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GSN MONDAY MAILER SEPTEMBER 04 2012

Posted by on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in News, Uncategorized.

1.       GREAT OPINION PIECE ON A  MAYA PERSPECTIVE ON DECEMBER 2012

2.       EXPERT WITNESS REFERRAL NEEDED

3.       A NOTE OF THANKS FROM EX GSN DIRECTOR MARILYN MOORS

4.       MITT ROMNEY’S CENTRAL AMERICAN TIES

5.       WORLD BANK LOOKING FOR INFO ON FORCED RESETTLEMENT

 

 

 

 

1.       GREAT OPINION PIECE ON A  MAYA PERSPECTIVE ON DECEMBER 2012

 

Opinión:

Hacia el Kajlajuj B’ak’tun

Los conceptos equivocados en torno a la fecha.

CELIA AJÚ, SAQIJIX LÓPEZ, ANA L. ACEVEDO, AJPUB’ GARCÍA

Fuente menor Fuente normal Fuente grande

El equipo de investigadores del Instituto de Lingüística e Interculturalidad de la ha venido trabajando alrededor del Oxlajuj B’ak’tun y ha visto con preocupación cómo se manejan conceptos equivocados sobre el mismo: “el fin del mundo”, “el fin del calendario maya”, entre otros. Nos llena de estupor la manera como, a través de los medios de comunicación, se ridiculiza desprestigiando los aportes de los conocimientos mayas para el desarrollo del país; prueba de ello es la nota periodística publicada en elPeriódico (“Invitados al fin del mundo” miércoles 22 de agosto 2012).

 

Esta nota de elPeriódico deja ver explícitamente cómo el Gobierno está manejando esta fecha como un evento sin importancia que se puede prestar al espectáculo, al festejo y no al fondo profundo que conlleva este cambio. Llama la atención el deseo por parte del Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de invitar a variedad de personalidades de la farándula internacional a modo de utilizar este acontecimiento para hacer una fiesta inmensurable, con el propósito de llevar a cabo sus intereses económicos y de poder, en lugar de contemplar los cambios a nivel social y político para mejorar la situación del Pueblo Maya. Esto deja ver la ignorancia que tienen los gobernantes de este país respecto al tema pues lo único que pretenden es la folclorización, la comercialización y la visibilización equivocada del Pueblo Maya. Se deja sentir que en el Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes se concibe este cambio de ciclo sagrado como un simple evento perteneciente a la cultura popular de feria.

 

Estamos frente a un cambio de tiempo, de espacio, de movimiento y de conteo matemático que no debe ser tergiversado. Hay insistentes comentarios acerca de esta fecha, que más parecen de un pensamiento new age que no es propio de la cultura maya y que lo único que logran es deformar los conocimientos mayas.

 

Hoy es tiempo de que el Pueblo Maya haga ver al mundo sus prácticas espirituales, sus conocimientos científicos y su cosmovisión. Así como celebrar, antes y después, el Oxlajuj B’ak’tun para dar inicio al Kajlajuj B’ak’tun. Es momento para reescribir su propia historia siendo los mayas contemporáneos los protagonistas, retomando sus propias simbologías, tal como lo hicieron las abuelas y los abuelos.

 

2.       EXPERT WITNESS REFERRAL NEEDED

 

I am writing to see if SOMEONE could refer me to an attorney who specializes in Guatemalan immigration (i.e. immigration into Guatemala, not from Guatemala to other countries).  I am providing expert witness testimony on so-called "cancellation of removal" cases involving Mexicans, and my legal contact is working with a case involving a Honduran woman whose mother was dragged into Guatemala late in her pregnancy and gave birth there.  The birth was recorded in Honduras, but authorities here are claiming that she can be removed to Guatemala.  Her best chance to avoid "removal" would be an attorney from Guatemala who could testify that she would not be recognized as a Guatemalan citizen were she to be deported there.

 

I would appreciate any suggestions that you might have regarding this highly unusual and specialized request.  Thanks, and best wishes!

