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In 2013 a Guatemalan court convicted former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt of overseeing acts of genocide against Guatemala’s Ixil Mayan population from 1982 to 1983. The verdict was based on the testimony of 95 witnesses from the Ixil area. Some Ixils and K’iche’s object to the verdict because they credit Ríos Montt with saving their lives. Was Ríos Montt’s “amnesty” for guerrilla supporters a significant element of what happened in the Ixil area? Should it have played a greater role in the trial? Is “genocide” the best description of what happened?
Guests on the show:
David Stoll is an anthropologist who has been working with the people of northern Quiché since the 1980s. Following the verdict against Ríos Montt, Stoll interviewed Ixils, K’iche’s and Ladinos in Nebaj. The weekly magazine Contrapoder has just published his analysis of what Nebajenses told him, as well as of the testimony of the trial witnesses. His most recent book is El Norte or Bust! How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Guatemalan Town.
Jean-Marie Simon, a graduate of Harvard Law School, worked in Guatemala from 1980 to 1991. She wrote and co-authored six human reports for Human Rights Watch/NY. Her book, Guatemala: Eternal Spring-Eternal Tyranny (WW Norton 1987), depicts the height of Guatemala's internal armed conflict.
Read the transcript of the show here.
The 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor stated that Guatemala was the sixth highest in the world and fourth in Latin America for the Rate of Early Entrepreneurship. Today you'll hear three entrepreneurs talk about their journeys into entrepreneurship and their current work in Guatemala.
Luis Aguilar is an Ashoka fellow and social entrepreneur who founded Bakabs. Bakabs is a network of small and medium tourism enterprises focusing on rural areas of Guatemala. Hotels, restaurants, transport and entertainment venues work together with artists and artisans creating economic, social and cultural development in the Guatemalan countryside.
Mark Jacobson worked in the hospitality industry and then became a business advisor and investor in several Central American firms. He has a BS from Cornell University. Four years ago, he co-founded Pomona Impact and now works to grow an impact investment 'ecosystem' that will provide financial and technical support to early stage impact businesses in Meso America.
Maria Rodriguez graduated from Istmo University, Guatemala City and in 2011 completed her Sustainable Rural Development Masters degree from Flacso Guatemala. In 2007 she founded ByoEarth, a social venture that promotes vermiculture in vulnerable areas of Latin America. She was an Unreasonable Fellow and in 2012 she completed the Agora Partnerships business accelerator. She currently works in partnership with Technoserve and Fundación Junkabal to promote vermiculture as a sustainable livelihood for women in extreme poverty.
In January 2014, photographer Giles Clarke met "Bombero Voluntario" (volunteer fireman) and cardiac physician Dr. Jorge Chiu Quevedo at the scene of a shooting on the streets of Guatemala City. After the needs of the moment were attended to, Giles learned that Dr. J was the former head of the #1 cardiac clinic in the U.S. - The Cleveland Clinic. Yet he had returned to Guatemala to work at a local hospital in the day and volunteer in the dangerous streets at night. Giles asked if he could ride along with Dr. J and the bomberos to learn more about them and their work.
Talkupy Radio with Annie Lindstrom welcomse both men to the show Tuesday, November 4 at 11 am ET to talk about what happened next. We'll learn how Dr. J ended up with a new ambulance and discuss a short documentary that Giles made about his ride-along experience for VICE. There will be a screening of the film and a Q&A on Wednesday, November 5 at 7 pm at The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St. in NYC.
To donate to Dr. J's work, please click here. For more information on him visit his Facebook. Giles also has Facebook and Instagram accounts and is on Twitter @gcwingman.
Obeying the call of God that is on their lives, Craig and Peggy Harvey went to Northern Guatemala in January of 2002. They assumed leadership of an established work which ministered to children, widows and orphans.
For the last eleven years they have been obedient to God in their ministry as they have expanded the ministry and responded to the many needs of the local community. God has moved mightily on their behalf as they have learned to live a life of total dependence on Him!
Listen as they share how their passion has intersected with the God-given purpose for their lives.
