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  1. Oct 2015
    1. Taking on Corruption in Latin America

      This article discusses the difficulty in attacking corruption. It uses Guatemala and Brazil as examples of direct corruption through embezzlement and fraud schemes with Chile and Mexico where corruption is rooted in access to political knowledge and nepotism. In Chile and Mexico, the link is less direct and investigations cannot be traced as concretely as was the case in Brazil and Guatemala. This can make tackling corruption extremely difficult where these cases are more difficult to prove.

    1. The protection of seed is thus of the utmost importance for the indigenous peoples of Guatemala and across Mesoamerica. “We cannot live without our corn,” said Acetún of the indigenous municipality. “It makes up all of our lives. We consume it for our food, we sell it, it is us.”

      This is an article about Guatemalan indigenous population wining fight against Monsnto in 2014.

  2. Sep 2015
    1. This article discusses the role an American energy company played in Guatemala's newly uncovered corruption scandal and the legal consequences its employees could face due to their participation in bribery. " “It is safe to assume,” he says, “that US authorities would be conducting an investigation.” Should the US government press charges against this company to stand in solidarity with Guatemala?

    1. Guatemala is in political crisis. So why are Mexicans envious?

      This article is very interesting in my opinion because it shows the waves Guatemala has made throughout Latin America. Yes, political corruption is a bad thing, but it is very interesting to see it as a mechanism of radical political change. Would Mexican's be questioning the political status quo if corruption in countries such as Guatemala wasn't as pronounced as it is? To me it almost seems like corruption more than conformity can do more in progressing/specializing country politics.

    1. Guatemala sets pace in corruption fight

      This article discusses former president Otto Perez Molina's resignation as president of Guatemala. It highlights the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala's role (CICIG) in leading the investigation against Molina. As an organization that operates independently of the Guatemalan government, it shows how important and effective these organizations are through this separation. There has been a push for similar organizations to become established in countries such as Mexico and Honduras.