Category: Guatemala

Jeff Abbott: Guatemalan Campesino Organizations Mobilize to Demand Agrarian Reform, Energy Nationalization

The campesinos were continuing a decade-long struggle to demand that the Guatemalan government nationalize the electrical system

Grahame Russell: Rios Montt Case Symbolic of Impunity Guatemalans Must Overcome

Corruption and impunity are not a “crisis” in Guatemala; they have been and remain the “norm”

Jeff Abbott: Guatemala: Popular Protests Challenge Corruption and the Political Establishment

The political crisis has brought calls by many protesters for a new form of local politics that move beyond the traditional hierarchy of the political structure

Oliver Laughland: Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn

Lawsuit with 800 plaintiffs seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people deliberately infected with STDs through US government program

Pamela Yates: Remembering Guatemala’s First Genocide Conviction

The reverberations from the Ríos Montt trial continue to threaten the powerful and to empower the dispossessed

Sebastian Rosemont: Hitting Mining Companies Where They Live

Canadian mining companies have long evaded responsibility for abuses carried out by their subsidiaries in the developing world. That could be about to change

Ken Jones: Voices of Resistance in Guatemala

The danger for the people of Guatemala did not end with the Peace Accords in 1996. It has simply been transformed into a more endemic neoliberal method

Marta Molina: In Guatemala, A Long Road To Justice

Two weeks ago, Guatemala’s Constitutional Court overturned the historic guilty verdict of the nation’s former military dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who had been convicted of committing genocide and crimes against humanity during his short reign from 1982 to 1983. The Constitutional Court’s decision annulled Montt’s 80-year prison sentence and ordered that the final weeks of Read more…

Noam Chomsky: Ronald Reagan’s Secret, Genocidal Wars

On Mother’s Day, May 12, The Boston Globe featured a photo of a young woman with her toddler son sleeping in her arms. The woman, of Mayan Indian heritage, had crossed the U.S. border seven times while pregnant, only to be caught and shipped back across the border on six of those attempts. She braved Read more…

Grahame Russell: The Struggle Continues for Justice for Genocide in Guatemala

And A Story About The Relentless, Collective Work Of Ants Hope and spirit persist, even when the struggle for truth, justice, fairness and equality is so hard, suffers so many setbacks and takes so many years to achieve even small steps forward. When confronted with yet another set-back in the work and struggle for truth Read more…

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