Nina Lakhani is the environmental justice reporter for the Guardian US. Previously she was a freelance journalist covering Central America and Mexico for the Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, Global Post, the Daily Beast, and elsewhere.
Who Killed Berta Cáceres?: Dams, Death Squads, and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet
The book is about the really emblematic murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi, just after the truth commission published its report on the Guatemalean civil war. What Goldman does is tell that crime story in the context of what was happening in Guatemala, the civil war, the role that the US played in that war.
It gives you real insight into the nitty gritty of how a country works. If you want to understand Central America and understand why hundreds of thousands from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador have fled their home countries over the last decade or two, you have to understand the civil wars. Because, not only did the countries never recover, but the inequalities that existed, that were the catalysts for the wars, didn’t change. What happened is you swapped military powers for economic powers, and that’s when the whole roller coaster of extractive industries begins.