Category: Guatemala

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…

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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…

Van Gosse: Efrain Rios Montt Will Still Face Justice–And So Should Henry Kissinger

Despite the May 20 ruling by Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, which overturned the original verdict on procedural grounds, the May 10 conviction of that country’s former head of state, General Efrain Rios Montt, for the genocide of Guatemala’s Mayan people, could be a defining event in modern history. For now, the original trial will pick up Read more…

: The Jig Is Up in Guatemala

The May 10 genocide conviction of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was groundbreaking—he was the first former head of state convicted of genocide by his country’s own courts. The court found that the army’s atrocities under Ríos Montt—including the extrajudicial execution of 1,771 indigenous Ixil people, mass rapes, and forced displacement—were aimed at destroying Read more…

Jay Janson: Guatemala’s Ríos Montt Genocide Conviction Omen for US Presidents and Their Hired Assassins

José Efraín Ríos Montt began the his political and military career as a young officer taking part in the bloody successful CIA-organized coup against the first democratically elected president in Guatemalan history that was ordered by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. Two years earlier he had attended what peace activists call, the 'US School Read more…

Xeni Jardin: Guatemala: Why We Cannot Turn Away

When the trial of Guatemalan General and former de facto head of state José Efraín Ríos Montt and his then chief of intelligence José Mauricio Rodriguez Sanchez began on March 19, 2013, I was in Washington D.C., working with NewsHour correspondent Miles O’Brien on some new science reporting projects in a shared office. The first Read more…

Ollantay Itzamná: Guatemala: The State Of Siege, This Time To Protect Canadian Investment

President Otto Perez Molina, a retired soldier (accused by his ex-comrades of sharing responsibility for the genocide committed during the internal war) decreed, this past May 1, the second state of siege of his term in office. This time, it was to repress indigenous people, the Xinca, in the municipalities of Jalapa and Mataquescuintal (Department Read more…

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