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GSN MONDAY MAILER JANUARY 27 2014

Posted by administrador on Monday, January 27, 2014 in News.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LAST WEEK THERE WAS NO MAILER DUE TO MLK DAY
 
1.       Some recent links
2.       CHIXOY DAM REPARATIONS SUPPORTED BY CONGRESSIONAL BILL
3.       New film on maya spirituality and Resource Extraction among the Lacondon
4.      Interview request for expert on roxanna baldetti (NO FLOUR, PLEASE!)
5.       RESEARCH QUERY FROM GSN STALWART DAVID STOLL REGARDING MONEYLENDERS IN XELA
6.       MAYA LANGUAGE INSTITUTE SUMMER LANGUAGE SCHOOL ANNOUNCED (SEE FLYER ABOVE)
7.      KAQCHIKEL LANGUAGE SCHOOL FROM WUQU’KAWOQ
8.      NEW RESEARCH ON LAW AND JUSTICE FROM NEW GSN’ER LISOLETTE VIANE
9.     NEW NOVEL ON GUATEMALA AVAILABLE
 

 

 
1.       Some recent links
 
a.      Former guerilla chief gunned down in Guatemala http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=1489648&CategoryId=23558
b.     Factory for Wal-Mart, JCPenney Goods Shortchanged Guatemalan Workers, Report Says http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/factory-wal-mart-jcpenney-goods-shortchanged-guatemalan-workers/story?id=21635735&singlePage=true
 
c.      Guatemala's indigenous communities boosted by landmark reparations bill http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jan/17/guatemala-chixoy-dam-reparations-bill (see below #1)
 

 

 
2.       CHIXOY DAM REPARATIONS SUPPORTED BY CONGRESSIONAL BILL
 
From GSN’er Carlos Perez Brito CPEREZBRITO@iadb.org
I am writing to you in a moment of immense excitement -  I just got word that efforts this past spring to advise the US Senate on the status of the Chixoy Dam reparations process has resulted in concrete action with language in the US 2014 Omnibus Bill agreement announced today.
The full bill is accessible here: http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20140113/CPRT-113-HPRT-RU00-h3547-hamdt2samdt_xml.pdf
 Once this budget deal is signed into law ALL International Financial Institutions will be required to honor the findings and recommendations of their accountability mechanisms by "providing just compensation or other appropriate redress to individuals and communities that suffer violations of human rights, including forced displacement, resulting from any loan, grant, strategy or policy of such institution"… And, further, "The Secretary of the Treasury shall direct the United States executive directors of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to report to the Committee on Appropriations not later than 30 days after enactment of this Act and every 90 days thereafter until September 0, 2014, on the steps being taken by such institutions to support implementation of the April 2010 Reparation Plan for Damages Suffered by the Communities Affected by the Construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala”
As you know, this is immensely powerful language, not just for the specific case and place but the larger language that suggests legacy issues might finally be attended to in meaningful fashion. This political success very much validates the efforts of you, Sandy Davis, Robert Goodland, Ted Scudder, Ted Downing, Robert Hitchcock and so many others to develop the institutional governance that truly achieves the institutional mission.
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3.        New film on maya spirituality and Resource Extraction among the Lacondon
Friends, warm greetings from Tatamagouche. I am writing to you because you may be in a position to ask your university's library to order the film, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth. This stunningly filmed documentary connects Mayan spirituality with the resistance to resource  extraction and clear-cutting, focusing especially on the Lacondon in Chiapas and San Miguel Ixtahuacan in Guatemala, home of Goldcorp's Marlin Mine. And it sets this all in the context of the genocide. As you will see below, it has most deservedly won many film festival awards. Wilf and I watched this Friday night and were moved and inspired. To order an institutional copy, contact Umbrella Films at the Email below.

Warm regards

Kathryn
umbrellafilms@sandig.com
www.heart-of-sky.com<http://www.heart-of-sky.com>
www.corazon-del-cielo.com<http://www.corazon-del-cielo.com>

 

 
 
4.      Interview request for expert on roxanna baldetti (NO FLOUR, PLEASE!)
 
I hope you're well! I got a great response from the Guatemala Scholars Network for my story on Cerveceria Centro Americana, and the help was invaluable. I am working on a new story, a profile of Guatemalan Vice-president Roxana Baldetti, for McClatchyDC (McClatchy owns the Miami Herald, among other newspapers).
 
I was wondering if anyone in the scholar's network might be able to offer some insight or analysis about Ms. Baldetti. I'm looking for background on who she is as a person, as well as some background and analysis on her rise to power and sustained popularity in Guatemala.
 
I would really appreciate it if you could forward this to the list. Thanks again for your help!
 
