Dave Renfrow

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Central Americans flee homes in record numbers: 'The level of violence is brutal'

The UN has reported an alarming spike in the number of asylum seekers and refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Central America, urging the international community to take steps to meet the region’s “huge” needs.<p>The number of asylum seekers and refugees who had abandoned the region increased …

Immigration

I marched with a migrant caravan, Donald Trump has it all wrong

Picture this: a migrant caravan hundreds of people strong is gaining<br>steam in southern Mexico. They have been travelling for weeks, marching up to 16 hours a day in the sweltering heat and charging through Mexican immigration checkpoints despite orders to stop. The marchers claim to be fleeing gang …

Human Rights

Is Querétaro the New San Miguel de Allende?

Querétaro, once the third largest city in Mexico and twice its capital, is emerging from the obscuring shadows of San Miguel de Allende, to the northwest, and Mexico City, to the southeast. Its region, in central Mexico, is known as El Bajío, the lowlands. But at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet, …

Mexico Didn't Hit the Jackpot With Nafta

Trump's "loser" line may work for some in the U.S., but it's workers south of the border who have gotten the short end of the trade deal.<p>Since 1993, the year before the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect, per capita gross domestic product in Mexico is up about 26 percent in real …

Economics

On the Right, Meltdowns and Eye-Rolling as Comey Rips Trump

Reactions to the much-hyped interview ranged from bored and annoyed to, in the case of Sean Hannity, frothing at the mouth.<p>In a remarkable hour-long interview to promote his new book, <b>James Comey,</b> the former director of the F.B.I., was unsparing in his criticism of the president who fired him, …

Donald Trump

How Trump Misunderstands Trade

President Trump recently tweeted, referring to the United States trade deficit with China, “When you’re already $500 billion down, you can’t lose!”<p>In 1776, Adam Smith observed that nothing “can be more absurd than this whole doctrine of the balance of trade.” Sadly, almost 250 years later, the …

Economics

The Coca-Cola invasion is causing Mexico’s slow death by junk food

Mexico’s traditional diet of beans and corn has been replaced with pizza and hamburgers<p>A new Coca-Cola-run shop opens roughly every eight hours in Mexico. But despite this full-scale corporate takeover of Mexico's cities, towns and diet, most people believe the severe obesity and diabetes problems …

Dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who oversaw one of the bloodiest periods in Guatemala’s civil war, dies at 91

GUATEMALA CITY — Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who seized power in a 1982 coup and presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala’s …

Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan Dictator Convicted of Genocide, Dies at 91

Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, who as dictator of Guatemala in the 1980s ordered fierce tactics to suppress a guerrilla insurgency and was later convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, died on Sunday in Guatemala City. He was 91.<p>The cause was a heart attack, according to his lawyers, Jaime …

Latin America

The 10 Most Charming Towns in Mexico

Home to one of the world's largest cities, world-famous luxury resorts, and beaches that would make a Caribbean island blush, Mexico is flush with …

A Place in the World: The Chiapas Photography Project in a Context of Poverty and Wealth

Many diverse factors mark the unique context of the Chiapas Photography Project. Its geography and landscape are very much part of its character: the …

How Trade Deals and Immigration Laws Hurt Workers—Mexican Workers

Last week, in Pachuca, Mexico, a friend asked what Americans thought of the possible next Mexican president, the leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador. …

Globalization

Mexico’s Zapatista rebels, 24 years on and defiant in mountain strongholds

Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristóbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The “Liberty” has the most ingredients, the “Democracy” looks the best, but the “Justice” costs the most – possibly because it comes with cheese.<p>The restaurant is …

Mexico

A Glossary of Oaxacan Food

Oaxacan Food Glossary<p><b>Ajonjolí</b>: Sesame seeds<p><b>Alambre</b>: A hash of Oaxacan meats sautéed with onions, bell peppers and melted Oaxacan cheese served with corn tortillas for making tacos<p><b>Asiento</b>: Unrefined lard<p><b>Almendrado</b>: Almond-based mole<p><b>Barbacoa Blanca</b>: Lamb barbacoa<p><b>Barbacoa Enchilada</b>: Chile marinated …

Mexico

Why is community radio in Guatemala important?

