Stories about Guatemala from September, 2007
World Reaction to the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights
In every society in which they find themselves, the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable and marginalized. After over 22 years of negotiations and consultations, the United Nations approved the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples earlier this month, a broad, non-binding agreement articulating basic...
Guatemala: Views On Indigenous People
Much of Guatemalan population descends from indigenous origins, in whole or part. Only a small minority comes from a different racial origin. That's why the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People released on September 13 is so relevant for the country. However, of higher concern is the expressions and views of "indigenous" and racism from Guatemalan bloggers.
Guatemala: Menchu's Low Vote Total Due To Racism?
Rigoberta Menchu received approximately 3% of the total vote in this month's Presidential elections. Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [ES] writes about the charges of racism that accounted for this low percentage.
Guatemala: Cleaning Up After the Elections
Now that all that remains is the final run-off in Guatemala, Elecciones Guatemala [ES] is left wondering who will clean up all of the publicity materials left on trees, street posts and walls.
Guatemala: Bloggers Applaud and Participate in Peaceful Elections
Rains, violence, and chaos had been expected. Guatemalans were glad that the predictions were wrong. Democracy and a peaceful transition of power were the good news. A team of bloggers not only commented on elections, but also helped people with tips, details, images and updated information during the entire process, as well as encouraging voters to exercise their right.
Guatemala: Video Interviews
El Cachacero [ES] took to the streets of Guatemala City to interview citizens, candidates and their relatives. Videos are posted on the blog.
Guatemala: Round-up of Election Sites
Desde Guate [ES] lists and compares the different media sites for their coverage of the elections of Guatemala. The site also discusses the various Google search results for Guatemala and elections.
Guatemala: Up to the Minute Coverage
Elecciones 2007 en Radiopolis [ES] is providing up to the minute coverage of Sunday's Guatemalan elections, including news of tear gas dispersed at a voting location in Santa Cruz Naranjo.
Guatemala: Poll Numbers for Sunday Election
Bloggings by Boz compares poll numbers for this Sunday's elections in Guatemala, as well as hypothetical second round figures.
Guatemala: Lack of Creativity in Campaigns
Julio Serrano of Guate 360 [ES] finds very little creativity in the campaign strategies of Guatemalan candidates and lists examples of the recycled attempts.
Guatemala: How to Act When Witnessing a Crime
Luis Figueroa of Carpe Diem [ES] describes a crime that he witnessed in Guatemala City and asks “what should one do when one sees a criminal act?“
Guatemala: Campaign Season in Full Swing
September is a gray and rainy month in Guatemala. It also marks the month when Independence Day celebrations take place around the country with parades and civic expressions. This year, the upcoming month is especially important because on September 9th, Guatemala will elect a new President, as well as other...