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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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Guatemala Earthquake of 1976 - Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 1.0 Disaster Location 3 2.0 Disaster Drivers 4 3.0 Disaster Context 4 4.0 Hazard Magnitude and Frequency 6 5.0 Lesson of Precedent 7 6.0 Impact of Human Activity 8 7.0 Magnitude of Losses 9 8.0 Mitigation and Future Recommendations 10 Works Cited 11 Executive Summary Guatemala is a country that is very prone to natural disasters. It is a developing nation with many areas that must be addressed in order to take proactive measures, for disasters that may occur in the future....   [tags: Guatemala Earthquake Report]
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El problema del analfabetismo en Guatemala - Según Las Naciones Unidas el reto más intruso y desafiante en el mundo de hoy es la inseguridad. La inseguridad puede significar diferentes cosas a diferentes personas, pero en todo los partes del mundo es un obstáculo muy grande que necesitamos superar. En las regiones diferentes del mundo, la manera en que la gente puede superar este estorbo es diferente, pero todas necesitan enfocar en un factor muy importante: la educación. En latinoamérica, la educación necesita ser más desarrollado. La situación es muy grave con mucha gente sin educación....   [tags: analfabetismo en Guatemala]
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Guatemala as Cold War History, by Richard H. Immerman - From the time of its colonization at the hands of Spanish Conquistadors in the early 1500’s, Guatemala has suffered under the oppression of dictator after dictator. These dictators, who ruled only with the support of the military and only in their own interests, created a form of serfdom; by 1944, two percent of the people owned 70 percent of the usable land. The Allies’ victory in WWII marked democracy’s triumph over dictatorship, and the consequences shook Latin America. Questioning why they should support the struggle for democracy in Europe and yet suffer the constraints of dictatorship at home, many Latin Americans rallied to democratize their own political structures....   [tags: Guatemala and Global Politics]
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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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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 - Guatemala is among one of the countries that is suffering from major human rights violations. The topics that I will be covering include the three main laws of human rights that are being violated in the country of Guatemala, as well as evidence and stories of victims, and the changes that this country is going through. I will be bringing up the topic of Guatemala’s human rights violations and acts of injustice, including giving my opinion on these matters. Guatemala is a country that has yet to recover from past wars, and the country is lacking in peace between society, government and authorities....   [tags: Human Rights Essays]
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The Beautiful Country of Guatemala - Guatemala is a beautiful land in Central America is bordering the Northern Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. In this paper I will focus on Guatemala’s geography, anthropological history, cultural behavior, spiritual needs, and current evangelical activity. The primary objective of this paper is to identifiy the spiritual needs and how to pray for this nation and its peoples. Geography • Total Area: 108,890 sq km (42,042 sq mi) • Land Area: 108,430 sq km (41,865 sq mi) • Land Boundaries: 1,687 km total; Belize 266 km, El Salvador 203 km, Honduras 256 km, Mexico 962 km • Natural Resources: crude oil, nickel, rare woods, fish, chicle • Language: Spa...   [tags: Geography, Culture, Central America, Religion]
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STD Inoculation Studies in Guatemala - An Exercise in Bioethics A study by Reverby (2011) was carried out in Guatemala on prisoners to search for STDs cure was ethically wrong. According to the article, there had been a series of studies that were carried out on prisoners at Guatemala between 1946 and 1948. The purpose of the study was to find possible cures and preventive measures to diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid. The research was carried out by inoculating the STDs into the prisoners and trying various treatment options....   [tags: Bioethics]
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CIA's Intervention In Guatemala - This essay will study the Central Intelligence Agency’s intervention in Guatemala, and how they assisted Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas in the coup d’état against Jacobo Arbenz. It will describe the reasons of the intervention, the United States’ interest in Guatemala, and how it affected Guatemalans. Such events help explain much about the role that the United States has in their own migration. The paper argues that the United States’ political interest in Guatemala played a fundamental role in the migration of Guatemalans to its borders....   [tags: United Fruit Company, Foreign Investment]
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Country Report: Guatemala - Guatemala has experienced many significant changes to their government in the past sixty years. The government faced military coups, governmental reforms along with political and social revolutions. Many political forces have influenced Guatemala and transformed it into the country that it is today. When a nation’s system is highly extractive, there are higher stakes to gain power. When there is a high desire for power, more coups are carried out and there are more shifts in the power of the government....   [tags: development, wealthy elites, revolution]
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Marxist Analysis of Social Media in Guatemala - ... He acquired the cable companies after making a deal with the Guatemalan government (El Universal, 2007) and in 2011 he renewed the contract with president Álvaro Colom. Through the decades Ángel González has played a vital role in the campaigns of every presidential candidate (Gutiérrez, 2012). A we can see in this example Ángel González has acquired different media outlets under the umbrella of his company Albavisión, and through it he has the possibility of shaping the public opinion of Guatemalan people....   [tags: Corruption, Politics, Television]
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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 - 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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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 cra...   [tags: essays research papers] 1248 words
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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 Negative Consequences of the US Intervention in the Guatemalan Civil War - The Guatemalan Civil War was a 20th century civil war that raged from 1954 until 1996. It has profoundly affected geopolitical relationships in Central America, as well as and US policy toward hostile governments. The war shaped geopolitics in that region and impacted not just Guatemala but the countries vested in the so-called Cold War as a whole. There is disagreement among historians, however, concerning how much US influence guided the outcome of the conflict. Through extensive research, it is clear that the United States of America’s impact on the war was both highly significant and highly detrimental to the US’s geopolitical interests....   [tags: Guatemalan Civil War]
