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          Arrestan a 28 extorcionistas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Un megaoperativo policial llevado a cabo hoy de manera simultánea en siete departamentos de Guatemala deja preliminarmente a 28 presuntos extorsionistas capturados, según una fuente oficial. “Se reportan 28 capturas de presuntos extorsionistas durante los allanamientos que simultáneamente se desarrollan en coordinación con fiscales del Ministerio Público para aprehender a integrantes de estructuras criminales que...
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          Guatemala entrena con miras a su primer amistoso      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Selección de Guatemala La selección dirigida por Walter Claverí, se entreno este martes en las canchas del proyecto gol, con el objetivo de llegar de la mejor forma posible a su primer encuentro, que será en el estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores, el próximo miércoles 15 de agosto ante Cuba. El trabajo del equipo en su...
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          Inside The Trial Of 3 Guatemalan Mothers Separated From Their Children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Three young Guatemalan women went on trial this week at the red-rock federal courthouse in Alpine, Texas. It's about 70 miles from the spot in the border town of Presidio where they waded across the Rio Grande three weeks ago, with their eight- and nine-year-old sons in tow. One of the women, Emilia Figueroa, testified during the trial that she believed if she brought her boy with her, the two of them would be released to live in the United States until their immigration court date. But, to their horror, the opposite occurred. Agents booked the Guatemalan mothers for unlawful entry and took their children away — to a shelter in New York City. Chris Carlin, the public defender handling their cases, said in an interview that he thinks this is all part of the Trump administration's mean-spirited plan to deter more unauthorized immigrants from coming. "The only thing that makes sense to me is to make it far more onerous to reconnect the adult with the child," Carlin said. "Why else would
          Miss Playboy tv Latina 2004      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Release Year: 2004
Cast: Celina Rucci - Miss Argentina Mirella Santos - Miss Brazil Gaby Schon Gerbaud - Miss Chile Viviana Castrillón - Miss Colombia Deborah David - Miss Guatemala Janelle Priego - Miss Mexico Juliana Delfino - Miss Paraguay Claudia Gestro - Miss Peru Keyla Ramos
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Video language: English

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          Honduras y Guatemala revisarán avances de la Unión Aduanera      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
*** Los gobernantes esperan la pronta incorporación del vecino Salvadoreño para dinamizar el comercio en la región. El presidentes de Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández y su homólogo de Guatemala Jimmy Morales, revisarán en los próximos días los avances de la Unión Aduanera entre ambos países, en un encuentro que se realizará en el sector fronterizo […]
          "Nobody talked to her about anything. She was just in the room."      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Indigenous Asylum Seekers Face Language Barriers and a Legacy of Oppression at the Border When Norma finally reached the United States after more than a month-and-a-half of journeying from Guatemala with her 5-year-old son, the very same fear that had compelled her to flee home in the first place ended up happening anyway: Her child was taken from her — not by the Guatemalan men who had threatened just that, but by US border agents. After an already arduous journey north, it was still only the beginning of a long nightmare for Norma, who, unlike the vast majority of migrants seeking asylum at the US border from Central America, is Indigenous and primarily speaks the Mayan dialect of K'iche' and only a limited amount of broken Spanish. Like other people of her descent seeking a safe haven in the US, her Indigeneity plays a significant role in her ongoing asylum claim.
          Anak-anak Berbadan Kerdil, Ancaman yang Intai Indonesia di 2030      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Direktur Jenderal Informasi dan Komunikasi Publik Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika Niken Widiastuti mengatakan "stunting" atau kekerdilan merupakan ancaman bonus demografi 2030.

"Anak stunting tidak hanya dialami oleh keluarga yang miskin dan kurang mampu, tetapi juga dialami oleh keluarga yang tidak miskin yang berada di atas 40 persen tingkat kesejahteraan sosial dan ekonomi," ujar Niken di Jakarta, Rabu.

Untuk menanggulangi angka stunting di Indonesia, pemerintah memasukkan penurunan stunting menjadi target Program Kerja Menengah Nasional Pemerintah 2015-2019.

"Masyarakat belum banyak yang mengenal apa itu stunting. Pertumbuhan anak yang terhambat sering dianggap sebagai faktor keturunan saja sehingga diabaikan," tambah dia

Niken menghimbau, orang tua perlu memantau proses tumbuh kembang anak terutama di masa 1000 hari pertama kehidupan. hidup bersih dan sehat merupakan salah satu kunci untuk memastikan pertumbuhan anak yang maksimal agar anak dapat terhindar dari stunting.

"Stunting dapat menjadi ancaman bagi generasi Indonesia di masa depan jika tidak segera dicegah. Indonesia akan melewatkan masa bonus demografi hingga tahun 2030 dengan tidak optimal karena tidak dapat menciptakan generasi emas Indonesia," lanjut Niken.

 

Gizi kronis

Masalah stunting (pendek dan sangat pendek) di Indonesia sepertinya belum menjadi prioritas pemerintah#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Stunting adalah masalah gizi kronis yang disebabkan oleh kurangnya asupan gizi dalam waktu lama, umumnya karena asupan makan yang tidak sesuai kebutuhan gizi. Stunting terjadi mulai dari dalam kandungan dan baru terlihat saat anak berusia dua tahun. Masyarakat diimbau untuk mengenail tanda-tanda anak mengalami stunting yaitu antara lain, anak bertubuh lebih pendek untuk anak seusianya, proporsi tubuh cenderung normal tetapi anak tampak lebih muda atau kecil untuk usianya, pubertas terlambat dan performa buruk pada tes perhatian dan memori belajar.

Salah satu wilayah di Indonesia dengan angka stunting tertinggi adalah kabupaten Ogan Komering ilir. Angka stunting kabupaten Ogan Komering Ilir (OKI) menurut Riskesdas Tahun 2013 mencapai 40,5 persen atau hampir setengah balita di OKI mengalami stunting. Bahkan, angka ini di atas angka stunting nasional 37 persen.

Semakin muda usia perkawinan, semakin besar risiko melahirkan bayi stunting. Kasus stunting yang terjadi di keluarga miskin sebesar 48,4 persen dan pada keluarga kaya sebesar 29,0 persen.

Permasalahannya, papar Niken para ibu sering kali memiliki pengetahuan yang minim dalam pengasuhan anak sejak dalam kandungan. Faktanya saat ini 60 persen dari anak usia 0 - 6 bulan tidak mendapatkan ASI eksklusif. Sebanyak dua hingga tiga anak usia 0 - 24 bulan tidak menerima MP-ASI.

Data lain menyebutkan dua hingga tiga ibu hamil belum mengkonsumsi suplemen zat besi yang memadai. Sebanyak 1 dari 3 anak usia 3 - 6 tahun tidak terdaftar di PAUD (Pendidikan Anak Usia Dini). Menurunnya tingkat kehadiran anak di Posyandu (dari 79 perseb di 2007 menjadi 64 persen di 2013), menjadikan program - program kesehatan dari pemerintah untuk anak usia dini seringkali tidak diterima secara maksimal. Termasuk di dalamnya program pelayanan imunisasi yang memadai.

"Jika stunting tidak segera ditanggulangi maka bonus demografi ini akan menjadi sia - sia. Indonesia hanya akan memiliki banyak generasi muda yang tidak produktif. Hal ini dikarenakan stunting akan menghasilkan generasi yang serba kekurangan," kata Niken lagi. (Antara/Indriani)


          Jailed ex-Guatemalan president in stable condition after 'cardiac problem'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jailed former Guatemalan president Otto Perez was conscious and in stable condition and being evaluated by specialists at a hospital, the medical center's director said on Tuesday, after he suffered what his lawyer described was a "cardiac problem
           Temple Groundbreakings Done on the Same Day       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

May 8, 1999With fewer than two dozen temples built and dedicated in the Church’s first 150 years, the 22 days separating the groundbreakings for the Manti Utah Temple (April 25, 1877) and the Logan Utah Temple (May 18, 1877) was the shortest time difference between the start of two temples for more than a century.Hermosillo Sonora Mexico—Elder Eran A. CallOctober 17, 2015Suva Fiji—Elder Earl M. MonsonNovember 4, 2000April 24, 1999Ciudad Juarez Mexico—Elder Eran A. CallVillahermosa Mexico—Elder Richard E. Turley Sr.Tucson Arizona—President Dieter F. UchtdorfSince then, 10 other dates have seen ground broken for at least two different temples on the same day—including three temples each on March 13, 1999, and May 29, 1999.With President Gordon B. Hinckley’s push to have 100 temples by the end of the year 2000, groundbreakings, construction, and dedications increased dramatically. President James E. Faust, then Second Counselor to President Hinckley, held consecutive groundbreakings in Brazil in early May 1998—in Campinas on May 1 and Porto Alegre on May 2.Veracruz Mexico—Elder Carl B. PrattLubbock Texas—Elder Rex D. PinegarOctober 10, 1998In a seven-day stretch in February 1981, President Spencer W. Kimball presided at three temple groundbreakings in the South Pacific. Following the February 13 ceremony for the Papeete Tahiti Temple, President Kimball held back-to-back groundbreakings for the Nuku’alofa Tonga and Apia Samoa Temples on February 18 and 19, respectively.Adelaide Australia—Elder Vaughn J. FeatherstoneConcepcion Chile—Elder Walter F. GonzálezKona Hawaii—Elder John B. DicksonSan Antonio Texas—Elder H. Bruce StuckiColumbia South Carolina—Elder Gordon T. WattsMarch 29, 2003Two groundbreakings in as many days happened twice in September 1982—with Elder Boyd K. Packer in Lima, Peru, on the 11th, and Elder Richard G. Scott in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on the 12th.Helsinki Finland—Elder D. Lee ToblerRio de Janeiro Brazil—Elder Claudio R. M. CostaSpokane Washington—Elder F. Melvin HammondDetroit Michigan—Elder Jay E. Jensen Elder Jay E. Jensen, second from right, and Elder David E. Sorensen, four from the left, both of the Seventy, join local leaders in the groundbreaking for the Detroit Michigan Temple on October 10, 1998. The groundbreaking for the Spokane Washington Temple was held on the same day. Photo from the Church News archives.Copenhagen Denmark—Elder Spencer J. CondieMarch 13, 1999Oaxaca Mexico—Elder Carl B. PrattBaton Rouge Louisiana—Elder Monte L. BroughMonterrey Mexico—Elder Lynn A. MickelsenThen came a substantial increase in temples in the early 1980s—17 dedicated from 1983 to 1985 alone. The frequency meant the groundbreakings started coming more frequently and closer together.Louisville Kentucky—Elder John K. CarmackArequipa Peru—Elder Carlos A. GodoyMay 29, 1999Later that year came the first time two temple groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the same day—October 10, 1998—with Elder Jay E. Jensen for the Detroit Michigan Temple and Elder F. Melvin Hammond for the Spokane Washington Temple.Nashville Tennessee—Elder John K. CarmackMarch 4, 2017December 5, 1998January 9, 1999San Jose Costa Rica—Elder Lynn G. Robbins


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          Mountain View Homemakers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Featuring a presentation by Lisa Raymond, a physical therapist, about her experiences in rural villages in Guatemala. A potluck lunch will be provided by members. For more information call Tozi Rubin at 731-3360. Follow these topics:
          Blog Post: NAIJ Files Grievance over Sessions' Meddling in Castro-Tum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

"Judges’ Union Files Grievance Over DOJ’s Interference with Judicial Independence and Violation of the Due Process Rights of Those Appearing before the Immigration Courts; Guatemalan Youth Ordered Deported Despite Philadelphia-based Federal Judge’s Decision to Delay Hearing"

Press Release, Aug. 8, 2018 - "The National Association of Immigration Judges, the union that represents the nation’s roughly 350 federal Immigration Judges, filed a formal grievance today seeking redress for the unwarranted removal of cases from the docket of a Philadelphia-based judge, United States Immigration Judge Steven A. Morley. NAIJ also is seeking a written acknowledgement from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which oversees Immigration Courts, that no case assignment or reassignment be conducted in a manner that interferes with a judge’s decisional authority. According to the Judges’ filing, EOIR subverted the judicial process, undermined Judge Morley’s decisional independence, and impugned his competence and integrity, by removing pending cases scheduled for decision in order to obtain an Agency determined outcome.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions personally interceded in the Matter of Castro-Tum in January using the case to severely limit the authority of Immigration Judges to schedule and prioritize their cases, otherwise known as “administrative closure.” The matter was then remanded to Judge Morley to continue to preside over the proceedings.

At that remanded hearing, an attorney appeared as “friend of the court” on behalf of Castro-Tum. Finding that the legal notice of hearing was too rushed to proceed on that day, Judge Morley continued the case to assure adequate time for proper notice. Disagreeing with Judge Morley’s exercise of judgment to ensure that due process was observed, the Agency re-assigned the case to a supervisory judge who traveled from Virginia to Philadelphia to hear just this one case, presumably to assure that an in absentia removal order was issued.

Dozens of additional cases were also removed from Judge Morley's docket after he questioned the reliability of the addresses provided to the Court by the government on behalf of juvenile respondents, including Castro-Tum.

“The decisional independence of immigration judges is under siege,” said Tabaddor. “If allowed to stand, the Agency can simply forum-shop its cases for the outcome it wishes to achieve,” she added.

The grievance filed by NAIJ maintains that actions against Judge Morley, a well-known, respected impartial judge, violated the integrity of the Immigration Court proceedings. The NAIJ filing further states that EOIR’s actions undermined not only Judge Morley’s judicial independence and ability to properly manage his docket, but also threatens the ability of all Immigration Judges nationwide to fairly apply the immigration laws of the United States consistent with due process rights of all parties."

Ani Ucar, Vice News, Aug. 8, 2018 - "[T]he grievance is a sign that immigration judges are growing increasingly defiant of the Trump administration's efforts to control the way they manage their cases. “It is the most blatant example of an affront to decisional independence,” said Judge Dana Leigh Marks, president emeritus of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “It’s a threat to our very existence, the heart of what we are trying to protect.” ... “Morale is at an all-time horrible low,” said Judge Marks, who has been serving as an immigration judge in San Francisco for over 30 years. “Never in the history of the organization have we filed a grievance such as this that goes to the core of our existence.”


          Nut4Health, blockchain para acabar con la desnutrición      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Big data, blockchain, deep learning… Muchos se preguntan: ¿Qué utilidad tienen estas tecnologías para la vida diaria?

Una de sus aplicaciones es que soluciona problemas de gravedad como las hambrunas. Este es, precisamente, el objetivo de Nut4Health, una plataforma tecnológica basada en la cadena de bloques o blockchain "para acabar con la desnutrición; tan ambicioso como suena", afirma Borja Monreal, copromotor de este proyecto junto con Blanca Pérez. "Los dos hemos montado varias iniciativas juntos en la ONG SIC4Change, desde la que lanzamos proyectos tecnológicos para resolver problemas sociales. Nuestro objetivo no es solo crear empresas viables: es demostrar que se pueden generar empresas sociales rentables", prosigue.

Nut4Health transforma las intervenciones en países con desnutrición a través de la combinación de tecnología blockchain y desarrollo local. Establece un sistema de incentivos para dinamizar la búsqueda e identificación de casos de riesgo e implementar la prevención temprana. Para ello, transforma a los voluntarios encargados de hacer el primer rastreo en profesionales del diagnóstico, pagándoles por los resultados obtenidos. Los pagos son automatizados con ‘smart contracts’ (contratos inteligentes), que permiten una transparencia absoluta de los fondos y que garantizan la trazabilidad de la transacción. Igualmente, automatizar el diagnóstico hace posible minimizar errores humanos e integrar los datos para su posterior análisis, tanto en el tratamiento como en los procesos de toma de decisiones en el sistema sanitario.

"Nut4Health surge del dolor de participar en emergencias alimentarias y darnos cuenta de que los métodos y los mecanismos que se ponían en funcionamiento fracasaban estrepitosamente", relata Borja. "Así que decidimos emprender un análisis exhaustivo de todo el sistema, de arriba abajo: desde los que ponen el dinero a las instituciones encargadas de implementar las intervenciones y los técnicos y voluntarios que trabajaban en terreno. Tras seis meses de trabajo junto a decenas de expertos, conseguimos dibujar Nut4Health", detalla el emprendedor.

Para darle el empujón definitivo a este proyecto, Borja y Blanca presentaron su candidatura para participar en el Espacio Coworking EOI - SPEGC de Gran Canaria, una iniciativa del Gobierno de España desarrollada por la Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) y la Sociedad de Promoción Económica de Gran Canaria para apoyar la creación de startups innovadoras, que cuenta con la cofinanciación del Fondo Social Europeo. En palabras de Monreal: "Éramos conscientes de que necesitábamos el apoyo de expertos en áreas en las que nos faltaba expertise. Y teníamos que sacarlo de nuestro ámbito: de la gente como nosotros lo sabíamos casi todo, así que necesitábamos contrastarlo con otra que no estuviera en nuestra onda. Funcionó".

A lo largo de cinco meses, el equipo de Nut4Health ha recibido formación especializada en aspectos imprescindibles para emprender un negocio y ha trabajado codo a codo con expertos en emprendimiento de EOI que les han aportado las claves necesarias para impulsar esta iniciativa. 

Actualmente, Nut4Health está en fase de desarrollo. "Hemos llegado a un acuerdo de colaboración con Acción Contra el Hambre y presentado el proyecto a organizaciones financiadoras internacionales y nacionales. Estamos en conversaciones avanzadas para arrancar con un piloto en Guatemala a finales de año", explica Monreal. 

Este emprendedor tiene muy claro el objetivo social de su iniciativa: "Creemos en la tecnología como motor de cambio. Pero creemos mucho más en el cambio que las personas tienen que generar en las organizaciones, especialmente en las empresas, para hacer que los objetivos sociales pasen al centro del modelo de negocio. Si no tenemos en cuenta el entorno en el que nos desarrollamos, no habrá futuro para nadie. Todo lo demás son miradas cortoplacistas".


