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Friday, February 23, 2024

Indigenous authority and the re-humanization of Guatemala

In the world overwhelmed by cruelty and disrespect for human life, the little light of the re-humanization of Guatemala appears and the concern to review the history of the second half of the twentieth century, which left a legacy of atrocities committed in the name of the war against communism.  

Institutionalized terror and the narco-dictatorship failed to suffocate the democratic impetus or the modernizing agenda of revolutionary nationalism that opted for peace with justice and respect for human dignity.  

The collective demand continues to grow and, like in other parts of the world, the crowds repudiate the abuses, corruption and alienation of resources by the minority that in many parts opts for violence and has renounced ethics and diplomacy. .  

The accumulation of grievances led to the growth of the interclass and intercultural configuration that views with great hope the government plan of the elected president Bernardo ArĂ©valo, head of the new "arevalism", with which the Central American country is preparing to begin to dismantle the neocolonial model that It is in its terminal phase, and is internationally known for the retrograde spirit of its elites, its low rates of human development and for the institutional decomposition that affects the deficient operation of public services. 

What stands out in this citizen feat is the protagonism of the coalition of indigenous authorities who, for the first time in modern Guatemalan history, are leading a national political bloc that includes popular and middle-class mestizo urban residents.  

The ancestry, spirit of service and effectiveness of the indigenous forms of government contrast with the legal entanglements of the narco-feudal clique that resists the advent of a more humane Guatemala.

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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.