Current Events

Here are articles about key current events in Central America and about Central American immigration to the United States. The articles are not all from this year, however they provide detailed descriptions and analysis of current events. We also recommend Tim's El Salvador Blog and Democracy Now! news broadcasts on El SalvadorHonduras, GuatemalaNicaragua, and Panama


June 21, 2017

LA School Report

Commentary: Central American and Salvadoran American literature is invisible in public schools
By Randy Jurado Ertll

When I was growing up in California, I never read a book in LAUSD schools by a Latino or Latina author. And until college, I never had a Latino or Latina teacher.

May 30, 2017


Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Dies At 83
By Colin Dwyer
Military commander, drug trafficker, CIA informant, dictator, convicted murderer: The strongman Gen. Manuel Noriega wore many labels during his tortuous path to — and fall from — the heights of power in Panama. Announcing Noriega's death at age 83 Tuesday, Panama's president said it "closes a chapter in our history."

May 26, 2017


Five Years Later, US Admits Lies About Deadly Honduran Shooting
By Janine Jackson
A Justice and State Department review reveals that top Drug Enforcement Administration officials lied repeatedly to Justice and to Congress about deadly shootings in Honduras in May 2012—including an incident off the Mosquito Coast in which a boat was fired on, killing four passengers, among them a 14-year-old boy. 

May 8, 2017

PRI's The World

A brother and sister flee gang violence in El Salvador and start over in the US
By Deepa Fernandes
Kevin Alvarez Mejia spent his tween years trying to avoid running into gang members up in the remote El Salvadoran mountain village where he was born and raised... But one day, they got him.

April 5, 2017

Institute for Policy Studies

How An International Grassroots Campaign Beat Metal Mining Corporations
By John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
Against overwhelming odds, El Salvador won its long battle for water.

February 16, 2017

The World Post

Drought And Climate Change Are Forcing Young Guatemalans To Flee To The U.S.
By Lauren Markham

What’s happening in Guatemala is, in many ways, a harbinger of what’s to come throughout the world.

July 27, 2016

The Nation

Eat, Pray, Starve: What Tim Kaine Didn’t Learn During His Time in Honduras
by Greg Grandin
An overview of the political situation in Honduras at the time Tim Kaine volunteered with the Jesuits. 


April 20, 2016


Berta Cáceres Lives On, and So Does Violence by Honduran Government and Dam Company
by Beverly Bell
The assassination of award-winning Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres.


July 8, 2014

In These Times

Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating
by David Bacon
While politicians point to the need for stronger enforcement at the border, the push factors of U.S. trade and immigration policies bear the great responsibility. 


December 2014

Smithsonian Magazine

A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequences
by Matthew Shaer
The environmental ramifications of the proposed canal route through Nicaragua.


June 25, 2014

Foreign Policy in Focus

The Fight to Ban Gold Mining and Save El Salvador’s Water Supply
by Julia Paley
Gold-digging multinationals are fueling political violence and environmental devastation in El Salvador, but communities are fighting back.


June 19, 2013

Pew Research Center

Diverse Origins: The Nation’s 14 Largest Hispanic-Origin Groups
by Mark Hugo Lopez, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, and Danielle Cuddington

This report examines the Hispanic population of the United States. 


March 31, 2011

Color Lines

Dispatch From El Salvador: Obama's Drug War Feels Eerily Familiar
by Roberto Lovato
Salvadorans watch uneasily as the government militarizes daily life under the guise of the drug wars.