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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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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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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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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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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 wor...   [tags: Biography] 595 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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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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Measuring Economic Participation and Social Protection - An increase in economic participation leads to a number of positive outcomes, including better standards of living, access to education and other social factors that increase the well-being of a population. Employment is a main measure of economic participation in an economy and the issue of inequality, in terms of income and gender, plays an important role in the social protection available in an economy. It is common to find that individuals in the lower quintile of the population are greatly affected by income inequality, not only because they receive a small amount of total income, but they don’t have the necessary resources to develop themselves, both academically and personally....   [tags: politics, economic participation]
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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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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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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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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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Koch vs. Virchow - Koch believes that most health issues arise because of biological issues, and thus can only be cured with medical advancement. On the other hand, Virchow believed that the main cause of adverse health was because of poverty and biological principles. Both men have fantastic arguments, but to see which makes more sense in our modern world, we will have to delve into some real world examples. First we will take a look at an article on malaria, which is scholarly work by Packard. Secondly we will analyze a video on Guatemala’s new approach to health care....   [tags: Health, Biology]
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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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International Organizations: OPANAL - The Agency of Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (OPANAL) is one international organizations involved with Guatemala. But to keep this organization alive and well, there are a few points that established OPANAL’s representation. Firstly, is how did OPANAL form. Secondly, what was the purpose of OPANAL. Thirdly, what other countries OPANAL belong to. Fourthly, what if any, measures have OPANAL taken to enforce their rules or guidelines. Finally, how does OPANAL influence international relations with countries that do not belong to other organizations....   [tags: nuclear weapons, Treaty of Tlatelolco]
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Injustice Towards Immigrants Exposed in Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees - Since the creation of the United States, there have been several enormous waves of immigration into the country. Many people come here to pursue the freedom they have always craved. In the book, The Bean Trees, this is a familiar concept to the characters Estevan and Esperanza. They have migrated from Guatemala all the way to the state of Arizona where they will meet the protagonist, Taylor. Throughout the story Taylor learns the couple’s struggle of being undocumented immigrants in the United States....   [tags: The Bean Trees]
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The Spread of Drugs as a World Problem - There are many security threats facing nation states. The threat of international terrorism attract the most headlines and governments spend a lot of money to combat it. But there are so called "soft security" threats that if not dealt with lead to the strengthening of organized crime groups that wreak havoc on a society's security and economy. Three of the threats that challenge states today are the smuggling of drugs, arms trafficking, and illegal alien smuggling. In the United States, the porous border with Mexico has only made these threats more imminent....   [tags: Trafficking, Smuggling, Border] 1203 words
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Nicaragua and the United States: 1940s – 2000’s - The world in the 1940’s was not the ideal place for anyone to be living. Hitler’s Nazi movements being one of the catalysts for World War II, the citizens of the world were flung into an era of disarray and discontentment in the early 40’s. After Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S., forcing the Americans into war, it soon became a whole differnet ball game. In 1941, the United Nations was formed comprised of the inter-allies and its goal to "work together, with other free peoples, both in war and in peace"....   [tags: Political Assassinations, Dictatorships]
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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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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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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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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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Mayan Civilization and Culture - The Ancient Mayan civilization contained nearly two-thirds of Mesoamerica. The area included mostly volcanic mountains to porous limestone, also referred to as the lowlands in the more central regions. Mayan civilization extended from Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the north, to Honduras in the south. What made the Mayans stand out to me the most, were their complex societies, which were built and modernized far ahead of its time in a tropical rainforest climate (Aissen, 1992). Normally, ancient populations lived in much drier climates, where irrigation practices served as the foundation of societies....   [tags: Mesoamerica, Mayan Golden Age, History]
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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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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: The Tattooed Soldier Essays]
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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 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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Ecological Contextual Model of Acculturation - As we may all have once experienced, acculturation is one of the most common part of our lives, either by music, language or habits. In many occasions is more noticeable, but they are still a part of our entire lives. Through my own experiences and some of my classmates we were able to identified this topic in our own lives. I being born in USA but raised in Mexico until I was 16 years old, made my acculturation really clear when I came to this country without any previous knowledge of this language or society....   [tags: USA, Mexico, transculturation]
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Causes of War: Systemic vs. Domestic - The purpose of this essay is to inform on the similarities and differences between systemic and domestic causes of war. According to World Politics by Jeffry Frieden, David Lake, and Kenneth Schultz, systemic causes deal with states that are unitary actors and their interactions with one another. It can deal with a state’s position within international organizations and also their relationships with other states. In contract, domestic causes of war pertain specifically to what goes on internally and factors within a state that may lead to war....   [tags: rally effect, iraq war, world politics]
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