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Guatemala’s Presidential Election and Security as People’s Top Concern - Poverty and crime are common in Guatemala; it has one of the worst crime rates in Latin America. Forty-three percent of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished and the murder rate last year was forty-two per a hundred thousand people—one of the highest in the world. Presidential elections in Guatemala ended on Sunday, November sixth of this year. The elections were base on the voters’ concerns for security. After suffering through more than a few decades of military dictatorship and civil war, this country of about thirteen million people craved for a leader who would provide them with safety....   [tags: Guatemala]
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An Indian Woman In Guatemala - An Indian Woman In Guatemala Guatemala is the land of Eternal Springs and the home of the richly cultured and historic Mayan people. It it also the country of Rigoberta Menchu, an illiterate farm worker, turned voice of oppressed people everywhere. Guatemala also has the sad distinction of being home to Latin America's oldest civil war. "For more than three decades, left-wing guerrillas have fought a series of rightist governments in Guatemala. The war has killed an estimated 140,000 in the country, which has 11 million people." (N.Y....   [tags: Guatemala India History Historical essays]
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guatemala - GUATEMALA Guatemala’s culture is a unique product of Native American ways and a strong Spanish colonial heritage. About half of Guatemala’s population is mestizo (known in Guatemala as ladino), people of mixed European and indigenous ancestry. Ladino culture is dominant in urban areas, and is heavily influenced by European and North American trends. Unlike many Latin American countries, Guatemala still has a large indigenous population, the Maya, which has retained a distinct identity. Deeply rooted in the rural highlands of Guatemala, many indigenous people speak a Mayan language, follow traditional religious and village customs, and continue a rich tradition in textiles and other crafts....   [tags: essays research papers] 1248 words
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The 1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala - The 1954 CIA Coup in Guatemala The 1954 coup that deposed the democratically elected government of Guatemala has long been acknowledged to have been the result of CIA covert action. Recently declassified documents have shown a new, and more sinister light, on the CIA's involvement in an action that gave birth to some of the most brutally dictatorial regimes in modern history. No one at this point will dispute the original involvement, but there are still those who maintain that this is all water over the dam of history and that the US has not had direct responsibility for the actions of a Guatemalan government since the 1954 coup....   [tags: CIA Guatemalan Government Economy Essays] 4707 words
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Human Rights Violations in Guatemala - ... The men interrogated Maritza and her husband and hers involvement in political activities. She wrote a book about her experience and abduction, stating . "I hope this book will provoke more discussion about what it means to be involved, from Guatemala to Guantanamo to Iraq, in that spider web of values and interests known as human rights." (Erlick, June Carolyn.) Maritza’s story is also a good example of the 19th right being violated. You have the right to think what you want, say what you like, and nobody should forbid you from doing so....   [tags: torture, protection, power abuse, injustice]
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Country Report: Guatemala - ... During this period of time there were many shifts in government along with nationalistic movements that played a large role in the development of the nation. In 1965 another monumental event occurred. The un-powerful government that was left had composed a constitution in an attempt to restore order. However, the plan backfired when the Guatemalan citizens were not pleased with the constitution. The people rebelled even more because the constitution annulled almost all of the few public institutions that were still functioning....   [tags: development, wealthy elites, revolution]
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CIA's Intervention In Guatemala - ... Arevalo was in charge of the face of the revolution that was going to bring more equality for those who did not have it. However, the revolution under Arevalo became a failure due to the incapacity of Arevalo to fulfill his promises. The dreams for a new Guatemala became scarce, and a political distrust started to grow among the population. He failed to attack the social and economic issue that the United Fruit Company generated in Guatemala, as a result, the revolution under Arevalo failed to fulfill its earlier promises....   [tags: United Fruit Company, Foreign Investment]
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The Struggle for Human and Labor Rights in Guatemala - In a time where the United States was guarding against the spread of Communism to Latin America, the workers of Guatemala faced a difficult time organizing to demand benefits and rights from their employers. Among others that struggled to form organized labor through the various repressive governments, the union at the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in the capital city was one of the most successful. This success can be attributed to the favorable rulings of Guatemalan labor courts, the tenacity of the union’s members, international support and the cooperation of the transnational corporation of Coca-Cola, headquartered in the United States....   [tags: Business Management]
