Today in Guatemala, 31 children are waiting for their government to decide who their families should be. Authorities have been unable to determine whether the children were voluntarily surrendered for adoption by their biological parents, or unlawfully taken.
We all came away with a better understanding of all the behind-the-scenes work of a successful marketing campaign. Even the designer of the life-saving box agreed there will be more demand for a life-saving bag.
Today, the International Day of the Disappeared focuses attention on victims of enforced disappearance, including the mothers, wives, sisters, family members and communities who are left behind to pick up the pieces after a disappearance.
Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation's bloody le...
The older generation of activists would also do well to realize that they no longer struggle just for their own healing.
We live in a society that is afraid of and actively punishes slowness. The features of a life lived slowly and close to land and to community, might seem to many to be backwards and archaic, but it is high time that we begin to doubt and question the assumption that it is unsustainable and inherently poverty-stricken as well.
I once heard someone say that art is a reflection of your soul, so if you are creating art about another culture, make sure your soul is right.
We will never get to the business of choosing a peaceful future until we declare war obsolete, and that will never happen until we are able to look squarely at what we ourselves have done as a nation over the years, and what we're doing right now.
What would U.S. foreign, military, and so-called "national security" policy look like if the media reported the most important facts about it?
In Canada, we may go into our local grocery store and find that our favourite crackers are temporarily out of stock but rarely do we experience an empty medicine supply. It is almost unimaginable. Not so in developing countries, like Guatemala.
My friends tease me, telling me I have to relax. But the truth is that we never know when these things might happen, and it's better to be prepared for the worst should the unwanted ever unfold.
At the root of the recent high-profile Guatemalan genocide trial and Arizona's federally protected ban on ethnic studies are stories of Mayan resilience in the face of ongoing destruction from all sides.
Just after dawn on a recent morning, I picked up a hitch-hiker on my way over the hill to the coast; he was a Guatemalan construction worker I'd given...
"To see the 86 year old Ríos Montt looking at his 30-year-younger self projected in the courtroom was stunning. Now he looks old and weak, but in the film footage he looks strong, vital, arrogant. It was a good reminder of the absolute power he wielded as a ruthless General in 1982."
While there is widespread consensus that education about the Holocaust and genocide should be included in school curricula, there is stunningly little research on the purpose of such education and how to teach it.
Access to family planning methods can be a powerful force for change in the lives of many families in Guatemala and other developing countries. More than 200 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for contraception.