French NGO head killed in Guatemala
Guatemala City (AFP) - The French director of an NGO in Guatemala was killed Monday in an armed attack in the northeast of the country, a human rights organization said.Benoit Maria was the director of the agriculture and animal health NGO Agronomes et Veterinaires Sans Frontieres (AVSF)."We denounce the murder of human rights defender Benoit Maria," tweeted the Guatemalan Unit for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (UDEFEGUA), calling for a public investigation.According to local media, Maria was driving a van on a road near the indigenous village of San Antonio Ilotenango, 85 kilometer...
Guatemala limits deportations from the US as coronavirus cases surge in both countries
MIAMI — The Guatemalan government has placed a cap on the number of people the U.S. can deport on a weekly basis, a spokesperson for the Central American country’s government told the Miami Herald.The new measures, which went into effect about three weeks ago, were launched because the country says it has continued to receive U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportees with coronavirus, said Ana Patricia Letona, a spokesperson for Guatemala’s foreign ministry.“Due to current restrictions and to not overrun the country’s capacity, there are currently only two weekly flights with a total ...
Mayor hits back when Trump compares Oakland to 'living in hell'
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an interview Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity, President Donald Trump compared Oakland — and three other majority-minority cities — to “living in hell,” which drew the near-immediate ire of Mayor Libby Schaaf.Schaaf wasted no time in taking advantage of her moment under Trump’s spotlight. An hour after a video clip of the interview was posted to Twitter, Schaaf quote-tweeted her own rebuke.“Hell is another four years of this racist in the White House,” Schaaf wrote, adding the hashtags #Vote and #ElectionsMatter.Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents Oakland in the U.S....
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EU Donates 72,000 CONVID-19 Detection Kits to Guatemala
EU Donates 72,000 CONVID-19 Detection Kits to Guatemala. EU playing major humanitarian role in USA absentsToday Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei received seventy two thousand (72,000) RT-PCR tests for the detection and diagnosis of the virus causing the respiratory syndrome of COVID-19 as part of a donation of the European Union (EU). This support will serve to strengthen the institutional response of the Government of Guatemala to this pandemic that the COVID-19 virus has caused worldwide.President Giammattei thanked the historic support that the European Union offers to Guatemala, e...
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Telemedicine during the coronavirus pandemic exposes the divide between the haves and the have-nots
PHILADELPHIA — When Charito Morales was passing out pamphlets in North Philadelphia with information on COVID-19 recently, a woman approached her in distress — seeking help with a health problem that, at first, seemed unrelated to the pandemic.“My daughter is wheezing!” the woman said.She had tried to call a city health clinic to get asthma medicine for the teenage girl, but was directed to set up a medical appointment through video chat — a big hurdle, as the family lived in a shelter and had no high-speed internet. What’s more, the instructions were in English, and the woman, an immigrant fr...
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US-Guatemala migrant deal 'dead end' for rights: report
Washington (AFP) - The immigration agreement between Guatemala and the US, temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus, represents a "dead end" for human rights, according to a report published Wednesday.The agreement, signed last year between the US and the government of former Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales, allows asylum seekers from third countries -- mainly Honduras and El Salvador -- to be sent to Guatemala while their applications are processed."These vulnerable asylum seekers are not permitted access to a lawyer, they have no ability to present evidence, and in some cases, no know...
For black and indigenous people in Central America, Black Lives Matter
“Question your internalized racism” by Nicaraguan artist Vero Garabatos on Facebook, used with permission.Indigenous and black Central Americans expressed solidarity online for the killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by four police officers in Minnesota, United States. In Central America, Afro-descendants and indigenous peoples are raising awareness for their own suffering due to racism and violent state forces, particularly in countries with sizeable white or mestizo populations, such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.Black Central Americans — who are mainly Garifuna and C...
All incoming ICE detainees at Florida's Krome facility to be tested as coronavirus cases in detention surge
MIAMI — Every immigration detainee who gets booked into the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade will be tested for the coronavirus starting Thursday, immigration officials told a Miami federal judge.The decision to test detainees at Krome — as well as 21 other U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers nationwide — comes as COVID-19 cases surge behind bars. The only centers that have committed to testing new detainees are facilities that are operated by ICE’s in-house medical provider, Health Service Corps. About 200 other facilities are operated by third-party contractor...
Louisiana and parts of Texas and Mississippi in Tropical Storm Cristobal's cone, but it's early yet
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Cristobal could potentially reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend, according to the latest public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s cone of probability, which shows the range of potential paths it could take, now includes the entire Louisiana coast, as well as parts of neighboring Texas and Mississippi, according to the 4 a.m. Wednesday public advisory.If this path were to hold, it would see Cristobal ultimately heading north across the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana. That said, it was still early, and forecasters warn tha...
Tropical Storm Amanda death toll rises to 26 in Central America
San Salvador (AFP) - The death toll from Tropical Storm Amanda in Central America rose to 26 even as a new storm was forming in the Gulf of Mexico, reports said on Tuesday.El Salvador and neighboring Guatemala and Honduras were lashed by torrential rains and high winds after Amanda swept in from the Pacific on Sunday, causing floods and power cuts.The death toll in El Salvador, which bore the brunt of the storm, rose from 16 to 20, the environment ministry said on Tuesday.One of seven people reported missing there was however found alive, said Carolina Recinos, a senior official in San Salvado...