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GSN MONDAY MAILER AUGUST 4 2014

Posted by administrador on Thursday, August 28, 2014 in News.

All, This is the final mailer of the summer, and weekly mailers will resume on Monday August 18th. Also, in order to increase our on-line presence and make our Facebook page even better, we are asking all GSN’ers to please direct all commentary about items published in the mailer to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guatemala-Scholars-Network/188156594538181 . Thanks

 

1.       A  FEW LINKS

2.       LETTER TO GSN COLLEAGUES FROM PAMELA YATES

3.       THREE IMPORTANT CASES IN DIRE NEED OF EXPERT WITNESSES AND/OR INTERPRETERS

4.       RESPONSE TO GEN’ER DAVID STOLL’S RECENT EDITORIAL IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL FROM DIANE NELSON AND OTHER GSN’ERS

5.       GREAT LOOKING NEW PIECE ON GUATEMALAN EDUCATION AND THE CIVIL WAR FROM GSN’ER MICHELLE BELLINO

6.     UPCOMING CONFERENCE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZED BY Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance (SEE pdf ATTACHED)  

 

 

 

1.       A FEW LINKS

a.       Guatemalan Court Rules in Favor of Indigenous People Over Goldcorp Mining in Sipacapa http://upsidedownworld.org/main/guatemala-archives-33/4963-guatemalan-court-rules-in-favor-of-indigenous-people-over-goldcorp-mining-in-sipacapa

b.       The Central American Child Refugee Crisis: Made in U.S.A. http://www.dissentmagazine.org/online_articles/the-central-american-child-refugee-crisis-made-in-u-s-a

c.       Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/28/335293974/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers

d.       Guatemalan president still mulling whether to legalize marijuana http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/07/25/guatemalan-president-still-mulling-whether-to-legalize-marijuana/

e.       Guatemalan Calls for “Plan Central America” to Halt Emigration http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2345091&CategoryId=23558

f.        Central America's biggest nickel mine reopens amid violent clashes http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/24/central-american-guatemala-biggest-nickel-mine-reopens-amid-violent-clashes

g.       Putting the children’s migration in context http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2014/07/11/putting-the-childrens-migration-in-context/

h.       The Border Crisis Is America's Chance to Repent for Past Mistakes in Central America http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118785/america-can-repent-its-past-mistakes-border-crisis (by GSN’ER Beatriz Manz)

i.         The Little Veins of Central America http://dukeupress.typepad.com/dukeupresslog/2014/07/the-little-veins-of-central-america-by-deborah-t-levenson.html (by GSN’ER Deborah Levenson)

 

 

2.       LETTER TO GSN COLLEAGUES FROM PAMELA YATES

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Last week’s GSN newsletter contained an AP article about my film “When the Mountains Tremble” and my statement concerning our investigation into the massacre scene from the film. The AP article was based in part on my statement, published in English as well as Spanish, which went out on June 9th, 2014, and is attached. The AP article published nearly a month later on July 6th, contained an egregious factual error: it said that I visited the victims of Batzul in 2011 – instead of May, 2014 – which would suggest that I had covered up that information until now. Nothing could be further from the truth. In 1982 when we landed at the scene of the massacre in an Army helicopter, I did not know I was in the aldea of Batzul.  I asked and was told that I was on the outskirts of Chajul, and I was also told by an eyewitness that men in Army uniforms came to kill. As soon as I heard about a survivor coming forward in 2014 who said the guerrillas had committed the massacre, and that the scene in my film was actually in Batzul, I went to Guatemala to do a first person investigation. This is what my statement is based on. However, the uncorrected AP article was picked up around the U.S., and in Guatemala before I was able to call the AP editor in Mexico seeking a correction. I had to call and email the major dailies to have them correct their versions as well.  Some publications changed it, some did not.

 

Since the AP article was published, the Fundación Contra el Terrorismo is calling me a communist, terrorist, and enemy of the state, and people in the comments  section of the Fundación’s postings are threatening me physically and calling for charges to be filed against me, which makes my security precarious in Guatemala. Right wing columnists in Guatemala are on the attack as well. There have been attacks against the Wikipedia page of “When the Mountains Tremble” by individuals seeking to discredit me and the film, posting and reposting factual errors.

 

As I stated, I am correcting the Batzul scenes with our newly discovered information in both “When the Mountains Tremble” and “Granito”, as per my subsequent blog post of July 15th, 2014. But the attack against me is part of a broader pattern: a campaign to deny that genocide ever occurred in Guatemala, and to attack those who have spoken out against it – especially those of us who participated in the Spanish National Court case and the Guatemalan domestic case against Ríos Montt. These attacks are occurring in many forms both within Guatemala and by international actors and academics.

 

Pamela Yates

July 27, 2014

 

 

3.       THREE IMPORTANT CASES IN DIRE NEED OF EXPERT WITNESSES AND/OR INTERPRETERS

 

A.      My name is William (Bill)  Niles and I am working on a pro bono case  under  the auspices of  RMIAN (Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network).  RMIAN suggested I contact your organization in order to locate an expert witness.

 

I am in search of an expert witness interested in working pro bono on behalf of a Guatemalan national.  A  brief overview:

 

The man seeking asylum is  a 26 year-old   male  of Mayan ethnicity from San Marcos, Comitancillo, Caserio San Jose La Frontiera, Guatemala. My client is well educated and interested in advancing the interests of his small Hamlet. He has no criminal record and is politically active in his community.

