Tag Archives: Guatemala

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

The 10 Most Corrupt Nations In the Americas

Venezuela is dubbed the most corrupt nation in the Americas. Guyana is fifth.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Dec. 18, 2015: On the heels of the International Anti-Corruption Day and as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urged governments to jointly tackle the issue of corruption by changing their attitudes towards the problem, News Americas Now decided to look at some of the most corrupt countries in the Americas – both the Caribbean and Latin America.

Here are the Top 10 as complied by News Americas Now based on the public perception of corruption among public and private sector officials, with 1 being the most corrupt according to data compiled from the latest Transparency International Corruption Index and the Heritage Foundations’ 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.  Continue reading

Rural Caribbean Tourism: A New Opportunity? | Caribbean and Latin America News

Rural Caribbean Tourism: A New Opportunity? | Caribbean and Latin America News


Jarabacoa in La Vega province in the DR.

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Nov. 6, 2015: One of my abiding memories of travelling in the Dominican Republic is of staying in a remote and beautiful mountainous area above Jarabacoa in La Vega province.

For those who have never had the good fortune to visit the country’s central range of mountains, these are largely lush and tropical, but their high elevation — 525m and more above sea level — means that they have warm days and cool nights for most of the year.

What made this special for me was that I, a visitor, stayed in a house owned by friends that was located in and above a rural community. It was magical.     Continue reading

America’s refugee crisis – commentary

The surge from Central America

The child-refugee surge from Central America

America’s refugee crisis


US immigration, legal and otherwise, has always been a barometer of the projected hopes of America’s poorer, less stable southern neighbours. After the 2008 financial crisis immigration to the US – more than half of it originating in Latin America and the Caribbean (up from one-fifth in 1970) – dipped noticeably. Since then “comprehensive immigration reform”, a subject no less divisive than Obamacare, has been a common talking point for both parties, as have debates over such niceties as whether “anchor baby” should be a pejorative term, or “touch-back” remigration required from illegal aliens seeking to regularize their status. Continue reading

Criminal deportees sent back to the Caribbean in 2012 – US report

Criminal deportees sent back to the Caribbean in 2012 – US report

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thursday Jan.3, 2013: A total of 55,742 criminal immigrants were sent packing from the U.S. and back to their homelands in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2012, New Americas has found.

Data NAN obtained and analyzed from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on deportee rates to Latin America and the Caribbean, found that while some 4,898 of all criminal immigrants were sent back to the Caribbean last year, Latin America accounted for over 12 time that number with 50,844.
A “criminal alien” is defined under U.S. immigration laws as a migrant who is convicted of a crime. Most of those deported were sent back for murders and sex and drug crimes.      Continue reading

The price of national pride: travails of a Guyanese abroad

hubert-williams_web.jpgOne thing is almost sure for the traveler bearing a Guyana passport through foreign airports: Fellow travelers will be “cleared” by immigration and customs officers much more expeditiously than you would. Over the years, it seems wherever the passport is presented to immigration authorities, there is a problem and sometimes it brings the most inane questions:  “Where is that… in Ghana?”

Some countries speak of having Guyana on a “black list” and, at the point of my entry, it tends always to be the case of OK, let’s see who will win the mental and verbal tussle.    Continue reading

Withdrawing from the War on Drugs

Withdrawing from the War on Drugs

 Stabroek staff On April 14, 2012  Editorial |

As the 35-nation Summit of the Americas gets underway in Cartagena, Colombia the United States faces a long overdue reckoning on its War on Drugs. Ever since President Nixon insisted on a instead of treating drug use as a medical, cultural and societal problem, drug trafficking has become an extraordinarily deadly and lucrative business. Yet despite huge subsidies to countries that adopted America’s heavy-handed approach, the War on Drugs has done little more than introduce catastrophic violence and widespread political corruption. The Summit’s host knows the costs better than most, having suffered more than 450,000 homicides since 1990 and with defence spending in excess of US$10 billion (5.3% of GDP, compared to the regional average of 1.7%).

The latest high-profile critic of the US approach is Otto Pérez Molina, Guatemala’s new president, who recently conceded that: “all the technology and resources and millions of dollars the United States have contributed have not managed to diminish the drug problem.” Pérez Molina is hardly a wide-eyed idealist. He served as a director of military intelligence during Guatemala’s civil war and has a raft of alleged human rights abuses hanging over his military record. This pedigree makes him a difficult critic to dismiss.  [more]