          Localizan dos reos muertos en el Preventivo de la zona 18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Archivado en: Preventivo de la zona 18 guatemala Guardias penitenciarios retiran cuerpos de pandilleros asesinados. (Foto Prensa Libre: Hemeroteca) Los cuerpos fueron encnontrados en el Sector 11 A y se presume que pertenecen a dos miembros de la Mara 18, informó el portavoz del Sistema Penitenciario (SP), Rudy Esquivel.
          Comentario en Netfree Movistar Guatemala 4g lte y 3g con psiphon handler rojo apk por luis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Así queman vivo a un violador de menores en Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Justicia indígena. En las imágenes captadas en un video que fue difundido en las redes sociales, se puede apreciar a un sujeto amarrado de pies y manos, mientras grita inútilmente: "¡Ayúdenme, ayúdenme!".

A pesar de que la gente le rodea, nadie intenta auxiliarlo, según recoge RT.--Ciudadanos prenden fuego a un presunto violador de menores en Guatemala --.

De acuerdo con medios internacionales, la primera versión que se había difundido era que los hechos habrían ocurrido en Chiapas; sin embargo, algunos medios locales de México han confirmado que se trata de una comunidad de Guatemala, la que castigó al presunto violador.

 


          Reporta Guatemala estable a Otto Pérez      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El ex Presidente de Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina, fue reportado estable en el hospital tras ser internado ayer por un padecimiento cardiaco.
          Colombia es el cuarto país que más invierte en Honduras      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Logística.  Argos invertirá en Choloma, Cortés.

San Pedro Sula, Honduras Totto, la empresa de textiles colombiana, ha visto en el mercado centroamericano un nicho de constante crecimiento.

En Honduras tiene más de 12 años de operaciones y ocho puntos de venta y 200 distribuidores a nivel nacional.

Totto está en más de 30 países con 650 puntos de venta y 3,000 personas empleadas y otros 7,000 en sus canales de distribución.

63.

3Millones de dólares esel saldo de las compras que Honduras hizo de Colombia y las ventas a ese país sumaron más de 12 millones dólares hasta mayo.

“La marca, con sus maletines, ropa y accesorios, se ha convertido en la primera opción de compra, porque las personas la relacionan con calidad”, refiere Allan Martínez, gerente de Mercadeo de Totto en Honduras.

La empresa conquistó en 2016 el reinado de bolsos y accesorios en Colombia con un incremento del 87% de las ganancias, al tiempo de seguir conquistando el extranjero con un plan de expansión que sigue hasta la fecha y con agenda de avanzar para la década del 2020.

A criterio de Martínez, parte de la recepción favorable de los consumidores es explicado por la tecnología y diseños puestos en cada producto.

Para Honduras, la inversión extranjera directa (IED) de Colombia sumó $13.

3 millones hasta marzo de este año.

Al cierre del año pasado, estos flujos de capital sumaron $103.

9 millones, un incremento interanual de 5.

3%.

Con este resultado, casi el 9% de la IED que recibió Honduras vino de ese país sudamericano, convirtiéndolo en el cuarto país que más invierte en Honduras, luego de Panamá (20%), Estados Unidos (17%) y Guatemala (9.

6%), conforme al BCH.

Otras empresas colombianas que operan a nivel nacional son Pintuco, por medio de su marca Protecto, Davivienda, Avianca y Cementos Argos.

Esta última anunció a principios de año la construcción de una planta para ampliar su capacidad de producción de cemento, misma que está valorada en $20 millones.

La obra denominada estación de molienda estará en Choloma, Cortés.

En el período 2000-2014, la IED colombiana a Centroamérica, según datos del Banco de la República de ese país, sumó $9.

231 millones.

De ellos, Panamá captó el 70.

7% de toda la inversión, seguido por Guatemala (10.

9%), El Salvador (7.

8%), Honduras (5.

8%) y Costa Rica (4.

9%), detalla un informe de la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (Cepal).

Los sectores financieros y empresariales, industria manufacturera, petróleo, electricidad, transporte y comercio al por mayor, son las actividades que más recibieron capital colombiano.

Argos invertirá en Choloma, Cortés.

EstrategiaLos mandatarios de Colombia y Honduras hablaron de potenciar dos importantes destinos de ambos países, San Andrés y Roatán.

La idea entre los dos países es impulsar un trabajo que explote en mejor forma el concepto de la economía naranja (basada en el talento, la cultura, la propiedad intelectual y la conectividad), indicó el presidente Juan Orlando Hernández en conferencia ayer en Tegucigalpa.

“Hablamos de complementar el trabajo entre las islas de Roatán y San Andrés; asimismo, de intercambios culturales por medio de un esquema bajo el concepto de la economía naranja, con actos culturales, recreaciones funcionales y otros aspectos”, explicó Hernández.

Añadió que en ese esquema de trabajo, en Honduras se pretende reforzar áreas de turismo a las que no se les había sacado el debido provecho, como la represa hidroeléctrica conocida como El Cajón.

“Debemos mejorar muchos aspectos en el turismo”, dijo Hernández.


          Así va la cotización del dólar en Centroamérica a mitad de semana      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

La Prensa

Ciudad de PanamáPrecios de venta en el día de hoy de las monedas de Centroamérica con relación al dólar estadounidense y su variación respecto a la jornada anterior: Países Moneda Precios Variación COSTA RICA Colón 570,65 (+0,02 %) GUATEMALA Quetzal 7,48 ( 0,00 %) HONDURAS Lempira 24,15 ( 0,00 %) NICARAGUA Córdoba 31,70 ( 0,00 %)


           Temple Groundbreakings Done on the Same Day       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baton Rouge Louisiana—Elder Monte L. BroughWith fewer than two dozen temples built and dedicated in the Church’s first 150 years, the 22 days separating the groundbreakings for the Manti Utah Temple (April 25, 1877) and the Logan Utah Temple (May 18, 1877) was the shortest time difference between the start of two temples for more than a century.January 9, 1999May 8, 1999Oaxaca Mexico—Elder Carl B. PrattApril 24, 1999Villahermosa Mexico—Elder Richard E. Turley Sr.Louisville Kentucky—Elder John K. CarmackCiudad Juarez Mexico—Elder Eran A. CallSan Jose Costa Rica—Elder Lynn G. RobbinsWith President Gordon B. Hinckley’s push to have 100 temples by the end of the year 2000, groundbreakings, construction, and dedications increased dramatically. President James E. Faust, then Second Counselor to President Hinckley, held consecutive groundbreakings in Brazil in early May 1998—in Campinas on May 1 and Porto Alegre on May 2.Suva Fiji—Elder Earl M. MonsonHermosillo Sonora Mexico—Elder Eran A. CallSince then, 10 other dates have seen ground broken for at least two different temples on the same day—including three temples each on March 13, 1999, and May 29, 1999.Rio de Janeiro Brazil—Elder Claudio R. M. CostaNashville Tennessee—Elder John K. CarmackMonterrey Mexico—Elder Lynn A. MickelsenArequipa Peru—Elder Carlos A. GodoyVeracruz Mexico—Elder Carl B. PrattConcepcion Chile—Elder Walter F. GonzálezIn a seven-day stretch in February 1981, President Spencer W. Kimball presided at three temple groundbreakings in the South Pacific. Following the February 13 ceremony for the Papeete Tahiti Temple, President Kimball held back-to-back groundbreakings for the Nuku’alofa Tonga and Apia Samoa Temples on February 18 and 19, respectively.Helsinki Finland—Elder D. Lee Tobler Elder Jay E. Jensen, second from right, and Elder David E. Sorensen, four from the left, both of the Seventy, join local leaders in the groundbreaking for the Detroit Michigan Temple on October 10, 1998. The groundbreaking for the Spokane Washington Temple was held on the same day. Photo from the Church News archives.March 13, 1999Kona Hawaii—Elder John B. DicksonTwo groundbreakings in as many days happened twice in September 1982—with Elder Boyd K. Packer in Lima, Peru, on the 11th, and Elder Richard G. Scott in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on the 12th.March 29, 2003November 4, 2000Later that year came the first time two temple groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the same day—October 10, 1998—with Elder Jay E. Jensen for the Detroit Michigan Temple and Elder F. Melvin Hammond for the Spokane Washington Temple.Copenhagen Denmark—Elder Spencer J. CondieMarch 4, 2017Columbia South Carolina—Elder Gordon T. WattsThen came a substantial increase in temples in the early 1980s—17 dedicated from 1983 to 1985 alone. The frequency meant the groundbreakings started coming more frequently and closer together.October 10, 1998October 17, 2015May 29, 1999Detroit Michigan—Elder Jay E. JensenSan Antonio Texas—Elder H. Bruce StuckiDecember 5, 1998Lubbock Texas—Elder Rex D. PinegarAdelaide Australia—Elder Vaughn J. FeatherstoneSpokane Washington—Elder F. Melvin HammondTucson Arizona—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf


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          MAGA busca fortalecer lazos productivos con Estados Unidos de América      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Impulso a las alianzas público-privadas y exportación de productos agrícolas desde Guatemala es el propósito de una gira de trabajo en Washington, Estados Unidos, encabezada por el Ministro de Agricultura Mario Méndez Montenegro y representantes de la Cámara del Agro, AGEXPORT y ANACAFÉ. La visita comenzó con un acercamiento entre el embajador de Guatemala, Manuel […]
          Guatemala: Volcán de Fuego registra una nueva y fuerte explosión con avalanchas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Es la primera explosión fuerte en las últimas seis semanas. La última erupción ocasionó 165 muertos.

          A Warming World Creates Desperate People      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last year I traveled to southern Guatemala, the source of one of the largest migrations of unauthorized immigrants to the United States in recent years. It’s clear why people are leaving: Guatemala is a country rife with political conflict, endemic racism against indigenous people, poverty and, increasingly, gang violence. But there’s another, lesser-known dimension to …

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          Global Hope      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Brian KaylorIn the U.S. context, we often hear laments about the decline of Christianity, how younger generations are walking away from faith and about our culture’s increasing embrace of immorality. If we hear such stories of doom and gloom enough, perhaps we start to believe them. But what if there’s more to the story?

In the U.S. context, we often hear laments about the decline of Christianity, how younger generations are walking away from faith and about our culture’s increasing embrace of immorality. If we hear such stories of doom and gloom enough, perhaps we start to believe them. But what if there’s more to the story?

Brian KaylorBrian KaylorLast month, I attended the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance. It’s inspiring and convicting to hear Baptists from nearly 50 nations testify about their work and their challenges. One cannot stay at such gatherings long before realizing that God is at work in the world. Rather than accept the stories of decline — which can become a self-fulfilling prophecy — we should instead press forward with a spirit of biblical hopefulness.

Here are some statistics that capture the big picture. While BWA Baptists in North America have declined over the past 25 years and those in Europe have plateaued, we see a global revival in other regions. BWA General Secretary Elijah Brown explained why he’s excited about what’s happening right now among Baptists globally.

“In the 400 years of the Baptist movement, the last 25 years have seen the greatest expansion of the Baptist faith around the world — unprecedented growth,” Brown said. “In the last 25 years, Baptists in the Caribbean have grown 76 percent, in Asia-Pacific they’ve grown 119 percent, in Latin America 190 percent and in the last 25 years, Baptists in Africa have grown 800 percent. And the good news? In many of these areas, the revival is just beginning.”

What Brown noted in overall statistics matches what I’ve seen firsthand in numerous contexts, such as among Baptists in Cuba, Guatemala, India and Turkey. Baptists are planting new churches, sometimes so quickly that there’s a critical need for more pastors with theological training. Even in contexts of persecution — like in Turkey — Baptists are baptizing new believers and planting new churches. If there, why not here? If them, why not us?

Those of us in the U.S. should pay attention. We need to pray for the faithful witness of our Baptist brothers and sisters, that God would continue to bless their ministries and fuel their zeal. And we need to support them, not to direct their effort but to join hands where God is already working.

But beyond praying and supporting, we also need to listen. As Brown noted, “The BWA is critical for Baptists in North America who often perceive that their faith community is shrinking.”

That’s why we must remain connected with the global Church. Not for them. They don’t need us to save them for they already have a Savior. (They could, of course, accomplish more with our support as long as we don’t try to take over and mess up their work.) No, we need to remain connected for us.

We need them. We need their passion. We need their faith. We need their hope. To paraphrase Paul in 1 Corinthians 12, “The American cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” God has put us together and, as Paul reminded us, we “should have equal concern for each other.”

If we keep telling ourselves the same story, eventually we believe it and live it out. If we see our faith as dying, we will add to the decline. But if we are willing to see ourselves as part of a greater story — and humbly recognize those in other nations who are leading the way — then that spirit of hopefulness can renew our own passion for missions there and here. That’s the power of hope. Or, as Isaiah reminded us, it is that hope in the Lord that transforms us from fainting while walking to soaring on wings like eagles.

That’s why I agree with the line in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” which tells the story of a Joseph-like character wrongly imprisoned and yet a blessing within prison to all who befriend him. That character, Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins), tells his good friend Red (played by Morgan Freeman), “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”

Brian Kaylor is editor & president of Word&Way.


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Avianca launches services to Orlando from Guatemala City, Lima and San Salvador. Avianca launched three new services to Orlando, FL. (MCO) from Guatemala City (GUA) and Lima (LIM) and San Salvador (SAL) this week. The former two launched on 1 August, while the latter was inaugurated the following day. The routes to Guatemala City and San […]

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          GUATEMALA / INDIGENOUS WOMEN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In Guatemala, indigenous people make up around 40 percent of the population. They are nearly three times as likely to live in extreme poverty as others in the country and, as many of them live off the land, this is compounded by a changing climate. But now cooking classes are giving some indigenous women a path out of poverty. IFAD
          The most persistent and pernicious canard      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
One of the most persistent and pernicious canards we hear about Third World invaders of White lands is that if given a chance to settle they'll become 'just like us', law-abiding and productive. So why aren't they like that in their home countries? Ah, that would be because they have to 'endure' high levels of crime and corruption there. And who are the instigators of said crime and corruption? Well, unless unknown interlopers are making daring nightly raids  across their borders then their own people are to blame. 

The overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants to the USA are from Latin America and that region is one of the world's worst in terms of the murder, poverty and corruption upon which lie a flimsy and delusional patina of democracy. Unbelievably almost 120 politicians were murdered in the run up to Mexico's most recent election. But this just reflects the rest of society. The homicide rate stands around 22 per 100,000 population — near the levels of Columbia and Guatemala. By way of contrast the USA rate is 5 (the vast majority of murderers are non-White) while Ireland's is less than 1.  The real high achievers are Honduras (44) and El Salvador (60) - both, by the way, rich sources of illegal immigration to the USA.

Meanwhile in Brazil, that happy samba-land of multicultural bliss, things have got so bad that, according to Zero Hedge the country's elites have become "totally freaked out" and are fleeing 'bloodshed and chaos'. 'Amid the economic, political, and social collapse, Brazil has been described by many as being in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse” as years of corruption and violence spectacularly implodes all at once. Horrified by the out of control violence and pessimistic about the nation’s political and economic outlook, thousands of wealthy Brazilians are now fleeing the country'. A well-known actor said he has considered moving his family to Europe for the safety of his three children. “In several years, they’re going to want to go out, to start dating, without worrying about getting shot.”  Well there's a simple answer to that: Ban guns.

It makes perfect sense for Third Worlders to emigrate to wealthy, safe and clean White countries. It makes no sense whatsoever for White countries to let them in because, as we see in the barrios and ghettos of America and Europe they'll turn their new host countries into mirrors of the ones they fled. While complaining bitterly about the racism of their hosts. 

No less an authority than Plato recognised this phenomenon more than 2,000 years ago when he said that 'this City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.'

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How safe is Gautemala these days? I traveled there 20+ years ago, but I have found all the crime statistics on the web disturbing. Flying into Guatemala City seems extremely scarey! I am flying in next Thursday for 8 days in Antigua...just concerned. Anyone out there have any thoughts on this?

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          Flights into Copan, Honduras from Guatemala City      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
.. Flying into Guatemala city in November on our way to Antigua. My wife and I have decided we'd like to visit Copan on this trip. Have read the horror stories about bus tours from Antigua leaving at an unheard of 3-4am (I am NOT an early riser..) and taking 7 hours each way..!! so we have decided to fly. WE know there is aan airport in Copna Ruinas, but WHO flys there??

So far.. the only info I have not been able to find anywhere on the www is flight information from Guatemala City. Are there flights to Copan from Guatemala city? I can't even find a phone number for information inside the Guate airport to ask... Anyone have any ideas how I could find out? Any advice would be appreciated..
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Un megaoperativo policial llevado a cabo hoy de manera simultánea en siete departamentos de Guatemala deja preliminarmente a 28 presuntos extorsionistas capturados, según una fuente oficial. “Se reportan 28 capturas de presuntos extorsionistas durante los allanamientos que simultáneamente se desarrollan en coordinación con fiscales del Ministerio Público para aprehender a integrantes de estructuras criminales que...
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Dia dos Povos Indígenas

Rigoberta Menchú nasceu na Guatemala, quatro séculos e meio depois da conquista feita por Pedro de Alvarado e cinco anos depois da conquista feita por Dwight Eisenhower.
Em 1982, quando o Exército arrasou as montanhas maias, quase toda a família de Rigoberta foi exterminada, e a aldeia onde seu umbigo tinha sido enterrado para que surgisse milho  foi apagada do mapa.
Dez anos mais tarde, ela recebeu o prêmio Nobel da Paz. E declarou:
— Recebo este prêmio como uma homenagem ao povo maia, embora chegue com quinhentos anos de atraso.
Os maias são gente de paciência. Sobreviveram a cinco séculos de carnificina.
Eles sabem que o tempo, como a aranha, tece devagar.

Eduardo Galeano, no livro ‘Os filhos dos dias’. 2ª ediçãoo, página 255. L&PM Editores


          World: Humanitarian Funding Update July 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Funding Required: $25.41B
Funding Received: $9.39B
Unmet Requirements: $16.02B
Coverage: 37.0%

People in need: 134.0M
People to receive aid: 95.8M
Countries affected: 41

As of the end of July 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.41 billion to assist 95.8 billion people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The 21 HRPs and the Syria 3RP were funded at $9.52 billion: 37 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Humanitarian organisations still require $16.02 billion to meet the needs covered by these plans.

