I recently discovered a great podcast in Spanish called Radio Ambulate. Its episodes are very interesting. It’s creators also do some podcasts in English. There was a recent episode about Guatemala called “Rununcia Ya” (Resign Now). In 22 minutes, it tells the story about how the Guatemalan people forced its President to resign. The Renuncia Ya movement started off as a Facebook post and grew into a series of mass popular protests.
Renuncia Ya episode (Radio Ambulate website)
Renuncia Ya episode (iTunes)
A follow up piece in English with Francisco Goldman is also worth listening to. He wrote a recent New Yorker Magazine story about the events and the back-story entitled ”
Francisco Goldman Episode (Radio Ambulante website)
Francisco Goldman Episode on iTunes
When I lived in Guatemala (in the late-1980s), speaking out publicly against the government would get you killed. It is heartening that, although corruption, violence, and political killings are still rampant in Guatemala, its people are now able to engage in political dissent in a public way. Perhaps not always safely, but it appears that there is now more space to voice concerns .
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala in the late 1980s. Since that time, I have tried to stay informed about what is going on there. It is an amazingly beautiful country with a brutally violent history. It was with great sadness that I recently learned that the United States will no longer send volunteers to Guatemala and many other Central American countries because of an escalation of drug war violence.
(As an aside, I recommend that you watch http://www.thehouseilivein.org/ for why the drug war is a failure.)
The purpose of this post is to highlight the national distribution of “Granito: How to Nail A Dictator,” which I have heard is an amazing film and will be nationally broadcast on public television stations starting on Thursday, June 28.
However, as I explained in the post below, many public television stations have decided not to air it at all (this seems to be true for WHUT and MPT), and some, like WETA, have decided to air this film only in the middle of the night.
How is it that Antiques Roadshow can air repeatedly occupying many prime viewing slots and an amazing documentary film is relegated to the middle of the night? See post below to help correct this problem.
Last night Leo & Dimitar helped me hang some paintings and photos for Harry’s exhibit at Artomatic 2009
The annual Artomatic festival runs May 29 to July 5 above the Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line – exit closest to National’s Stadium). There will be four bars inside, exhibits by hundreds of local artists, and two stages for live music & dance performances. Harry’s exhibit is on the second floor near the stage. It is on the north side of the building, with windows overlooking the Capitol.
See http://www.artomatic.org/participate/faq for more information