Lauren Lipshitz

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Nicaragua emerging as prime tourist destination

GRANADA, Nicaragua — I came to Nicaragua to climb a volcano, to listen to howler monkeys scream in the trees of a rain forest and to walk along a deserted beach, watching the sun flame out at the end of day, turning the sea and sky ablaze.<p>I did all those things and more in this star-crossed Central …

Central America

Inside an overcrowded prison in El Salvador - in pictures

La Esperanza jail, the largest in El Salvador, was designed to hold 800 prisoners but now has 4700 inmates

Development goals? What development goals? Blank faces in El Salvador

When Marta Benavides travelled across El Salvador to see what rural communities thought should succeed the millennium development goals, the UN's signature development initiative, she was struck by the annoyance people expressed at not having known about these supposedly historical efforts to fight …

El Salvador gang truce leads to plummeting murder rates

For more than a decade the San José del Pino neighbourhood in Santa Tecla was off limits to police. It was considered the headquarters for the criminal enterprises of one of El Salvador's ruthless street gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13. Drugs and weapons were trafficked freely and impunity …

El Salvador judges deny abortion to seriously ill woman

El Salvador's supreme court has denied a sick woman an immediate abortion, despite warnings from doctors that her life is at risk and the foetus is likely to survive only a few hours after birth.<p>In a 4-1 ruling, the nation's highest court turned down a request from the 26-week-pregnant woman, who …

Fragile peace in San Salvador as youth gangs trade weapons for jobs and hope

The main square in Ilopango is bustling with noise as the sun disappears behind the distant mountains. The queue for <i>papusas</i>, tortillas filled with beans and melted cheese, is growing as hymns ring out from the evangelical church.<p>Across the square two girls – cousins aged five and six – persuade me …

El Salvador groups accuse Pacific Rim of 'assault on democratic governance'

A multinational mining company has been accused of launching "a direct assault on democratic governance" by suing El Salvador for more than US$300m (£179m) in compensation, after the tiny Central American country refused to allow it to dig for gold amid growing opposition to the exploitation of its …

El Salvador: meet the women who dare to challenge the anti-abortion state

El Salvador's strict abortion laws mean a woman can be charged with homicide for suffering a miscarriage. But a high-profile case that drew global condemnation may prove a catalyst for change<p>Cristina Quintanilla was 18 years old in October 2004 when, seven months pregnant with her second child, she …

Big Fat Pupusas at El Salvador Restaurant in San Francisco

My temporary home in San Francisco's Mission district is known more for its abundance of tacos and burritos than its Salvadoran fare, but there's certainly plenty of it around, some of it quite good.<p>Where Mexico has its tacos, El Salvador has its pupusas. At <b>El Salvador Restaurant</b>, the pupusas are …

A year after genocide trial, has justice been done?

The courtroom erupted in cheers after former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide in May 2013 for allegedly allowing massacres of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans in the early 1980s.<p>Hundreds dressed in traditional ethnic "huipiles," crossed their arms over their …

A year after genocide trial, has justice been done?

The courtroom erupted in cheers after former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was found guilty of genocide in May 2013 for allegedly allowing massacres of more than 1,700 indigenous Ixil Mayans in the early 1980s.<p>Hundreds dressed in traditional ethnic "huipiles," crossed their arms over their …

Guatemala: The Quest for Justice

Guatemala is one of the world's most violent countries. Over the past half century, it has endured a 36-year civil war, a genocide and a huge, ongoing wave of organized crime and drug trafficking.<p>Throughout the slaughter, killers have almost always been assured of getting away with murder. …

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Guatemala: Fighting for the Future

Claudia Paz y Paz sits at the center of the struggle for justice in Guatemala. As the public prosecutor, or national attorney general, she has launched investigations and prosecutions that have put both drug lords and war criminals in jail. But she has been told to step down in May.<p>Many human …

Riding Shotgun to Murder Scenes with Guatemala City’s Overworked Volunteer Paramedics

These unpaid EMTs often arrive to scenes of horrific violence before the police.<p><i>(Photos by Giles Clarke/Getty Images)</i><p>Earlier this year, I met Dr Jorge Chiu at a murder scene while I was documenting the Bomberos Voluntarios, the volunteer paramedics of Guatemala City. A man had been shot dead on the …

This Is What It's Like To Get Robbed At Gunpoint In Guatemala

Most vacation videos consist of the same basic inconsequential fluff, but this one captured a robbery at gunpoint.<p>While on a motorcycle trip in Guatemala earlier this month, Dan Landsborough and his girlfriend, Heidi Burton, passed through a remote stretch of road between San Pedro La Laguna and …

The Humanitarian Crisis in Guatemala City's Immense Garbage Dump

The basurero neighbourhood is desperately poor, lacks basic social services and offers residents little hope of escaping.<p><i>Guatemala City's massive dump as seen from above. All photos by author</i><p>In early January 2014, a fire broke out beneath the festering mountain of garbage that is Guatemala City's …

Lana Del Rey's Music is 'Irrelevent,' According to Lorde

<b>Lana Del Rey</b> and her boyfriend <b>Barrie James O’Neill</b> get affectionate with each other while leaving a furniture store on Tuesday afternoon (November …

Top five nerve-shredding road trips in Costa Rica

Renting a car in Costa Rica is costly and can even be dangerous if you're not prepared for what's to come. It’s also ridiculously good fun. Some of the most interesting, little-explored destinations are only accessible by car, and for the adventurous traveler, there’s simply no substitute for the …

Central America

How to travel with friends (and not want to kill them)

I have two permanent, oddly positioned bald spots on my head. Though my mother claims they’re from a scalp thing I had as a kid, I have it on good authority from my oracle that they’re probably where the Martians attached the electrodes.<p>However, spontaneous balding frequently has nothing to do with …

Travel

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Vietnam

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

How the Term 'Borderline' in BPD Came About

Many wonder how the term borderline came to describe borderline personality disorder. Let's learn more about the origin of this term, and why its use …

As a person with borderline personality disorder, apparently I have no empathy.

For people who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem, life serves up a number of hazards. Not least of these is the certainty that from time to time you will open a paper or turn on the radio to find yourself being discussed. I'm sure I should say "your diagnosis" as opposed to …

Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

If you are worried that you or a loved one may have borderline personality disorder (BPD), it's important to be informed about the illness and its …

Jobs for Someone With Borderline Personality Disorder

If you have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it's common to be frightened and worried about how this disorder may impact …

Borderline and Avoidant Personality Disorders

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) co-occur so frequently that in some samples, 43 percent to 47 percent …