Requirements are $2 billion higher than last year at the same time. Overall coverage is also slightly higher (three per cent), with $1.4 billion more received this year than last.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 31 July 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $333 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund, including $233 million through the rapid response window and $100 million through the underfunded emergencies window. In July, $24 million was approved in rapid response grants to respond to displacement in Ethiopia, population movement from Venezuela into Colombia, worsening food insecurity in Niger, and a volcanic eruption in Guatemala. The largest allocation was $15 million to provide relief items, safe water, sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition treatment to 800,000 people displaced by inter-communal violence in Gedeo and West Guji in Ethiopia.

Between 1 January and 6 August 2018, 17 country-based pooled funds (CBPF) received $536 million in contributions from 30 donors (including $80 million in pledges). During this period, $369 million were allocated to a total of 663 humanitarian projects, implemented by 443 partners, with the funds in Yemen ($92 million), DRC ($36 million) and Iraq ($34 million) allocating the largest amounts. During July, the funds in Afghanistan, Jordan, Nigeria, South Sudan and Turkey were processing allocations. As for overall CBPF allocations, 58 per cent were disbursed to NGOs, including 19 per cent ($71 million) directly to national and local NGOs. Another 41 per cent ($150 million) was allocated to UN agencies and 1 per cent of funding was allocated to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations.

Country updates

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Some 22.2 million people – about 75 per cent of the population – require humanitarian assistance or protection. This includes 8.4 million people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. An unprecedented outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea has resulted in more than 1.1 million cases since April 2017. Escalating conflict in Hudaydah has displaced more than 350,000 people since 1 June. More than 90 per cent of these people have received emergency relief packages distributed by humanitarian partners. Sustained hostilities in Hudaydah city, interruptions to port operations or a siege would be catastrophic and must be avoided. Humanitarian programmes have expanded significantly across Yemen. In June, partners provided emergency food assistance to 7.5 million people – an increase of 200,000 people since January. Similar increases have occurred in other sectors. As of mid-year, about 60 per cent of people targeted with assistance had been reached. Generous and flexible funding has been key. Donors have provided more than 60 per cent of the HRP’s $3 billion requirements – including an early, unearmarked $930 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Partners recently sequenced the HRP to show first-line, second-line and full response activities, and require full funding to deliver all programmes based on this plan.

Needs remain high in Ethiopia with 7.88 million people food insecure, as per the Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) released in March. There has been a major surge in displacement since the beginning of June around Gedeo (SNNPR) and West Guji (Oromia) zones resulting in the release of a response plan which seeks $117.7m to assist the 818,250 recently displaced people. Some funding has already been mobilized by Government and partners, primarily through reallocating resources that were originally intended for important response elsewhere in the country under the HDRP.

Fighting in south-west Syria continued to impact hundreds of thousands of civilians, with 180,000 people remaining newly displaced as of the end of July. Aerial bombardment and artillery shelling resulted in civilian deaths and destruction of civilian infrastructure in many areas. Humanitarian workers and service providers were caught up in the violence, with many displaced alongside other civilians. Humanitarian response continued in Dar’a governorate, building on cross-border prepositioning and subsequently drawing on programming from inside Syria. However more than 100,000 newly displaced people remained largely cut off from sustained assistance in Quneitra governorate. Partners identified priority requirements of $85 million to cover the most urgent protection and assistance needs of 300,000 people across the south-west up until mid-October. Concerns also persist around the threat of further military escalation in the north-west of the country, where the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Aleppo and Idleb governorates had increased by close to 600,000 by mid-year, to a total of 4.2 million, of whom half were in acute need. Response across the north-west continues to depend on cross-border assistance delivered from Turkey.

At least 3.4 million people in Cameroon need humanitarian assistance and protection. Six out of ten regions are affected by humanitarian crises related to Boko Haram in the Far North, the conflict in the Central African Republic and the worsening situation in the Anglophone regions. Further, growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are affecting over 2.6 million people, including 1.5 million children, and there is an ongoing cholera outbreak in the Center and North regions. The 2018 HRP calls for $319.7 million but is only 23 per cent funded. Additional donor support is critical to ensure life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable populations, especially the newly displaced persons in the Far North and the South-West.

Although the number of IDPs in the Central African Republic (CAR) fell to 608,000 during June, a seven per cent decrease compared to May, this does not indicate an improvement of the situation. The tensions and armed violence that erupted in April continue, and are causing new displacements in areas with very limited access. More than half (354,017) of the IDPs are staying with host families, while some 249,522 are in IDP sites and settlements, and another 4,489 are scattered in the bush, in desperate need of assistance. Increasing insecurity is affecting the delivery of aid, as five humanitarian workers have been killed since the beginning of 2018, making CAR one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Moreover, underfunding remains one of the biggest impediments to stepping up the humanitarian response. At mid-year, the 2018 HRP had only received 26 per cent of its $515.6 million requirement. Without additional funding, humanitarian actors will be unable to address the needs of 1.9 million people targeted in the Plan.

The Marawi Conflict Response and Resources Overview (Mindanao, Philippines) seeks $61 million to provide essential services, food security, protection, livelihood and early recovery support for 199,000 conflict-affected people in Mindanao, of whom 69,412 are still displaced, from July 2017 to December 2018. While an organized return is underway, the majority of those who were forced to flee during the conflict will continue to require humanitarian assistance until sustainable recovery activities are underway, especially for those from the most affected areas of the city. Some $11 million (18%) has been received to-date.

Afghanistan is in the midst of a drought, the scale of which has not been seen since 2011. It has already resulted in some 84,000 people being displaced to Hirat City in western Afghanistan, with up to 150,000 at risk of being displaced. In 2017, wheat production was at an all-time low (57 per cent under the five-year average) and the expected shortfall in production in 2018 is decreasing further -- from 4.2 million metric tonnes to 3.5 million metric tonnes. This decrease is impacting some two million already food insecure people across two thirds of Afghanistan. The ongoing drought led the Humanitarian Country Team to increase the Afghanistan 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan requirements by $117 million, for a total of $547 million. The HRP is currently only 29 per cent funded. Additional funding is required to provide food security, agriculture, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional support. The humanitarian community is currently conducting a multi-sectoral humanitarian-development assessment, led by OCHA and UNDP, to examine both humanitarian needs and the wider, long-term complexities underpinning the drought crisis, that would need structural support through development programming.

Four years of conflict have put a tremendous strain on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. Disrupted access to critical facilities and diminished livelihoods mean that some 3.4 million people are without basic supplies and services and need assistance for protection and survival. Some 200,000 people live under constant fear of shelling every day. One and a half million Ukrainians have been displaced across the country and cannot return home due to hostilities or lost livelihoods. Over 1 million civilians cross the “contact line” every month through operational checkpoints, which lack required shade, cooling spaces and healthcare facilities. Under these conditions, coupled with prolonged waiting hours and summer heat, civilians—many of them elderly—suffer health-related complications. Funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan is urgently needed, as only 27 per cent of the required $187 million has been received so far to respond to the urgent needs of 2.3 million vulnerable Ukrainians with assistance and protection throughout 2018.

Haiti is well into the hurricane season and increased international support for emergency preparedness efforts is required. Haitians are still recovering from consecutive natural disasters, including a major earthquake, hurricanes, floods and drought, and need sustained support. This support is not only to obtain life’s basic necessities, but also to move beyond recurring disasters and build sustainable livelihoods and live in resilient communities that are prepared for future shocks. Humanitarian actors aim to provide humanitarian assistance and protection services to the 2.2 million most vulnerable Haitians, but they have received only 9 per cent of the required $252 million this year.


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El volcán de Fuego, en el suroeste de Guatemala, aumentó este miércoles sus erupciones llevando a las autoridades a incrementar la vigilancia del coloso que en junio reportó una violenta erupción que dejó 165 muertos y 260 desaparecidos. David de León, portavoz de protección civil, dijo a periodistas que el volcán tuvo “una erupción fuerte” … Continua leyendo "Guatemala vigila nuevo incremento eruptivo del volcán de Fuego"
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          Preserving Guatemala’s Ancient Dance of the Gods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Adorned in hand-carved masks and animal hides, the dancers bob and weave before delighted onlookers who’ve traveled from near and far. This is Baile del Venado, one of many Mayan dances integral to Guatemalan history and religion. The “Deer Dance” signifies the coexistence of humans, animals and the greater natural world; and it blesses the lives, work and harvests of those who perform it. In Patzún, Guatemala, villagers perform the Deer Dance the day before the Feast of Corpus Christi, a Catholic holiday celebrated throughout Central and South America.

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El ex Presidente de Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina, fue reportado estable en el hospital tras ser internado ayer por un padecimiento cardiaco.
          Insight Guides Guatemala, Belize and Yucatan, 4 edition      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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El Ballet Nacional de Guatemala, del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes volverá a la Gran Sala “Efraín Recinos” del Centro Cultural “Miguel Ángel Asturias” para presentar su Temporada Oficial 2018. Los fines de semana del 11 de agosto al 2 de septiembre, la compañía de danza ofrecerá tres programas. Los sábados se presentará a las […]
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Integrantes de la Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) impartirán talleres a miembros de las orquestas juveniles del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, durante la semana del 6 al 10 de agosto en Quetzaltenango. Esta capacitación forma parte  del proyecto de cooperación Iberorquestas, al que pertenece Guatemala. Los talleres en la región sur-occidental de Guatemala, […]
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While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. Español

Crowds of supporters during Daniel Ortega's inauguration speech. Wikimedia Commons. All Rights Reserved.

For three months Daniel Ortega and his government in Nicaragua were under intense pressure to resign – from protesters and opposition groups, from local media and from right-wing politicians in the US. But by mid-July it became clear that, despite persistent images of near-collapse painted by the international press, the country appears to be returning to something close to normality. How did a protest that seemed so strong when it began, lose momentum so quickly?

Daniel Ortega has been in power since 2007, in the last election won 72% of the vote and until recently was running high in independent opinion polls. Despite this, a casual reader of the national and international media would get the impression that he’s deeply despised.

In Open Democracy, the international protest group SOS Nicaragua calls him a “tyrant hell-bent on the bloody repression of the nation.” His local detractors agree. For example, on July 10 Vilma Núñez, a longstanding opponent of Ortega’s who was originally his ally, told the BBC that he is rolling out an “extermination plan” for Nicaragua.

When rebels briefly held one of Nicaragua’s cities a few weeks ago, their leaders said they had ended “eleven years of repression”. SOS Nicaragua even claims that Ortega is a “more hated and more long-lived tyrant than Nicaragua’s former dictator” (Anastasio Somoza and his family, who ruled Nicaragua ruthlessly for more than 40 years).

A casual glance at social media will show that plenty of people share these views, and at the peak of the opposition’s popularity they clearly had considerable traction. But the opposition’s first mistake might have been its overblown rhetoric, as people began to question whether it squared with their own perceptions.

For example, until April this year, Nicaragua was the second safest country in Latin America despite also being one of the poorest. Its police were renowned for their community-based methods in which (unlike in the “northern triangle” countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) killings by police officers were a rarity. Drugs-related crime was at a minimum and the violent gangs found in neighbouring countries didn’t exist.

Of course the police weren’t perfect, but people could safely report problems such as domestic violence without expecting a violent response from police themselves. Yet the same police are now labelled “assassins” by the opposition and blamed for the majority of the deaths since the protests started.

No one has questioned how a force with a record of limited violence was transformed overnight into ruthless murderers, supposedly capable of torture and even of killing children.

That there have been violent deaths in the past three months is not in doubt. Bloomberg repeated the claim from local human rights groups that 448 had died by the end of July. However, a detailed analysis of those reported in the first two months of the crisis showed how the numbers were being manipulated. By then nearly 300 deaths had been recorded by the two main human rights organisations or by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

A claim made right from the beginning by the protesters was that they were either unarmed or at best had only homemade weapons to protect themselves. Again, the international media were convinced. But local people could see otherwise.

A case-by-case analysis showed that of those listed only about 120 were definitely attributable to the protests, with many unrelated to the events or having unclear causes, or involved bystanders or resulted from double-counting.  Of course, the exaggerated picture is still held in many people’s minds (only the other day someone told my wife that “hundreds of students have been killed”), but many others have gradually realised that no massacre has in fact occurred.

In an important respect the opposition succeeded. They created what The Guardian calls “a widespread and growing consensus within the international community that Nicaragua’s government is in fact largely responsible for the bloodshed.” While human rights NGOs repeat the message that the police and security forces (in Amnesty International’s words) “shoot to kill”, the people themselves mostly know otherwise. Whatever the provenance of the deaths in the April protests, recent victims have often been government supporters or the police themselves.

In an analytic interview, Nils McCune explained to journalist Max Blumenthal how the opposition violence grew and Sandinistas were persecuted. Examples include a little reported incident on July 12, in which opposition gunmen killed four police and a schoolteacher in the small town of Morrito, kidnapping nine others.

On July 15, protesters captured a policeman from Jinotepe while he was on his way home, tortured him and burnt his body. Of the deaths verified in the analysis above, about half are of government officials, police or Sandinista supporters. On August 4 there was a massive march in Managua of government supporters calling for justice for these deaths, which are little reported internationally.

A claim made right from the beginning by the protesters was that they were either unarmed or at best had only homemade weapons to protect themselves. Again, the international media were convinced. But local people could see otherwise. The dangerous homemade mortars were soon being supplemented by more serious weapons. In the places where the protesters rested control of the streets, AK47s and other arms were being carried openly.

This was not surprising, as what started as mainly a student protest quickly changed to one in which trouble-makers were recruited from outside. There were reports from various cities of youths being paid to man the barricades; in some cases, more serious criminals became involved.

One of the student leaders of the protest, Harley Morales, admitted on June 10 that they had lost touch with what was happening on the streets. It was increasingly clear to local people that the coup attempt was leading to danger and insecurity of a kind they hadn’t experienced for years.

An initially successful element of the opposition’s campaign was building road blocks (“tranques”) on city streets and on the country’s half-dozen main highways. At one point the country was effectively paralysed and the government was forced to demand the lifting of the tranques before it would continue with the “national dialogue” aimed at resolving the crisis (hosted by Catholic bishops and involving both opposition and government supporters).

If the opposition had been sensible, it would have taken the government at its word, lifted the blockades and insisted that the dialogue proceed at pace. But either it was hooked on the power that the blockades had given it, or it couldn’t control those who were manning them. As well as simply being intimidating for local people to cross and very disruptive for local businesses, by this stage the tranques were the main focus of violence.

They quickly turned from being an opposition asset to being the main reason why people wanted a quick return to “normality” (a plea frequently heard in the streets). In the space of only a week or two, the opposition lost perhaps the best chance it had to influence the outcome of the crisis. When police and paramilitaries finally moved in to clear the tranques, people were out celebrating in Leon, Carazo and Masaya.

Another area in which the opposition wasted its initial gains was in use of social media. The starting point for the crisis was a forest fire in one of the country’s remote reserves. The opposition accused the government of ignoring the fire and turning down offers of help to fight it. By the time these were shown to be false, attention had moved on to a much more inflammatory issue, reforms to the social security system.

The strength and pace of the protests were fuelled by a stream of real and fake news, principally via Facebook. Of course government supporters were doing the same, but the opposition proved far more effective.

Again, there were distorted messages both about the reforms themselves and the subsequent protests. In perhaps the first example of mass manipulation of social media in Nicaragua since smartphones became widely available a couple of years ago, the strength and pace of the protests were fuelled by a stream of real and fake news, principally via Facebook. Of course government supporters were doing the same, but the opposition proved far more effective.

Any death was of a protester. Scenes were staged of tearful students uttering their “last messages” while under fire or people “confessing” to doing the government’s dirty work. While manipulation by the government side was more obvious and less sophisticated, many people became sceptical about what they saw on their phones and began to place more trust in their own experiences.

As the opposition became more desperate, social media took a turn for the worse, with instructions to track down and kill government “toads” (“zapos”), leading to the victimising and even torturing of government workers and supporters.  The intolerance has spread to the US and Europe, with SOS Nicaragua members shouting down anyone speaking about Nicaragua who does not support their line (as happened in early August in San Francisco).

Yet another opposition tactic that misfired was in calling strikes. That these came about was due to big business, which for long was happy to live with the Ortega government but was called to action by the US ambassador in March, when she told them they needed to get involved in politics. From day one they supported the opposition, even at the cost of their own businesses.

But Nicaragua is unique in Latin America in having only modest reliance on big firms. Thanks both to the nature of its economy and support from the Ortega government, small businesses, artesan workshops, co-ops and small farmers have grown in number.

What’s known as the “popular economy” contributes 64% of national income, far higher than is the case with Nicaragua’s neighbours. As well as being strangled by the tranques, small businesses couldn’t cope with strikes. Some observed them (perhaps under threat) but many did not, and the opposition lost other potential allies.

The protest marches, tranques and strikes were all aimed at putting pressure on the government, with the (televised) national dialogue as the public platform. Here, the opposition not only missed its best chance to secure reforms but its attacks misfired in other ways. It had only one argument, repeatedly put forward, that the government was responsible for all the deaths that were happening and must resign forthwith.

In other words, it didn’t really want dialogue at all. A belligerence that found approval among its hard-core supporters was simply off-putting to the majority of people who desperately wanted a negotiated outcome that would end the violence. The national dialogue now receives little attention, in part because the government has regained control of the streets but also because it is obvious that the opposition were using it only to insult and criticise, with no real intention of engaging properly.

Furthermore, instead of the Catholic church staying to one side as mediators, their priests have again and again been found to support the protests, so their role as neutral actors in the dialogue is no longer credible, if it ever was.

By aligning itself with the right wing of the US Republican party through its well-publicised trips to Washington and Miami, and its acceptance of US government finance, the opposition points to a change of political direction for Nicaragua which would be anathema to most Sandinistas and even to many of its own supporters.

