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After Portillo’s Acquittal, a Challenge for Judicial Reform in Guatemala

A Guatemalan court acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of corruption charges, in a major blow to the credibility of the justice system and a sign that a...
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Guatemalan Drug Lord, Lover of Horses, Beloved by Fishermen

Guatemala's top drug lord, Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, alias "Juan Chamale," is accused of smuggling over 3,000 kilos of cocaine in small fishing boats in 2009,...
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Honduras Captures Guatemala Kingpin

Guatemalan drug lord Mario Ponce, who is one of that country's most-wanted criminals, was captured after his helicopter landed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Ponce is...
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New America Media: The Press Under Pressure

A series of three news reports, written by Jose Luis Sierra and published by New American Media, look at the situation facing the press in Latin America, based on...
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Guatemalan Drug Kingpin Arrested with US Assistance

With the arrest of alleged drug kingpin Waldemar Lorenzana, organized crime in Guatemala seems to have taken a hit. However, a closer examination of the...
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Plaza Publica: The Ghost of the Zetas

The state of siege had not yet ended and they had already returned. "Did you hear a cardamom seller was killed? Well, it was them," said a civilian intelligence...
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Guatemala Protesters Rally for Drug Lord

In recent years Guatemala and Mexico have seen demonstrations in apparent support of convicted or slain drug traffickers. But is it dangerous to interpret these...
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Mexican Cartels Expand into Honduras

Honduran officials report that Mexican drug traffickers are expanding their activities in the country and forming links with local bosses in four different...
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How Much Is Guatemala Arming the Zetas?

Guatemala admits that its military has trained and even armed violent Mexican drug gangs like the Zetas. But just how far are Guatemala's criminal networks, born of...