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The Political Community in Guatemala - The Political Community The “social apartheid” that exist in Guatemala separates Guatemala into two places and does not allow the country to be united, both democratically socially. The indigenous population is separated from opportunities. Without the minimal conditions, necessary for citizens to exercise their rights in practice there is not citizenship and therefore no “true” democracy. New democratic institutions must both address the anxiety existing among Ladinos and prove to be responsive to a sizeable segment of the national community that has previously been excluded based on language and ethnicity....   [tags: essays research papers] 755 words
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Guatemala and Spanish Cultures -      Guatemala has more people than any other Central American country, with an estimated population of 11,980,000 it is home to many different cultures. The population can be divided into two groups; Indians and people of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry. But in Guatemala, being called an Indian or a non-Indian does not depend entirely on a person's ancestry. It is basically a matter of how people live and of how they categorize themselves. For example, a Guatemalan is considered an Indian if he or she speaks an Indian language, wears Indian clothing, and lives in a community where the people follow the Indian ways of life....   [tags: essays research papers]
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The Power of the Internet and Women’s Rights in Guatemala - Introduction With the rapid growth of new digital media technologies, such as the Internet, the public has more choices and opportunities to communicate with people globally. As Bill Gates proclaimed, “the Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” Media can determine the tremendous role its play in not only our daily lives but also its profound impact on modern society’s cognitive perception of the world. The initial proposal for this paper is to answer how the Internet transforms Guatemalan society as well as improves Guatemalan women’s right, in particular, indigenous women in rural areas....   [tags: Women's Rights ]
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An Exercise in Bioethics - ... However, the figures were still not consistent because recounting the number of individuals affected illustrated that only 678 prisoners were completely cured of these STDs. The vagueness that was derived from the reports demonstrates that the government, through its agencies was less concerned about the welfare of the prisoners (Reverby, 2011). Arguing from both ethical and moral principles, the agencies crossed and breached the rights of the prisoners. The ethical issues that can be derived from this report are on whether the prisoners had given their consent to this study, and whether the report that is being released to the public really reflects the activities that were carried out....   [tags: STDs, Consent, Guatemala]
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Rigoberta Menchu's Book - Rigoberta Menchu, a Quiche Indian woman native to Guatemala, is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for politically reaching out to her country and her people. In her personal testimony tittled “I, Rigoberta Menchu” we can see how she blossomed into the Nobel Prize winner she is today. Following a great deal in her father’s footsteps, Rigoberta’s mobilization work, both within and outside of Guatemala, led to negotiations between the guerillas and the government and reduced the army power within Guatemala....   [tags: Guatemala Nobel Prize] 1621 words
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Belize Guatamala territory dispute - British lumberjacks set up settlements in the eventual Belize. The Spanish granted them the territory. When war broke out in Europe there was an attack which was repulsed. Over the next 20 years the British had grown into the assigned area and some unsettled areas of South America establishing the now existing Belize. The Spanish never had any rule over the territory. Up to 1859 the British continued to exercise exclusive jurisdiction over the settlement, further establishing administrative control and implementing a comprehensive legal and legislative system....   [tags: essays research papers] 1126 words
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The Anglo Guatemalan Dispute - The beginnings The original inhabitants of Belize were the Mayas, whose highly advanced civilization reached its peak in the years 250 to 1000 ad. After the society went into decline however, the Mayas continued to inhabit the territory in scattered villages and communities. The Spanish who claimed the territory as a part of the Americas granted them by the pope, encountered the Mayas in the 16th and 17th centuries, but they failed to permanently subdue them and the Spanish never settled the territory....   [tags: essays research papers] 1157 words
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Growing Up Guatemalan in the United States - In 1964, Guatemala was being run by a military junta, violence was a part of every day life, the economy was in shambles, and jobs were scare (Cuevas, 2011). It was in this setting that a young man, my future father-in-law, took a chance at a better life for he and his family. Enticed by rumors of prosperity in the United States, Alex and his brother Rene saved their money to journey to Chicago, leaving their families behind in a search for hope that was borne of desperation. Alex left his wife Ruth with 20 Guatemalan Quetzal, the equivalent of $20 dollars, and their three children, Vivien, 5, Ingrid, 3, and Marvin, a newborn baby....   [tags: Immigration ]
