Heather Gies

Heather Gies

Heather Gies is a freelance journalist who writes about human rights, resource conflicts, and politics in Latin America. She is also an editor at Upside Down World. 

Latin America

El Salvador: Justice demanded for 1982 killing of Dutch reporters

New push for justice comes as Salvadoran congressional committee considers amnesty proposal.

El Salvador: Justice demanded for 1982 killing of Dutch reporters

Cuba

Cubans approve a new Constitution: What does the vote mean?

Although Cubans voted overwhelmingly to approve the Constitution, Sunday's vote saw a growing portion express dissent.

Cubans approve a new Constitution: What does the vote mean?

Cuba

Cubans vote on new constitution to replace Cold War-era charter

Vote presents 'unique opportunity' to show how many Cubans voice dissent, analysts say.

Cubans vote on new constitution to replace Cold War-era charter

Latin America

Cuba's constitutional referendum: What you should know

Cubans are set to vote on Sunday on a new constitution that limits president's term, broadens discrimination ban.

Cuba's constitutional referendum: What you should know

Latin America

Nayib Bukele declares victory in El Salvador's elections

Former mayor of San Salvador beats candidates of the two traditional parties that dominated politics for decades.

Nayib Bukele declares victory in El Salvador's elections

El Salvador

Salvadorans head to polls to elect new president

National security, economy and corruption scandals top voters' concerns in Sunday's election.

Salvadorans head to polls to elect new president

Human Rights

El Salvador's presidential hopefuls skirt talking about violence

Insecurity and violence are top concerns among Salvadoran voters, but presidential candidates say little about them.

El Salvador's presidential hopefuls skirt talking about violence

US-Mexico border

'Migration isn't going to stop': Salvadorans join new caravans

Undeterred by Trump's threats and US policies, another group of migrants leaves El Salvador.

'Migration isn't going to stop': Salvadorans join new caravans

US & Canada

NAFTA out, USMCA in: What's in the Canada, Mexico, US trade deal?

Canada, Mexico and the US agree to new trade deal. What’s in the agreement? And who are the winners and the losers?

NAFTA out, USMCA in: What's in the Canada, Mexico, US trade deal?

Latin America

El Salvador's disappearing farmers

Salvadoran youth are abandoning the countryside, leaving behind an increasingly aging population of farmers.

El Salvador's disappearing farmers

Latin America

El Salvador's hidden tragedy: 'I can't take the agony any more'

Even before making the perilous journey north, violence and economic hardship force many to relocate within El Salvador.

El Salvador's hidden tragedy: 'I can't take the agony any more'

Honduras

Honduran journalists face increasing threats and intimidation

Honduras is the most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists and they say things are getting worse.

Honduran journalists face increasing threats and intimidation