By having to speak publicly in the dialogue, the opposition has also exposed other weaknesses. While it is united in wanting Ortega to go, it is divided on tactics and even more fundamentally in its politics. Whatever one thinks of the Ortega government, it can be seen to have taken the country in a certain direction and to have accumulated many social achievements during its eleven years in power.

What would happen to these? Even on the issue that ostensibly began the protests, the national social security fund, the opposition offers no clear alternative. Worse, by aligning itself with the right wing of the US Republican party through its well-publicised trips to Washington and Miami, and its acceptance of US government finance (detailed by the Grayzone Project), the opposition points to a change of political direction for Nicaragua which would be anathema to most Sandinistas and even to many of its own supporters.

There is a paradox here, because a tactic which backfired in Nicaragua may yet serve the opposition’s cause internationally and damage both Nicaragua and the Ortega government in a different way. While for the Trump administration Nicaragua is hardly a priority, there is long-running resentment about the success of Sandinista governments within the US establishment, awoken by the recent protests.

The same establishment also sees an opportunity to attack an ally of Venezuela’s. It has been working hard in bodies like the Organisation of American States, aided by its new allies in the region, to restrict Nicaragua’s support to the small number of Latin American countries that refuse to play the US game. While the OAS/OEA can take few concrete steps itself, it is contributing to an image of Nicaragua among US lawmakers that may allow sanctions to be imposed that could be very damaging to its economy and hence to its people.

As a result of all the opposition’s mistakes, and of the government’s concerted action to regain control, Nicaragua’s real situation has shifted markedly in the few weeks since mid-July. But international commentators are failing to keep up. The New York Times, Huffington Post, Guardian and other media continue to talk about the tyranny, or the mounting political violence, or (in the case of Huffpost) even the rise of fascism in Nicaragua.

In Open Democracy, José Zepeda claims that “the majority of the Nicaraguan people have turned their backs on [Ortega]”.  In Canada, the Ottawa Citizen talked about Nicaragua imploding. But most of these correspondents are not in the country. In practice the violence has slowed almost to a halt, Nicaraguan cities are clear of barricades and normal life is being resumed. The prevailing feeling is one of relief, and better-informed commentators have begun to conclude that the attempted coup has failed.

Of course there are enormous challenges, and huge potential pitfalls for a government now having to repair the country’s infrastructure with reduced tax revenues, scarce international investment and near-zero tourism, as well as facing open hostility from its neighbours and possible economic sanctions by the United States. But in terms of the strength of its core support among Nicaraguan people, Daniel Ortega’s government may even be stronger now than it was before the crisis began.

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Las alertas que han emitido los diferentes países a sus ciudadanos sobre la peligrosidad de viajar a Nicaragua cierran las oportunidades de trabajo para los turoperadores del país.

“Hemos llegado a un nivel de cancelaciones del 90% de reservaciones porque tenemos sobre el país advertencias de viajes (…); le están diciendo a ese flujo turístico que Nicaragua en estos momentos no está en condiciones para recibir visitantes”,  dijo la presidenta de la Asociación de Turoperadoras (Antur), Claudia Aguirre, tras participar en un encuentro de representantes del sector turismo que buscan una estrategia para enfrentar la crisis.

Antur aglutina a 45 turoperadoras, de las cuales 15 han cerrado, y las que aún sobreviven están ofreciendo rutas en zonas donde  existen ciertos niveles de seguridad al momento de desplazarse.

 Pasajes más caros por la reducción de vuelos

“(Por ejemplo) alguien que pueda venir de la frontera de Peñas Blancas que pueda movilizarse en zonas cercas, alguien que pueda llegar a El Castillo, Solentiname. Estamos hablando de una mínima expresión, de un 10%. Pero, de ahí la otra franja y los otros destinos que históricamente han sido de actividad de turismo lógicamente ahí no  hay reservaciones”, indicó Aguirre.

En León, Granada, Masaya, Rivas y Managua es donde se realizan las actividades de mayor preferencia de los turistas, según el Instituto Nicaraguense de Turismo (Intur), zonas que han sido más afectada por la situación del país, lo cual deja en desventaja a los prestadores de servicios para el turismo.

“Nosotros somos nicaragüenses y nos desplazamos a Granada, León y para nosotros mismos, los nicaragüenses, es tensionante”, mencionó Aguirre.

Por su parte,  la presidenta la Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur), Lucy Valenti, demandó a las autoridades gubernamentales “sacar de circulación a los paramilitares”, porque de lo contrario ni el turismo interno podrá desplazarse con tranquilidad en los diferentes destinos.

 Encapuchados ahuyentan a turistas, afirman dueños de negocios

El Intur registra que los turistas prefieren realizar actividades que demandan desplazamientos como visita de ciudades coloniales, pueblos blancos, isletas de Granada, Isla de Ometepe, reservas naturales, mercado de artesanía y la ruta del norte.

Nicaragua fuera de multidestinos

Las touroperadoras que tienen alianzas con sus pares en Nicaragua han reestructurado el itinerario de sus clientes, pues no existen “condiciones de seguridad óptimas” para el turista.

Las fuentes relacionadas al sector apuntan a que Costa Rica y Guatemala, principalmente, están captando a ese flujo de visitantes.

“El  visitante que venía a Nicaragua lo que hace es quedarse más  (tiempo) en Costa Rica”, aseveró Aguirre.

Valenti lamentó que el trabajo que venían realizando en esa vía, no tenga frutos en este momento. “No se está incluyendo a Nicaragua en estos momentos por la situación, seguramente se están yendo  a Costa Rica, Panamá, Guatemala, incluso Honduras y El Salvador, que también tiene multidestinos”.

Mientras que el presidente de la Asociación de Pequeños Hoteleros de Nicaragua (Hopen), Héctor Jiménez, afirmó que “Costa Rica está en bonanza, porque tiene sus turistas y el (turista) que no nos está viniendo a nosotros”.

 La corrupción de Guatemala es nociva para la economía de Centroamérica

Ese comportamiento ha obligado a los pequeños hoteleros a regresar el dinero a los huéspedes que habían reservado a través de las plataformas digitales.

“Nos pasó con Booking y Expedia, que tuvimos que regresar el dinero que ya teníamos de la reserva”, resaltó el presidente de Hopen.

Inevitable fuga de especialistas

Conocedores del sector turístico estiman que por la crisis han despedido a más de 70,000 empleados, la mayoría con experiencia en las especialidades propias del sector, lo cual los deja en mayor desventaja al momento de reiniciar las operaciones porque  muchos de ellos han migrado.

“Mucho de ese personal había regresado a Nicaragua procedente de Costa Rica, había aprendido y capacitado en la industria turística, pero mucho de ese personal se ha ido a Costa Rica”, añadió Valenti.

Antur aglutina a 45 turoperadoras, de las cuales 15 han cerrado, y las que aún sobreviven están ofreciendo rutas en zonas donde  existen ciertos niveles de seguridad al momento de desplazarse.

Aguirre dice que el profesional del turismo va a migrar donde haya mayor movimiento, y sí la mayoría lo ha hecho a Costa Rica es porque ahí “encuentran un espacio”.

Alertas botan campaña de promoción internacional

Valenti y Aguirre coinciden en que mientras no se busque una salida a la situación del país, no hay campaña de promoción internacional exitosa.

“¿Qué estrategia de promoción podemos ver? ¿Cuáles son las medidas a reflexión? Vamos a invertir en promoción internacional cuando nosotros tenemos serias e innumerables advertencias de viajes,  miremos primero y reflexionemos de cuáles son las condiciones reales en que estamos”, señaló Aguirre.


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While the international pressure continues, by mid-July it became clear that, for the time being at least, the opposition in Nicaragua no longer has sufficient local support to achieve its goal. Español

Crowds of supporters during Daniel Ortega's inauguration speech. Wikimedia Commons. All Rights Reserved.

For three months Daniel Ortega and his government in Nicaragua were under intense pressure to resign – from protesters and opposition groups, from local media and from right-wing politicians in the US. But by mid-July it became clear that, despite persistent images of near-collapse painted by the international press, the country appears to be returning to something close to normality. How did a protest that seemed so strong when it began, lose momentum so quickly?

Daniel Ortega has been in power since 2007, in the last election won 72% of the vote and until recently was running high in independent opinion polls. Despite this, a casual reader of the national and international media would get the impression that he’s deeply despised.

In Open Democracy, the international protest group SOS Nicaragua calls him a “tyrant hell-bent on the bloody repression of the nation.” His local detractors agree. For example, on July 10 Vilma Núñez, a longstanding opponent of Ortega’s who was originally his ally, told the BBC that he is rolling out an “extermination plan” for Nicaragua.

When rebels briefly held one of Nicaragua’s cities a few weeks ago, their leaders said they had ended “eleven years of repression”. SOS Nicaragua even claims that Ortega is a “more hated and more long-lived tyrant than Nicaragua’s former dictator” (Anastasio Somoza and his family, who ruled Nicaragua ruthlessly for more than 40 years).

A casual glance at social media will show that plenty of people share these views, and at the peak of the opposition’s popularity they clearly had considerable traction. But the opposition’s first mistake might have been its overblown rhetoric, as people began to question whether it squared with their own perceptions.

For example, until April this year, Nicaragua was the second safest country in Latin America despite also being one of the poorest. Its police were renowned for their community-based methods in which (unlike in the “northern triangle” countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) killings by police officers were a rarity. Drugs-related crime was at a minimum and the violent gangs found in neighbouring countries didn’t exist.

Of course the police weren’t perfect, but people could safely report problems such as domestic violence without expecting a violent response from police themselves. Yet the same police are now labelled “assassins” by the opposition and blamed for the majority of the deaths since the protests started.

No one has questioned how a force with a record of limited violence was transformed overnight into ruthless murderers, supposedly capable of torture and even of killing children.

That there have been violent deaths in the past three months is not in doubt. Bloomberg repeated the claim from local human rights groups that 448 had died by the end of July. However, a detailed analysis of those reported in the first two months of the crisis showed how the numbers were being manipulated. By then nearly 300 deaths had been recorded by the two main human rights organisations or by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

A claim made right from the beginning by the protesters was that they were either unarmed or at best had only homemade weapons to protect themselves. Again, the international media were convinced. But local people could see otherwise.

A case-by-case analysis showed that of those listed only about 120 were definitely attributable to the protests, with many unrelated to the events or having unclear causes, or involved bystanders or resulted from double-counting.  Of course, the exaggerated picture is still held in many people’s minds (only the other day someone told my wife that “hundreds of students have been killed”), but many others have gradually realised that no massacre has in fact occurred.

In an important respect the opposition succeeded. They created what The Guardian calls “a widespread and growing consensus within the international community that Nicaragua’s government is in fact largely responsible for the bloodshed.” While human rights NGOs repeat the message that the police and security forces (in Amnesty International’s words) “shoot to kill”, the people themselves mostly know otherwise. Whatever the provenance of the deaths in the April protests, recent victims have often been government supporters or the police themselves.

In an analytic interview, Nils McCune explained to journalist Max Blumenthal how the opposition violence grew and Sandinistas were persecuted. Examples include a little reported incident on July 12, in which opposition gunmen killed four police and a schoolteacher in the small town of Morrito, kidnapping nine others.

On July 15, protesters captured a policeman from Jinotepe while he was on his way home, tortured him and burnt his body. Of the deaths verified in the analysis above, about half are of government officials, police or Sandinista supporters. On August 4 there was a massive march in Managua of government supporters calling for justice for these deaths, which are little reported internationally.

A claim made right from the beginning by the protesters was that they were either unarmed or at best had only homemade weapons to protect themselves. Again, the international media were convinced. But local people could see otherwise. The dangerous homemade mortars were soon being supplemented by more serious weapons. In the places where the protesters rested control of the streets, AK47s and other arms were being carried openly.

This was not surprising, as what started as mainly a student protest quickly changed to one in which trouble-makers were recruited from outside. There were reports from various cities of youths being paid to man the barricades; in some cases, more serious criminals became involved.

One of the student leaders of the protest, Harley Morales, admitted on June 10 that they had lost touch with what was happening on the streets. It was increasingly clear to local people that the coup attempt was leading to danger and insecurity of a kind they hadn’t experienced for years.

An initially successful element of the opposition’s campaign was building road blocks (“tranques”) on city streets and on the country’s half-dozen main highways. At one point the country was effectively paralysed and the government was forced to demand the lifting of the tranques before it would continue with the “national dialogue” aimed at resolving the crisis (hosted by Catholic bishops and involving both opposition and government supporters).

If the opposition had been sensible, it would have taken the government at its word, lifted the blockades and insisted that the dialogue proceed at pace. But either it was hooked on the power that the blockades had given it, or it couldn’t control those who were manning them. As well as simply being intimidating for local people to cross and very disruptive for local businesses, by this stage the tranques were the main focus of violence.

They quickly turned from being an opposition asset to being the main reason why people wanted a quick return to “normality” (a plea frequently heard in the streets). In the space of only a week or two, the opposition lost perhaps the best chance it had to influence the outcome of the crisis. When police and paramilitaries finally moved in to clear the tranques, people were out celebrating in Leon, Carazo and Masaya.

Another area in which the opposition wasted its initial gains was in use of social media. The starting point for the crisis was a forest fire in one of the country’s remote reserves. The opposition accused the government of ignoring the fire and turning down offers of help to fight it. By the time these were shown to be false, attention had moved on to a much more inflammatory issue, reforms to the social security system.

The strength and pace of the protests were fuelled by a stream of real and fake news, principally via Facebook. Of course government supporters were doing the same, but the opposition proved far more effective.

Again, there were distorted messages both about the reforms themselves and the subsequent protests. In perhaps the first example of mass manipulation of social media in Nicaragua since smartphones became widely available a couple of years ago, the strength and pace of the protests were fuelled by a stream of real and fake news, principally via Facebook. Of course government supporters were doing the same, but the opposition proved far more effective.

Any death was of a protester. Scenes were staged of tearful students uttering their “last messages” while under fire or people “confessing” to doing the government’s dirty work. While manipulation by the government side was more obvious and less sophisticated, many people became sceptical about what they saw on their phones and began to place more trust in their own experiences.

As the opposition became more desperate, social media took a turn for the worse, with instructions to track down and kill government “toads” (“zapos”), leading to the victimising and even torturing of government workers and supporters.  The intolerance has spread to the US and Europe, with SOS Nicaragua members shouting down anyone speaking about Nicaragua who does not support their line (as happened in early August in San Francisco).

Yet another opposition tactic that misfired was in calling strikes. That these came about was due to big business, which for long was happy to live with the Ortega government but was called to action by the US ambassador in March, when she told them they needed to get involved in politics. From day one they supported the opposition, even at the cost of their own businesses.

But Nicaragua is unique in Latin America in having only modest reliance on big firms. Thanks both to the nature of its economy and support from the Ortega government, small businesses, artesan workshops, co-ops and small farmers have grown in number.

What’s known as the “popular economy” contributes 64% of national income, far higher than is the case with Nicaragua’s neighbours. As well as being strangled by the tranques, small businesses couldn’t cope with strikes. Some observed them (perhaps under threat) but many did not, and the opposition lost other potential allies.

The protest marches, tranques and strikes were all aimed at putting pressure on the government, with the (televised) national dialogue as the public platform. Here, the opposition not only missed its best chance to secure reforms but its attacks misfired in other ways. It had only one argument, repeatedly put forward, that the government was responsible for all the deaths that were happening and must resign forthwith.

In other words, it didn’t really want dialogue at all. A belligerence that found approval among its hard-core supporters was simply off-putting to the majority of people who desperately wanted a negotiated outcome that would end the violence. The national dialogue now receives little attention, in part because the government has regained control of the streets but also because it is obvious that the opposition were using it only to insult and criticise, with no real intention of engaging properly.

Furthermore, instead of the Catholic church staying to one side as mediators, their priests have again and again been found to support the protests, so their role as neutral actors in the dialogue is no longer credible, if it ever was.

By aligning itself with the right wing of the US Republican party through its well-publicised trips to Washington and Miami, and its acceptance of US government finance, the opposition points to a change of political direction for Nicaragua which would be anathema to most Sandinistas and even to many of its own supporters.

By having to speak publicly in the dialogue, the opposition has also exposed other weaknesses. While it is united in wanting Ortega to go, it is divided on tactics and even more fundamentally in its politics. Whatever one thinks of the Ortega government, it can be seen to have taken the country in a certain direction and to have accumulated many social achievements during its eleven years in power.

What would happen to these? Even on the issue that ostensibly began the protests, the national social security fund, the opposition offers no clear alternative. Worse, by aligning itself with the right wing of the US Republican party through its well-publicised trips to Washington and Miami, and its acceptance of US government finance (detailed by the Grayzone Project), the opposition points to a change of political direction for Nicaragua which would be anathema to most Sandinistas and even to many of its own supporters.

There is a paradox here, because a tactic which backfired in Nicaragua may yet serve the opposition’s cause internationally and damage both Nicaragua and the Ortega government in a different way. While for the Trump administration Nicaragua is hardly a priority, there is long-running resentment about the success of Sandinista governments within the US establishment, awoken by the recent protests.

The same establishment also sees an opportunity to attack an ally of Venezuela’s. It has been working hard in bodies like the Organisation of American States, aided by its new allies in the region, to restrict Nicaragua’s support to the small number of Latin American countries that refuse to play the US game. While the OAS/OEA can take few concrete steps itself, it is contributing to an image of Nicaragua among US lawmakers that may allow sanctions to be imposed that could be very damaging to its economy and hence to its people.

As a result of all the opposition’s mistakes, and of the government’s concerted action to regain control, Nicaragua’s real situation has shifted markedly in the few weeks since mid-July. But international commentators are failing to keep up. The New York Times, Huffington Post, Guardian and other media continue to talk about the tyranny, or the mounting political violence, or (in the case of Huffpost) even the rise of fascism in Nicaragua.

