The Curious Case of Jacobo Árbenz

The Cold War was a war of two differing courses for humankind.  The United States and its allies fought a bitter war of ideas with the Soviet Union and its Communist brethren.  It was a war, however, that involved more than words.  For the two sides, in their quests for spheres of influence, resorted to anything to ‘secure’ these spheres.… [Read more]

Latin America and Its Classist Struggle

Latin America is a huge region spanning much of the Americas.  Its topography, geography and peoples are among the most diverse in the world. Its people, though, by far are its greatest asset with their wonderful music, literature and arts, their lavish hospitality and their incredibly rich languages.

Latin America, however, has its ‘dark side’.  With bloody civil wars, rampant crime and, perhaps worst of all, its ever-pervasive classism.… [Read more]

Turning Back the Clock

Guatemala, called, “The Land of Eternal Spring”, is a small, but incredibly beautiful country in Central America. There are lush tropical forests, active volcanoes, and Lake Atitlán, which Aldous Huxley remarked that it was “too much of a good thing”.

A 36-year long civil war systematically and deliberately exterminated the noble Mayan people of Guatemala. 200,000 were killed, in which about 83% were Mayan, according to a U.N.… [Read more]

Zapata Revisited

“Tierra y Libertad” (Land and Liberty) was the famous slogan of the Mexican Revolutionary, Emiliano Zapata.  The slogan resonated with the peasants of that era of Mexico, as more and more small farms were taken by the large estates or haciendas.  The Revolution successfully overthrew the despotic regime of Porfirio Díaz, however the disparity between rich and poor is stark and obvious in Latin America today.… [Read more]