Posts By: James Rodriguez

Oxlajuj Baktun: Maya Era Ends, As Longstanding Tensions Remain

HUEHUETENANGO, Guatemala — Events here during the much-awaited end of the Oxlajuj Baktun, a 5,129-year period in the long Mayan calendar, provide a clear reflection of the divisions and challenges faced […] Read More >

Guatemala: Exhumation Inside Cobán’s Garrison

COBAN, GUATEMALA — On February 27th, 2012, The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG) began an exhumation inside the former Military Garrison of Cobán, one of Guatemala’s largest cities. Three months […] Read More >

Guatemalan Protesters March 9 Days For Indigenous Rights

GUATEMALA CITY — After 9 days and more than 120 miles, members of the Indigenous, Peasant and Popular March (Marcha Indígena, Campesina y Popular) arrived at the center of Guatemala […] Read More >

Guatemala Commemorates Murdered Folk Singer Facundo Cabral

GUATEMALA CITY — People from all sectors of society gathered on the streets of Guatemala City to show their outrage at the murder of Argentine folksinger Facundo Cabral, which took […] Read More >

Ex-Guatemalan General Appears In Court On Charges Of Orchestrating Massacres

GUATEMALA CITY — Former General Héctor López Fuentes made his first court appearance on June 20, three days after police arrested him on charges of orchestrating genocide against Guatemala’s Ixil […] Read More >

Goldcorp’s Peñasquito Mine Sparks Controversy In Mazapil, Mexico

MAZAPIL, Mexico — Five years ago, a new neighbor arrived in Mazapil, promising employment, medical services and development for local peasant communities in Cedros, Las Palmas and Vergel, among others. […] Read More >

Will Gold Make You Rich? Meet Nicaragua’s Güiriseros

To begin viewing this photo essay as a slideshow, click the first image. This photo essay is adapted from “Gold Fever: Artisanal and Industrial Mining Extraction in the Industrial Triangle,” […] Read More >

Photo Essay: Forensic Anthropologists Exhume Possible Mass Grave Outside Villalobos, Guatemala

VILLALOBOS, Guatemala — Guided by witness testimony, the Association of Family Members of the Detained-Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA in Spanish) and the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG in Spanish), […] Read More >

How Immigration to the United States is Changing Patron Saint Day in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala

TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATAN, Guatemala — High up in the Cuchumatanes sierra, Maya Mam communities have safeguarded their customs and traditions for centuries. Nevertheless, exploitation, violence, discrimination and the ever-present effects […] Read More >