Category: Guatemala

Simon Granovsky-larsen: Terror in Guatemala

In the course of less than a month, seven campesino-Indigenous activists were murdered. What explains the onslaught?

Jeff Abbott: Guatemalan farmers occupy plantation

Two children ride a bike through the plantation known as Las Palmeras in Guatemala. (WNV/Jeff Abbott) Guatemala’s southern coast is in a constant conflict caused by the expansion of agro-industry. Across the region, small farmers struggle to feed their families as companies buy up more and more land for export crops. Since the arrival of Read more…

Jeff Abbott: Seeking Justice in Guatemala

A disturbing new proposal by members of Guatemala’ Congress could give blanket amnesty to military members for committing war crimes

Jeff Abbott: Power Struggle in Guatemala

As the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) furthers its investigations into political corruption, the elite political class attempts to shield itself from accountability to the people

Jeff Abbott: Occupying Guatemala’s Capital

Guatemala’s Government Palace and the Street: Indigenous Campesinos Occupy Capital to Protest Land Conflicts

Jeff Abbott: 20 years after peace accords, Guatemalans resist remilitarization of everyday life

Nearly every corner of Guatemala City tells the story of tragedy from 36 years of internal armed conflict that gripped the country from 1960-1996. The entrance to the Portalito Bar in the historic center, where Enersto “Ché” Guavera used to drink during his time in Guatemala, contains a plaque denoting the spot where student leader Read more…

Jeff Abbott: Indigenous Weavers in Guatemala Mobilize to Defend Their Craft and Cultural Rights

Indigenous weavers in Guatemala are challenging the appropriation of their identities by both national and transnational companies. On November 24, hundreds of indigenous weavers from across the country made the journey to Guatemala City to present congress with a series of reforms that would lead to the legal protection of their intellectual property rights as Read more…

Jeff Abbott: Mobilizing in Guatemala

Across Guatemala, indigenous communities are organizing to challenge logging in the country’s vast forests

Jeff Abbott: Indigenous communities mobilize to defend Guatemala’s forests from loggers

“We are trying to inform community members of the impacts of deforestation”

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

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