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Ex-Soldiers Storm Guatemala’s Congress Building To Get Civil War Payment

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Former soldiers who are demanding they be paid a war-time bonus for serving in Guatemala’s 1960-1996 civil war burst onto the grounds of the country’s congress building Tuesday and set several vehicles on fire. The protesters broke down gates leading into the building’s parking lot and torched at least three vehicles. […]

DHS Chief Mayorkas in Guatemala: U.S. May Create ‘Other Legal Paths’ for Migrants

President Joe Biden’s border chief told government leaders in Guatemala that he is seeking to create “other legal paths” for migrants to enter the United States, according to a Spanish-language news agency. Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Tuesday. Spanish news wire EFE quoted the DHS […]

Guatemala: Address Policies That Put Corporations Over People

As the Vice President seeks to remedy root causes of migration, she should vow to dismantle neoliberal rules that have been devastating for rural and Indigenous peoples. Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Guatemala this week to discuss solutions to the poverty, violence, and corruption that are among the driving forces of migration. Contributing […]

Guatemala’s President Says Biden Administration’s Unclear Messaging on Illegal Immigration Fueled Border Surge

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei criticized the Biden administration for unclear messaging on immigration that he said contributed to the border surge. Giammattei told Fox News that, “You can see that humanitarian messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted manner,” with “coyotes” a term for human smugglers. “They said that they were going to […]

Guatemala to Kamala Harris: Give Americans’ Jobs to Our Migrants

President Joe Biden should help Guatemalans get Americans’ wages — in exchange for Guatemala helping to curb the flow of worldwide migrants across the border, according to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. The proposed migrant-for-migrant deal was spotlighted during a June 7 press conference with Giammattei and Vice President Kamala Harris. She met with Giammattei in […]

Kamala Harris to Multinational Corporations: Invest in Guatemala!

Vice President Kamala Harris is asking the chief executives of the world’s largest multinational corporations to invest in the country of Guatemala. During a speech in Guatemala on Monday, Harris urged corporate executives to make investments in the region to help President Joe Biden’s administration drive down illegal immigration levels that have exploded since he […]

The Oldest Maya Murals and Royal Violence at San Bartolo, Guatemala

In 2001, deep in the sweltering jungles of Guatemala, completely by chance, archaeologists stumbled into the substructure of a lost Maya pyramid, which was the discovery of San Bartolo. To their utter astonishment, they discovered an enormous, domed chamber, its walls bejeweled with exquisitely preserved murals. The vivid, yellow, white, red, and black ochre iconography […]

Leader of extremist haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor arrested in Guatemala

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Weary migrants wait at Guatemala roadblock as caravan stalls

A steep mountain and tall wall flanking the rural highway have allowed Guatemalan authorities to bottle up the group that had numbered about 2,000 when it pushed into Guatemala Friday night. Their ranks have reduced through attrition as some migrants have agreed to be bused back to the Honduran border. A Guatemalan official repeated that […]

Guatemala police start clearing US-bound migrant caravan camp after violent clashes (VIDEOS)

Police in Guatemala have started breaking up a caravan of hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants who had camped on a street while trying to reach the US, after their journey was halted by officials, migration authorities have said. In videos aired on TV and shared on social media, lines of security forces could be seen […]

Migrant Caravan in Guatemala Pushes Through Border from Honduras — Heading to U.S.A.

Guatemalan officials report that approximately 6,500 migrants are on the move from Honduras. The migrants began pushing through the Guatemalan southern border. Their ultimate destination — U.S.A. Guatemala’s immigration spokesman Alejandra Mena told Reuters that there were approximately 6,500 Honduran migrants on the move. Thousands crossed the country’s southern border on Saturday with an ultimate announced […]

Massive Protests In Guatemala Against President And The Congress

By La Izquierda Diario Argentina, Left Voice. November 23, 2020 Above photo: EFE/Esteban Biba. Thousands of Guatemalans demonstrated this Saturday in front of the National Palace of Culture, the seat of the national government in the center of Guatemala City, to express their rejection of the government of President Alejandro Giammattei and the Congress of […]

Guatemala’s Congress Burns Amid Mass Protest

Above photo: Fire at Guatemala’s Congress in the capital as protests are held in the main square. November 21, 2020. Twitter / @Sandra_Cuffe. The Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of the Central American nation called on the police forces to avoid repression. Guatemalans have taken to the streets for a national protest in rejection of President Alejandro […]

