With Blood

If you read the commentary coming out of New York and Washington, or speak with elites in Western Europe, it’s easy to find people panicking about the loss of “American leadership.” From Joe Biden’s campaign pledges to trans-Atlantic think tanks, exhortations to revive American supremacy and contain China are everywhere. They have reason to be […]

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Despite Pandemic, This Country Has a Full Sports Calendar

All over the world, sports have shut down. Yet in one country, an alternate universe exists with a very full sports calendar. Nearly two weeks ago, a national boxing tournament in Nicaragua began as planned. A couple weekends ago, a marathon was run in Managua, the country’s capital. Last week, after an important game in […]

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Those Countries Trump Called ‘Shitholes’ Are Now Turning Away Americans Because of Coronavirus

MEXICO CITY – Call it the revenge of the “shithole countries.” After four years of hurling insults and threats at Mexico and Central America, President Trump might be surprised to find these same countries now openly criticizing the U.S. response to the coronavirus crisis — and even closing their borders to U.S. citizens. In February, […]

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Could an Invasive Snail Save Your Morning Coffee?

It’s not exactly what you want to think about when you’re sipping your morning coffee or waiting for your favorite pour over. But a potential solution to one of the biggest threats of coffee production has been found in the bright orange excrement of a voracious gastropod called the Asian trampsnail. It turns out that […]

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Conflicts Over Indigenous Land Grow More Violent in Central America

TÉRRABA, Costa Rica — For decades, members of the Brörán tribe in southern Costa Rica longed to take back what they considered ancestral land from the farmers who also claimed it. One weekend last month, they acted, entering several farms, hanging up signs and vowing to stay put. It was not long, they said, before […]

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Mexico, Don’t Stand in the Way of Central American Migrants Headed for the U.S.

Mexico is now the wall. President Trump got his wish. The heart-wrenching images documenting a recent confrontation in the state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, are evidence of this. Dozens of Mexican National Guard troops equipped with helmets, batons and transparent shields coalesced on the highway connecting the Mexican cities of Ciudad Hidalgo […]

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Mexico Breaks Up a Migrant Caravan, Pleasing White House

MEXICO CITY — For generations, Mexico served as a relatively open thruway for undocumented migrants traveling to the United States. Tens of thousands crossed the country every year, mostly unimpeded by the Mexican authorities. But the Mexican government’s new hard-line posture on migration entered a new phase this week with its iron-fisted response to a […]

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