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TRUTH, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION IN LATIN AMERICA - As the head of the national reconciliation commission in Latin America, I will be addressing the different pathways towards reconciliation. The different pathways towards reconciliation I will make my recommendation off of are the Truth Commissions, Justice, and Forgiveness. Additionally, to support my points and arguments towards the idea that Latin American should move forward with reconciliation is I will be discussing the case studies about Guatemala and Argentina. Drawing upon these case studies about Guatemala and Argentina will allow for me to back up the Truth Commissions, Justice, and Forgiveness pathways....   [tags: International Conflict ]
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War or Peace? - If you think about war and then think about peace is war really all that bad. Without wars there would basically be no human life because no one would have anything really. Wars are defiantly not all good but they are also not all bad if there are not a bunch of them. A successful war in transition to peace was the Guatemalan war of 1960-1996 because they are still living in a bit peaceful country today but are making major progress. An example of an unsuccessful war in transition to peace is the 1991 Somalia Civil War which is still ongoing today....   [tags: War]
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Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer - As stronger nations exercise their control over weaker ones, the United States try to prove their authority, power and control over weaker nations seeing them as unable to handle their own issues thereby, imposing their ideology on them. And if any of these weaker nations try to resist, then the wrath of the United States will come upon them. In overthrow the author Stephen Kinzer tells how Americans used different means to overthrow foreign government. He explains that the campaign & ideology of anti- communism made Americans believe that it was their right and historical obligation to lead forces of good against those of iniquity....   [tags: Stephen Kinzer]
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Rigoberta Menchu - Liar or Educator? - In the article “Liar, Rigoberta Menchu” by Dinesh D’Souze(1999) he states that anthropologist David Stoll and New York Times reporter Larry Rohter found evidence that Rigoberta Menchu lied in her autobiography and therefore her book should not be used in schools and universities. First of all it is said that Rigoberta Menchu claims that she never went to school but she actually has the equivalent of a middle school education which she received due to a scholarship and attended two prestigious private boarding schools that were operated by Catholic nuns, this was verified by her half-sister who also said that Rigoberta could have not spent eight months on coffee and plantation fields and working as a political organizer because she spent much of her youth in boarding schools....   [tags: Biography] 595 words
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History of Belize - History of Belize Mayan civilization flourished in what is now called Belize between 300 and 600 AD, but had collapsed around 900 AD. By the time the Spanish arrived in the mid 16th century there were few Mayans left, and their buildings had already become ruins. Although the Spanish explorers laid claim over the area, the first permanent European settlement was established by shipwrecked English seamen in 1638. The English settlers’ raided Spanish ships while Spain retaliated with repeated attacks on the settlers, but in 1763 Spain granted the British settlements the right to begin logging....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1095 words
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American Cold War Policies: Attack the Second World - American Cold War policy was aimed to help the First World, help the Third World, and attack the Second World, respectively. America always had the interests of its self and its allies in mind when developing a plan of attack in the Cold War. Both the politicians and the American people could agree with pursuing economic, social, and bureaucratic interests. The second goal of America’s actions during the Cold War was helping the Third World. America aimed their foreign policy decisions toward helping the people of the third world advance themselves, and saving them from communism....   [tags: American Cold War, government, military, politics,] 1214 words
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Preparing Documents - QUESTIONAIRE FOR PREPARING DOCUMENT DISCUSSIONS: 1. TITLE of document. WHO wrote this document (include all relevant facts about author's occupation, background, etc.). The title of the document was I Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. It was written by Rigoberta Menchu. Rigoberta Menchu was born on January 9, 1959 to a poor Indian peasant family and raised in the Quiche branch of the Mayan culture. In her early years she helped with the family farm work, either in the northern highlands where her family lived, or on the Pacific coast, where both adults and children went to pick coffee on the big plantations....   [tags: essays research papers] 984 words
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Measuring Economic Participation and Social Protection - ... Most economies have safety nets in regards to combating poverty. El Salvador implemented a program called Red Solidaria, which targets families living in extreme poverty and makes cash transfers for the children for education and education. Honduras has safety nets for individuals below the poverty lines; the program is called Programa de Asignación Familiar, in which it targets poor families with children between 6 to15 years and makes cash transfers for food, education and health. Finally, Guatemala also has a program that targets poor individuals, which is Mi Familia Progresa, which targets families with children under the age of 15 and makes cash transfers to them for health and education....   [tags: politics, economic participation]
