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Guatemalans (and a Gringo) Talk ‘State of Siege’

After the Guatemalan government extended its "State of Siege" in the province of Alta Verapaz, where Mexican drug cartels like the Zetas are allegedly based, a...
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Colom: Central American Nations to Join Forces Against Zetas

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will create a special task force charged with confronting the Zetas, said President Alvaro Colom, as the Guatemalan security...
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Portillo’s Trial a Test for Guatemala’s Weak Justice System

In what is undoubtedly the biggest test in the history of the traditionally rickety Guatemalan justice system, the trial of Guatemalan President, Alfonso Portillo,...
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Guatemala’s Extension of State of Siege Comes Peacefully

Amidst little fanfare, Guatemala's president announced the extension of a state of siege for another month in the central province of Alta Verpaz this...
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Mendozas

Based in Guatemala's northern-most province of Peten, the Mendozas mainly ran contraband before becoming one of Central America's drug trafficking organizations...
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Lorenzanas

The Lorenzanas are a traditional contraband family, who, over time, became enmeshed in the lucrative drug trade. The group's criminal career ended in the early...
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Leones

The Leones traditionally operated along Guatemala's eastern border with Honduras and El Salvador, and were car thieves and cattle rustlers before entering the drug...
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In Guatemala, State of Siege Sees Little Progress Against Zetas

The President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, announced that he plans to evaluate whether to extend the state of siege declared on December 19 in the central province...
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Murders Reveal Pattern of Femicides in Guatemala

The burned bodies of three women were found dumped by a road outside Guatemala’s capital Wednesday. The country has one of the highest rates of female homicides in...