Features — 14 August 2019
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It has been claimed by many historical analysts that had the United States not intervened in the political, social and economic affairs of Latin America and had let the people of the new republic solve their own problems, today, we would be living in a free, democratic hemisphere of the Americas with the liberty to choose our own system of governance. Instead of that, we’ve been subject to Washington’s interest of re-colonizing the new republics by means of an economic war which brought violence and hunger, poverty and fanaticism, illiteracy and a reconfirmed indoctrination that has caused people to migrate from one place to the other seeking that which was denied to them.

In the case of Guatemala, it goes back to the 1940s when a section of the Guatemalan bourgeoisie fought against the U.S. domination, while there was another group who allied with the U.S. imperialist hegemony; at the same time, a class struggle seeking for better living conditions was and still is occurring. The U.S. was able to overcome those who were fighting for human rights and another group who did not want U.S. imperialism. In the end, Washington was able to put her feet on top of 42,042 square miles (108,889 square kilometers) of what is considered as the area that makes up Guatemala, slightly smaller than the State of Tennessee which is composed 42,143 square miles (109,247 km2). Nevertheless, there are a few Guatemalans who are still nationalists who sit at the congress, and they demand the constitution of their country to be respected.

So, an agreement recently signed between the representatives of the United States of America — Secretary Kevin McAleenan, in place of Donald Trump, and Guatemalan Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, in place of Jimmy Morales, is not valid until ratified by the Guatemalan congress. Of course, this is something that we already know that the congress will accept, since the power that Washington has over the Republic of Guatemala is unbelievable. As an example, we can refer to what took place in 1960 with the President of Guatemala, Miguel Ydígoras Fuentes, who permitted the United States CIA to organize and train the exiled Cubans to invade Cuba from the Bay of Pigs. The explanation Ydígoras gave to the Guatemalans was that he accepted because the US promised their support for Guatemala to recover Belize. My Belizean people! There are different ways to hang a dog.

Today as we speak, there are approximately 18 million people living in Guatemala, and it has been known from ever since that that country is owned by a few families who are intertwined with the military elite and international corporations, mostly, the U.S., and Canada right behind, plus others. Poverty in that country is rampant, along with corruption, drug trafficking, human trafficking, contraband, assassination, kidnapping, rapes, you name it. However, the world’s most powerful military and economic nation of the world is to be blamed for such a situation, which has caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee from their countries seeking refuge in the United States. Its great corporations had caused poverty because of the lack of fair wages to the working class and their failure to cooperate for the social welfare of the people of those countries from where they rake out their natural wealth.

Yet, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, believes that Guatemala is a safe country to gather all those other people who, the same Donald Trump, considers as inferior human beings to apply for asylum in that country, which should accept a hundred thousand people per year. In ten years’ time, it should accumulate a million. Now, looking at the situation the people of Guatemala are actually living in, it is easy to foresee the dire results of bringing a large number of other Central Americans into similar conditions, with nowhere to stay, no food, no money to buy medications. Children will be in hunger, with illnesses, diseases; that is a way of provoking instability, or a social war, where the only ones who can stop it would be the military, who had already done so between 1960 to 1996, when they exterminated two hundred thousand indigenous people, Mestizos and afro-descendants. This, the Guatemalan army, was trained by the United States to do exactly their dirty work, so here we’ll have for the near future a war in the Triangle of Central America, which will spread.

This is without mentioning the Guatemalan invasion at the Sarstoon River, which is not anymore for Belize, and the ICJ is yet to rule on behalf of Guatemala regarding what is considered to be theirs. Just a little example: the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, was able to chase out the Commissioner in charge of CICIG, Iván Velásquez Gómez, with the support of Washington. Can anyone do something about that? No! You just have to take it as it comes. Like it or not. At the same time, with Donald Trump’s threats towards Venezuela with the hope to create a war in South America and the Triangle of Central America, I would like to say to him: why don’t you start a war with Russia? You are a heavyweight champion. You are a damn coward since you want to war with small countries who cannot defend themselves. Be a man! And have the guts to stand to the People’s Republic of China and Russia. You have NATO to back you up.

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August 1, 2019
Finca Solana
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