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Belize - Belize is a small country, on the Caribbean Sea, between Mexico and Guatemala. With a total land area of about 8,800 square miles, Belize is slightly smaller than Massachusetts.1 Belize is subject to frequent hurricanes and coastal flooding. The country has one of the higher population growth rates of Central America at 2.154%, and a total population of 307,899. 2 Belize is composed of mostly flat, swampy coastal plains, with some low mountainous regions in the south. The climate is tropical, characterized by very hot and humid alternating rain and dry seasons....   [tags: International Politics] 992 words
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Miguel Angel Asturias - Miguel Angel Asturias Miguel Angel Asturias was born in Guatemala City in 1899. He received his law degree from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. After finishing at the University, Asturias and a few colleagues founded the Popular University of Guatemala for those who could not afford to attend the national university. In 1923 he went to Paris where he wrote El Señor Presidente. Due to it's political implications he was unable to bring the book with him in 1933 when he returned to Guatemala....   [tags: Papers] 1637 words
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U.S. Foreign Policy and Latin America - During the Cold War, the US invaded Latin America, Asia, and partly Europe. They used sneaky methods and propaganda to achieve their goals. At this time, in the Cold War, they were very devious and tactical in their mission. The US foreign Policy at that time was all about defeating Communism and keeping the balance of power in it’s favor but most importantly, for US’s own economic interest. Generally, the US foreign policy concerning Latin America was of course for the US' own benefit. If the person in power was trying to nationalize their country's economy, the US accused them of communism and proceeded to push them out, unofficially, under the pretext of national security....   [tags: Government Policy] 1130 words
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Koch vs. Virchow - ... The authorities knew that every year there is a monsoon season coming, and yet there were no preparations or accommodations made for the public to protect them from multiplying mosquitos which infected and killed the population. Now that we have analyzed the examples on malaria, let us move to the video on Guatemala’s new approach to health care. While watching this video, I found two specific examples from the film about how this approach was more like Koch or Virchow. In the video, the narrator talked about inequalities in health care....   [tags: Health, Biology]
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film - The film, El Norte, is a believable portrayal of a Guatemalan family’s struggles in the 1980s. The story is divided into three parts. The first part of the story takes place in a village in Guatemala. The Xuncax family is in danger when the father, an activist leader, helps organize the local workers. Because of the father’s activism and his attempt to preserve what rightfully belongs to them, he is murdered. The mother is then taken away by the army, never to be seen again. The brother, Enrique, and the sister, Rosa, are left behind in the village....   [tags: essays research papers] 529 words
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International Organizations: OPANAL - ... In an article by Carlos Nielsen Enemark, ambassador Gioconda Ubeda stressed was praised by the community as “a mechanism for regional peace and security and a concrete contribution to nuclear disarmament” (Enemark, 2013). Ubeda stated the purpose of OPANAL is guarantee to free countries of nuclear weapons and amalgamate regions on the issue. OPANAL is also involved with other countries as well. The Council’s members are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. The Committee on contributions, administrative, and the budget are: Belize, Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua....   [tags: nuclear weapons, Treaty of Tlatelolco]
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Belize - Belize History Belize was once part of the Maya civilization; Cortes probably traversed the region on his way Hondura. The Spanish did not colonize the are. Buccaneers founded Belize City in the early 1600’s and were followed by British Jamaicans, who exploited its timber. Spain long contested British possession, but in 1859 Guatemala and Britain agreed on British Honduras’s boundaries. In 1940 Guatemala declared the agreement invalid. British Honduras was granted internal self-government in 1964, but full independence was delayed by Guatemala’s claim....   [tags: Papers] 1011 words
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The Perfect Failure by Trumbull Higgins - The Perfect Failure Kennedy, Eisenhouwer and the CIA at the Bay of Pigs by Trumbull Higgins I have always wondered about the history and surrounding factors of the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. I lived in Miami for seven years and have always wondered why Cubans had an air of entitlement, that United States owes them something. The explanation that I was given, when I felt comfortable asking about this, was that the United States failed them. That for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba the United States led the Cuban exiles into a battle they could not win....   [tags: US History Policy Government Politics] 1357 words
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Review of Menchu - “I, Rigoberta Menchu, an Indian Woman in Guatemala” (1983), is the personal narrative of the life of a young Guatemalan Quiche Indian woman. Written in the genre of personal testimony, Menchu's powerful voice records the hardships of the Guatemalan people during the political terror of a 36-year Civil War that ended in 1996. Menchu's reality is harsh; life is a struggle to survive. Menchu as if creating an indigenous cloth with numerous threads, creates a tale of connection within her Quiche community....   [tags: essays research papers] 817 words
