Category Archives: Central America

April 17th, 2020: The Guatemala Orphanage Fire of 2017

In 2017, a fire at the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion orphanage in Guatemala killed at least 41 girls. Three years later, it is still a symbol of government negligence and femicide in Guatemala. Award-winning novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman joins the LMC to recount the events both during and after one of the saddest moments in recent Guatemalan history. Francisco Goldman is the author of, “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop.”

April 10th, 2020: The History of Cuban Doctors Abroad

While the US is sending a military gunship to Venezuela during a health pandemic, Cuba is sending doctors abroad instead. So the LMC speaks with Don Fitz about the history of Cuba’s medical diplomacy and how they are dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic today. Don Fitz is a member of the editorial board of Green Social Thought and a newsletter editor for the Green Party of St. Louis, Mo.

March 27th, 2020: Pandemics & Racism

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, the LMC speaks with Eladio Bobadilla about the history of racism and xenophobia in times of health pandemics in the US. Eladio Bobadilla is an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.