Earlier this year the government in El Salvador negotiated a groundbreaking deal with the Salvadoran MS-13 and a rival gang, Calle-18. In a bold move, mediators in El Salvador essentially extended the framework of humanitarian engagement to gang warfare.
As I stepped out last night for the midnight ceremony I followed the chanting and beating of the drum. The people had taken over the town square, building a fire pit that sustained the dozens in the highland cold wind.
I am currently in Nahualá in the western highlands of Mayan Guatemala filming a documentary on the region. Today, the close of the Oxlajuj Baktun calendar, is one of the most important days in this town's existence.
I find the sensationalized subject of the Mayan "end of the world" to demean the experience of the people here in Mayan Guatemala, many of whom experience a world that is swarmed by daily threats of an end that is very real. Recently I asked a nun about the sexual abuse of women.
Within the multidisciplinary world of "2012ology," theories span the gamut from serious academic discussions by glyph-deciphering Maya geeks to theorists who think that, on December 21, 2012, a magnetic phenomenon caused by the sun will trigger all human pineal glands to release a hallucinogen resulting in a mass humanity-wide acid trip.
A drug policy based on health, harm reduction, cost effectiveness and human rights is no longer an impossible dream; it is something that is almost within our reach.
Mayan Blue, Garcia's feature length documentary film, explores the history of the Yucatan and surrounding regions -- often underwater in cenotes, lakes and other unique water features of the region. Mayan Blue also reveals the remarkable archaeological site of Samabaj, a pre-classic site that was flooded in a cataclysmic event on Lake Atitlan some 2000 years ago.
"We Want Peace is about putting the spotlight on this evil to mobilize people into action to bring peace. Anybody can be a peace solider. These women are peace soldiers. We are peace soldiers. You are a peace soldier," said Emmanuel Jal.
Climate change is real, and it is going to have real effects on real people in Central America. That is evident in a new report that for the first time takes a specific look at the impact of climate change on a local level.
If Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, should they be stopped before or after they may or may not have one? This is the scary, geo-political issue of the day involving the Middle East and therefore the world.
This Friday, 2012: In the Beginning, a documentary film by Director Shannon Kring Buset, premiers at the Nomad Theater in Boulder. It answers questions about the Maya calendar, and will also raise money for the San Rafael School of Copán Ruinas, Honduras.
I've realized that once you start to do something you've never done before, you start to realize what actually is possible. Of course, here in the States, along with most developed nations, we sort of take that opportunity for granted.
Gaby Moreno released her first all-Spanish album Postales earlier this month. I sat down with her at my Los Feliz neighborhood café to discuss her new music, that I believe has the potential to break boundaries and integrate new audiences to Spanish-language music.
It's pop-quiz time when it comes to the American way of war: three questions, torn from the latest news, just for you. Good luck!
I have been to Antigua, Guatemala twice in the past couple of months. It's like Disneyland on pot: It is the happiest place on earth, just a lot more mellow.
On Tuesday, August 21, the Denver Film Society will feature Mayan Renaissance a 68-minute, feature length documentary shot in Guatemala, "which documents the glory of the ancient Maya civilization.