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Indigenous Rights in Mexico and Central America - Indigenous Rights in Mexico and Central America Introduction The injustice surrounding the Indigenous populations in Mexico and Central America began with the Spanish colonies in the sixteenth century, and the struggle for their land and constitution rights has been an ongoing battle for hundreds of years. The indigenous people take up a large part of the population in Mexico and Central America. (See Table 1; Graph 1 below). Indigenous people make up of over 16 percent of the Mexican population, and over 66 percent of the population is indigenous in Guatemala....   [tags: History Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 3768 words
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The future of banana trading. - The future of banana trading. Q1. Introduction. Latin America is situated in the southern part of America, on the equator, between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Lain America is in the prime location for growing bananas because of the countries tropical climate. Bananas grow where there is sun and rain all year round, so that they can fully develop. Looking at my climate graph I can see that it does rain all year and the temperature doesn't drop below 6 degrees. It has tropical heat and a rainy season between the months of January and April....   [tags: Economics] 1242 words
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Belize - Belize Belize, independent state, northeastern Central America, bounded on the north and northwest by Mexico, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by Guatemala. Belize, until 1973 known as British Honduras, became independent in 1981 and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The total area of Belize is 22,965 sq km (8867 sq mi). IILAND AND RESOURCES The northern half of Belize consists of lowlands, large areas of which are swampy. The southern half is dominated by mountain ranges, notably the Maya Mountains, which rise to a maximum elevation of 1120 m (3675 ft) atop Victoria Peak....   [tags: Papers] 768 words
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Letter To The Author Of I, Rigoberta Menchu - Dear Rigoberta Menchu:I have recently read your autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchu, in which your portrayed as an oppressed yet ultimately triumphant victim of classism, racism, colonialism, and of course sexism. In your book you talk about your family, a Quiche Indian family, which was very poor. The small plot of land that the family owned did not produce enough to feed everyone. Life on a plantation was harsh.People lived in crowded sheds with no clean water or toilets. Your people, the native Indians in Guatemala had no rights of citizenship....   [tags: essays research papers] 568 words
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The Spread of Drugs as a World Problem - ... Some have even advocated the all out legalization of all drugs to take the market away from the cartels. This option has no viability for it would be political suicide for any politician that would advocate such a position. The Obama Administration claim that the war on drugs is working and in his 2010 budget The President has asked for $1.7 billion to help Mexico fight the cartels. This is an issue of important national security to the United States as the drug cartels are already operating within its borders....   [tags: Trafficking, Smuggling, Border] 1203 words
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Nicaragua and the United States: 1940s – 2000’s - ... One being the founding of Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), and the second was the historical “Bay of Pigs”. The FSLN was a party opposed to the United States occupation in Nicaragua as well as the Somoza family’s dictatorship. The Bay of Pigs was the attempted invasion of Cuba by U.S. forces. Several years later Nicaragua is volunteered to serve as a U.S. military base to help invade Cuba by the newly appointed president René Schik-now commonly regarded as a puppet of Somoza Debayle....   [tags: Political Assassinations, Dictatorships]
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Injustice Towards Immigrants Exposed in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees - ... She makes it seem as if immigrants are taking over countries they migrate to, and they do not belong there. Many Americans are disrespectful towards immigrants who are trying to make a better life for themselves thus making readers reconsider the status of immigrants and show compassion. On top of that, specifically regarding Estevan and Esperanza, readers will see the pain they have gone through. “He handed her [Turtle] carefully back to Esperanza…Tears drained down the shallow creases in her cheeks” (213 Kingsolver)....   [tags: The Bean Trees]
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Hector Tobar's The Tattooed Soldier - Hector Tobar's The Tattooed Soldier       Downtown Los Angeles is one of the busiest commercial centers in the United States. However, the city holds two groups of people in different economic level-the homeless and the working class. Hector Tobar frequently includes the landscape of the setting in downtown Los Angeles in The Tattooed Soldier. The novel is about two immigrants from Guatemala who have moved to Los Angeles. The protagonist, Antonio, takes a revenge on the antagonist, Longoria because he murdered Antonio¡¦s wife and son when he was a Guatemalan soldier....   [tags: Hector Tobar Tattooed Soldier Essays] 582 words