As criticism for Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

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Guatemala’s appropriation of the concept of return

Guatemalan president “extended an invitation to other countries” from Europe and Latin America to mover the embassies of their countries to occupied Jerusalem. As expected, the international community has largely gone silent about the announcements by the US and Guatemala to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While an aberration in terms of protecting […]

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem next May

Guatemala would move its embassy from Tel Avivi to Jerusalem next May, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared on Sunday at AIPAC conference held in Washington. “I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way. His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right,” Morales said in his speech before the American […]

Hidden Mayan City of 10 Million People Discovered By Researchers In Guatemala

The Earth is so vast, archaeologists are still finding remnants of lost civilizations. Most recently, researchers discovered a Mayan city, hidden in the Guatemalan jungle, which is estimated to have been home to approximately 10 million citizens. The Guardian reports that the researchers used a high-tech aerial mapping technique to find tens of thousands of hidden structures. They […]

Ancient Mayan ‘Megalopolis’: Laser tech reveals city within Guatemala jungle

The discovery is a major breakthrough in the study of Mayan archaeology. Researchers uncovered a vast urban civilization of more than 60,000 houses, palaces and roads spanning over 800 square miles of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in the Petén region of Guatemala. Mayan settlements began around 1,800 BC, and reached its peak about 1,200 years […]

Guatemala’s Israeli Ties Drive Decision to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA — The unfolding of events since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, against international law and U.N. resolutions, revealed the historical bond between the settler-colonial state and Guatemala — the latter being the first country after the U.S. to declare its intention to move its […]

VIDEO: Israel & Guatemala’s “Special Relationship”

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Top US aid recipient Guatemala insists Jerusalem move was ‘sovereign decision’

The move to acknowledge Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was “a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign,” Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said on Tuesday, and was made “without pressure from the United States.” Guatemala announces relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem “What we are doing is being coherent with our foreign policy and the ally we […]

Guatemala to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday that his country “will move” its embassy to Israeli from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “We talked about the excellent relations [with Netanyahu] that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel,” Morales said on a Facebook post went online after a […]

Guatemala’s Indigenous Campesinos Occupy Capitol Ove Land Conflicts

Above Photo: A woman sits with her child next the barrier separating the protesters in their encampment from the Presidential Palace. All photos by Jeff Abbott. On August 8, one hundred Q’eqchi Maya families from the Department of Alta Verapaz arrived to the historic center of Guatemala City, the nation’s capital, to establish a permanent presence […]

6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Guatemala, El Salvador

     A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighboring El Salvador. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey, struck 38 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of Puerto […]

U.S. House passes Iran sanctions, financial services measures

The U.S. House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation linked to the international nuclear agreement with Iran on Thursday, one year after the landmark pact was announced, defying President Barack Obama’s veto threat. Voting largely along party lines, the Republican-controlled House voted 246 to 179 to pass a new set of sanctions on Iran, […]

Minister: Iran to make significant growth over the next 4 years

Kuala Lumpur, May 20, IRNA – Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Security Ali Rabiee said on Friday that based on predictions made by research centers, Iran will register the highest economic growth among Middle East countries between 2016 and 2020. Growth rate of Iran’s GDP is expected to reach nearly 5% over the the […]

Germany’s secret service warns the country ‘is importing Islamic extremism’

From: Germany’s intelligence agencies have expressed serious concerns over the huge influx of migrants harbouring extremist views, it has been reported. A security document has warned of the damaging consequences of Berlin’s open-door policy which is expected to see around one million refugees enter the country this year alone. […]

A trail of bodies leads back to the USA: America’s death dealing in Guatemala, Part 1

     A friend of mine told me the following curious story. In the early 1990s, while taking a course at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, he sat next to an ordinary-looking older man, a soft-spoken, pudgy fellow, who said he was from Guatemala. After a few weeks into the term, he came to […]

Guatemala’s President Resigns Amid Corruption Scandal

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Cheers Erupt As Guatemala Paves Way to Arrest School of the Americas-Trained President Perez Molina

Guatemala’s Congress on Tuesday voted unanimously to strip President Otto Pérez Molina of his immunity from prosecution over corruption charges in a case that one journalist says should ultimately lead to charging U.S. sponsors of the country’s notorious massacres of Indigenous communities. Univision reports that hundreds of people cheered the decision and set off fireworks. A […]

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