In Open Democracy, José Zepeda claims that “the majority of the Nicaraguan people have turned their backs on [Ortega]”.  In Canada, the Ottawa Citizen talked about Nicaragua imploding. But most of these correspondents are not in the country. In practice the violence has slowed almost to a halt, Nicaraguan cities are clear of barricades and normal life is being resumed. The prevailing feeling is one of relief, and better-informed commentators have begun to conclude that the attempted coup has failed.

Of course there are enormous challenges, and huge potential pitfalls for a government now having to repair the country’s infrastructure with reduced tax revenues, scarce international investment and near-zero tourism, as well as facing open hostility from its neighbours and possible economic sanctions by the United States. But in terms of the strength of its core support among Nicaraguan people, Daniel Ortega’s government may even be stronger now than it was before the crisis began.

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El Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas de Guatemala informó hoy (ayer) de que 25 tortugas en peligro de extinción que fueron rescatadas de unas bolsas plásticas en un autobús regresaron a su hábitat. Los animales, localizados el pasado 6 de agosto por agentes de la División de Protección a la Naturaleza ...
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Um mês depois de forte erupção, o Vulcão de Fogo da Guatemala teve "forte" explosão, acompanhada de avalanches "ao redor da cratera". Em junho, a erupção causou pelo menos 165 mortes.

O Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia informou que a atividade foi a mais intensa das últimas seis semanas. A erupção ocorreu por volta das 21h20 (hora local) de ontem (8).

De acordo com o boletim do instituto, houve ondas de choque e expulsão de "material incandescente abundante" a 4,8 mil metros de altura, levantando também uma coluna de cinza que se desloca para 12 quilômetros na direção oeste e que pode provocar a queda de partículas finas em aldeias como San Pedro Yepocapa.

"Essa explosão é a mais forte registrada nas últimas seis semanas e pode ser o início de mais uma etapa de atividade", advertiu.

O porta-voz da Coordenação Nacional para a Redução de Desastres da Guatemala (Conred), David De León, afirmou que devido a essa situação, é possível "escutar retombos" e acrescentou que segue a vigilância nas comunidades vizinhas.

A última erupção do Vulcão de Fogo, uma das mais fortes de toda a história, deixou 165 mortos, 260 desaparecidos e quase 2 milhões de afetados, alguns dos quais perderam tudo. 

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La última erupción del Volcán de Fuego ocasionó 165 muertos, 260 desaparecidos y casi dos millones de afectados, algunos de los cuales lo perdieron todo.
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El Ballet Nacional de Guatemala, del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes volverá a la Gran Sala “Efraín Recinos” del Centro Cultural “Miguel Ángel Asturias” para presentar su Temporada Oficial 2018. Los fines de semana del 11 de agosto al 2 de septiembre, la compañía de danza ofrecerá tres programas. Los sábados se presentará a las […]
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          El Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala registra la primera explosión fuerte en seis semanas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MOSCÚ (Sputnik) — El Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología de Guatemala (Insivumeh) registró por la noche cambios en el comportamiento eruptivo del Volcán de Fuego, que podrían marcar el comienzo de una nueva etapa de actividad.
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Unlike Guatemalan conceptual artist Darío Escobar, most people who pass through the sporting goods section of a store would not pause to consider the accumulation of mass-produced industrial objects like soccer balls and the cultural value that they gain via those who consume them. Escobar’s sculptural works make use of balls that have had their patches removed and resewn inside out, bats that have been broken and configured to form skylines, and skateboards that have been cut into pieces and reformed using gold hinges. More
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          Más de 5,300 menores hondureños deportados hasta julio, un 97,3% más que 2017 - El Nuevo Diario      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Un total de 5,314 menores hondureños que fueron detenidos cuando intentaban viajar ilegalmente a EE.UU., México, países centroamericanos y de Europa fueron deportados en los primeros siete meses de 2018, un 97,3 por ciento más que en el mismo periodo de 2017, informó hoy una fuente oficial.

Estados Unidos deportó en los primeros siete meses de este año a 119 menores hondureños, de ellos 84 son niños y 35 niñas, señala un informe del Observatorio Consular y Migratorio de Honduras al que tuvo acceso Acan-Efe.

 Lea: Deportación de guatemaltecos desde EEUU aumenta 85,2 % en siete meses de 2018

En el período de referencia, México deportó, por vía aérea, a 588 menores hondureños indocumentados, 377 de ellos infantes, añade el informe.

Según el documento, otros 4,573 menores hondureños, muchos de ellos solos, fueron deportados también por las autoridades mexicanas vía terrestre, mientras que otros 33 niños y adolescentes fueron repatriados desde Guatemala, El Salvador y Belice.

 De interés: Interceptan 149 migrantes centroamericanos en un camión en el sur de México

Las autoridades migratorias de Europa deportaron además a un menor hondureño, apunta el informe del Observatorio Migratorio de Honduras.

Un total de 2,693 menores hondureños indocumentados regresaron a su país deportados por las autoridades de Estados Unidos, México, Centroamérica, Europa y Suramérica en los primeros siete meses de 2017, según cifras oficiales.

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Guatemala, 9 ago (EFE).- El volcán de Pacaya de Guatemala continúa hoy con expulsión de lava y explosiones, informó el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (Insivumeh).
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          El Volcán de Fuego de Guatemala registra una explosión fuerte y avalanchas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El pasado 3 de junio tuvo una erupción que causó al menos 165 muertos
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There have been a number of weather-related deaths in Oklahoma since storms and flooding began on Friday, including a firefighter who died during a water rescue, and a 48-year-old woman who was killed after a tornado struck her home. Nearly two years ago, a powerful tornado the widest on record struck the rural outskirts of Oklahoma City. Fortunately it missed heavily populated areas, but the ensuing flash flood killed 13 people in Oklahoma City, including nine Guatemalan immigrants. That spurred efforts to provide Oklahoma’s Spanish speakers with more access to severe weather information. But despite improvements, gaps in communication remain. Jacob McCleland from KGOU reports. Read more on this story via KGOU Reporter Jacob McCleland , news director for KGOU in Norman, Okla. He tweets @jacobmccleland . Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Expertos advierten que esto podría ser el inicio de otra etapa de actividad: alertan por caída de ceniza en algunas comunidades El Volcán de Fuego de Guatemala, que el pasado 3 de junio tuvo una erupción que dejó al menos 165 muertos, registró hoy una explosión “fuerte” acompañada de avalanchas “en todo el contorno del …
          Meet the women poets preserving indigenous languages in Mexico      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture," says Ana Chino Miguel, one of the women working to prevent this through storytelling and poetry.

Celerina Patricia Sánchez Santiago. Photo: Bérengère Sim.Mexico’s culture ministry recognises 68 indigenous languages – although some experts say there are more than 100 spoken in the North American country.

Today, dozens of these languages are at risk of extinction – with battles to stop this being waged on multiple fronts. One of these is literary – with indigenous women among those preserving their languages through poetry and storytelling.

Celerina Patricia Sánchez Santiago is part of the Alliance for Indigenous Women in Central America and Mexico (ALIANZA) network strengthening the voices of indigenous women and their participation in feminist movements.

Preserving indigenous languages is “important to understanding who you are, to then understand the world, and to be a part of it,” says Sánchez, a linguist and indigenous rights activist from San Juan Mixtepec, in Oaxaca.

Sánchez speaks and writes poetry in Tu'un ñuu savi, the language of the Ñuu savi (‘the people of rain’), about her community’s culture, women’s lives, discrimination, resistance, and the multicultural composition of Mexican society.

In 2013, she published “Inií ichí” (‘the essence of the path’), a compilation of her poetry in Tu’un ñuu savi and Spanish.

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture.”

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture,” adds Ana Chino Miguel, who is also from Oaxaca. She has written a children’s book as well as other teaching material in Zapoteco, the indigenous language she speaks.

“This is what we have to do, those of us who are aware of how valuable all of the languages in the world are,” Miguel said in Mexico City, where she lives. “Ours is also a language, but a lot of people discriminate against it and say it is a dialect.”

Over the years, she told me, elders’ customs have been forgotten. She said that she wanted not only to teach members of younger generations how to read their language but also to introduce them to these traditions.

“Raising awareness amongst children and young people, the culture will then be valued, with its craftsmanship, everything that constitutes a culture."

More than 7 million people in Mexico (roughly seven in every 100 of the country’s inhabitants) speak at least one or more of these languages.

Mexico is one of the world's countries with the most indigenous languages, according to government authorities – and second in Latin America after Brazil.  

In 2014, as many as 60 of these languages in Mexico were considered at risk of extinction, according to the public Centre of Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology, with 21 of these classified as ‘critically endangered.’

“In this world, even science has confirmed that diversity enriches our lives,” Sánchez told me: “So let us fight to be more diverse, to be different.”

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          La explotación del arte de las mujeres mayas es una historia de racismo, sexismo y capitalismo global      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los cuerpos, el trabajo y el conocimiento de las mujeres mayas han sido explotados durante siglos. Es una vieja historia, ahora con un giro neoliberal. English.

Textiles mayas dispuestos para una ceremonia. Foto: Aisling Walsh.La vendedora de fruta, la cocinera de tortillas, la trabajadora doméstica, la niñera. Ellas son las Marías de Guatemala. Mujeres indígenas que continúan usando el traje maya tradicional. Las que la sociedad considera que no merecen una identidad o incluso un nombre propio; las que son valoradas solo en la medida en que proveen servicios a los demás.

No importa si son maestras, abogadas, académicas o doctoras, si usan su huipil y su corte maya, se las considera parte de la "clase servil". A los extraños no les da vergüenza pedirles que limpien sus casas. Sin embargo, la ropa que las marca como 'Marías' es admirada cuando se usa en el 'cuerpo correcto'.

"Nuestra ropa, cuando la usamos, es considerada un trapo", me contó Jovita Tzul Tzul, una abogada maya que apoya al Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras. "Cuando los usan cuerpos blancos se convierten en algo hermoso", dijo. “El 'valor' de estos textiles depende de quién los vende o los usa”.

“El 'valor' de estos textiles depende de quién los vende o los usa”. 

Los textiles indígenas mayas son reconocidos internacionalmente por la complejidad y la vitalidad de sus diseños y la calidad de sus tejidos. Cada vez más, sus diseños se comercializan y empaquetan para turistas blancos o clientes en Europa y los EE. UU que buscan un toque del "exotismo maya".

El telar de cintura es un arte que ha pasado de generación en generación. Cada comunidad maya tiene su propio estilo y muchas veces los diseños reflejan la historia de esa comunidad o incluyen símbolos sagrados. Hay textiles para el uso diario y otros para el uso ceremonial.

Estas prendas son elaboradas y usadas por mujeres y hombres. Pero debido a la persistencia de estereotipos de género machistas y la discriminación racial, hay pocas comunidades donde los hombres sigan tejiendo o usando sus trajes. Por ende, son principalmente las mujeres mayas las que preservan este arte a través de su tejido y el uso diario de su ropa.

Sus tejidos y su medio de vida se enfrentan a amenazas significativas, como la producción masiva de textiles a bajo costo que está dejando a las tejedoras tradicionales sin trabajo, mientras que mujeres ladinas (un término local para personas que no se identifican como indígenas), diseñadores y compañías de ropa se están beneficiando del interés internacional por los diseños mayas.

“La explotación de las tejedoras mayas y la apropiación de su arte es posible gracias al racismo generalizado y la discriminación de género en Guatemala”.

La explotación de las tejedoras mayas y la apropiación de su arte es posible debido al racismo generalizado y la discriminación de género en Guatemala, un país que en gran medida todavía se organiza en torno a la estratificación racial que se estableció durante la época colonial.  

Las mujeres mayas han ocupado un lugar entre los grupos más marginados durante siglos. Sus cuerpos, trabajo y conocimiento han sido considerados materia de explotación como trabajadoras agrícolas, nodrizas, esclavas sexuales, sirvientas domésticas y tejedoras.

La historia de Guatemala desde la invasión española hace más de 500 años ha estado marcada por un proceso constante de saqueo y despojo de tierras, territorios y culturas indígenas. Pocos aspectos de la vida se mantuvieron intactos, aunque podría decirse que, hasta cierto punto, los tejidos mayas resistieron este proceso.

Aunque esto ha cambiado a causa del impulso capitalista contemporáneo para privatizar, mercantilizar y sacar provecho de los conocimientos y recursos indígenas. Según Tzul Tzul, la comunidad ladina "tiene un profundo desprecio hacia las mujeres indígenas, pero un profundo interés por lucrarse con nuestra imagen y nuestras telas".

“Tienen un profundo desprecio hacia las mujeres indígenas, pero un profundo interés por lucrarse con nuestra imagen y nuestras telas”.

Sin embargo, las Marías están resistiendo. Las mujeres mayas están denunciando el racismo de las presentaciones folclóricas en las que salen actores blancos disfrazados de "indios"; o modelos blancas vestidas con ropa indígena en portadas de revistas y compañías de ropa que usan el nombre María en sus títulos para comercializar los textiles indígenas.

A través del Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras, las mujeres mayas están luchando para que la propiedad intelectual colectiva sobre los diseños tradicionales sea reconocida y protegida por la ley. Están trabajando notablemente para recuperar y dignificar la indumentaria maya como una parte clave de su identidad y tradiciones.

Su lucha desafía el racismo sistémico que ha permitido a los blancos explotar y sacar provecho del arte de las mujeres mayas con impunidad.

“Elaborar nuestra propia ropa nos da autonomía” me dijo Milvia Aspuac, una de las fundadoras del Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras. "Son un producto de nuestro conocimiento colectivo. Al hacerlos y usarlos rompemos que muchos esquemas patriarcales y lógicas individualistas".

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Mayan women’s bodies, labour and knowledge have been exploited for centuries. This is an old story, with a neoliberal twist. Español.

Mayan weavings in a ceremonial display. Photo: Aisling Walsh. Mayan weavings in a ceremonial display. Photo: Aisling Walsh.The fruit seller, the tortilla maker, the domestic worker, the nanny. These are the Marías of Guatemala. Indigenous women, who continue to wear traditional Mayan dress. They are seemingly considered undeserving, of an identity or even a name of their own; valued only to the extent to which they serve others.

It doesn't matter if they are teachers, lawyers, academics or doctors, if they are wearing their Mayan huipil and corte they are considered part of the 'servile class.' Strangers have no shame in asking them to clean their houses. Yet, the clothing that marks them as a 'María' is admired when worn on the 'right body'.

“Our clothes, when we wear them, are little better than trapos [rags],” Jovita Tzul Tzul, a Mayan lawyer supporting the national weavers’ movement, told me. “When they are worn by white bodies they become something beautiful,” she said. The ‘value’ of these textiles depends on who sells or wears them.

“The ‘value’ of these textiles depends on who sells or wears them.”

Indigenous Mayan textiles are recognised internationally for the intricacy and vibrancy of their designs and quality of their weavings. Increasingly, their designs are being commodified and packaged for white tourists or clients in Europe and the US looking for a taste of ‘Mayan exoticism’.

Backstrap weaving or Telar de Cintura is an art that has been passed down through generations. Each Mayan community has its own style and designs often reflect the history of that community or include sacred symbols. There are textiles for everyday use and others for ceremonial purposes.

These clothes are made and used by women and men. But amid ‘macho’ gender stereotypes and racial discrimination there are few communities where men continue to weave or wear them. As such, it is principally Mayan women who preserve this art through their weaving and everyday use.

Their weavings and livelihoods face significant threats – including from mass produced and low cost textiles that are running some out of business – while ladina (a local term for non-indigenous) women, designers and clothing companies are profiting off international interest in Mayan designs.

“The exploitation of Mayan weavers, and the appropriation of their art, is enabled by widespread racism and gender discrimination in Guatemala.”

The exploitation of Mayan weavers, and the appropriation of their art, is enabled by widespread racism and gender discrimination in Guatemala, a country that is still largely organised around racial stratification dating from colonial times.

Mayan women have been amongst the most marginalised groups for centuries. Their bodies, labour and knowledge have been regarded as an exploitable as farm workers, wet nurses, sexual slaves, domestic servants and as weavers.

Guatemala's history from the Spanish invasion more than 500 years ago has been marked by a constant process of pillaging and dispossession of indigenous land, territory and culture. Few aspects of life went untouched, though arguably Mayan weavings resisted this process to some extent.

Though this has changed amid a contemporary, capitalist drive to privatise, commodify and profit from indigenous knowledge and resources. According to Tzul Tzul, the ladino community “show us nothing but contempt and yet they have a deep interest in profiting from our image and our textiles.”

“Show us nothing but contempt and yet they have a deep interest in profiting from our image and our textiles.”

The María's are fighting back. They are calling out the racism of folkloric presentations using white actors dressed as 'indians'; white models dressed in indigenous clothing on magazine covers; and clothing companies using the name María in their titles to market indigenous textiles.

Through the national weaver’s movement, Mayan women are fighting for their collective intellectual property over traditional designs to be recognised and protected in law. Significantly, they are working to recover and re-dignify Mayan dress as a key part of their identity and cultural traditions.

In doing so, they are challenging the systemic racism that has allowed white people to exploit and profit from Mayan women's art with impunity.

“Making our own clothes gives us autonomy,” Milvia Aspuac, a founding member of the weaver's movement, told me. “They are a product of our collective knowledge. By making them and wearing them we are breaking many individualist ways of thinking and patriarchal norms.”

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El volcán experimentó esta actividad, la primera fuerte en las últimas seis semanas, a las 21.20 hora local Guatemala.- El volcán de Fuego en Guatemala registró una fuerte erupción este jueves, informó el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología. Detalló que también presentó fuertes retumbos, ondas de choque y expulsa “abundante material incandescente” […]
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Although it would enter more common usage several years later, the concept of "superhero fatigue" began popping up in the summer of 2008. I may have missed an earlier example, but the first instance of its usage that I found in was in Chris Bumbray's review of The Incredible Hulk (Letterier, 2008) for JoBlo.com. In his introduction, Bumbray writes, "...I'm kind of sick of superhero movies. Don't get me wrong- - I loved IRON MAN as much as anyone, but I must admit that I'm suffering from a little superhero fatigue…" As far as I can tell, Bumbray coined this term which came to encompass the sentiment shared by some film critics and fans that superhero films had taken over blockbuster cinema, or cinema in general. That we seem doomed to view countless computer-generated extravaganzas where super-powered beings struggled with their powers in the same ways, and fought each other in similar climaxes.

