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Friday, February 23, 2024

Hope is stronger than fear

In Guatemala, honest citizens led by indigenous peoples face the most regressive military and oligarchic power in alliance with narcopolitics. There are just a few days left until January 14 takes office. Bernardo Arevalo and Karin Herrera and the country can return to the path of bourgeois democracy.

It seems that the decision of the United States to make public the judicial case against President Giammattei's common-law husband, the young Miguel Martínez, and his associates, stirred up the hornet's nest and thus anticipates the collapse of loyalties sustained by the distribution of money sucked from the treasury and the wide range of illicit businesses that rot the three public powers.  

The United States built a monster that became a geopolitical obstacle and now with the banner of the anti-corruption fight they are trying to remove the criminal scab that sank Guatemala into the last places of human development on the entire planet. 

Arévalo and Herrera will be in charge of starting the long process of institutional reconstruction interrupted by the expulsion in 2019 of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala.   

It is not clear whether Giammattei will end up like former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, extradited to the United States just fifteen days after taking office. It will also be necessary to see how far Giammattei's loyalty extends to US foreign policy in Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.   

The Guatemalan crisis goes beyond corruption and has deep roots in a model incapable of generating jobs and that for centuries has rested on the social death of the indigenous and mestizo majority. As the saying goes, hope is stronger than fear.  

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Ramon Gonzalez Ponciano
Ramon Gonzalez Ponciano
Guatemalan-Mexican. PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and master's degree in the same discipline from Stanford University, where he has also been Tinker Professor, visiting researcher and affiliated researcher at the Center for Latin American Studies. He was visiting professor of the Education Abroad Program of the University of California in Mexico and collaborates as a guest lecturer in the Spanish Heritage, Continuing Studies programs and in the department of Spanish teaching at Stanford.