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U.S. and Guatemala Extend Agreement to Protect Cultural Heritage of Guatemala

U.S. and Guatemala Extend Agreement to Protect Cultural Heritage of Guatemala

The U.S. and Guatemala have extended an agreement that began in 1991 with the imposition of emergency U.S. import restrictions to staunch the pillage of Guatemala’s rich archaeological heritage and the illicit trafficking of it. continue reading »

Guatemalan Officials Fear Increased Violence After Alleged Zetas Schism

Guatemalan Officials Fear Increased Violence After Alleged Zetas Schism

Guatemalan security officials are on alert for increased violence stemming from an alleged split in the leadership of Mexico's notorious Los Zetas drug cartel, authorities said. continue reading »

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

Latino Groups Call Out Kennedy Center’s Neglect to Honor Latino Artists

In letters to Kennedy Center executives, Caroline Kennedy, President Obama, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) are calling for major changes in the process by which Kennedy Center Honorees are selected and asking why there is a constant pattern of exclusion of Latinos. The groups' demands follow the recent announcement of the 2012 Honorees, none of whom are Latino artists. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Pollution in Latin America

Globally, outdoor urban air pollution kills 2 million people annually and indoor air pollution causes 2 million premature deaths. In Latin America, 100 million people in are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed the recommended standards. With these rates it is important to look at the health and environmental issues connected to pollution. HS-News takes a look at which countries are culprits and which are taking strides towards environmental protection. continue reading »

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration Rates Decrease, Proportion of Latinos Among Immigrants Drops in 2011

Immigration to the United States last year had its smallest increase in a decade, and the proportion of Latin Americans among immigrants fell, according to calculations published Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. continue reading »

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

Today’s Latin Americans Living 45 Years Longer than Those in 1900

The average life expectancy in Latin America has risen from 29 years in 1900 to 74 years in 2010, according to a study presented by the Pan American Health Organization, or PAHO. continue reading »

Ex-Professional Colombian Soccer Player, Friend Gunned Down in Guatemala

Ex-Professional Colombian Soccer Player, Friend Gunned Down in Guatemala

Two Colombians, including an ex-professional soccer player, died in an armed attack by unknown assailants at a restaurant in the Guatemalan town of Malacatan on the Mexican border, officials said Saturday. continue reading »

Guatemalans Displaced by Fuego Volcano Evacuation Return Home

Guatemalans Displaced by Fuego Volcano Evacuation Return Home

The thousands of people who were evacuated Thursday because of the violent eruption of the Fuego volcano, located some 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the Guatemalan capital, returned home Saturday after seismic activity diminished. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 191st Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Guatemala on Your 191st Year of Independence

Today, all of Guatemala is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox. continue reading »

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

President Obama Denies Neglecting Latin America During First Term

U.S. President Barack Obama denied Thursday - contrary to what many of his critics contend - that he has neglected Latin America and said that his administration has been "very aggressive" in trying to broaden relations with the region. continue reading »

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano Has Massive Eruption, Thousands Evacuated

The Fuego volcano, one of Guatemala's most active, spewed columns of ash high above its crater and lava down its flanks, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 10,000 nearby inhabitants. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

INFOGRAPHIC: Economic Competitiveness in Latin America

The 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) covers 144 major and emerging economies. The report assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. Scoring a variety of indicators out of a possible 7 points, below is a sampling of where LatAm ranked globally. continue reading »

Creative New Site Based Out of Argentina, Opens to the World - Explore the World of Mural.ly

Creative New Site Based Out of Argentina, Opens to the World - Explore the World of Mural.ly

Earlier this week, Buenos Aires-based Mural.ly (Murally) opened up the private beta of there website to the world to allow feedback from more people to “keep improving our experience.” continue reading »

Five-Year Moratorium on Guatemala-to-U.S. Adoptions Ends, 1st Adoption Occurs

Five-Year Moratorium on Guatemala-to-U.S. Adoptions Ends, 1st Adoption Occurs

Guatemala has authorized the first adoption of a Guatemalan child by a U.S. family after a five-year moratorium to investigate alleged corruption and irregularities in the process, officials said Monday. continue reading »

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

Former President Carter Calls For Greater U.S.-LatAm Relations

As the XVI Annual CAF Conference came to a close, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter called for stronger relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and regretted that the U.S. "is not doing enough as a major country to bring peace and harmony, trade and commerce, and understanding and basic human rights to the people in Latin America." continue reading »