Two months and three or four superhero films later, A.O. Scott wrote an article for the New York Times, "How Many Superheroes Does iIt Take to Tire a Genre?", wherein Scott takes a wider view of the issue of superhero fatigue. The year 2008 was a high-water mark for superhero cinema, with the release of brilliant films such as The Dark Knight (Nolan), Iron Man (Favreau) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Del Toro), as well as hits like Hancock (Berg), Wanted (Bekmambetov) and The Incredible Hulk (Letterier). Scott insightfully recognized this at the time, and pondered whether this peak would precipitate the sharp decline of the genre. He almost wishes for it:

"Still, I have a hunch, and perhaps a hope, that 'Iron Man,' 'Hancock' and 'Dark Knight' together represent a peak, by which I mean not only a previously unattained level of quality and interest, but also the beginning of a decline. In their very different ways, these films discover the limits built into the superhero genre as it currently exists."

Of course Scott could not have predicted that, over the next decade, superhero films would multiply and become even more pervasive. That the Marvel Cinematic Universe would become a box office powerhouse, and a model that all other studios would try (and mostly fail) to copy.

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From Blade (Norrington, 1998) to The Incredible Hulk (Letterier, 2008), in the first decade of the Marvel films there were 18 released. Many of these films, and ones released by other companies, had developed the comic book film into one of the pillars of blockbuster entertainment. With so much success happening so quickly, people naturally began discussing audience fatigue and the imminent decline of the genre. These were common refrains over the next decade (2008-2018), during which time 31 more Marvel films were released and comic book films became even more influential. The year 2008 was indeed a turning point. But this high-flying genre did not crash afterward as expected -- it launched higher into the stratosphere.

Of course, nobody knew that would happen. With The Incredible Hulk, the burgeoning Marvel Studios was struggling to build out the shared cinematic universe that had begun with the release of Iron Man (Favreau, 2008) just seven weeks earlier. But the film represented more than that. This was the first do-over of a Marvel Comics property in this era. In 2003, Hulk directed by Ang Lee, was released and filmgoers were overwhelmingly disappointed with its murky psychology and misinterpretation of the character, despite its innovative visual storytelling devices. In interviews throughout production of The Incredible Hulk, the filmmakers and producers struggled to define this new film's relationship with Lee's film. Producer Gale Ann Hurd awkwardly described The Incredible Hulk as not quite a sequel, not quite a reboot, but a "requel".

The film could have been exactly the type of thing that superhero fatigue predictors were anticipating: a redundant retread of a concept that was still fresh in the minds of audiences. The cinematic beating of a dead horse. Instead, Marvel Studios approached the film as a remedy to superhero fatigue. It examined what had gone so wrong with Hulk, and aimed to correct its approach for Incredible Hulk. As the following decade demonstrated, learning from past mistakes is how the genre continued to survive and thrive. The Incredible Hulk is certainly not a perfect film, and in some cases it over-corrected from Hulk to the detriment of this film, but it demonstrates Marvel Studios' attempts to do better. And these attempts are why superhero fatigue has yet to set in.

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The Incredible Hulk is often considered the black sheep of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It shares fewer connections to the larger MCU than most other films in the series. It's the only film of Phase One (films leading to Whedon's 2012 The Avengers) to not feature Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, for example. Conventions such as mid- or post-credits scenes had not yet been solidified, making this the only MCU film to completely end when the credits roll. Behind the scenes, Hulk was the only major MCU character to have a major solo film before released prior to the establishment of the MCU (at least until Spider-Man joined the universe in 2016). Negative reactions to Hulk gave The Incredible Hulk extra baggage that other MCU films didn't have upon their releases. The Hulk would appear in several future MCU films, but the monster would be redesigned and Bruce Banner, here played by Edward Norton, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in future installments. In fact, the only actor in The Incredible Hulk to appear in later films is William Hurt as General Ross. Finally, The Incredible Hulk was distributed by Universal Pictures, and not Paramount Pictures like every other early MCU film. This is due to a previous licensing deal between Marvel and Universal that, reportedly, is the reason the Hulk has never had another solo film.

All of these issues have distanced The Incredible Hulk from the rest of the Marvel Studios oeuvre in later years. It doesn't help that the film is one of the Studios' weaker efforts. It's not a terrible film, by any means. It just doesn't hold up to the remarkably consistent high level of quality for which Marvel Studios films have become known.

The first issue the filmmakers behind The Incredible Hulk needed to tackle was its relationship with Ang Lee's film. In 2006, after Universal failed to make a sequel to Hulk, the rights to produce another Hulk film reverted to Marvel, and Marvel chose it as its second MCU film. Early drafts of the script included more explicit connections to the earlier film, but those were gradually dropped as the film drifted more towards a "requel" than a sequel. The origin was reimagined from the earlier film, and then minimized in an attempt to avoid retreading the same territory. Louis Letterier was hesitant about directing The Incredible Hulk if it meant continuing Lee's unique visual storytelling devices. He signed on only after being assured that this film would be totally different. Ultimately, the only real connection to Hulk is the film's opening setting, South America, which is where Hulk ended.

The major issue with Hulk is a fundamental misunderstanding of the central character, Bruce Banner/Hulk, namely what made him a hero. In the comics, the Hulk's personality and Banner's control of him has shifted depending on the story. Most of the time, though, Bruce Banner is a hero because he is all that stands between the world and this destructive monster. Keeping himself in control and trying to cure himself are his main objectives, as well as keeping himself out of the hands of people who would try to exploit the Hulk. Even so, Banner sometimes sees situations where people need help, and he helps them even though it may risk unleashing the Hulk. Other times, he finds a situation where he can direct the Hulk at a villain for the greater good. These are the ways Bruce Banner is a hero. These are the qualities that were exemplified by the hugely popular Incredible Hulk television series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.

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This series was a major inspiration on The Incredible Hulk according to everyone involved. The film depicts Banner (Edward Norton) as a fugitive, on the run from the American military, represented by General Ross (William Hurt). He helps people, fixes things, but keeps a low-profile as he desperately searches for a cure to his condition and pines after his estranged girlfriend, Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), General Ross' daughter. Narratively and tonally, the film is a spiritual successor to the television series. Edward Norton was even cast in part because his nebbish, everyman good looks reminded producers of Bill Bixby. The origin story gets a bit of an update, as Banner's research in the film was part of a larger effort by the military to develop a new super-soldier. This concept is taken directly from Marvel's line of Ultimate Comics from the early-'00s, which updated and modernized many of Marvel's classic characters and stories. The super-soldier link also draws a direct line from Captain America to the Hulk, in a clever bit of universe building that Marvel Studios was beginning to explore. Overall, this realigning of Bruce Banner/Hulk to be more heroic was very welcome and demonstrated that the filmmakers learned from their past missteps. It also achieved Marvel's ultimate goal with this film: creating a character that could one day cross over with the likes of Iron Man in future films.

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The Incredible Hulk opens with the origin of the Hulk told in a quick montage over the opening credits. The imagery of Banner running a test on himself directly quotes imagery from the television series. The extremely streamlined origin, depicting Banner getting zapped in the lab, the Hulk's point-of-view as he attacks Betty and Ross, Betty injured in the hospital, and Ross antagonizing Banner into leaving, establishes the efficient, no-frills pace of the film. After the credits, it's five years later, and Banner is hiding in a Brazilian favela. The film dives into another montage, depicting Banner's low-key lifestyle, his under-the-table work at a soda bottling plant, his attempts to control his heart rate (and therefore, his transformations) through jujitsu and breathing exercises, and his encrypted online collaboration with the mysterious Mr. Blue in a hopeless attempt to find a cure. Banner encounters a group of sleazy guys harassing a female factory worker and, despite risking a Hulk transformation, he defends her.

Thus, with its two opening montages The Incredible Hulk immediately re-establishes the history and present of Bruce Banner, and reimagines him as an update of the popular television incarnation. He's on the run, trying to control himself, trying to cure himself, but also willing to put himself at risk to help those in need. The opening of the film economically gets the groundwork out of the way so that the plot can begin. It's also the perfect solution to the issue of origin stories. Critics have long complained that superhero origins have become too repetitive, and often long for films to throw audiences right into the action. The Incredible Hulk deftly accomplishes this goal.

The real plot starts when, while repairing a faulty switch in the factory, Banner cuts his finger and a drop of blood lands in an empty soda bottle. (Ew!) Despite his precautions, the bottle is filled and shipped to the United States, where a man who looks just like Stan Lee drinks the soda. The ensuing gamma poisoning alerts General Ross, who immediately assembles a special forces team to track down Banner at the Brazilian factory. The team is led by Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth, a short, wiry, unlikely action star), whose credentials are quickly described to Ross as the film's efficient storytelling continues. Blonsky's team descends on Banner's favela home, and a chase through the slum houses begins.

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The chase is kinetic and exciting, with a great use of the unique setting that would be repeated three years later in the action classic Fast Five (Lin, 2011). Blonsky immediately emerges as a smart, in-control soldier who adapts to every situation and makes a very imposing hunter for Banner. Banner, meanwhile, must struggle to escape while often pausing to lower his heart rate. The claustrophobic, heavily-populated favela surroundings feel all the more constrictive when the threat of a giant, out-of-control monster also looms. The best moment in the chase comes when Banner encounters Ross's control van, and Norton and Hurt flex their silent acting muscles with a very pointed shared look that speaks volumes. Some of The Incredible Hulk's best moments come from these wordless scenes, whereas the more dialogue-heavy later sections are weak by comparison.

The Brazil sequence culminates with Banner trying to hide out in the factory, only to be cornered by the sleazy guys he confronted earlier, who trigger the first Hulk-out of the film. Much of this Hulk sequence plays out in shadows, as the Brazilian toughs are quickly dispatched, and Blonsky's soldiers are caught off-guard. Another part of learning from Ang Lee's mistakes was not withholding the Hulk too long. Hulk held off for an hour before the first transformation, whereas The Incredible Hulk introduces the monster before the 25-minute mark. Letterier also made a point to limit his Hulk to nine feet, as opposed to the constantly growing version in Hulk. The rest of the character redesign I'm less than crazy about. Letterier insisted the Hulk have zero fat, making him solid muscle. Though this makes logical sense given the situation, there's something to be said for the more classic, stylized look from Hulk and later perfected in The Avengers (Whedon, 2012). Letterier's Hulk looks too weirdly stretched out, too sinewy.

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After Brazil, the film branches into parallel stories: Banner returning home to retrieve data that could help cure him, and Blonsky petitioning Ross for an edge in his next Hulk encounter. The Banner story continues to bounce along at a fast pace and make use of Norton's silent acting chops. As composer Craig Armstrong quotes Joe Harnell's classic "Lonely Man Theme" from the television series, Banner makes his way through Central America begging for change and clothes in a sequence that I always find surprisingly poignant. He makes his way to the fictional Culver University, shot on the campus of my alma mater, the University of Toronto, where he catches a glimpse of Betty. The longing in Norton's face as he sees his lost-love, happily living her life and meeting up with her new boyfriend, expertly conveys Banner's sadness and isolation. Later, when Betty glimpses him hiding out at a local pizza place, Liv Tyler conveys longing that perfectly matches Norton's.

Unfortunately, they are soon reunited and begin to speak to each other. Chemistry between co-stars is something that cannot be practiced or faked, and sadly Norton and Tyler have none of it. This is not a criticism of their respective acting abilities, but they just don't gel. They play their scenes together with an intentional awkwardness and tentativeness, but it comes off very stilted. The movie starts to lose me when they interact. Given that their relationship is the heart of the film, that's a problem.

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Meanwhile, Blonsky recognizes his inability to compete with the Hulk, and asks Ross if there's any way to change that. Ross explains that Banner's research was part of an attempt to restart the super-soldier program from the Second World War, a reference that would later be fleshed out in Captain America: The First Avenger (Johnston, 2011). This also reveals Ross' main motivation, which is not to stop the Hulk but capture him as a key to unlocking super-soldier secrets. He admits that they made some progress in their research, and they begin experimenting on Blonsky. This section of the film culminates in a massive fight at the university, when Ross' men descend on Banner and trigger a Hulk-out. Here is where the effects are really allowed to shine. Unlike the shadowy factory scene or the final fight at night, the university sequence features the Hulk in a field in broad daylight. And it looks really good! The scene has some fun inventiveness, with massive sonic cannons used to subdue the Hulk, and a supercharged Blonsky giving a preview of how Captain America may fight in upcoming films.

The fight ends when Blonsky is defeated, and nearly killed, and Hulk saves Betty from a crashing helicopter. Hulk absconds with Betty to a grotto, where she sees enough of Banner in the Hulk to make a connection. The effects team did an excellent job in this grotto scene of putting Norton-esque facial expressions on Hulk's face. Another issue with Hulk was a disconnect between Bruce Banner and the Hulk. That is not the case here. But also, at this point in the film, it becomes clear that despite the streamlined fast pace of the film, not a lot has happened. Ross finds Banner in Brazil, Banner runs back home for data, he encounters Ross again, and then Banner and Betty head to Manhattan to meet with Mr. Blue and have one final fight. The Incredible Hulk is a lean film, the second shortest MCU film to date (just seconds longer than Thor: The Dark World (Taylor, 2013)), but one wishes they had allowed it to breathe a bit more. It's very quick to establish characters and their motivations, but it never really allows any of the characters to develop besides Blonsky. The fast pace makes for a fun ride but also makes the film more disposable or forgettable.

But I will also add that I liked a lot of the subtle humour sprinkled throughout the film. Though not quite as engaging as Iron Man or future Marvel Films, the humour was always appreciated. In Brazil, Banner warns the sleazy guys in his imperfect Portugese to not make him "hungry. You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry," a play on the most famous line from the television series. After his Brazil Hulk-out, Banner awakens and asks a nearby man for help in Portuguese, only to learn that the man speaks Spanish. Banner has awoken 5,000km away in Guatemala. Later, Betty tries to sleep with Banner, but he stops her to prevent him from getting over-excited and transforming. Finally, when Betty suggests they take the subway in Manhattan, Banner replies "Me in a metal tube in the most aggressive city in the world?" These are all nice moments of levity, worth noting because the rest of the film can feel fairly serious. That seriousness is the same reason that Dr. Samuel Sterns (Tim Blake Nelson) feels so out of place.

Sterns is revealed to be Mr. Blue, Banner's mysterious scientific ally. Nelson plays Sterns as an over-the-top dork, so excited by the scientific potential of Banner's condition that he does not fully consider the dangers. I like Nelson's performance, and I know real people who act just like Sterns, but he does not really fit the film. Sterns uses a procedure to successfully stop a Hulk-out, perhaps curing Banner for good. But then he reveals that he has replicated a sample of Banner's blood to explore it further, horrifying Banner and Betty. Just then, Ross and Blonsky converge and take Banner into custody. Blonsky stays behind with Sterns. He has completely healed due to Ross' experimentation, but the serum has begun to mutate his body. In full junkie mode, he demands more and coerces Sterns into injecting him with Banner's blood. The effect is immediate, and Blonsky turns into a large creature with protruding bones based on the Hulk comics villain the Abomination.

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At this point, The Incredible Hulk's pacing gets a little out of control. More plot is stuffed into these ten minutes than the entire previous 80 minutes. We have barely had enough time to process Sterns' introduction, when we have Banner possibly cured, then captured, and a huge supply of his blood taken, and Blonsky transformed and running amok in Harlem. And none of it quite lands because the film never sells the ideas it's offering up. These are interesting, involving concepts that whip by so fast that they have an unintended numbing effect.

Banner demands to fight Blonsky, feeling that he's the only one capable of stopping him. He jumps out of Ross' helicopter, not knowing whether he's still able to become the Hulk, which is a great heroic moment. Of course he does transform upon impact, and Hulk and Blonsky run at each other in front of Harlem's famous Apollo Theater. As someone who lived in Toronto soon after The Incredible Hulk was filmed, I recognize that this is Yonge Street. Visible next to the superimposed Apollo Theater are the famous neon turntables above Sam the Record Man and the huge neon sign for the Zanzibar strip club. It's pretty specific, but I get a kick out of it.

The two monsters fight through the city, ending next to Ross' crashed helicopter in the ruins of an old church. Another issue with Ang Lee's Hulk was the lack of a villainous physical match for the hero, which Blonsky offers. With a character like Hulk, audiences want to see him heroically let loose against something other than the United States military, as he does here. The fight ends brilliantly with Hulk speaking his most famous line, "HULK SMASH!!", and defeating Blonsky, then kicking the monster to literally lay at Ross' feet.

The Hulk then rushes off and, in keeping with the previous 20 minutes of the film, The Incredible Hulk rushes to its conclusion. A quick shot of Betty in New York, an ambiguous shot of Banner meditating in an isolated cabin but smiling as his eyes turn green, then Ross drowning his sorrows at a bar. The last shot of Banner was meant to either imply that he had gained control over the Hulk, or that he was totally losing control, whichever fit with how Marvel intended to use him in The Avengers. This should have been the final shot before the credits. The bar scene, had the filmmakers known the imminent prominence of post-credits scenes, should have been after the credits. The scene features Ross being approached by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and the two trading banter before Stark implies that his new "team" could help with the Hulk problem. This is a perfect post-credits scene: not wholly necessary to the plot, but tying it into the larger cinematic universe. But the success of Iron Man prompted Marvel to put Downey's cameo in the marketing for The Incredible Hulk to draw in audiences. They were too worried about backlash if audiences did not stay through the credits to see it. Of course, now Marvel has trained audiences to sit through all credits, so that concern seems silly in retrospect.

