Unions Under Siege in Guatemala

By: Monday August 26, 2013 7:35 am

Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation’s bloody legacy. Even today, as the country hobbles toward democracy and seeks justice for past atrocities, trade unionists are still a target of violence, with many killings hidden under a cloud of government impunity.


Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 5:00 am

I ran across a story about 33,000 people in Guatemala being evacuated from the area around the Fuego volcano.

“Fuego” means “fire” in Spanish and in this case it’s appropriate because its decided to stop its daily smoking habit and start belching some more dangerous ejecta.

Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today’s Latin America

By: Sunday February 19, 2012 6:45 am

The term “banana republic” has become a cliche to describe economic imperialism throughout history, but the legacy of colonialism persists in Latin America today. The tradition of predatory capitalism echoed in the recent death of Miguel Angel González Ramírez, a member of the Izabal banana workers’ union SITRABI in Guatemala.

83 Died in U.S.-Guatemala Syphilis Experiments: “We’re talking about intentional deception.”

By: Monday August 29, 2011 7:15 pm

Only total transparency and an end to secrecy on these issue will bring an end to this kind of illegal experimentation and the human tragedies that result. “National security” for too long has been a shibboleth to justify the worst violations of human rights.

Bad Science: From Guatemala VD “Research” to CIA-DoD Interrogation Experimentation

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 7:09 am

Headlines were made last week concerning revelations that a key researcher who was part of the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis experiment had also headed a 1940s project in Guatemala that deliberately inoculated prisoners and insane asylum inmates with various venereal diseases. But there have been many more examples of U.S. government experimentation on unwitting subjects, including CIA experiments on detainees held in the “war on terror.”

Crucial Vote on DREAM Act Expected This Afternoon

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 7:40 am

One of the most compelling elements of this political drama has been the interaction between The LGBT movement and the migrant youth movement. What to an outsider might be perceived as two unrelated constituencies, perhaps even hostile to each other, have been working long before this moment to build unity and solidarity. It is one thing to believe in the truth that we are all woven into a “single garment of destiny.” It is another to live that truth and act on it. The migrant youth movement and the LGBT movement having been living and acting on that truth, as we all should. My freedom is tied up with the freedom of everyone else in the universe, and today we have a chance to set close to a million people free.

Newt Gingrich: CIA Bully-Boy Since 1995

By: Monday May 18, 2009 6:29 pm

Ex-House Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich has been apoplectic about current Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the CIA lied about briefing her about the use of torture (“enhanced interrogation techniques”) at a meeting in September 2002. Like a diminutive Zeus, thundering from the heights of Mt. Political Exile, Gingrich railed against what he called Pelosi’s “despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort.”

Border Crossings Start in the Boardroom

By: Thursday February 7, 2008 10:30 am

Before the immigration debate builds steam later this election year, I really wish candidates at all levels and in every party could spend a few hours in a maquila talking with workers.

A few years ago, I spent two weeks in Guatemala with STITCH, a U.S.-based labor group that supports women workers in Latin America.

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