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  • hardie karges 2:11 pm on May 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chechnya, , Guatemala, , mob, Papua, snuff, Uganda,   

    Cry for Guatemala: and Cambodia, Uganda, Chechnya, PNG and Afghanistan… 

    Okay, so I can’t play the video that inspired this write, since it’s a snuff film, and I can’t do that, in all good conscience, so I’ll play this one instead. Sometimes I think that maybe we need some rocket-launcher control legislation, since I’m not sure what I’d do if I had one—no, not that, since that’s a sin, and I’m a Buddhist…

    That a sickening ‘snuff film’ made the rounds recently, of a girl being torched in public, by an angry mob in Guatemala, is sickening beyond belief. The fact that she may have committed an equally heinous crime herself is immaterial. Guatemala is a Christian country. I know it well. What has happened to the world as we know it? Can it get any worse than this? Or has it always been like this, and we are just now getting the news because of smart-phones and social media? None of the above or all of the above? (More …)

     
    • Esther Fabbricante 4:05 pm on May 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      An eye-opener!

    • Anna 11:16 pm on May 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The world is a sad place.

    • tom 8:45 pm on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Some good hot topics. Ill vouch for homosexuality in some muslim countries. As i was approached to partake. Unwillingly of course, in a few muslim countries. I learned that long hair on a man is a sign that you are gay where i was! I feel its Difficult to curtail sexual urges for sometimes 5 to15 yrs. Till a man reaches 30 years or more before he can afford to pay the dowry for a wife. But as youve written , theres shit that happens everywhere.

  • hardie karges 5:41 pm on May 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coban, Guatemala, , Kekchi,   

    Time Travel 1977 Guatemala City to Coban: After the Earthquake… 

    continued from previous…  

    February 1977

    GUATEMALA CITY

    Guat City isn’t really so bad on second glance, and Pension Meza is the place to be, dollar a night WITH breakfast.  Maybe the most revealing–and appealing–thing to me is the congregation here of people from all over the world, Europe especially, but Japan also.  Whereas Mexico is largely a playground for Americans and Canadians, Guatemala is on the world circuit, and especially popular with Italians, for whom the language is an easy transition.

    At least the violence for which this city will one day become famous has not erupted in full force yet, so the city is more or less safe to travel in, and if you go outside zone 1 you can find the middle and upper class neighborhoods that might even remind you of home.  Or you can go the opposite direction and find shanty-towns that should remind you of how privileged you are. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 3:19 pm on April 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Antigua, , Guatemala, , Quezaltenango,   

    Time Travel Guatemala 1977: Xela and Antigua, all too Chichi … 

    Continued from previous…   

    February 1977

    CHICHICASTENANGO

    If you gotta’ get away from la dolce vita at Panajachel, then Chichicastenango is where you start.  It’s accessible by an easy day-trip from Panajachel, sardine express, or you can stay here—alone.  When there’s no market, the place is empty—of tourists and locals!  This was a revelation to me, that indigenous people would pour into a semi-urban area for markets and festivities, then disappear back into the countryside from where they came, just like they always have, confirming the role of ruins as occasional ceremonial centers.  They still are!

    But a good fiesta is the deal if you can swing it with the timing.  Every town and village in Guatemala has one, the eponymous fiesta for the town’s patron saint, in this case Santo Tomas.  Every town and village has two names, a local indigenous one and that of its patron saint.  Fiestas can go on for days, though one day is usually the biggest.  Every person has two names, also, a Catholic first name and an indigenous surname, unless they identify exclusively with ladinos. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 10:27 pm on April 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, , ,   

    Time Travel 1977 Panajachel, Guatemala: Life Sweet, Whiskey Sour… 

    Continued from previous…

    If the drive from Guat City into the highlands is exhilarating, then the drive down to Lake Atitlan is nothing but spectacular.  Imagine a mile-high lake ringed by three volcanoes and a dozen Indian villages with some of the most colorfully dressed people you could ever imagine.  It’s easy to fall in love with beauty like that, and many people have already.  Hippiedom is alive and well here in 1977, so that’s why they made me cut my hair.

    These are some hard-core hippies, sleeping on the beach and playing songs for tips in restaurants.  The restaurants are good, too, with real live vegetables on offer, which is something almost unheard of in Mexico, where food is meat and beans and corn and rice, and vitamins are something to be extracted from fruit, especially jugos y licuados, aka ‘vitaminicos’ and zumos in other versions of the vernacular.  It’s cheap, too, dollar a meal, much less than pre-devaluation Mexico a hundred miles away, a devaluation still weeks away.  (More …)

     
    • Philip Melnick 8:23 am on December 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Hardie…I owned Roger’s Pub (Risian) from January 1979 to 1981. I leased it from Rudy, a Guatemalan guy who was married to a woman from Quebec. (Her father was a famous Canadian country music singer). The minute I first walked into the pub in 1977 I wanted to run the place. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. We used to greet the tourists coming into Panajachel and tell them the other bars had live music, but we had live bartenders!

  • hardie karges 8:18 pm on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frida Kahlo, Guatemala, , , , Tehuantepec   

    Time Travel 1977 Mexico to Guatemala: Socialists, Hippies, Haircuts, and Screwdrivers… 

    Continued from previous…

    OAXACA   1/25-27

    Oaxaca is burning.  Isn’t it always?  The Revolution of 1910 was Mexico’s ‘permanent revolution’, ensuring that disgruntled democrats and befuddled Bolsheviks would forever find something to complain about—Mexico’s ‘perfect dictatorship’.  Mexico’s rites of protest are a perfect counterweight to its lack of development and chronic corruption.

    This time they’re burning buses, so I get a van south to Tehuantepec, on the Isthmus, that serves as Mexico’s narrowest point, and once in play for the canal that became Panama, so but for some quirk of fate we might be reading about the ‘Tehuantepec papers’ today.  But not before being held up at screwdriver-point in the market in Oaxaca.  Huh?

    I was negotiating for an ice-cream when an interested bystander pulls a screwdriver on me—in broad daylight! I almost burst out laughing!  “Don’t you have a Phillips-head?” I shoulda’ said.  But I didn’t.  I just gave him the money I had in my hand—not much.  Enjoy your ice cream. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 3:05 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: border, Guatemala, , , war   

    Cry for #Guatemala… whose failed government? 

    1983 selfie in Guatemala

    1983 selfie in Guatemala

    The irony of the child refugee situation is that much–if not most–of the gang activity they’re escaping was learned in the USA, or so goes the scuttlebutt.

    That was during the 80’s i suppose, when Central Americans were escaping civil war and right-wing death-squad violence down there.

    There wasn’t so much crime there then: the right-wing military governments kept a tighter grip than the current ‘democracies’.

    So they came up here and learned the gang techniques that they could use later when their fascist governments finally succumbed to more modern democracies that wouldn’t be able to stand up to them?

    That makes sense, I guess…

    Seems like democracy is the ‘failed government’ these days, in Central America, Thailand, and elsewhere; it takes education, sorely lacking in much of the world…

     

     
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