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Jeff Abbott is an independent journalist currently based out of Guatemala. “The Other Americans” is a column created by Abbott for The Progressive on human migration in North and Central America. His work has also appeared in NACLA Report on the Americas, Al Jazeera English, and In These Times. Follow him on Twitter @palabrasdeabajo.

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Repression against indigenous Bolivians has spurred protests across the Americas. Read more

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How the U.S. President has buoyed far-right governments throughout the hemisphere. Read more

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The renewal of armed struggle follows neglect of the peace process from the far right. “[President] Duque is taking advantage of the discourse of Donald Trump to put back in place repressive politics,” a human rights defender says. Read more

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With a newly elected leader, hundreds of Mayan Mam families still await restitution—or face migrating north. Read more

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The Morales administration’s decision to sign the agreement directly violates an order from the country’s highest court. Read more

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“I want my daughter to have a better life, I want her to walk.” Read more

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“On the global level, these conservative organizations and churches are organized.” Read more

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U.S. humanitarian aid to Central America has long failed to achieve its goals. But ending it is likely to make matters worse. Read more

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“It was an abuse on the part of the authorities. In no circumstance should the Jeeps be used for intimidation.” Read more

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Ixil Mayan genocide survivors gather outside the Guatemalan Supreme Court demanding justice for their loved ones.

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“Reforming the law would be a step back for the culture of peace, a step back for the access to justice for the indigenous peoples, and a step back for the victims that were affected by the armed conflict.” Read more

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Since AMLO took over, migrants are finding much different environment than the previous caravans. Read more

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A president who won office on an anti-corruption platform, is moving to end a United Nations agreement that supports investigations into corruption. The Guatemalan president has sought, and found, support within the U.S. Republican Party. Read more

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Migration from Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz has spiked in the last year, in part due to extreme poverty and no avenues for people to improve their situation. The roots of the tragedy run deep. Read more

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The Honduran government justifies the violence against the LGBTQ community by invoking article 142.3 of the Law of Police and Social Coexistence, which protects “good manners and public morals.” This law cost twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan Cruz his l Read more

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There is a battle brewing among countries seeking influence in Central America, and China is leading the way. Its goals include gaining political influence, and severing the region’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Read more

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After traveling across Guatemala from Honduras, a second caravan of people fleeing violence and poverty encountered strong police resistance at the Guatemala-Mexico border. Jeff Abbott reports on what happened there. Read more

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Stressed by poverty, insecurity, and the controversial reelection of their president, a caravan offers hope. Read more

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The Catholic Church resisted, stating that Romero was far too political. Read more

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The current administration's “America First” policy is a directive for the U.S. to meddle in the destiny of Central and South America. Read more

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While Guatemala’s President tries to end investigations into government corruption, the country's citizens flee the effects of underfunded public services and privatization. Read more

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