Guatemala: Consensus of Unity for Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Reading of the Declaration of the Consensus of Unity for Plurinationality There is no doubt that the political left (political parties) and the socio-cultural left (most of the NGOs created by the revolutionary vanguards) are in a historic dilemma: either they commit themselves to the articulation of the Consensus for Plurinational Unity, or…

Guatemala and the Progressive Wave in Abya Yala

Ollantay Itzamná The political results of “progressivism” were not the fruit of the articulation of traditional political parties, nor the product of electoral campaigns alone. In some countries such as Guatemala, some actors of the traditional left are beginning to assume the electoral political “imperative”: Now is the time! It is our turn! enthusiastic about…

France to Nationalize 100% of Electricity, What about Guatemala?

Ollantay Itzamná The socio-political movement CODECA, for more than a decade, has been proposing the renationalization of electricity for the electrical sovereignty of Guatemala. But, for raising this public policy, in the last three years, 24 defenders of the right to electricity belonging to this movement have been assassinated. The Prime Minister of France, Élisabeth…

Guatemala: “Political Unity” in the Imaginary of the Traditional Left

Ollantay Itzamná Indians and peasants cannot call for unity. The only ones qualified to call for unity, and to indicate the political route to the Indians, are the Indians and peasants. Indians and peasants should not call for unity, nor for any kind of political articulation. This is the other ideological conviction that prevents them…

Guatemala: War and Revolution Part II

Hugo Turner Guatemala: War and Revolution Part I This painting by Diego Rivera, “Gloriosa Victoria,” tells the story of the 1954 overthrow of the democratically-elected Jacobo Arbenz government. Coup Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas greets secretary of state John Foster Dulles, who holds a bomb with the face of Eisenhower, surrounded by people who were murdered…

Guatemala: War and Revolution Part I

Hugo Turner Guatemala: War and Revolution Part II This painting by Diego Rivera, “Gloriosa Victoria,” tells the story of the 1954 overthrow of the democratically-elected Jacobo Arbenz government. Coup Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas greets secretary of state John Foster Dulles, who holds a bomb with the face of Eisenhower, surrounded by people who were murdered…

Is March 8 an Apolitical Event?

Ollantay Itzamná Poster. 8M2022. MQC “We are feminists, without a party, without a state, without a husband…”, is one of the constant slogans colorfully painted by our women comrades, who shout loudly every March 8th, in different cities around the world, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. It is important to remember the assassinated…

Guatemala: Of Betrayals and Strategies

Carolina Vásquez Araya Photo: Bill Hackwell While the Giammattei government suffocates justice, the empire is silent. The network woven by the Pact of Corrupts is strong and compact; its operators -political sector, business elite, Army, judicial system and criminal organizations- act in close coordination with the purpose of stifling any attempt to reestablish the rule…

Guatemala: Why Do Members of the Same Indigenous Peoples Kill Each Other?

Ollantay Itzamná Territory in conflict between Santa Catarina and Nahualá occupied by PNC. Internet The territorial conflict between Nahualá and Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán is an iceberg in a country with criminal internal borders that dissect the peoples, turning them into territorial enemies among themselves, families belonging to the same native peoples. In recent months, the…

Guatemala: 25 Years of Peace Accords, 25 Years of Neoliberalism

Ollantay Itzamná Mayan peasant women harvesting sesame seeds. OI In the Christmas atmosphere, and the day after the feast of the “Holy Innocents”, the groups that took up arms in the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) and the Creole State of Guatemala, after 36 years of “internal war”, signed the firm and lasting Peace Agreements….

Edward Bernays: Propaganda and the U.S.-Backed 1954 Guatemalan Coup

Robert SkvarlaEdward Bernays [Source: thoughtco.com] Edward Bernays: The father of public relations, the father of lies. Edward Bernays may be known as the Father of Public Relations, but you would not be mistaken if you thought of him as the Father of Lies. He was a bullshit artist par excellence who pioneered countless methods of…

Abya Yala Soberana: Expression of the Popular Sector

Ollantay Itzamná Moment of the spiritual invocation. International Encounter Abya Yala Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements It was clear that the plurinational State is not enough, it is also necessary to transform the cultural imaginary of the citizens through educational processes that aim to create a conscious subject, capable of fighting for the…