A group of rural Guatemalans want justice for what they say are the misdeeds of a Canadian mining company. Fearing they won't get it in their own country, they've traveled to Toronto to try and get it.
Today's Global Hit starts on the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent in 1635. Two slave ships wrecked there, and the slaves escaped. They mixed in with the native Caribs, giving birth to a new Afro-Caribbean culture; the Garifuna. Lonny Shavelson reports.
Ronald Aldana had a choice. Stay in Guatemala and be hunted down by gangs, or flee to the United States and try to make a new life. He chose to come to the United States. He applied for asylum, received it and has started a new life.
Some Americans blame President Obama for the flood of Central American children who have crossed into the US this year. They believe his policy sends a message of leniency that is attracting them. But a reporter who just returned from Guatemala and El Salvador says most are simply fleeing violence, and don't have any clue about US policy.
Guatemala's former President Efrain Rios Montt is about stand trial for his role in a violent reign of terror over 36 years. Ríos Montt had seemed untouchable, even being elected to his country's legislature after losing power. Now, however, he will answer for the crimes he's accused of.
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with geo-scientist Timothy Bechtel, about the massive sinkhole that swallowed an intersection and a three-story factory in Guatemala as the country was hit by Tropical Storm Agatha.
An abandoned Mayan city in northern Guatemala is the subject of today's geo-quiz. Its name is derived from the millions of bats that live there. Aaron Schachter learns more about the city and its bats, from Brown University archaeologist, Stephen Houston.