Monthly Archives: March 2011

Interviewed by PBS NewsHour: Mexico Drug Cartels Moving In On Guatemala Routes

Story originally published at


Mexican drug cartels are carving out new territory in northern Guatemala, adding another layer of violence and crime to a country with one of the highest murder rates in the hemisphere.

Guatemalan soldiers check a car for at a checkpoint, Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

In December the Guatemalan government declared a two-month state of siege in the rural province of Alta Verapaz, bordering Mexico, in order to crack down on the growing influence of the notorious Mexico-based Los Zetas cartel.

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Venezuela Series

A 5-part series on Venezuela, Hugo Chavez and the United States, originally published at


Part 1: How Venezuela Weathers Rising Food Prices


Part 2: Politics Divide Venezuelan Students


Part 3: Venezuelan Leader Wants Better U.S. Relations


Part 4: Venezuela’s Poor Lose Out On Oil Wealth


Part 5: Venezuela’s Election Controversy

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