The U.S. Biden administration placed former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on a classified list of officials suspected of corruption or undermining democracy in Central America, last year while he was still in office. Hernández's inclusion on the so-called Engel List was classified, and only made public yesterday. Individuals on the list are generally ineligible for visas and admission to the U.S. (Reuters, Associated Press)
- Haitian interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry showed no signs of stepping down from power yesterday, the date the current presidential mandate formally ended. Henry hit back at those seeking to install a transitional government, and invited other Haitians of “good will” to join him as he seeks to return Haiti to democratic rule by organizing elections and reforming the constitution this year, reports the Miami Herald. (See yesterday's post.)
- Seven months after Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, the true masterminds remain unknown. But the failed “Petit Bois coup" plot that preceded it provides new information about those involved — and what the U.S. and Haitian governments may have known ahead of time, according to a new CEPR investigative article.
- Orphanages have proliferated in Haiti over the past decade, thanks to an influx of Western funding. There are few barriers to opening one, and even fewer mechanisms to hold operators accountable for child welfare. The result, according to BuzzFeed News, is a shadowy industry where kids routinely face abuse, exploitation, living standards that don’t meet state requirements, and sometimes death, while Westerners who fund, operate, or promote many orphanages face minimal oversight.
- Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley's sweep in general elections last month was not expected, and shows that Barbadians continue to support her Barbados Labour Part, whatever its shortcomings, writes Kristina Hinds in World Politics Review. The win poses a challenge for democratic accountability, and should push other parties to find ways to reestablish their relevance and credibility in the country.
- The latest installment in InSight Crime's investigation of MS-13 in the Northern Triangle looks at a novel non-aggression pact between the MS13 and rival gang Barrio 18 that eventually unraveled in Guatemala amid bloodshed as ambitious MS13 members tried expand their authority.
- The members of Cochabamba female skateboard collective ImillaSkate wear the traditional polleras associated with the Bolivian Indigenous women of the highland regions as a symbol of resistance, reports the Guardian.