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

Francisco Palomo https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/01/obituaries/efrain-rios-montt-guatemala-dead.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Famericas&action=click&contentCollection=americas&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, former Guatemalan president and dictator who ordered fierce tactics to suppress a guerrilla insurgency and later convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, died on Sunday in Guatemala City at the age of 91. According to his lawyers the cause of death was …

Efrain Rios Montt: Guatemala ex-leader tried for genocide dies

Timothy Shinkle http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43611867 When we talk about Latin America in this class, three main topics have emerged: military leaders, trials of genocide / other terrible crimes, and corrupt governments. In the case of Efrain Rios Montt, we see all of these topics once again. He was the leader of Guatemala for a brief time in …

Venezuela Slams Nations for “Meddling” Over Protest Call

“Venezuela Slams Nation for “Meddling” Over Protest Call.” News, April 18, 2017, sec. Latin America & Caribbean. http://www.bbc.com/news/Veworld-latin-america-39629041. Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, criticized a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries that called on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peace protest,” as “rude meddling” on their part. The 11 …

Death Toll Rises After Fire | Guatemala City

Sara White BBC  3/13/2017| http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39252990 This article describes the devastating developing story of the mysterious mass fire that engulfed a children’s home, San Jose Pinula, in flames. Ironically enough, a Guatemalan human rights prosecutor, Hilda Morales, recommended that the center should be shut down earlier in the year. About forty girls, …

Controversy with the Abortion Boat | Guatemala

Sara White February 25, 2017 BBC | http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39084503               This article describes the recent confiscation and questioning of a non-profit, mobile abortion clinic in Guatemala. Women of Waves is an activist group comprised of Dutch women who travel to countries that have made abortion illegal …

In Testimony, Guatemalans Give Account of Suffering

  My article for this week is about the legal situation of the former Guatemalan president, Efrain Rios Montt.  Prosecutors made history by bringing the case against Ríos Montt last year for the genocide crimes that occurred from 1962 to 1996.   The trial has been moving rapidly with the testimony …

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