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  • Alfonso Bauer Paiz (1918-2011)

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  • Guatemala: Women-Only Buses Against Sexual Harassment

    Women-only bus in Guatemala City. – Danilo Valladares/IPS ‘We are all safer here; it’s great because this way there are no men groping you,’ Jaqueline Escobar, a sales executive, told IPS on a bus that is exclusively for women, a… Read More ›

  • In Guatemala, the oligarchs profit from the Maya civilisation

    So titled is an interesting article by Grégory Lassalle on Le Monde Diplomatique’s Spanish website. The article uses the exhibition of Maya artefacts currently showing at the museum of Quai Branly, in Paris, to highlight the fact that oligarch businesses… Read More ›

  • Survivors give testimony of the massacres of 1982 and 1983

    "Two survivors are among the witnesses in the trial of Héctor Mario López Fuentes, former Army Chief of Staff of the Defense, in the period of 1982 to 1983. The Human Rights Prosecutor accuses the former head of the Army… Read More ›

  • Oil Companies and the Subservience of the Government

    An interesting article by Emma Volonté found on Upside Down World suggests nefarious dealings of a resource extractive company in Guatemala. This should not necessarily be news as we have highlighted many times the workings of, for example, Goldcorp and… Read More ›

  • A Murder Foretold

    I recently came across this article from the New Yorker magazine about the ‘self-murder’ of Rodrigo Rosenberg, which transfixed Guatemala and much of the international media at the end of 2009. You may remember that he was the lawyer who… Read More ›

  • Accused of Genocide

    Last week, General Héctor Mario López Fuentes was captured in Guatemala City, twenty-nine years after having initiated the execution of Plan Victoria 82, developed by the Army Chief of Staff and Efraín Ríos Montt’s de facto government. He is accused… Read More ›

  • ‘Drum of Stone’

    The Air   The air dances, spreads its wings and turns circles. The air is a large bird, which flies high high up in the sky; And so we only feel the draught of the wings. The Air The air… Read More ›

  • Union Fenosa – from San Marcos to London

    UNION FENOSA EN GUATEMALA by arenaentrelosdedos In the smoke and mirrors of global finance, private equity firms have had a major relationship in a majority of firms that defaulted on their debt in 2009 thereby contributing on a grand scale… Read More ›

  • ‘Hungry for Justice’ – not guns

    At the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, world leaders from rich and poor countries alike committed themselves – at the highest political level – to a set of eight time-bound targets (Millennium Development Goals – MDGs) that, when achieved, will end… Read More ›