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The Real Story Behind the ‘Invasion’ of the Children

Pitting the humanitarian imperative to help dislocated children against the plight of American communities places victimology in the service of party politics. Both Republicans and Democrats claim the moral high ground while conveniently avoiding the political economy of the problem they lament—and have collaborated in creating.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Welcoming the Stranger: Refuge for the Refugees

A long and dangerous journey brings teenage Central American refugees to a community health center in South Los Angeles where pediatricians, psychologists and social workers treat them for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


A Commander of the Dos Erres Massacre Squad Gets 10 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced a former Guatemalan Army officer to the maximum 10 years in prison Monday for immigration crimes, ruling that the ex-commando obtained U.S. citizenship by concealing his role in the massacre of 250 men, women and children in a Guatemalan village in 1982.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Moises Castillo

Genocide Conviction of Efraín Ríos Montt Overturned

Guatemala’s top court has thrown out the conviction of the general and former military dictator for genocide and crimes against humanity in what Amnesty International has called a “devastating blow for the victims of the serious human rights violations committed during the conflict.”

Posted on May 21, 2013 READ MORE



The Three Heroines of Guatemala: The Judge, the Attorney General and the Nobel Peace Laureate

Former Guatemalan President Efrain Rios Montt was hauled off to prison last Friday. It was a historic moment, the first time in history that a former leader of a country was tried for genocide in a national court.

Posted on May 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Moises Castillo

Truthdiggers of the Week: Judges, Prosecutors of Efraín Ríos Montt

Those who Friday convicted the Guatemalan dictator of genocide and crimes against humanity showed that political killers can be brought to justice in the modern world.

Posted on May 11, 2013 READ MORE


Genocide Trial of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Put on Hold

An appeals court has suspended the trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt after the country’s president intervened just hours before a criminal court was scheduled to reach a verdict.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



Where Women Can Have It All

While Mitt Romney tries to make us believe socialism is evil, working mothers in France are evidence to the contrary; several stories about employers insisting their employees vote for Romney have come to light; meanwhile, activists in Guatemala are peacefully protesting mining in San José del Golfo in spite of violence against them. These discoveries and more.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Deliberately Infected Guatemalans With Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The United States conducted experiments on unsuspecting Guatemalans in the 1940s in order to test the effectiveness of penicillin on STDs. According to the BBC, “some 1,300 prisoners, psychiatric patients and sex workers were deliberately infected with syphilis, gonorrhea” and other diseases. (more)

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PBS NewsHour / Talea Miller

Global Food Scheme Starves Guatemalan Poor

Due to predatory trade policies endorsed by the IMF and the Guatemalan government, tax-evading transnational corporations partnered with local elites make a killing off the country’s agricultural exports while more than half of its 14 million people suffer extreme poverty and threats of violence. (more)

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodridgo Abd

Mexican Drug War Spills Into Guatemala

The hold of Mexican drug traffickers has overflowed the country’s southern border, as the Zeta cartel has seized control of parts of northern Guatemala, leading the government there to declare a state of siege in the area.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


From Tuskegee to Guatemala Via Nuremberg

News broke last week that the U.S. government purposefully exposed hundreds of men in Guatemala to syphilis in ghoulish medical experiments conducted during the late 1940s.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S. Apologizes for Infecting Guatemalans With STDs

More than 60 years after the fact, the U.S. has finally gotten around to officially apologizing for a government research study that purposely infected Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases to gauge the effectiveness of penicillin treatments.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Union de Vecinos

Witness Says Slain Day Laborer Was Unarmed

The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers say the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

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Sept. 11: A Day Without War

The ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States should serve as a moment to reflect on tolerance. It should be a day of peace.

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

Hundreds Dead in Guatemala Landslides

Weeks of unrelenting rains triggered a series of landslides in the Guatemalan town of Alaska on the Pan-American Highway, burying as many as 300 people. President Alvaro Colom warned that thousands more people are at risk as the government runs out of money to deal with the crisis.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Moises Castillo

Guatemala Volcano Creates Calamity

It has been a crazy year for Mother Nature. A volcano in southern Guatemala has erupted, killing one person and covering the capital city with ash as President Alvaro Colom declared the country to be in a “state of calamity.”

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE


Mayan Spirit-Cleansing Rite to Follow Bush Visit

Demons, out!  All traces of President Bush’s upcoming visit to the sacred Guatemalan site Iximché will be chased away with a ritual purification by Mayan priests—yet another sign of his less-than-enthusiastic reception in Latin America. 

Posted on Mar 9, 2007 READ MORE


Truth Bytes

In the news today:

  • Bush’s odious torture legislation clears procedural hurdles, moves closer to passage
  • Security forces storm a Guatemalan prison controlled by inmates who produce drugs and live in luxury.
  • For all you Sam Harris fans: Richard Dawkins is coming out with a new book that savages God and religion.
  • The massacre of a U.S.-trained Colombian anti-drug force demonstrates the difficulty of fighting the drug war.
  • New York City’s board of health votes to ban trans fats in restaurants—upsetting small-government conservative types.
  • A German opera is canceled because of a scene depicting the severed head of Muhammad.

  • Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


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