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…

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

Itzamná Ollantay On December 1st and 2nd, Guatemala City will host the International Meeting of peoples, organizations and social movements of Abya Yala called “Sovereign Abya Yala from the Social Movements” (Abya Yala Soberana desde los Movimientos Sociales). The Meeting is the continuation of the virtual articulation effort that different actors and spokespersons of peoples,…

Guatemala: Indigenous Peoples, Peasants and Social Sectors Go On Plurinational Strike for the Constituent Assembly Process

Ollantay Itzamná Peasant demonstration. Guatemala City They know that their demands will not be met by the government, nor by public institutions. But they are also aware that, despite the denigration they suffer from the corporate media, and the silence of several alternative media, the acclaim of the Popular and Plurinational Constituent Assembly process continues…

Guatemala: How British Intelligence Destabilized Democracy in Central America

AARON COY MOULTON Ousted Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz in Paris, 1955 (Photo: Bettmann / Getty) Declassified documents reveal the UK engaged in a massive propaganda campaign in Guatemala in the 1950s, including writing media articles under false names, which radicalised the country’s politics and prepared the ground for the CIA-backed overthrow of democracy Newly declassified…

Why Has COVID19 Not Yet Reached My Community?

Ollantay Itzamná Community formative assembly In my “decolonial” phase, almost a decade ago, I decided to leave the city and live in rural areas. To relearn farming, to cultivate. To allow myself to be aesthetically and existentially cultivated by Mother Earth in my return to Her. It was in this existential phase that the announcement…

Guatemala: Proposals Towards Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná CODECA Proposal …Overcoming these and other limitations, in the present century, some indigenous and peasant organizations and movements began to propose reforms and structural changes with the aim of creating a Plurinational State with the participation of all the peoples of the country. In Guatemala, as in the rest of the bicentennial countries…

Plurinationality or Plurinationalism

Ollantay Itzamná Mayan and Quechua women. OI. In recent years, from the field of “not being”, the subaltern peoples, within the bicentennial creole republics of Abya Yala, have raised the urgent need to move from republican nationalism (which could not be) towards plurinationality. From the original peoples we understand plurinationality as the possibility of building…

Guatemala Protests Call for Resignation of President Giammattei & Corrupt AG

Kawsachun NewsAncestral authorities of the Maya Poqoman de Santa Cruz people and municipality of Chinautla demand the resignation of Consuelo Porras and President Alejandro Giammettei. July 29, 2021. Photo: Comité de Unidad Campesina (CUC) Protests and road blockades are being held on roads and highways across Guatemala to demand the resignation of neoliberal President Alejandro…

US Crimes in Guatemala: The Hypocrisy of Biden-Harris Anti-Migrant Policy

John Parker ‘Papers not crumbs’: April 30 sit-in near the White House against the Biden administration’s anti-immigrant repression. Photo: Movimiento Cosecha The Biden administration began the month of June with further evidence of its policy of keeping to the Trump-era status quo, this time with immigration/migration policy. Vice President Kamala Harris was sent to Guatemala…