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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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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’s Presidential Election and Security as People’s Top Concern - ... His stand calls for “neutralizing” gangs and drug cartels with the help of the death penalty, and proposes cleaning up the country’s policies and court system. “If we don’t make the right decisions, we could head into a much more serious and delicate situation in the country,” he said. “We have been very clear; we have the best chance of winning and are ready to confront that clear risk.” He said his crime strategy would conform to the law. “We’re not talking about authoritarianism.” Even with Molina’s word, some critics worry that mano dura may prove to be another approach that would take Guatemala back to the era of iron-fisted military rule....   [tags: Guatemala]
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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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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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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 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 Power of the Internet and Women’s Rights in Guatemala - ... So it is clear and understandable how education is significant, meanwhile, it raises a few questions why Guatemala is so vulnerable and what are some obstacles behind the status quo. What problematizes are safety, accessibility in terms of geography and lack of teachers for rural areas and indigenous people who do not speak Spanish language. The most difficult issue is that women in rural areas spend much time every day on agricultural and domestic task for their family. These issues create a vicious cycle that makes women give up to raise their hope for better or more equal rights in society....   [tags: Women's Rights ]
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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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Travel in Mexico - Day One Tour of Chichén Itzá Chichén Itzá is located within the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala and extending into the Yucatan peninsula lay the mysterious temples and pyramids of the Maya people. The ancient city whose name means "in the mouth at the Itzáe's Well", was, in its time of grandeur (between 800 and 1200 A.D.), the centre of political, religious and military power in Yucatán, if not all of South-eastern Meso America. While Europe was still in the Dark Ages, the Maya people had evolved the only true writing system native to the Americas and were masters of mathematics....   [tags: Mexico Guatemala Descriptive Travel] 1130 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TRUTH, JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION IN LATIN AMERICA - ... Testimonies like Lucia’s and what she had endured during this horrible epidemic that happened in the past, backs up the strategy of what the Truth Commissions is trying to construct and that is revealing the past. The Argentinean people endured the same amount of political violence as those that live in Guatemala. Argentina’s era of political violence was called the “Dirty War”, which refers to government-sponsored violence and up to 30,000 people disappeared during this time (Oglesby, 03.7.12)....   [tags: International Conflict ]
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Central America - Central America Central America, just south of Mexico and North of Panama, consists of just six countries; Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Of those six, all share a distinct common history except for Belize. Belize for one is incredibly small, and while Spanish is the official language of other Central American countries, in Belize English is spoken. So throughout this paper as I carelessly say 'Central American' I am not including Belize whose history and development was far different than the others....   [tags: Central American History] 1385 words
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History of Costa Rica - History of Costa Rica Human habitation can be traced back more than 10,000 years but it appears Costa Rica was sparsely populated and a relative backwater in the pre-Columbian era. There is little sign of major communities and none of the impressive stone architecture that characterized the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica to the north and the Andes to the south. When Columbus arrived near Lim¢¢n on September 18, 1502 on his third and last voyage to the Americas, there were probably no more than 20,000 indigenous inhabitants They lived in several autonomous tribes, all with distinct cultures and customs....   [tags: Culture Cultural History Essays] 2396 words
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Ernesto Guevara de Serna - Ernesto Guevara de Serna Ernesto Guevara de Serna was born in Argentina in 1928 into a fairly privileged family. He developed serious asthma at the age of two, which would plague him throughout his life. He was home-schooled by his mother, Celia de la Serna. It was these early years when he became an eager reader of Marx, Engels, and Freud which all were all part of his father's library. He went to secondary school in 1941, the Colegio Nacional Dean Funes, Cordoba, where he excelled in literature and sports....   [tags: Ernest Che Guevara Biographies Essays] 1109 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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The Maya - The Maya were a dominating society of Mesoamerica, rich in culture, community, and art. While life may not be completely interpretable yet, much in known about how these societies were constructed, and how their religion dominated their lives. Much is generally made of their massive stonework, their ceremonial complexes, and ritual sacrifices, but their small jade, ceramic, and stone sculpture deserves as much attention as the works of much larger size have received. The Maya, inhabiting southern Mexico, Guatemala, and northern Belize, began to settle in communities around 1500 b.c....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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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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Free Essays - A Schoolyard Lesson - A Schoolyard Lesson "Get up, get up you have school today," my mother blurted out, as I fell out of bed. I stood up and waddled to the bathroom. Looking into the mirror I smiled to myself; I knew today was going to be just fine. My family and I had just moved from Guatemala, and today was to be my first day at Bel Air Elementary School. I usually don't get worried about these situations, since I've been through the routine before, besides I tend to make friends easily....   [tags: Personal Narrative 123 essays] 1344 words
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