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2007-02-21 09:00:00

By Rotenberg, James A ABSTRACT.- Established parks and nature reserves may be inadequate to preserve long-term biotic diversity, especially in tropical regions of Latin America where anthropogenic disturbance and land- conversion is an ongoing problem. Demand for economically productive land uses, such as cattle pastures or monoculture plantations, is one of the greatest threats to habitat and wildlife preservation. As a result, conservation biologists have turned to examining attributes of...

2006-08-26 13:19:44

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Vinicio Aguilar, a radio journalist in Guatemala, was jogging near his house one morning this week when two men drove up on a motorcycle, shot him in the face and left him for dead. Aguilar, who survived, believes the attack was related to the daily call-in talk show he hosts, which regularly covers topics like organized crime, corruption and tax evasion by big businesses. "I think a pistol shot in the mouth is a clear message to silence...

2006-08-21 07:05:00

By Peter Henderson NEW ORLEANS -- Gene and Laura Hindeland moved to New Orleans to party. Antonio Santos came for better wages that will help him get home to Guatemala. Mike and Diana Appel felt God called on them to help rebuild the city. From around the United States and beyond, an adventurous group of people is moving to devastated New Orleans, and the city they raise may be different from the one at felled by Hurricane Katrina a year ago. Some of these risk-takers are looking to do well,...

2006-07-28 21:46:24

By Mica Rosenberg SANTIAGO ATITLAN, Guatemala (Reuters) - On the 25th anniversary of his killing by a Guatemalan death squad, an American priest was honored on Friday by hundreds of Mayan Indians at the church where his heart and intestines are buried. The Rev. Stanley Rother, who is being considered for sainthood, worked for 13 years with the poor in Santiago Atitlan, a town popular with foreign tourists, about three hours from Guatemala City. Priests and nuns who worked with...

2006-07-25 09:15:56

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - An angry mob snatches two accused child molesters in a Guatemalan highland village, ties them to a lamp post in the central plaza, douses them with gasoline and threatens to burn them alive. After hours of tense negotiations, authorities convince furious villagers in San Cristobal Tonicapan to hand the men over to police. The attack last week was among the latest in Guatemala's long history of mob violence but officials and human rights...

2006-07-24 17:19:17

By Mica Rosenberg GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemalan president Oscar Berger said on Monday his Central American nation is closer to getting the votes needed to beat U.S. antagonist Venezuela for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. "We have 98 countries backing us, I'm not going to mention names," Berger told reporters. Guatemala needs a two-thirds majority vote among 192 members of the U.N. General Assembly to replace Argentina as a non-permanent representative on the...

2006-07-09 12:45:13

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - At least five people were fatally shot or slashed to death with machetes in Guatemala when peasant farmers tried to invade a large estate they had been evicted from, police said on Sunday. Some 200 families attempted to invade a property, called Finca Mocca, in the central department of Alta Verapaz on Saturday but clashed with armed peasants on the land, said police spokeswoman Myrna Morales. The human rights ombudsman's office said the armed peasants...

2006-07-07 18:36:19

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Friday ordered the arrest of two former Guatemalan military rulers for genocide, torture, illegal arrest and terrorism during the central American country's civil war. High Court Judge Santiago Pedraz called for former Guatemalan leaders Efrain Rios Montt and Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores to be arrested along with six others in connection with atrocities committed in the 1980s. Gen. Efrain Rios Montt ruled during the bloodiest years of...

2006-06-29 19:09:39

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez challenged the United States on Thursday to try to block his attempt to secure a U.N. Security Council seat as he seeks to curb Washington's "imperialist" influence. A U.N. General Assembly vote set for October to award two-year Security Council seats to five nations is the latest arena for sparring between Caracas and Washington, which views Chavez as a strongman using Venezuela's oil wealth to promote...

2006-06-21 07:10:00

Mica Rosenberg PANABAJ, Guatemala -- Homeless since a mudslide last year turned her Mayan village into a mass grave, Guatemalan widow Antonia Garcia has twice fled her plastic emergency shelter from the torrents of a new rainy season. Cramped into shelters yards from where up to 1,400 people were buried under a collapsed mountainside last October, she and nearly 300 other families waiting for new housing fear they could meet the same fate any time the rain thunders down. "People are scared,"...


Latest Guatemala Reference Libraries

Pacaya
2014-04-09 10:53:58

Pacaya is an active complex volcano that is located in Guatemala and is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc. It reaches and elevation of 8,373 feet and is located on a volcanic caldera, along with Lago de Amatitlán, that has been the cause of at least nine large explosive eruptions in the past 300,000 years. Its edifice collapsed about 1,100 years ago, producing a landslide that traveled sixteen miles and left a crater where the current cone is still forming. The active magma chamber...

Grey-necked Wood Rail, Aramedes cajaneus
2013-04-21 09:30:30

The Grey-necked Wood Rail (Aramedes cajaneus) is a species of bird belonging to the Rallidae family. It can be found in Belize, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Columbia, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Uruguay. Its natural habitats are tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests, tropical and subtropical mangrove swamps, tropical or subtropical swamps, and swamps. This...

Red-throated Caracara, Ibycter americanus
2012-04-02 16:55:31

The Red-throated Caracara, (Ibycter americanus), is a species of bird of prey in the Falconidae family. It is the only member of its genus Ibycter. It is sometimes incorrectly placed in the Daptrius genus with the Black Caracara. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. The habitats of this social bird are subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests...

Highland Guan, Penelopina nigra
2012-03-22 21:37:56

The Highland Guan (Penelopina nigra) is a species of bird in the Cracidae family. It is found in the highlands of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, southern Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist mountain forests. Populations of this species have declined in recent times. It was originally listed as a species of Least Concern in 1994, but then up-listed to Near Threatened in 2000. After studies confirmed the Highland Quail was less common than previously...

Atitlán Grebe, Podilymbus gigas
2012-01-11 16:23:56

The Atitlan Grebe (Podilymbus gigas), also known as the Giant Grebe, Giant Pied-billed Grebe, and Poc, is an extinct species of water bird. It was endemic to Lago de Atitlan in Guatemala at an altitude of 5,600 feet above sea level. Before the bird became extinct, it was extensively studied by American ecologist Anne LaBastille for 25 years. Due to this, its decline is comprehensively known. The Atitlan Grebe reached a length of about 18 to 19.6 inches. Its appearance was similar to the...

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