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by Alexander Brockwehl, COHA Research Associate On July 30th, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S. would file a formal complaint against the Guatemalan government for violating labor standards under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the announcement marks “the first labor case the United States has ever brought against a trade agreement partner.” In Kirk’s speech the same day to Allegheny Technologies Inc., a metal…
By Franz Smets dpa GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (MCT) -- Rescuers had recovered 21 bodies by Sunday from a mudslide that hit the Pan-American Highway near Guatemala City, Guatemala, raising the death toll in the wake of heavy rains in the Central American nation to at least 42. According to eyewitness reports, numerous other people had been buried in the highway mudslide. Emergency workers searching for survivors also were submerged by new mudslides, local media reported. Fifteen people were killed in one…
By Alex Renderos and Ken Ellingwood Los Angeles Times LAS PENITAS, El Salvador (MCT) -- Cayetano Flores wishes he had just said no. His granddaughter, Yedmi Victoria Castro, had just celebrated her 15th birthday in Las Penitas, a mountain hamlet near El Salvador's border with Honduras. A suitor was becoming aggressive, and the idea arose that she join her mother in New York. Flores, a wizened corn farmer, said he opposed her making the risky journey without papers. But the girl's…
by Carly Steinberger, COHA Research Associate On May 27th, Guatemala’s volcano, Pacaya, located just 19 miles from the capital, erupted. Lava flowed and rocks spewed from the volcano’s mouth, killing at least two people and injuring approximately 50 more. Just two days later, Hurricane Agatha hit Guatemala, causing both extreme flooding and landslides that buried people alive. As a result of this latest savage act of nature, more than 170 people died and over 100,000 others lost their homes. The…
By Daniel Hernandez Los Angeles Times MEXICO CITY, Mexico (MCT) -- Heavy seasonal rainfall has sparked deadly mudslides and widespread flooding across Central America and Mexico's southeast, killing at least 50 people and displacing more than half a million. In Guatemala, rescuers citing the possibility of new mudslides called off the search for 15 people who remained missing after a highway mudslide that killed 45 others on Sunday. In Mexico, the Red Cross said more than 600,000 have been displaced in five…
By Anthony L Hall Everyone from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Obama expressed shock and outrage last week when it was “revealed” that American scientists deliberately infected 696 prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago. The scientists were attempting to determine whether penicillin could prevent the transmission of this sexually transmitted disease. Their study ran from 1946 to 1948. “We are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the…

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