 

Jurgen

 

Jurgen Buchenau 

Professor and Chair (on leave, 2012-13)

Department of History

UNC Charlotte

Charlotte, NC 28223

jbuchenau@uncc.edu

 

 

3.       A NOTE OF THANKS FROM EX GSN DIRECTOR MARILYN MOORS

 

Dear Guatemala Scholars Network Friends,

 

I extend my deepest thanks to you for your generous gift to the Maya Educational Foundation in honor of my retirement from that board.  I am very honored by your gift, by your kind words, and by the long and strong bonds that have bound us together for many years doing this work which sustains me, us, and our many Guatemalan friends.  Thank you so much.

 

Marilyn Moors

 

4.       MITT ROMNEY’S CENTRAL AMERICAN TIES

 

Hi folks,

Thought some

of you might be interested in this op-ed I wrote on new revelations about funds from the former Salvadoran oligarchy families  that helped start Romney’s highly profitable Bain Capital fund.  An 850  word version ran in the Raleigh News & Observer on Fri. and a more comprehensive version ran on front page of CounterPunch over the weekend.

Bain's questionable Salvadoran connection – http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/24/2287400/bains-questionable-salvadoran.html

Romney’s Blood Money

http://www.counterpunch.org/

Best,

Sandy Smith-Nonini, PhD

Dept. of Anthropology, UNC-CH

 

5.       WORLD BANK LOOKING FOR INFO ON FORCED RESETTLEMENT

 

Dear friends,

 

As a contribution to the campaign now getting underway to influence the upcoming World Bank safeguards review, Inclusive Development International (IDI) and Bank Information Center (BIC) are collecting case studies and testimonies from around the world that illustrate how current Bank resettlement policy and practice is failing to prevent impoverishment and respect human rights.  

 

The World Bank's review of its Policy on Involuntary Resettlement is a critical opportunity for the movement against forced evictions in the name of development to advance our cause.  The case studies from around the world will provide important evidence from the ground for the campaign and bring the voices and experiences of affected people to the halls of power at the Bank and other development institutions that will be influenced by this process.

 

If you are aware of Bank-financed projects that have resulted in forced displacement and/or resettlement of people over the past ten years that you think should be highlighted by the campaign, we would like to hear about it!  We are particularly looking for cases that demonstrate:

  • How the language or content of the Policy needs to be strengthened in order to meet human rights standards.
  • How implementation of the Policy on the ground needs to be improved in order to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.
  • How the Policy needs to be applied to all World Bank-financed projects that affect land rights and cause displacement, including upstream and downstream  impacts of Bank-financed projects.
  • How the scope of the Policy needs to be extended so it applies to all World Bank lending instruments.

At this stage, we would like to know about projects that demonstrate any of the above.  We will then follow up on projects that highlight key failings of the policy and work with groups on the ground to collect testimonies, developcase studies and hopefully create a global video to give voice to those unjustly displaced by World Bank projects.  

 

For those who aren't already aware of the World Bank safeguards review, we have written up the attached simple one-page overview and call for cases.  We would greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us get this call out far and wide, including and especially to grassroots groups who are not on this list.  To make that possible, we are now working on translating the call into Hindi, Bengla, Bahasa, Arabic, French and Spanish.  

 

If you have projects to share in English, please let me know.   

 

If you would like to help us disseminate the call to your networks in any of the above language regions and would like to receive a translated version, please contact the following focal persons:

 

Hindi and Bangla:  Joe Athialy – jathialy@bicusa.org

French:  Joshua Klemm – jklemm@bicusa.org

Spanish:  Christian Donaldson – cdonaldson@bicusa.org

Bahasa Indonesian:  Nadia Hadad – nhadad@bicusa.org 

Arabic:  Katelyn Gallagher – kgallagher@bicusa.org 

 

If anyone can help us out with more translations, we'd be very grateful!  

 

Many thanks, in solidarity,

 

 

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226