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The United States' Greatest Fears - The United States of America is a country that is democratic and possesses an extreme amount of power that makes it very authoritative and influential. It is a country used to being at the top, never below in supremacy. The U.S. fears communism, loosing Israel’s support, and the unification of countries in the Middle East. The United States fears equality among its community and therefore does not agree or like communism. For America, the idea of the distribution of the wealth of the people by the government equally is impossible....   [tags: United States] 927 words
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Helping Others: Ian in "Shattered" by Eric Walters - “I looked anxiously. I didn’t see anybody… I’d keep my head up and my eyes open-`You got a smoke to spare?’” (Walters 3) In Shattered, Eric Walters hauls the reader through the life of Ian, the protagonist who experiences the joy of helping others. Throughout the white pine award novel, Ian is continually helping people around him realize that their life isn’t perfect and they ought to alter it somewhat. Furthermore, the author carefully compares the significance of family and how importance they are to everyone’s life....   [tags: Shattered, Eric Walters, compassion,]
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Mayan Ruins - While staying at the Honduras rentals, one must explore the ancient Mayan ruins which are steeped in history and culture. As you move around the varied structures such as the temple, sculptors, stairways, courtrooms and other monuments, you will notice a distinctive sculptural style that earmarked the entire Mayan utilization. To enjoy the principal ceremonial sites of the Mayan ruins, make sure you do not hush-hush your exploration trip. The Copan Ruins are located in the western part of Honduras....   [tags: Ancient Ruins]
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Latin America Resources - I. 1.Miguel Angel Asturias- A Nobel Prize wining novelist and poet from Guatemala. Wrote about his experience under a dictatorship. Established small-town life and a clash of cultures as themes 2.Frida Kahlo- Started painting in 1925 when she was hospitalized. Married Diego Rivera. Was inspired by retablos, religious paintings. Was a champion of Mexican culture. 3.John F. Kennedy – Kennedy encouraged Latin American countries to undertake reforms to raise the standard of living for their people with the Alliance for Progress in 1961....   [tags: essays research papers] 1463 words
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The History of Middle America - The History of Middle America Central America is a land bridge that connects North America to South America. Today, this area of the world is under major reconstruction. Its recent history is filled with civil wars, military dictatorships, and native uprisings. Though the recent economy has turned toward the better, the history of the economy in Central America has not been a fortunate. Poverty, disease, and discontent were common among the people living in this region. Many of the problems faced by these nations date back to the Spanish Colonization of the area....   [tags: Papers] 2766 words
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Biography of Che Guevara - Biography of Che Guevara Che Guevara met an undignified death in a dilapidated school house in Bolivia, at the hands of a CIA backed counter revolution. The generation that would see him the most had not been born yet, and many of that generation would not know why this well drawn face is on hats, shirts and posters at Hot Topic. They won't know the face was communism's last best hope, shot down after the imperialist world joined forces to crush the possibility of true communism in the known world....   [tags: Biography Biographies Guevara] 1910 words
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Comparing the Messages of Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees - Political and Social Messages of Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees     Perhaps The Poisonwood Bible is Barbara Kingsolver's best work. It was while reading this book (which centers around The Congo and what the western world has done to this country) that I began to make the connection that all of Kingsolver's books contain a political and social message. She uses her stance as an author to illuminate her readers to situations and issues that she feels are important. Kingsolver's voice can be heard in Animal Dreams when the main character, Codi talks about what happened to her sister, Hallie in Nicaragua, and how unaware Americans were to what was happening in that country....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Avocado - The Avocado The avocado is a member of the Laurel family, Lauraceae. Other members of this family include sweet bay, cinnamon, camphor and sassafras. In Central America several wild species of Persea grow. It has been concluded that cultivated forms must have been developed in Mexico and Guatemala at a very early stage of mans history. Two native names for the avocado are still used in America. The nahuatel term was "ahua-cacua-huitle" from which other Central American names like ahuacatl (which is the common Aztec idiom) alcuahte and aquacate have been either derived or shortened....   [tags: Botany]
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Acculturation - ... Other criticisms of the restrictive concept of assimilation manifest not be a flattering point of the adjustment process of the immigrant and adaptation view(Stonequit, 1998). New research shows that the affiliative culture of origin rooting produces a better adaptation and less mental health problems of immigrants during the acculturation process (Buriel, Derbyshire and Ramirez, 1998). Bi-dimensional Acculturation Model This model , proposed by Berry ( 1980) , includes analysis of child support or not the immigrant racial identity and his inclusive attitude with the new ethnic group to explain the process of acculturation ....   [tags: USA, Mexico, transculturation]
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