Emily Green is a journalist in Mexico City. Before moving to Mexico, Green reported on local politics for The San Francisco Chronicle. She has also reported internationally from the Philippines on the harassment and death threats faced by local journalists.
The trend of rising food costs is playing out across the world because of a combination of disrupted supply chains, natural harvest cycles, plummeting currencies and limits on key exports. Experts worry that the longer the coronavirus crisis lasts, the bigger the food problem will grow.
Ever since the US started its "Remain in Mexico" policy, many migrant families have sent their kids over the border alone to seek asylum. Now, even that door has closed. On March 21, citing the coronavirus, the US began summarily expelling children from the country.
In the US and elsewhere, alcohol sales shot up as restaurants and bars closed to slow the outbreak. But in parts of Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Greenland, government officials have banned sales of beer, wine and liquor in an attempt to limit social gatherings and temper alcohol-fueled domestic violence.
Mexico’s approach is much less stringent than those of its Central American neighbors, which have virtually closed their borders despite reporting only a handful of cases.
The idea of women striking has existed for years in different parts of the world, but this year in Mexico, it’s taken on a new life with the horrific, back-to-back murders of a young woman and a 7-year-old girl.
Women & Girls
The country has seen a rise in reported femicides and violence against women. Despite the president's promises to address the violence, his administration has cut programs aimed at helping women and girls.
Some sharing platform companies, like Airbnb, Lyft and Uber, are urging users and hosts to take cautionary measures to avoid the virus and its spread. But that has left a lot of open questions, and the platforms’ users are increasingly navigating a complex, public health crisis on their own.
President Jimmy Morales, who is under investigation, shut down Guatemala's popular anti-corruption commission. Now the country is embroiled in a battle over its legacy.
Five years on, relatives of the 43 missing students in Mexico continue to press for answers, and justice in the case, but to no avail.
Guatemala faces pressure from Washington to stop its citizens from migrating north to the US. But complying with American demands may be nearly impossible for a country where so many people rely on US remittances.