Join host Sarah Uthoff as she talks to Kirkwood Community College President Mick Starcevich about the service learning trip he took to Guatemala with Kirkwood students. This service learning trip gave something to both sides the Kirkwood students and staff who traveled there and the people they helped build a new home.
Photos: Ben Parker
On May 10, 2013 Ríos Montt was found guilty of overseeing acts of genocide and war crimes against Guatemala’s Ixil Mayan population in 1982 and 1983. The landmark trial marked the first time a former head of state had been tried for genocide by his country's own judicial system, and was considered a key step in addressing impunity for crimes of the past. The guilty verdict was annulled 10 days later by the Constitutional Court on questionable legal grounds.
Last week the Constitutional Court issued a ruling on Oct. 22 asking lower courts to reconsider Rios Montt’s right to protection under a defunct 1986 amnesty law.
Is the Guatemalan Constitutional Court's decision impeding justice in Guatemala? What is the longer-term impact of this decision? Is it furthering impunity and social polarization in the country and a much needed reckoning with its past?
Guests on our show:
Jo-Marie Burt teaches political science at George Mason University, where she is also director of Latin American Studies and Co-director of the Center for Global Studies. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she conducts research and writes commentaries on human rights and transitional justice issues in the region.
Kathryn Johnson is Assistant Director at Guatemala Human Rights Commission. She is an experienced researcher, advocate and master of public administration with proven ability to conduct accurate policy analysis, produce high quality reports for diverse audiences, and effectively communicate policy options as well as extensive international experience and a strong academic background in issues of international trade and development and fluency in Spanish.
We are called to be Kingdom dwellers, representatives of the Kingdom of the Most High God. Join Pastors Craig and Peggy Harvey again as they share with us regarding grace vs the law. What has God shown them while in Guatemala? As Christians, are we truly living testaments of God's Amazing Grace or are we yet entangled with portions of the law?
We'll discuss this and more with our special guests tonight on our segment of "When Passion Meets Purpose."
Kelly Eickenberg has served in the ACAC IT Department for some time, but recently transitioned to be half-time with the ACAC Missions Department. One of the first things she did after the transition was take part in a trip to Guatemala. Join Kelly today as she talks to John about her transition, her new duties, her trip to Guatemala and her upcoming trip to Paraguay.
Dr. Sharon Johnson, Comtivate CEO interviews John Maxwell Coach Chandler Peterson about her trip to Guatemala to do leadership transformation and become transformed in the process.
Be transformed today!
Contact Dr. Sharon Johnson at http://www.comtivate.com
The Marines are deployed as part of Operation Martillo, a broader effort started last Jan. 15 to stop drug dealers in airplanes or boats along the Central American coast. Kelsey Alford-Jones from the Guatemala Human Rights Commission (GHRC) joins us to talk about Plan Martillo and other changes in Guatemala’s fight against drug trafficking. GHRC is a non-profit, grassroots, solidarity organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala. Kelsey has been director of GHRC since 2011, working to support victims and survivors of human rights violations and advocate on their behalf in Guatemala, the U.S. and the international community.
Hosts: Kara Andrade & Nic Wirtz For more information see our show page. Call in during the show (714) 816-4717 Some links: http://www.ghrc-usa.org/ http://ghrcusa.wordpress.com/ www.ghrcusa.org/Resources/2012/CommentsCongressional_Briefing_Justice_Militarization.pdf
Join me and my panel as we review the friendly against Guatemala as a tune up game before the USA Plays in the 2013 Gold Cup
Today’s show is called “Solar Energy Solutions in Guatemala” with our special guest Juan Fermín Rodríguez, CEO and Co-Founder of Quetsol.
Juan Fermín Rodríguez is spending 22 days inside a room with no electricity to eliminate poverty through renewable energy! The idea is to make solar power more affordable, sustainable, and accessible for millions of people with our Pay-As-You-Go Solar technology.You can see his Indiegogo campaign here.
Mesa Pública is a weekly show which features guests, news, discussions, commentary and analysis about current and cultural events in Guatemala and Central America. The show is hosted by Kara Andrade and Nic Wirtz.
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