Despite the legal challenges, Indigenous communities use radio to 'keep their language and culture alive'.<p><b>Sumpango, Guatemala -</b> Sitting in a courtyard, wearing an indigenous huipil dress, Amanda Chiquito glows as she talks about the challenges and successes of working with the community radio …

Hidden tunnel could lead to Mayan 'entrance to the underworld'

<b>(CNN) —</b> This month, archaeologists in Mexico will begin excavating a secret tunnel thought to lead beneath a pyramid built by the ancient Maya.<p>The tunnel was sealed off centuries ago by the Maya, but archaeologists plan to clear it in order to reach a hidden "cenote" -- an underwater cavern that …

Archaeology

Manuel Antonio | Costa Rica

Santa Juana Rural Mountain Adventure Lodge & Nature Reserve located at just 50 minutes drive from Manuel Antonio National Park offers well-designed …

China Is Boosting Ties in Latin America. Trump Should Be Worried

China’s emergence as a global economic rival to the U.S. is perhaps most obvious in Latin America.<p>The U.S. in recent years has lost its status to …

Latin America

Bodies emerge from Guatemala’s war-era ‘model villages’

SANTA AVELINA, Guatemala — It wasn’t only bullets and violence that killed thousands of indigenous people during Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war.<p>The …

History

'If we're attacked, we'll die together,' a teenage anti-mining activist told her family. But when the bullets came, they killed only her

'If we're attacked, we'll die together,' a 16-year-old anti-mining activist told her family. But when the bullets came, they killed only her<p>Topacio Reynoso was so precocious her mother sometimes joked she was an extraterrestrial.<p>A farmer’s daughter from a remote village in Guatemala reachable by a …

Latin America

Latin America Needs a China Strategy

Because China definitely has a Latin America strategy.<p>To judge by the pomp and shuttle diplomacy, Latin America and China are best of friends. Witness the bonhomie in Punta del Este, where delegates from 33 nations in the Americas just rolled out the red carpet for authorities from Beijing and …

Raids, incarceration and decimated Indigenous land stains Canada's reputation in Guatemala

In the conference room of a handsome hotel in Guatemala City, a conversation about Canada brings five grown women to tears.<p>Canada is a country they …

Discover Guatemala's Cultural History

Guatemala lives in technicolor. Everywhere you go, the vibrant indigos, reds, greens and yellows harken to a history that transcends time and remains very much alive today. One of the last strongholds of the Maya civilization, Guatemala is still home to traditions that date back thousands of …

Outsiders Can't Clean Up Latin America's Corruption

Guatemalans need to pick up the fight against corruption started by a groundbreaking UN commission.<p>Just a couple of years ago, Latin America’s fight against political corruption began to break new ground. And perhaps nowhere has the renovation been more dramatic -- and successful -- than in …

20 Unforgettable Things to Do in Mexico That You Should Add to Your Bucket List Immediately

Sure, you’ve been to Mexico. You’ve breezed through Cozumel on your cruise du jour. You’ve downward-facing dogged in Tulum. You’ve sipped a sugary …

The globalization of corn means most people have never eaten a real tortilla

There is nothing quite like a good tortilla. Unfortunately, almost no one in the US has ever had a good, authentic tortilla—handmade, still warm from the comalit’s been cooked on, from landrace corn grown, nixtamalized<i>,</i> and ground nearby, often by the very same hands making the tortillas. A …

Agriculture

The most beautiful small towns in Mexico

<b>(CNN) —</b> Vibrant facades, cobblestone streets, multicolored lakes and mountainous backdrops are just a few things that make Mexico's small towns spectacularly photogenic.<p>The diversity of landscape across Mexico means that different regions offer distinctive delights, from desert ghost towns and …

Mexico

Lesbian Congresswoman Creates 'Path Toward Representation' in Guatemala

Two decades ago, Sandra Moran said she could not speak publicly about her sexual identity. Instead, she shared her experience in private with Mujeres Somos, an underground self-help group she co-founded in 1995 for lesbians in Guatemala.<p>This made it even more groundbreaking when Moran spoke …

LGBTQI

Why Trump has to clean up Obama's mess in Guatemala

President Obama’s foreign policy of appeasement won him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for merely being elected. In the Middle East, it led to a frightful deal with Iran. In the Western Hemisphere it led to the embrace of anti-American dictators, such as the Castro regime in Cuba, cheered on by the …

Immigration

The Top Four Scuba Diving Sites of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous worldwide for its astonishing abundance of flora and fauna. In fact, despite its relatively small size, the country contains 5% …

Scuba Diving