I should begin by saying that as a child (probably 7th or 8th grade) I wondered why as a democracy the USA supported all these dictators and seemingly brutal governments in Latin and South America. As a child my attention span was developing but there were many competing interests. As an emerging adult I again have to say that my attention was largely diverted by the War in Vietnam and events here in Madison.
Again and again the documentation seems to suggest that intentional or unintentional acts and policies pursued by the USA has not had a "democratizing" or even benign impact on Latin and South America. I have included what is publicly available but in all cases been able myself to see each video/film completely.
Much of what has awakened me has come in visual form. I thought I would share the experience. It will take you some time. The experience is living and growing. Marathons go on and on ... or so it seems. This is just the start.
El Salvador - Guatemala : Water/Mining Life Conflicts
“The Ixil people of Nebaj, Chajul, Cotzal are here to stand in solidarity with those under State of Siege.” twitter.com/xeni/status/33…
— Xeni Jardin (@xeni) May 7, 2013
La Mesa Anti-mining Demonstration (link to RebelReporting.com blog, original production for WORT 89.9 Madison, Wisconsin, 3/3/2013)
May 23, 2013
Read more: http://www.thenation.com/article/174488/guatemalas-genocide-trial#ixzz2U9r4IIqQ
Fredy Peccerelli: A forensic anthropologist who brings closure for the “disappeared"
Last night, April 16th, the body of Qanjob’al community activist Daniel Pedro Mateo was found murdered in Santa Eulalia, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. He had been kidnapped for 12 days and his body showed signs of torture.
Daniel, a founder of the community radio station Snuq Jolom Konob, disappeared on Sunday, April 7th in the village of El Quetzal, Huehuetenango on his way to host a workshop on Indigenous rights in the community of Santa Cruz Barillas. His family was contacted by kidnappers and demanded a ransom of Q150,000 in return for his safety. Despite the efforts of his family and community to gather money to pay the ransom, Daniel’s body was found last night in his village of Santa Eulalia. ...
It was presented at Wisconsin Film Festival.
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