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  • Antigua 10x Festival
    Antigua10X brings together leaders, thinkers, change-makers, advocates and entrepreneurs who live to make 10X impact a reality. Three areas of impact will be explored: Learning, Community and Business.
  • Hope Fading for Guatemalan Spring
    The high hopes created by Guatemala’s peaceful, democratic change of government last year are hitting the shoals of reality.  Guatemalans managed a major political crisis in 2015 in an exemplary way: massive citizen demonstrations against authorities accused of corruption lasted four months without a single incident of violence.  
  • HablaGuate
    The U.S. Embassy has learned that tourists visiting the Volcan de Agua National Park over the past month have reported numerous armed robberies.  For this reason, the U.S. Embassy has restricted personal travel to the area for its own employees and advises U.S. citizens that visiting the Volcan de Agua National Park at this time may carry a higher than usual security risk. If you do choose to travel in the area, please visit the U.S. Embassy website for updates and monitor local media coverage for ongoing developments.  
  • CDC Upgrade-Zika Virus
    The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is upgrading its advisories regarding the Zika Virus.  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website.  To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website. 
  • HablaGuate
    Eighteen former military leaders -- including former generals, a former army chief of staff, and a former military intelligence chief -- were arrested on Jan. 6 on criminal charges related to massacres and disappearances from the internal armed conflict. Fourteen of the arrests pertain to an investigation on a military base known as CREOMPAZ in Cobán (formerly called Military Base 21), where the remains of hundreds of people have been found and where the identities of at least 97 people have been confirmed as individuals disappeared during the 1980s, when the ex-officials were in power. Four of the arrests relate to the disappearance of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, a minor, in 1981.
  • Oligarchy in Retreat: Guatemala’s Election
    Guatemala appears to be, for better or worse, entering the denouement of a climactic year for its ongoing corruption investigation, which saw its peak just weeks ago when the Guatemalan National Congress voted to strip former President Otto Perez Molina of his political immunity. Molina is now facing trial for his suspected involvement in the custom house bribery scandal known as “La Linea.” At least 28 officials within the national customs group called SAT collaborated to collect bribes in exchange for lowering the tariffs that were legally required to be levied on corporations, and included various importers, lawyers, and even a former intelligence agent. All told, the ranks of the guilty swelled to 64.1
  • HablaGuate
    I arrived in Guatemala City in early August to cover the upcoming national elections and to visually document the political changes that Guatemala had been undergoing earlier in the year. It was an unprecedented moment in Guatemala’s history, something I wanted to witness and, above all, understand
  • Unjustly arrested and jailed
    Yesterday I went with independent journalist Momis Sansir, Jovita Tzul Tzul from the Asociación de Abogadas Mayas and Simón (sorry, but I don't know his last name) from FGER (Federación Guatemalteca de Escuelas Radiofónicas) to visit the political prisoners Rigoberto Juárez Mateo y Domingo Baltazar Pedro, from Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango, unjustly arrested and jailed in an equally unjust manner.
  • App for "Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny" (English and Spanish)
    Announcing the e-publication of “Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny’ in separate editions for English and Spanish, available on the Apple app store for tablets and iPhone.
  • Fire Volcano in Guatemala erupts, spewing rock and ash
    A national disaster preparedness official in Guatemala says the Fire Volcano has exploded, spewing incandescent rock and ash that dusted surrounding communities.

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