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Central America

Life after encountering “The Beast”: Migrants’ journey in search of a better life

The Beast, the north-bound train that crosses Mexico, has maimed hundreds of migrants over the last decade. Despite this, migrants fleeing from five continents have no other choice but to ride on its back to reach the U.S. While most victims used to be from Central America, migrants from Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba, and other countries have also fallen prey to The Beast. For many, losing a limb is the end of the road, but others continue their journey north.

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Climate change and the environment

Fake accounts, coordinated messages and digital troops: The smear campaign against Gabriela Castellanos

Experts on disinformation and influence campaigns told Contracorriente that between May and July 2023 the Anti-Corruption Council (Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción – CNA) and its director, Gabriela Castellanos, were targets of a coordinated and inauthentic social media campaign after the CNA published a report that revealed nepotism in Xiomara Castro’s administration. Social media accounts involved in this campaign are linked to “digital troops” supported by the government, while other accounts mostly share pro-government content. The most relevant content posted in this campaign was used during Juan Orlando Hernández’ administration.

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Climate change and the environment

Honduran police and a transnational corporation violently evicted campesinos in El Aguán

Violence against campesino families, and legal actions against leaders in Bajo Aguán, in northern Honduras, intensify almost two years after the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Government, the Coordination of Popular Organizations of Aguán (COPA) and Plataforma Agraria that sought a solution to the conflict. The most recent case of eviction and murder in land owned by Empresa Asociativa Campesina de Isletas (EACI), a signatory to the agreement, shows the complicity between State security forces and the interests of a transnational banana corporation worth billions.

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Uncategorized

Delta Airlines once again bought carbon offsets from a troubled project

An indigenous reservation in the Colombian Amazon was included in two separate carbon market projects that were approved and have sold credits, in what may have constituted a case of double counting. The promoters of the newer project, which sold credits to the US airline, claim to have made the necessary corrections. However, situations like this undermine the credibility of that market in Colombia.

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Editorial-eng

An imposed refoundation

Hondurans euphorically relived celebrations of the November 2021 elections, which had the highest voter turnout in recent history, when former President Juan Orlando Hernández was apprehended in February 2022. Hernández was prosecuted in the U.S. and is now awaiting trial for drug trafficking charges. However, hope for a possible way out of a prolonged political crisis to a period of democratization quickly turned to frustration, a change that began in National Congress when the new administration took office.

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Human rights

Experts warn of growing authoritarianism in Central America with presidentialism and centralization in decision making

In a forum held in Costa Rica in which three experts participated, it was stated that the most critical case on authoritarianism is Nicaragua, however, they noted that in El Salvador “an authoritarian regime has been configured under the veil of protection in the fight against gangs”, alongside Guatemala where the administration of justice is under the control of the “corrupt pact” (political and economic elite), and finally, in Honduras it has gone from the authoritarianism of former president Juan Orlando Hernández “to the nepotism of the Zelaya-Castro family”.

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In-depth Investigations

‘Fake environmentalist’: a smear campaign against Honduras’ Guapinol defenders

A day after two well-known environmentalists from Guapinol were murdered, a Twitter smear campaign dating back to 2021 intensified once again. The campaign accuses members of an environmentalist group that opposes a mine development of being ‘fake environmentalists’ and taking part in the murders of 10 people in the thick of the conflict.

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Panaco Parque Nacional Cuyamel Omoa Honduras
In-depth Investigations

The death of PANACO: Honduras’ protected site that never was

In the coastal border area between Honduras and Guatemala lies the land once slated for the Cuyamel-Omoa National Park (El Parque Nacional Cuyamel-Omoa – PANACO). In 2011, Honduran environmental authorities, with information and support from different NGOs, proposed that a protected area be created there. The wetlands of the region belong to the second most important coral reef barrier in the world: the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Indeed, the biodiversity of this area and its ecosystem services are so important that, in 2013, Omoa was declared a site of international importance no. 2133 by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (making the region a ‘Ramsar site’). It is now dying in the face of the advance of oil palm and king grass monocultures, under the complacent gaze of Honduran environmental authorities.

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Editorial-eng

We Found Miriam

Miriam is a woman who fled from Honduras with her two year old son. The statement she gave in front of a United States immigration

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