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Central America

A Journey to the Heart of 'Tropicapitalism'

It all started with the name “The Atlantic Conquest.” Who, in the 21st century, would think of such a name for a project to build a road through indigenous territory? Well, the Panamanian government did.

Atlantic Conquest

A highway across indigenous territories is the first phase of a project that threatens one of the last primary forest reserves in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.  How is it that a Dutch businessman is about to achieve what Christopher Columbus could not?

Outrage and Inspire

Roger Thurow shares stories of hunger across the world in a new podcast produced in collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Panama Dam Opposed by Indigenous People

Global warming is heating up the planet. One solution is to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. But low-carbon energy can sometimes create its own problems.

How the Cuban Migration Story Is Changing

A Cuban family treks through a jungle for seven days on foot. Another Cuban man gets stuck in Central America seeking freedom. Listen to their stories on 1A.

December 27, 2017

Panama at the Crossroads

Guido Bilbao, Sol Lauría

Heavy machinery is cutting a new road to untouched Caribbean beaches. Extractive industries are threatening the Darien's forests. Who owns these lands? Their ancestral inhabitants are ready to fight.

December 14, 2017

Border Fence Land Grab

Julian Aguilar, Kiah Collier

Donald Trump's promised border wall will involve taking land from hundreds of people. An earlier land grab to build border fencing was rushed, sloppy, and gave landowners wildly differing payments.

October 25, 2017

El Salvador: Sex Ed in the Time of Zika

Lauryn Claassen

In El Salvador abortion is illegal, violence against women common, and sex ed extremely limited. Did the Zika virus provide an opportunity for the country to talk about these culturally taboo topics?

September 26, 2017

A New Era in Cuban Migration

José Antonio Iglesias, Mario J. Pentón, Luis Trelles, Rolando Arrieta

The Obama administration’s decision to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy has created a migration and humanitarian crisis in Central and South America and a new era in Cuban migration.

March 03, 2017

El Salvador's Lawyer for the Dead

Jason Motlagh

In El Salvador, the murder capital of the world, authorities are failing to combat a brutal gang war that is driving a mass exodus out of the country.

July 19, 2016

Running the Gap

Jason Motlagh

In their bid to reach the United States, a growing number of migrants fleeing poverty and conflicts at home are braving the treacherous Darién Gap. Many never emerge.

October 06, 2015

Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

Renaud Brothers

In 2014, 90,000 unaccompanied minors made the treacherous journey from Central America to the United States. No longer are people simply fleeing poverty, now they are fleeing for their lives.

October 03, 2015

Violence and Hope in El Salvador

Lauren Markham

In a country as violent as El Salvador, many have given up on political solutions to gang warfare. Can the new, young mayor of San Salvador begin to bring about peace in the country’s capital?

June 19, 2015

Nicaragua's Transoceanic Canal

Tim Johnson, Brittany Peterson

Colossal. Mammoth. Pharaonic. Those are the words that describe the Chinese-backed proposal to build a 170-mile interoceanic canal across Nicaragua. But can it be built, and, if so, at what cost?

Meet the Journalist: Daniel Brook

Daniel Brook reports on the building of instant, modern cities in the developing world and examines the effects of major infrastructure projects on citizens living in Mexico, China, and India.

Meet the Journalist: Guido Bilbao

Panama is facing a serious environmental threat. Investigations have revealed a serious threat to Panama's natural resources that impacts the country's environment and people.

Meet the Journalist: Fred Pearce

200 environmental and human rights activists are assassinated each year, according to Global Witness. Fred Pearce investigates the headline-grabbing slayings of three of these activists.

Meet the Journalist: Emily Gogolak

Emily Gogolak, from the field in Tegucigalpa, discusses her reporting on violence against women in Honduras and the deportations of mothers and children from immigration detention centers in Texas.

Meet the Journalist: Lauren Markham

Meet Lauren Markham, a journalist reporting from El Salvador for the Pulitzer Center and VQR Magazine about the mounting violence in the capital city and prospects of meaningful change.

Meet the Journalist: Carrie Ching

Producer Carrie Ching explains how she created an animated video depicting the unseen victims of offshore finance for The Panama Papers project with ICIJ reporters, editors, and artist Arthur Jones.

This Week: DEA Killings Exposed

This week: New U.S. government report confirms a grantee reporting, the underground media market in Havana, and lax security policies in the Maldives.

10 Lesson Plans to Celebrate Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, we've compiled our top ten lesson plans that feature reporting on how communities around the world are responding to diverse environmental issues.

Visualizing Gun Violence

Students will analyze how selection and order of information are used to tell stories of gun violence. They will curate photo essays and produce policy recommendations to reduce local violence.

Okur: Thinking Like a Journalist

This lesson introduces students to Paul Salopek's Out of Eden walk and asks students to write a journalistic "milestone" describing their surroundings.

Migration and Refugees Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans for middle school teachers, high school teachers and college professors introduce reporting connected to migration and the experiences of refugees.