InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico's policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of the Rio Grande.

InSight Crime: Criminal Groups Benefit from Mexico’s Crackdown on Migrants

July 28 2016, InSight Crime, Deborah Bonello — Criminal groups and corrupt officials are the main beneficiaries of a US inspired shift in Mexico‘s policy that is endangering migrants, according to a new report, and the recent US decision to allow more Central American immigrants refugee status will do little to protect them from abuse south of […]

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

InSight Crime: Criminal Activity Spreading Fire in Guatemala’s Maya Reserve

Criminal groups are burning huge swathes of protected forests in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve to put down more landing strips for moving drugs out of the country, increasing the environmental damage caused by a variety of criminal activity in the zone.

LATimes: Former TV comedian sweeps to power in Guatemalan presidential race

LATimes: Former TV comedian sweeps to power in Guatemalan presidential race

October 25 2015, Guatemala City, Anna-Cat Brigida and Deborah Bonello — Jimmy Morales, a political neophyte and former TV comedian, swept into office as Guatemala’s new president Sunday when more than two-thirds of voters backed him in a second round of polling in presidential elections. Fed up with a political system infected with corruption, nepotism and […]

LATimes: Deadly Guatemala mudslide was preceded by hazard warnings

October 8th, Guatemala City — Anna-Cat Brigada and Deborah Bonello When her house began to shake and the lights went dark, Alba Sen Pu froze, along with her husband and four children. A few minutes later, after the rumbling, shaking and screaming had stopped, Sen Pu, 32, told her husband she was going to check […]

LATimes: Who will face comedian in Guatemalan presidential runoff? It’s too close to call

LATimes: Who will face comedian in Guatemalan presidential runoff? It’s too close to call

September 7th 2015, Deborah Bonello, Anna-Cat Brigada — Guatemalans will have to wait to find out who will face TV comedian and political rookie Jimmy Morales in the next round of presidential elections. The nation’s electoral authority declared Monday that it needed more time to determine who won second place in the initial round. Sunday’s […]

LATimes: Runoff expected in Guatemala race as ex-president waits in a military jail

LATimes: Runoff expected in Guatemala race as ex-president waits in a military jail

Guatemalans voted Sunday in an unusual presidential election that came days after the incumbent president resigned and was jailed in a corruption scandal. Early results were inconclusive, but most pundits expected the election to lead to a runoff among the top finishers next month. After months of peaceful protest and a week that saw the […]

LATimes: Mexico’s deportations of Central American migrants are rising

LATimes: Mexico’s deportations of Central American migrants are rising

September 4th 2015, Mexico City — Mexico is on track to catch and deport thousands more Central American migrants than the United States this year, according to a new report. By the end of this year, Mexico is expected to have deported 70% more Central American migrants than it did in 2014, according to the […]

LATimes: Guatemala’s ex-president tells court he’s ‘an honest person’

LATimes: Guatemala’s ex-president tells court he’s ‘an honest person’

September 4 2015, Mexico City — Guatemala’s former president was back in front of a judge on fraud charges Friday morning after spending the night in a military jail. Otto Perez Molina went from president to prisoner on Thursday after his resignation was accepted by the nation’s Congress. The 64-year-old former general stepped down after […]

LATimes: Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina resigns in face of arrest warrant

LATimes: Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina resigns in face of arrest warrant

September 3 2015, Mexico City — Guatemalan legislators Thursday accepted the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, who this week lost his immunity from prosecution and saw an arrest warrant issued for him in connection with a corruption scandal. Perez Molina, who had said he would not resign, changed his position after the nation’s prosecutor […]

AFP: Violent crime, impunity stalk Guatemala

AFP: Violent crime, impunity stalk Guatemala

September 9 2011 – September 9 2011 – My final piece for AFP from my trip to Guatemala. Will be watching elections this weekend…. Fifteen years after the end of a vicious civil war, Guatemala is still beset by violence, only now it is organized crime and street gangs that are driving up death tolls […]

AFP: Guatemala fights to keep crime bosses out of elections

AFP: Guatemala fights to keep crime bosses out of elections

My latest for AFP from a recent trip to Guatemala. Guatemala is to hold a presidential election in September, and the issues confronting candidates are enormous. Extreme poverty, child malnutrition and corruption continue to be huge challenges. But narco-trafficking groups and organized crime are threatening to become the country’s new bosses. If you can’t watch […]

FT: Guatemalan hunger poses challenge for leaders

FT: Guatemalan hunger poses challenge for leaders

Reporting from Guatemala for the Financial Times: Guatemala is one of the world’s most important producers of sugar bananas and coffee yet the country’s children suffer among the highest rates of malnutrition. Deborah Bonello reports on the causes and what needs to be done to eradicate hunger in the country. You can see the video […]

GlobalPost: Guatemala City’s Geothermal Jackpot

GlobalPost: Guatemala City’s Geothermal Jackpot

  August 1st 2011 – A report just published that I did for GlobalPost on Guatemala’s geothermal energy… GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The steam rising from the Pacaya volcano and the hills and rivers surrounding it on the outskirts of Guatemala’s captial city hints at a power source that could give the country the energy […]