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Marvel Studios' goal with The Incredible Hulk was to rehabilitate the Hulk in the minds of moviegoers after the disappointing 2003 film, and also reimagine him as a more heroic character that would fit with the larger universe they were crafting. In that sense, it was mission accomplished. But the film is not so great. It lacks strong characters or relationships at its core to make it meaningful, and it moves at too fast a pace to allow some of its better ideas to breathe. In terms of box office, it made slightly more than Hulk at the domestic and worldwide box office, which is a win. However, adjusted for ticket price inflation The Incredible Hulk actually sold 14 percent fewer tickets at the North American box office compared to Hulk. It's also the lowest-grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe film by any measure, and will likely retain that title moving forward as Marvel Studios continues its great run of success. Finally, it mostly remembered for Marvel's most significant and contentious recasting to date.

Edward Norton took a very hands-on approach to the material. Reportedly, David Duchovny was a frontrunner for the role, and in 2013 Louis Letterier stated that Mark Ruffalo was his top choice, ironically. Norton scored the role, though to no one's great disappointment. He's a terrific, Academy Award-nominated actor known for choosing interesting roles. As a condition of his casting, Norton asked to rework the script. The screenplay was written by Zak Penn, who wrote a Hulk draft way back in 1996 but basically started from scratch for this film. Although Norton reportedly reworked much of the screenplay, even up to halfway through filming, Penn received sole writing credit. Norton was also reportedly very involved in the editing of the film, which is where a lot of behind the scenes drama seemed to occur.

The studio reportedly argued for a relatively short running time, wanting the film to run less than two hours, which would explain the extremely streamlined pace. Norton and Letterier argued for at least 20 more minutes, which certainly would have allowed the film to breathe, but the studio cut won out. There are reportedly 70 minutes of deleted scenes from the film, which is not unusual for a big film. But much of this extra footage was background and much-needed character-building material. The clearest proof of major last-minute editing is the film's trailers, which feature several prominent scenes that are absent from the final cut. Reports around the release stated that Norton refused to do press for the film as a result of his editing battles, but he claimed that was not the reason. Two years later, negotiations between Marvel and Norton over The Avengers broke down, with Marvel releasing a surprisingly harsh statement stating that they were looking for a more "collaborative" actor to work with. So, clearly, Norton clashed with the Marvel producers, and maybe his hands-on approach was not appreciated.

Marvel Studios has long played out the creative vision of super-producer Kevin Feige. These days, Feige has become known for handing over major projects to quirky filmmakers such as James Gunn, Taika Waititi and Ryan Coogler, and allowing them to shape their own visions. However, so early in the life of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with its success so uncertain, I think Marvel Studios was just skittish about losing control. A strong personality such as Norton's that potentially disagreed with the studio's overarching vision must have turned Marvel off. It's interesting to think what may have come of the MCU had Norton remained an integral player.

As for the Hulk character, Marvel Studios owns the rights to use the property in other films and to produce solo films, but Universal has the rights to distribute the solo films. When Disney purchased Marvel, it eventually purchased the distribution rights to many properties but has not, as yet, acquired the solo Hulk distribution rights. This is why there has not been another solo Hulk film, despite an increased demand after well-received appearances in The Avengers (Whedon, 2012) and Thor: Ragnarok (Waititi, 2017). And so, as it stands, Hulk has received two imperfect solo films by two different actors. When audiences next encountered Hulk, he would be perfected by Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo.

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Stan Lee Cameo Corner: Stan drinks the wrong soda, and inadvertently alerts the authorities to Banner's location. That is 11 cameos in 18 films. At this point, the cameos had been so firmly established that it was more notable when he did not appear.

Credits Scene(s): None, but the last scene should have been.

First Appearances: Martin Starr appears as a Culver University lab technician, and would later appear as a high school teacher in Spider-Man: Homecoming (Watts, 2017)

Marvel Cinematic Universe Viewing Order:

This is my first big change between the release order and viewing order. Tony Stark's appearance in this film makes more sense coming after Iron Man 2 (Favreau, 2010) than after Iron Man (Favreau, 2008). The super-soldier elements also provide a nice lead-in to Captain America: The First Avenger (Johnston, 2011).

  1. Iron Man
  2. The Incredible Hulk

Next Time: They try one last time to make the Punisher a movie star.


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Gorgeous Rainbow Stripes. This fabric is a beautiful rainbow stripe with little dashes of white separating them. It was handwoven in the highlands of Guatemala. It is 100% cotton. Since it was handwoven it is 36 inches wide and is sold by the yard.

Each piece of Guatemalan fabric is woven by hand without the use of electricity. The weaving tradition is handed down through the generations in Mayan villages. Girls learn to weave from their mothers before they start school. The whole process is absolutely amazing.

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          Pompeo y Videgaray coinciden en importancia de pacto sobre TLCAN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

El secretario de Estado de EU, Mike Pompeo, y su homólogo mexicano, Luis Videgaray, han coincidido en la "importancia" de llegar a un acuerdo sobre el Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), apuntó hoy la diplomacia estadounidense.

La portavoz del Departamento de Estado, Heather Nauert, informó hoy de una llamada telefónica entre Pompeo y Videgaray, que se produjo ayer miércoles, justo antes de que el propio canciller mexicano viajara a Washington para revisar los progresos de las negociaciones comerciales.

Pompeo y Videgaray también conversaron sobre la "importancia de reducir la inmigración irregular" que cruza México huyendo, en su mayoría, de la violencia y la falta de oportunidades económicas del Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica (El Salvador, Guatemala y Honduras).

Al respecto, los titulares de Exteriores hablaron de la necesidad de una "mayor inversión" en Centroamérica para enfrentar los restos en materia económica, de seguridad y de fortaleza institucional.

"Ellos también hablaron de la importancia de llegar a un acuerdo sobre el TLCAN", dijo Nauert, sin ofrecer más detalles.

Videgaray se encuentra hoy en Washington junto al secretario de Economía de México, Ildefonso Guajardo, y Jesús Seade, designado como jefe negociador del TLCAN por parte del equipo del próximo presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, quien asumirá el poder el próximo 1 de diciembre.

El pasado 1 de agosto, Videgaray, Guajardo y Seade efectuaron otro viaje a la capital estadounidense para participar en una reunión de renegociación del TLCAN.

México, Estados Unidos y Canadá están inmersos en una compleja renegociación del TLCAN, en vigor desde 1994, a petición del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, quien considera que el convenio comercial perjudica la industria y el empleo en su país.

A finales de julio, el secretario de Comercio de Estados Unidos, Wilbur Ross, dijo que las negociaciones sobre el tratado estaban "cerca de acabar".

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Captain, it is true that western culture (including japan) is in trouble, for me the biggest problem is the inequality, it is quickly approaching to levels never seen before and that is extremely dangerous for democracy. Now with Trump fucking around the world it is normal to foresee an increase of lack of faith or confidence in democracy, with the concentration of media power of course freedom of speech is under attack, bottom-line, it is not a good moment for humankind, but, there is hope, internet is a great distributor of information, there are social movements, and I am not talking about Foro do Sao Paulo, social movements demanding a better distribution of wealth, Obama something did on did, but too little and less of what he could I think, Europe is moving to a unity, with more or less speed but moving, one they manage to have a continental taxation organism Europe will improve a lot and social states will prevail there, China is growing and they still have to grow a lot to reach Europe or united states level of life, that is great for many many people there that were very poor, I don´t talk about the Chinese political system because I do think Chinese culture is different to ours. We people need to change a lot, we need to stop watching consume and constant economic growing as a goal, and we have to stop reproduction, we are not too many, but we can perfectly manage to keep the population we already have without growing, emigrations will help to balance humans situations, I love to see Africans and middle east people going to Europe and Latin Americans going to US, but there is needed some better politics to do that without people dying. Cuba have not the big problems that Guatemala, el Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, or many others have, but we never had those problems so compare Cuba with those nations is not correct, but we have deep problems, the biggest, for me, to be in the hands of a corrupt elite that violate humans rights constantly, that is not only very unmoral, that is a brake, an stop in our development as nation. When you talk with Cubans, you have to think that the most of us have being disconnected from the world, and that our perspective of life is conditions by the state monopoly of disinformation. Thank you very much for care about Cubans.
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          Goose Island Beer Co. Announces This Year's EIGHT Bourbon County Variants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Goose Island Beer Co. Announces This Year's Bourbon County VariantsWe’ve been bringing you a peek at all of these (here, here, here and here), and now the official word from Goose Island including the Black Friday release date:

106 days until Black Friday. Let the countdown begin

More than twenty years ago Greg Hall wanted to brew something truly unique for Goose Island brewpub’s 1000th batch - he just needed inspiration. Then a chance encounter between Greg and Jim Beam’s legendary distiller, Booker Noe, led to Goose Island acquiring the barrels for what was to become the world’s first bourbon barrel aged beer.

Since then, the beer has become a local favorite and globally known beer - and still people line-up down the street for its Black Friday release in Chicago. We’re super excited about this year’s variants, and we hope you are too!

  • We are releasing eight variants this year:

    • Original Bourbon County Brand Stout

    • Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout

    • Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout

    • Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine

    • Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

    • Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout

    • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine

    • Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout

Goose Island Beer Co. Announces This Year's Bourbon County VariantsFAST FACTS:
● Goose Island will release eight variants this year (outlined below):
○ Original Bourbon County Brand Stout
○ Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout
○ Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout
○ Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
○ Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
○ Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
○ Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine
○ Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout
● The variants go on sale this Black Friday, November 23rd.

VARIANT DESCRIPTIONS:
● Bourbon County Brand Stout​ (ABV: TBD):
○ Aged in 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, the original bourbon barrel-aged stout tastes as good as when we first brewed it over 20 years ago. Flavors of cocoa, vanilla, caramel, almond, cherry, plus leather and tobacco flavors permeate
this complex beer and deepen with each sip.

■ As Brewmaster Jared Jankoski stated, “It ain’t broke, and we didn’t try to fix it.”

● Reserve Bourbon County Brand Stout ​(ABV: 15.2%):
○ The same base recipe as Bourbon County Original, but this beer is aged in 12-year old “Elijah Craig Barrel Proof” bourbon barrels. The bourbon from those barrels was awarded 2017 “Whisky of the Year” by Whisky Advocate, the top honor in the
world of international whisky. Reserve is intended to showcase the nuances of a premium single source and highly sought-after bourbon.
● Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout​ (ABV: TBD):
○ This year’s Proprietor’s explores the broad spectrum of chocolate. Using a combination of dark chocolate and two types of cocoa nibs, this rich and decadent beer highlights the whole range of chocolate from smooth and silky milk chocolate
flavors to deep and earthy dark chocolate.

● Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine​ (ABV: 15.4%):
○ Made from two-row and malted wheat, Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine makes its debut. As the first recipe to veer from the original Imperial Stout since Barleywine in 2013, Wheatwine displays a deep amber color, lighter than its
counterparts and acts as a true medium to convey the characteristics of our 4+ year old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Wheatwine overflows with flavors of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee.
● Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout​ (ABV: 14.9%):
○ This longtime favorite makes a long-awaited return to the Bourbon County roster. Utilizing whole grade A vanilla beans from Madagascar, Vanilla delivers on all the quintessential things fans love about this variant: aromatic vanilla, marshmallow, toffee, oak and floral notes highlighting the creamy mouthfeel and enhancing the chocolate flavors that are ingrained in Bourbon County.
● Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout ​(ABV: TBD):
○ For this variant we aged Bourbon County Stout in rye whiskey barrels, then added raspberry and blackberry juice and puree from Michigan and Washington. The process resulted in complex jammy fruit notes that are prominent but
well-integrated with the caramel and chocolate flavors of the beer and spicy rye character from the barrels.

● Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine ​(ABV: TBD):
○ Working with our friends at Intelligentsia, we flew down to Guatemala to source some of the world's best coffee to use in the first-ever release of Coffee Barleywine. A malt-forward English-style Barleywine, the beer aged in 4+ year old
Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels before we added La Soledad coffee beans right before packaging to impart a bold coffee aroma and flavor.
● Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout ​(ABV: 14.9%):
○ Brewer Oscar and Quality Analyst Paul created the concept for this new variant of Bourbon County. The result? Midnight Orange. They combined two things we love, orange and chocolate, taking Bourbon County into a new and exciting
direction. While the chocolate compliments the Bourbon County base, the orange zest offers a point of contrast for a bold new flavor profile to delight Bourbon County fans and newcomers alike.
○ With dual inspiration from a favorite childhood treat and an exquisite Mexican Mocha, the bright orange aroma from fresh Spanish orange peel leads into a rich cocoa flavor.

QUOTES:
“I had my first sip of Bourbon County when Greg made the first batch back at the Clybourn Brewpub. I was amazed back then and I’m still blown away every year when this beer comes out
of the barrels. Our brewers invest so much creativity in this beer and I’m excited as hell for drinkers to try this year’s original and the variants. We bought some new gear this year for the brewers and it’s allowed them to make more of the variants than we have in years past. Hopefully more people than ever will find one or a few they love. I’m also extremely proud that distillers like Heaven Hill are proud to put their name on our bottles when we collaborate on beers like this year’s Reserve. Cheers!”
- Todd Ahsmann, President


“You have to just leave your expectations of what beer is at the door with Bourbon County. You can take 10 sips over the course of 10 minutes and taste something new every time. It’s really something to be savored. It’s not a quick drinking by the pint beer, it doesn’t have to be fussy, but it keeps you coming back for more because of its complexity.”
- Mike Siegel, R&D Manager (on how to explain Bourbon County to first timers) “We’ve been longtime fans of Elijah Craig. We started brewing the beer well before they won
Whisky of the Year, but it was certainly no surprise when they did - it’s a fantastic whisky. We want the best quality ingredients, so it was a simple choice to go with Elijah Craig. We had all the confidence in the world that this would make a great variant.”
- Mike Siegel, R&D Manager (on their choice to use Elijah Craig barrels for Reserve) “The folks at Intelligentsia are awesome to work with, they’re really guiding us to areas, people, and farms that make a lot of sense. This year we went to Guatemala and got to source our beans from a 5th generation family-owned farm. To me, it really resonates with what we do - feeling close to the ingredients that are in our beers and making a conscious choice of how we source our ingredients.”
- Jared Jankoski, Brewmaster (on sourcing the coffee beans with Intelligentsia)
“This year’s Proprietor’s is unique in its simplicity. We only used one extra ingredient (chocolate), but the flavor remains complex due to the different types we’re using.”
- Brian LaGro, Brewer (Prop)
“As a lab analyst, it’s been a fun experience to be on a different side of things. Working in the lab, I have a lot of interaction with the beer, so creating a variant came easy with what I felt
worked well with the Bourbon County characteristics.”
- Paul Lievens, Quality Assurance Analyst (Midnight Orange)

“At Goose Island we’ve been toying with the idea of using citrus notes with Bourbon County for a number of years. This year I feel like Paul and I made a damn fine beer - it’s an amazing, balanced, stout featuring a rich chocolate flavor with added complexity from Spanish Orange zest.”
- Oscar Sanchez, Brewer (Midnight Orange)
“What if we brewed a variant of Bourbon County that used only the lightest malts available, two-row and wheat, to showcase what the process does and not just the recipe? The beer is a
representation of the boil and the barrel. We boil for a very long time and what that does is create a lot of melanoidins, high caramels and other characteristics that carry through bourbon
aging, but ultimately make Bourbon County what it is.”
- Tim Faith, Brewer (Wheatwine)
“Goose Island and Elijah Craig exemplify quality and innovation within the industry and we are thrilled to partner again on this year’s Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve. We proudly
provided freshly emptied Elijah Craig Barrel Proof barrels for this Reserve release, the same whisky that won Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year honors just last year.”
- Denny Potter, Elijah Craig Master Distiller
BIOS:
Todd Ahsmann, President
● Todd fell in love with craft beer culture in 1988 as a bartender at Goose Island’s Chicago brewpub. From there he launched a 20 year career in music marketing, but beer was always his first passion; he never stopped offering Goose Island his help on the side (in exchange for beer, of course). Eventually his journey came full circle and he made it back to sweet home Chicago where he has been President of Goose Island for the past year. He’s more excited than ever to bring Goose Island into the future and give Chicago, and the rest of the world, the damn fine beer it deserves.
Jared Jankoski, Brewmaster
● Jared started his brewing career in Wisconsin. After graduating college with a degree in chemistry and completing a diploma in brewing, he became a brewer at New Glarus. He
was eventually drawn to Chicago where he’s been Goose Island’s Head Brewer since June of 2012 and then Brewmaster beginning March of 2015. With a strong belief in quality and establishing a solid foundation, Jankoski’s experience at Goose Island has allowed him to focus on building a strong team and improve the foundation for making great beer to better accommodate the diverse family of brews produced in Chicago.
Mike Siegel, R&D Manager
● Mike’s passion for great beer started in his early 20s and soon led to many years of homebrewing and traveling the U.S. and Europe in pursuit of it. After careers in sound engineering and information technology, he was urged by his wife Katie to quit beating around the bush and make the switch to brewing professionally. Mike started at Goose Island in 2011 as a brewer and cellarman, and in 2013 was promoted to Research & Development Manager. In this role, he oversees all new beer development and helps facilitate the collective creative output of the numerous talented brewers that Goose Island has on its team.
Brian LaGro, Brewer
● Brian has been a brewer at Goose Island for the past four years. This year he earned the coveted position of Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietor’s brewer after submitting his
recipe for the final variant. Paul Lievens, Quality Assurance Analyst
● Paul started at Goose Island as a Quality Assurance Analyst in September 2017. His role is to oversee fermentation of the beers and ensure that beer drinkers get the best tasting beer possible. Paul and Oscar Sanchez developed the national Midnight Orange variant together.
Oscar Sanchez, Brewer
● Oscar has been a brewer at Goose Island for the past two years. He was inspired to brew the Bourbon County Brand Stout Midnight Orange variant after tasting an unbelievable
orange mocha during a recent trip to Mexico and worked with Paul Lievens to bring it to life.
Tim Faith, Brewer
● Tim started home brewing his sophomore year of college and quickly became intrigued with how applicable all areas of science were to every step of the process. A medical
internship to Australia made it an easy decision to change majors from pre-med to Microbiology, feeling it would allow him to enter the industry. After graduating Augustana college in 2011, Tim started his brewing career at Great River Brewery in Davenport, IA, learning every aspect of production brewing and packaging. From there he went on to work for New Holland Brewing Company in Holland, MI, running their wood program from 2012-2014, developing an understanding for wild and mixed fermentations, barrel-aging and cooperage. Finally, in March of 2014, Tim arrived back in Chicago at Goose Island
Beer Co. and currently holds the position as R&D Brewer III. Tim completed a diploma as a Craft Brewmaster from ABI University in 2017. This year, Tim makes a Bourbon County
variant debut with the inaugural Wheatwine.