Best,
 
Benjamin Reeves [bpr239@nyu.edu]
Guatemala Special Correspondent — McClatchyDC, GlobalPost, Vice Magazine
Contributor — Revue Magazine, Worth Magazine, Wherever MagazinE

 

 
5.       RESEARCH QUERY FROM GSN STALWART DAVID STOLL REGARDING MONEYLENDERS IN XELA
 
Does anyone have any experience with moneylenders operating out of Quezaltenango or other altiplano locations?  A self-defense committee in Patzún has told me about their legal battles with a Rxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx who they believe is from San Juan Ostuncalco, operates from Quezaltenango, and has seized properties in Patzún, Patzicia, Chimaltenango, San Lucas Tolimán and Quezaltenango.
 

Thanks, David Stoll, David M. [dstoll@middlebury.edu]

 
6.       MAYA LANGUAGE INSTITUTE SUMMER LANGUAGE SCHOOL ANNOUNCED (SEE FLYER ABOVE)
 
Please announce that the Kaqchikel Language and Culture course, Oxlajuj Aj will run in tandem with the K'iche' course this summer.  This new combined class structure has been dubbed the Mayan Language Institute.  It will run from June 16 to July 25.  I attach a flyer.  Thank you.


 
7.      KAQCHIKEL LANGUAGE SCHOOL FROM WUQU’KAWOQ
 
Wuqu' Kawoq/Maya Health Alliance is pleased to announce the dates of its annual Kaqchikel Language Field School, Kab'lajuj Ey.  This year the dates for Kab'lajuj Ey are June 2-13 and classes will be held in Tecpán, Guatemala. This intensive course offers students 7 hours/day of one-on-one instruction with native speakers from diverse towns.  This schedule, combined with homestays with Kaqchikel families, provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable conversation skills.
 
Those interested should contact Meghan Farley Webb (meghan@wuqukawoq.org) for more information and application materials.
 

 

 
8.      NEW RESEARCH ON LAW AND JUSTICE FROM NEW GSN’ER LISOLETTE VIANE
 
Lieselotte Viaene [lieselotteviaene@yahoo.com]
 
GSN: PhD research about transitional justice and indigenous peoples in Guatemala
 
Lieselotte Viaene (lieselotteviaene@yahoo.com) has finished a Ph.D with the law faculty at Ghent University (Belgium) that may interest GSN members.  How do indigenous survivors, including perpetrators as well as victims, understand transitional justice? Between 2006 and 2010 Lieselotte did almost 2 years of multi-sited ethnographic research among Maya Q’eqchi’ internally displaced widows, elderly and ex-PAC  in Alta Verapaz.  She traced survivor views, priorities and practices as well as indigenous justice systems in post-conflict settings. She also studied transitional justice interventions such as the National Reparation Programme and the PAC compensation programme at the community level.  She would like to get in contact with GSN members interested in these issues.  Apart from the  dissertation (see attachment), her articles include the following:

Viaene, L., 2013, La relevancia local de procesos de justicia transicional. Voces de sobrevivientes indígenas sobre justicia y reconciliación de Guatemala posconflicto, Antípoda No 16, Revista de Antropología y Arqueología – Universidad de los Andes, Colombia,  Enero – Junio,  pp 85-112
http://antipoda.uniandes.edu.co/view.php/254/indexar.php?c=Noticias

Viaene, L., 2011, Dealing with the Legacy of Gross Human Rights Violations in Guatemala: Grasping the Mismatch between Macro Level Policies and Micro Level Processes, International Human Rights Journal, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp 1160-1181
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13642987.2010.511995#.UtQ_IrSa9AE
 
Viaene, L., 2010, Life is Priceless: Mayan Q’eqchi’ Voices on Guatemalan National Reparations Programa, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol 4, No. 1, pp 4-25
http://ijtj.oxfordjournals.org/content/4/1/4.abstract

Viaene, L., and Brems, E., 2010, Transitional Justice and Cultural Context: Learning from the Universality Debate, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp 199-224
https://biblio.ugent.be/input/download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=901783&fileOId=978398

Lieselotte Viaene, 2011, ‘Voices from the shadows’. The role of cultural context in transitional justice processes: Mayan Q’eqchi’ perceptions in post-conflict Guatemala, unpublished PhD dissertation, Ghent University, Belgium, p304
https://biblio.ugent.be/input/download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=3063795&fileOId=3063796

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9.     NEW NOVEL ON GUATEMALA AVAILABLE
 
Novel The Risk of Returning by Shirley and Rudy Nelson is available presently on-line at TBMbooks.com and Amazon.com.
The place of return is Guatemala in 1987.  The "returner" is forty-year old Ted Peterson from Boston, going back to the land of his birth and childhood years to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance in 1954.  Caught in a culture of violence and deadly secrets, he discovers as much about himself as about his father.
 
Calling it a "fantastic book,"  Virginia Garrard-Burnett said, "It perfectly conveys the shifting shadows of the time and place, of knowing and not knowing, of who is a friend and who is not, of realities that come and go, that may or may not be true."
 
It might also be noted that we are the producers of the 2003 documentary film "Precarious Peace:  God and Guatemala."
 
All the best,
Rudy and Shirley Nelson [randsnelson@earthlink.net]
 
P.S.  If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of the novel, give us the best mailing address and one will be on its way.  

 

 
Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226  



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