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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris’s Call with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala (The White House)

Vice President Kamala Harris spoke today with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala.  She reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to working together with Guatemala on a broad agenda that includes the root causes of migration, trafficking, economic development, and anti-corruption.  The two leaders discussed ongoing bilateral cooperation to disrupt human smuggling networks through the Human Smuggling and […]

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Guatemalans still seek justice, 25 years after civil war’s end (Sandra Cuffe, Al Jazeera)

Julia Poyon was three years old when Guatemalan soldiers broke down the door to her family’s home and took her father away. Now decades later, Poyon says her only hazy memory of him is from a joyful night before his 1981 abduction. “We went to church one night and I remember he carried me on […]

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Guatemala massacre victims’ community defies state of siege (Al Jazeera)

Hundreds of Indigenous people defied a state of siege on Tuesday and blocked a major road in Guatemala’s west for the second successive day, demanding the government resolve a bloody century-old land dispute. On Monday, members of the Mayan K’iche group blocked the Interamericana highway with the caskets of 11 of the 13 victims of a weekend massacre in […]

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Guatemala’s growing palm oil industry fuels Indigenous land fight (Sandra Cuffe, Al Jazeera)

The Guatemalan palm oil industry, world’s six largest, faces resistance from Indigenous people demanding land rights. Guatemala’s growing palm oil industry fuels Indigenous land fight | Indigenous Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor flees country after sacking (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled the country early on Saturday, hours after being sacked in a move that sparked international outrage. go to Al Jazeera: Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor flees country after sacking | Corruption News | Al Jazeera

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Guatemala – Lessons from Guatemala’s painstaking search for the disappeared (Jeff Abbott, Al Jazeera)

Victoria Tubin was 10 years old when her father was disappeared by the Guatemalan military. It was September 1981 – the height of the country’s 36-year armed conflict – and Sebastian Tubin Poyon was entering his town of San Juan Comalapa when he never came home. Forty years later, like thousands of Guatemalans whose relatives […]

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Guatemala – 3 Killings of LGBT People in a Week (HRW)

Unidentified assailants killed two transgender women and one gay man in Guatemala in separate attacks within the span of one week, including Andrea González, the leader of a trans rights organization, Human Rights Watch said today. The Attorney General’s Office should conduct prompt, thorough, and independent investigations into these cases to bring those responsible to justice. Guatemalan […]

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(Hondurans/Guatemala) Hondurans remain hopeful as Guatemala cracks down on caravan (Sandra Cuffe, Al Jazeera)

Guatemalan military and police forces are blocking thousands of Honduran migrants and asylum seekers hoping to make their way north to Mexico and the United States. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/1/17/hondurans-hopeful-despite-guatemala-crackdown-migrant-caravan