Here we have a company whose president was quoted as saying "it's important that I don't get too knowledgable about the past" upon taking control of the company in 1975. The previous president, Eli Black, had just left the company by way of leaping out the window of his 44th floor office in the Pan Am Building in New York rather than face prosecution for giving a bribe to the president of Honduras. The dude didn't even give two weeks notice.
Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death in his garage on a Sunday night in 1998, two days after the presentation of a groundbreaking church-sponsored report implicating the military in the murders and disappearances of some two hundred thousand civilians. Realizing that it could not rely on police investigators or the legal system to solve the murder, the church formed its own investigative team, a group of secular young men in their twenties who called themselves Los Intocables (the Untouchables).
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow...
February 23 2015: Guatemalan women have suffered horrific violence as a result of the country’s civil war and its legacy. But they refuse to be cast solely as victims, and are playing a key role in holding Guatemala’s institutions accountable. Sophie Helle discusses the challenges they face.
By Patrick T. Hiller, J.P. Linstroth & Paloma Ayala Vela
This article explores the personal meanings and public expressions of home, ethnicity and belonging among Maya/Guatemalan immigrants living in South Florida, specifically from the viewpoints of seven biographies of first and second-generation Maya immigrants.
Drawing on revealing, in-depth interviews, Cecilia Menjívar investigates the role that violence plays in the lives of Ladina women in eastern Guatemala, a little-visited and little-studied region.
Many Mayans complain of feeling like foreigners in their own land - a sentiment compounded by the dominance of Spanish.