 

After he was  elected as Mayor of Development  of San Jose in 2011, he set about drafting and implementing “Mayan Law”  to prevent the abuse of women and children as well  to prevent the theft of land by members of neighboring hamlets.   The law he wrote was adopted by his community and  formally ratified by the civil authorities of the broader municipality. 

 

After the ratification of the law,   members of San Jose, (led by m client) arrested  a man  ( “Mario”)  from the neighboring town of San Luis, for stealing land from members of the San Jose community. After sentencing Mario (under the new Mayan Law)  to carry rocks for a number of days (12)  , my client  began receiving threats from people in San Luis   demanding the recession of ley Maya.   After Mario's release, my client  was  attacked on more than one occasion ( once with guns)  and threatened with torture and death.

 

My client  believes that if returns to Guatemala  he will be  killed.

 

His application for  asylum  is predicated on the argument  that the promulgation  and enforcement   of ley Maya is,  fundamentally,  a form of political speech / opinion.   I need an expert who can   provide context for  “Mayan Law”  within indigenous communities (such as San Jose)  and  within the  broader socio- political fabric  of Guatemala .  

 

The trial date is August 25, 2014.

 

Your assistance in locating an expert would be greatly appreciated.

 

Best,

William E. Niles

wniles@ascentcapitalgroupinc.com

Tel  303.628.5603| Fax  303.352.2039
5251 DTC Parkway, Suite 1000
| Greenwood Village | CO | 80111

 

 

 

I hope this email finds you well.  I am an attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, and am reaching out to you in connection with a case that I'm currently working on with a law student (cc'ed) involving a Mam woman from Guatemala who is seeking asylum in the U.S. 

 
I noticed that you are National Coordinator of the Guatemala Scholars Network, and was wondering if you could help connect us to an expert on Guatemalan politics and culture who might be willing to testify as a country conditions expert in our case.  We are searching for someone  ho would be able to speak to the treatment of the Mam (especially Mam women) in Guatemala, ideally in the form of an expert affidavit to be submitted as corroboration of our client's claims.

 

If you are available to talk, we would love to set up a time to discuss a little more about the case and to see if this is something that you, or a colleague that you know through the Guatemala Scholars Network, might be able to help on. 
 
Thank you very much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
 
Best,
Phil

 

Philip L. Torrey

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Clinical Instructor, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Supervising Attorney, Harvard Immigration Project

Harvard Law School

6 Everett Street, Suite 3105

Cambridge, Massachusetts  02138

Phone: (617) 495-0638

 

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My name is Jena Gutierrez and I am an attorney at the Lutheran Social Services Immigration Legal Assistance Program in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Brinton Lyles recommended that we contact you as we are searching for a K’anjob’al/Akateko interpreter.  Would you be able to help us contact the members of the Guatemala Scholars Network? 

 

We are representing a youth from San Rafael La Independencia, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, and so far have been unable to find an interpreter for her. Please let me know if you would be willing to contact the Network to help us locate an interpreter.  I understand it may have to solely be a telephonic interpreter, as there may not be speakers of the language in Massachusetts.

 

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

 

Best,

Jena

 

____________________________________
Jena Gutierrez
Staff Attorney
Immigration Legal Assistance Program

Lutheran Social Services of New England

51 Union St., Ste. 222

Worcester, MA 01608

 

 

4.       RESPONSE TO GEN’ER DAVID STOLL’S RECENT EDITORIAL IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL FROM DIANE NELSON AND OTHER GSN’ERS

 

I must confess to being nonplussed, if not surprised, by the paternalist portrait of Central American women offered by David Stoll in the WSJ op-ed circulated last week.  He downplays the massive difficulties they face at home (even rural areas of Guatemala have problems with gangs, kidnapping, and forced recruitment into narcotrafficking), but especially the increasingly bleak post-CAFTA, post-peace-processing aid boom that has left it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.  But what is most disquieting is the sexist (and racially tinged) depiction of these women as just looking for a hand-out from either the US or a miscreant baby-daddy.  It’s not surprising this is a congenial position for the Wall Street Journal—although why these women aren’t brave entrepreneurs struggling to improve life conditions for their children, even at great cost, and committed to “family values” rather than male dominated, sneaky, incapable of independence, and so dumb they’re duped by “the illusions of migration,” isn’t clear.  (The treatment of 14 and 15-year-olds as if they’re masquerading as “children” when they’re really crossing the border to work, is also ugly.)  Although Gaza and other issues are clearly more pressing than an editorial in a right-wing newspaper, I felt this dehumanizing portrayal shouldn’t go unchallenged.  And I want to direct GSN’ers to Beatriz Manz’s post, in case you haven’t seen it (SEE ABOVE IN LINKS).  

 

Diane Nelson

Greg Grandin

Deborah Levenson

Amy Ross

 

AGAIN, PLEASE DIRECT ALL REPLIES/ COMMENTARY TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE. THE MGMT

 

Original Editorial from Wall Street Journal by GSN’er David Stoll http://online.wsj.com/articles/david-stoll-the-economics-behind-the-border-pile-up-1405380196

 

 

 

5.       GREAT LOOKING NEW PIECE ON GUATEMALAN EDUCATION AND THE CIVIL WAR FROM GSN’ER MICHELLE BELLINO

 

Michelle Bellino has a new chapter about historical memory and civic education among the postwar generation in (Re)Constructing Memory: School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation.

 

 

6.     UPCOMING CONFERENCE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZED BY Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance (SEE pdf ATTACHED)  

 

 

 

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226



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