The Alliance of the Left in Guatemala for 2023

Ollantay ItzamnáMeeting of representatives of URNG and WINAQ. Without intending to do so, this left-wing alliance in Guatemala has created an exciting electoral context that will force voters outraged by corruption to choose between a left that seeks to maintain seats in Congress, and the MLP that proposes structural changes in the country through a…

The Colonial Left and Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Guard of Honor. Guatemala Plurinationality as an ethical and political proposal overturns the philosophical element constitutive of modernity, which is being one as the perfect and desired being. From this idealization of being one is born in the political sphere the idea of a single God in heaven and a single King on…

Guatemala: Rallying for Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Communities and peoples on the move in Guatemala City. In recent years, this category has begun to be reflected upon as a response to the civilizing project of modernity that, through nation states, has continued to colonize and dispossess the territories of the original peoples. Therefore, the idea of plurinationality is necessarily linked…

The Sinuous Interference of the Clergy in the Processes of Hope in Abya Yala

Ollantay Itzamná Catholic bishop arrested in Nicaragua in rebellion against justice Regularly, in the Catholic Continent of Abya Yala, we do not hear news about “imprisonment” or “detention by justice” of bishops. Much less in countries with “progressive” governments. The “impunity” of the Catholic or evangelical hierarchy in these lands full of faith is almost…

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…

Declaration of the International Meeting: Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements

Ollantay Itzamná Peoples and social movements from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, gathered at the International Meeting: Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements, in Guatemala City, on December 1 and 2, 2021, concluded with the following Declaration: Peoples articulated in organizations and social…

Guatemala to Host the Abya Yala Soberana International Gathering

Ollantay Itzamná Leiria Vay, member of the organizing team of the Sovereign Abya Yala Encounter The international meeting ABYA YALA SOVEREIGN ABYA YALA FROM SOCIAL MOVEMENTS aims to reflect together on the socio-political context and impacts of the capitalist system, imperialism, colonialism and patriarchy in our Abya Yala and to define strategies and collective actions…