ABOUT GOOSE ISLAND:
For the last 30 years we’ve been thinking big about beer. From opening up a brewery in the middle of a city to pioneering the barrel-aged beer category, we’re committed to making great
beer, throwing epic parties and celebrating our hometown in a BIG way - it’s the only way we know how to do it.
In our hometown, we continue to brew quality beer and invest in our people and our brewery allowing us to continually innovate while giving back to our community. We want to challenge ourselves and to challenge the way people think about beer.


          Meet the women poets preserving indigenous languages in Mexico      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture," says Ana Chino Miguel, one of the women working to prevent this through storytelling and poetry.

Celerina Patricia Sánchez Santiago. Photo: Bérengère Sim.Mexico’s culture ministry recognises 68 indigenous languages – although some experts say there are more than 100 spoken in the North American country.

Today, dozens of these languages are at risk of extinction – with battles to stop this being waged on multiple fronts. One of these is literary – with indigenous women among those preserving their languages through poetry and storytelling.

Celerina Patricia Sánchez Santiago is part of the Alliance for Indigenous Women in Central America and Mexico (ALIANZA) network strengthening the voices of indigenous women and their participation in feminist movements.

Preserving indigenous languages is “important to understanding who you are, to then understand the world, and to be a part of it,” says Sánchez, a linguist and indigenous rights activist from San Juan Mixtepec, in Oaxaca.

Sánchez speaks and writes poetry in Tu'un ñuu savi, the language of the Ñuu savi (‘the people of rain’), about her community’s culture, women’s lives, discrimination, resistance, and the multicultural composition of Mexican society.

In 2013, she published “Inií ichí” (‘the essence of the path’), a compilation of her poetry in Tu’un ñuu savi and Spanish.

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture.”

“When you lose a language, you lose a whole culture,” adds Ana Chino Miguel, who is also from Oaxaca. She has written a children’s book as well as other teaching material in Zapoteco, the indigenous language she speaks.

“This is what we have to do, those of us who are aware of how valuable all of the languages in the world are,” Miguel said in Mexico City, where she lives. “Ours is also a language, but a lot of people discriminate against it and say it is a dialect.”

Over the years, she told me, elders’ customs have been forgotten. She said that she wanted not only to teach members of younger generations how to read their language but also to introduce them to these traditions.

“Raising awareness amongst children and young people, the culture will then be valued, with its craftsmanship, everything that constitutes a culture."

More than 7 million people in Mexico (roughly seven in every 100 of the country’s inhabitants) speak at least one or more of these languages.

Mexico is one of the world's countries with the most indigenous languages, according to government authorities – and second in Latin America after Brazil.  

In 2014, as many as 60 of these languages in Mexico were considered at risk of extinction, according to the public Centre of Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology, with 21 of these classified as ‘critically endangered.’

“In this world, even science has confirmed that diversity enriches our lives,” Sánchez told me: “So let us fight to be more diverse, to be different.”

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          La explotación del arte de las mujeres mayas es una historia de racismo, sexismo y capitalismo global      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Los cuerpos, el trabajo y el conocimiento de las mujeres mayas han sido explotados durante siglos. Es una vieja historia, ahora con un giro neoliberal. English.

Textiles mayas dispuestos para una ceremonia. Foto: Aisling Walsh.La vendedora de fruta, la cocinera de tortillas, la trabajadora doméstica, la niñera. Ellas son las Marías de Guatemala. Mujeres indígenas que continúan usando el traje maya tradicional. Las que la sociedad considera que no merecen una identidad o incluso un nombre propio; las que son valoradas solo en la medida en que proveen servicios a los demás.

No importa si son maestras, abogadas, académicas o doctoras, si usan su huipil y su corte maya, se las considera parte de la "clase servil". A los extraños no les da vergüenza pedirles que limpien sus casas. Sin embargo, la ropa que las marca como 'Marías' es admirada cuando se usa en el 'cuerpo correcto'.

"Nuestra ropa, cuando la usamos, es considerada un trapo", me contó Jovita Tzul Tzul, una abogada maya que apoya al Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras. "Cuando los usan cuerpos blancos se convierten en algo hermoso", dijo. “El 'valor' de estos textiles depende de quién los vende o los usa”.

“El 'valor' de estos textiles depende de quién los vende o los usa”. 

Los textiles indígenas mayas son reconocidos internacionalmente por la complejidad y la vitalidad de sus diseños y la calidad de sus tejidos. Cada vez más, sus diseños se comercializan y empaquetan para turistas blancos o clientes en Europa y los EE. UU que buscan un toque del "exotismo maya".

El telar de cintura es un arte que ha pasado de generación en generación. Cada comunidad maya tiene su propio estilo y muchas veces los diseños reflejan la historia de esa comunidad o incluyen símbolos sagrados. Hay textiles para el uso diario y otros para el uso ceremonial.

Estas prendas son elaboradas y usadas por mujeres y hombres. Pero debido a la persistencia de estereotipos de género machistas y la discriminación racial, hay pocas comunidades donde los hombres sigan tejiendo o usando sus trajes. Por ende, son principalmente las mujeres mayas las que preservan este arte a través de su tejido y el uso diario de su ropa.

Sus tejidos y su medio de vida se enfrentan a amenazas significativas, como la producción masiva de textiles a bajo costo que está dejando a las tejedoras tradicionales sin trabajo, mientras que mujeres ladinas (un término local para personas que no se identifican como indígenas), diseñadores y compañías de ropa se están beneficiando del interés internacional por los diseños mayas.

“La explotación de las tejedoras mayas y la apropiación de su arte es posible gracias al racismo generalizado y la discriminación de género en Guatemala”.

La explotación de las tejedoras mayas y la apropiación de su arte es posible debido al racismo generalizado y la discriminación de género en Guatemala, un país que en gran medida todavía se organiza en torno a la estratificación racial que se estableció durante la época colonial.  

Las mujeres mayas han ocupado un lugar entre los grupos más marginados durante siglos. Sus cuerpos, trabajo y conocimiento han sido considerados materia de explotación como trabajadoras agrícolas, nodrizas, esclavas sexuales, sirvientas domésticas y tejedoras.

La historia de Guatemala desde la invasión española hace más de 500 años ha estado marcada por un proceso constante de saqueo y despojo de tierras, territorios y culturas indígenas. Pocos aspectos de la vida se mantuvieron intactos, aunque podría decirse que, hasta cierto punto, los tejidos mayas resistieron este proceso.

Aunque esto ha cambiado a causa del impulso capitalista contemporáneo para privatizar, mercantilizar y sacar provecho de los conocimientos y recursos indígenas. Según Tzul Tzul, la comunidad ladina "tiene un profundo desprecio hacia las mujeres indígenas, pero un profundo interés por lucrarse con nuestra imagen y nuestras telas".

“Tienen un profundo desprecio hacia las mujeres indígenas, pero un profundo interés por lucrarse con nuestra imagen y nuestras telas”.

Sin embargo, las Marías están resistiendo. Las mujeres mayas están denunciando el racismo de las presentaciones folclóricas en las que salen actores blancos disfrazados de "indios"; o modelos blancas vestidas con ropa indígena en portadas de revistas y compañías de ropa que usan el nombre María en sus títulos para comercializar los textiles indígenas.

A través del Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras, las mujeres mayas están luchando para que la propiedad intelectual colectiva sobre los diseños tradicionales sea reconocida y protegida por la ley. Están trabajando notablemente para recuperar y dignificar la indumentaria maya como una parte clave de su identidad y tradiciones.

Su lucha desafía el racismo sistémico que ha permitido a los blancos explotar y sacar provecho del arte de las mujeres mayas con impunidad.

“Elaborar nuestra propia ropa nos da autonomía” me dijo Milvia Aspuac, una de las fundadoras del Movimiento Nacional de Tejedoras. "Son un producto de nuestro conocimiento colectivo. Al hacerlos y usarlos rompemos que muchos esquemas patriarcales y lógicas individualistas".

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          The exploitation of Mayan women’s art is a story of racism, sexism – and global capitalism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mayan women’s bodies, labour and knowledge have been exploited for centuries. This is an old story, with a neoliberal twist. Español.

Mayan weavings in a ceremonial display. Photo: Aisling Walsh. Mayan weavings in a ceremonial display. Photo: Aisling Walsh.The fruit seller, the tortilla maker, the domestic worker, the nanny. These are the Marías of Guatemala. Indigenous women, who continue to wear traditional Mayan dress. They are seemingly considered undeserving, of an identity or even a name of their own; valued only to the extent to which they serve others.

It doesn't matter if they are teachers, lawyers, academics or doctors, if they are wearing their Mayan huipil and corte they are considered part of the 'servile class.' Strangers have no shame in asking them to clean their houses. Yet, the clothing that marks them as a 'María' is admired when worn on the 'right body'.

“Our clothes, when we wear them, are little better than trapos [rags],” Jovita Tzul Tzul, a Mayan lawyer supporting the national weavers’ movement, told me. “When they are worn by white bodies they become something beautiful,” she said. The ‘value’ of these textiles depends on who sells or wears them.

“The ‘value’ of these textiles depends on who sells or wears them.”

Indigenous Mayan textiles are recognised internationally for the intricacy and vibrancy of their designs and quality of their weavings. Increasingly, their designs are being commodified and packaged for white tourists or clients in Europe and the US looking for a taste of ‘Mayan exoticism’.

Backstrap weaving or Telar de Cintura is an art that has been passed down through generations. Each Mayan community has its own style and designs often reflect the history of that community or include sacred symbols. There are textiles for everyday use and others for ceremonial purposes.

These clothes are made and used by women and men. But amid ‘macho’ gender stereotypes and racial discrimination there are few communities where men continue to weave or wear them. As such, it is principally Mayan women who preserve this art through their weaving and everyday use.

Their weavings and livelihoods face significant threats – including from mass produced and low cost textiles that are running some out of business – while ladina (a local term for non-indigenous) women, designers and clothing companies are profiting off international interest in Mayan designs.

“The exploitation of Mayan weavers, and the appropriation of their art, is enabled by widespread racism and gender discrimination in Guatemala.”

The exploitation of Mayan weavers, and the appropriation of their art, is enabled by widespread racism and gender discrimination in Guatemala, a country that is still largely organised around racial stratification dating from colonial times.

Mayan women have been amongst the most marginalised groups for centuries. Their bodies, labour and knowledge have been regarded as an exploitable as farm workers, wet nurses, sexual slaves, domestic servants and as weavers.

Guatemala's history from the Spanish invasion more than 500 years ago has been marked by a constant process of pillaging and dispossession of indigenous land, territory and culture. Few aspects of life went untouched, though arguably Mayan weavings resisted this process to some extent.

Though this has changed amid a contemporary, capitalist drive to privatise, commodify and profit from indigenous knowledge and resources. According to Tzul Tzul, the ladino community “show us nothing but contempt and yet they have a deep interest in profiting from our image and our textiles.”

“Show us nothing but contempt and yet they have a deep interest in profiting from our image and our textiles.”

The María's are fighting back. They are calling out the racism of folkloric presentations using white actors dressed as 'indians'; white models dressed in indigenous clothing on magazine covers; and clothing companies using the name María in their titles to market indigenous textiles.

Through the national weaver’s movement, Mayan women are fighting for their collective intellectual property over traditional designs to be recognised and protected in law. Significantly, they are working to recover and re-dignify Mayan dress as a key part of their identity and cultural traditions.

In doing so, they are challenging the systemic racism that has allowed white people to exploit and profit from Mayan women's art with impunity.

“Making our own clothes gives us autonomy,” Milvia Aspuac, a founding member of the weaver's movement, told me. “They are a product of our collective knowledge. By making them and wearing them we are breaking many individualist ways of thinking and patriarchal norms.”

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Carnage has been known by ‘Papi Gordo’ for as long as we can remember, but according to the Guatemalan-American producer, ‘Papi Gordo’ is now dead – and ‘El Diablo’ will be taking its place. “It’s time for me to get back on my bullshit,” writes Carnage in a short statement to fans. “Papi gordo” translates literally […]

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           La ONU denuncia un aumento "profundamente preocupante" de los ataques contra defensores de los DDHH       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Naciones Unidas ha denunciado este jueves un aumento de los ataques en Guatemala contra los defensores de los Derechos Humanos "profundamente preocupante", tanto por la frecuencia como por la severidad de los mismos, en el marco de una serie de intentos por parte del Gobierno para restringir su ámbito de actuación.
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‘I want to die’: Was a 5-year-old drugged after being separated from his dad at the border?  —  MOULTRIE, Ga. — The boy stood at the window with clenched fists, watching a heavy rain fall on the overgrown yard outside.  Three months earlier, the 5-year-old and his father had fled death threats in Guatemala …


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MADRID — Four burgeoning Latin American auteurs – Argentina’s Pablo Fendrik and Emiliano Torres, Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante and Chile’s Pepa San Martín – will present new movie projects at San Sebastian’s 7th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, the biggest industry event at the most important festival in Spain and Latin America. Project screenplays still have to […]
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  • Laura Ingraham sparked outrage on Wednesday when she said on her Fox News show that the "America we know and love doesn't exist anymore" due to "demographic changes."
  • Many took to Twitter to respond, with some critics labeling "The Ingraham Angle" host "racist."
  • The show has been the subject of multiple advertiser boycotts since it launched in October.

Laura Ingraham has come under fire for comments she made about immigration on her Fox News show Wednesday.

At the top of "The Ingraham Angle," she weighed in on a recent interview that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic candidate for a House seat in New York City, gave on a podcast.

In the interview, Ocasio-Cortez said the upper-class, moderate Americans that many in the Democratic party try to pander to no longer exist.

After commenting on the amount of times the 28-year-old said "like" in the clip, Ingraham commented that she's "kind of right in a general sense."

"In some parts of the country it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn't exist anymore," Ingraham said. "Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they're changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don't like."

She continued: "From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country, has changed. Now much of this is related to both illegal — and in some cases — legal immigration, that of course progressives love."

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Though she said "it's not about race or ethnicity" at the end of the monologue, critics quickly lambasted Ingraham on Twitter, saying her comments played into the white nationalist rhetoric that has been sparking tensions across the country.

Some even renewed calls for an advertising boycott. Since "The Ingraham Angle" premiered in October, it has been the subject of two waves of boycotts for her often controversial comments.

The first boycott came in March, after Ingraham said Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg was "whining" when he spoke about getting rejected by his top college choices. Hogg responded by tweeting a list of companies that advertised on Ingraham's show, encouraging people to contact them to complain.

Advertisers started pulling out almost immediately, and by the following month, she had lost over two dozen.

Hogg called for a second boycott in June after Ingraham described detention centers at the border used to hold immigrant children separated form their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy as being like "summer camps."

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted Wednesday's clip, calling it "One of the most important (truthful) monologues in the history of" mainstream media, and later deleted the tweet, The Daily Beast reported.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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          La explosión en el Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala puede ser la señal de una nueva etapa de actividad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Por RT Al menos 165 personas fallecieron a causa de la erupción de este volcán a principios de junio. La tarde de este miércoles el Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala ha registrado “una explosión fuerte, acompañada de avalanchas en todo el contorno del cráter”, informa el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología. Asimismo, el volcán […]
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“Puede ser el inicio de otra etapa de actividad”, dijeron expertos en un comunicado.

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          La ONU alerta sobre el aumento de asesinatos de defensores de DDHH en Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MONTEVIDEO (Mesa Américas) — Expertos de la Oficina del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) alertaron sobre el creciente asesinato de activistas de derechos humanos en Guatemala.
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          Fox's Ingraham goes full racist: America 'doesn't exist anymore' because of immigration      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Laura Ingraham is nothing if not consistently a Fox News bigot. She isn’t consistent about her ideas or the things that come out of her mouth; but she is consistent in one thing—she wants to stay on television, making money, no matter what. Ingraham went on her Fox News show The Angle* Wednesday night to pretend the blue wave of change isn’t upon the elections process. She did this by trying to deride Ocasio-Cortez’s inability to win every election outside of the district in New York City that she actually won.

In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people; and they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed.

Now much of this is related to illegal, and in some cases legal immigration—that, of course progressives love.

Ingraham laments how “old Democrats” believed that “borders mattered.” Shit, you go back that far and you’ll remember that Democrats didn’t get to “vote” to end slavery! But, facts and all that are for commies. From there, Ingraham goes to a nightmare cherry-picked story from The Daily Caller about some monster rapist using sanctuary status to molest a child he entered the country with. It’s the kind of dehumanizing story that racists like Fox News’s Laura Ingraham use to frighten your grandparents—while winking at the camera in order to say these people are monsters, you know.

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Of course, even in the context of their statistically pointless anecdotal story about a single terrible person entering our country legally, they don’t care to mention or talk about the fact that the child—also an immigrant—is now free of that monster of a man. Something that would not have happened for her if she were left outside of our country. But logic and morality aren’t strengths of Fox News’s narcissists like Ingraham. Atatcking immigration from anywhere seems particularly strange for someone like Ingraham. She has three adopted children, two from Russia and one from Guatemala—I guess if you have two white immigrants to every one non-white you’re in the clear?

They are right that there are terrible people out in the world; but there are places where the percentage of monsters to non-monsters are higher than others. An example would be Fox News, which seems to be made up of mostly amoral, power and fame-hungry monsters. 

Time to boycott Ingraham again. If you want to rage watch you can check Laura Ingraham work Fox viewers into a frothy hate-lather below the fold.

*The “angle” is “being a racist.”




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