This video is called The Massacre at Nueva Linda- Southwest Guatemala.
From British daily The Morning Star:
A high price for US imperialism
(Sunday 22 June 2008)
Empire’s Workshop by Greg Grandin
(Owl Books, £12.99)
ONE of the many great quotes in Greg Grandin’s book is, paradoxically enough, from a general.
Former head of the armed forces in Ecuador Rene exploded in fury at the 2004 Quito summit after the then defence secretary in the Bush White House Donald Rumsfeld suggested that the armies of south America ought to subordinate their forces to the Pentagon’s command in order to combat “terrorism.”
First, the defence minister of Chile objected, commenting that the UN was the only body that could act globally on security issues, then the Argentinians weighed in with barbed remarks about being able to look after their own borders and then the general summed it all up.
“In Latin America, there are no terrorists, only hunger and unemployment and delinquents who turn to crime. What are we going to do, hit you with a banana?”
Some readers might find the title of this book slightly grandiloquent, but trust me, it does what it says on the tin. The central thesis is that Ronald Reagan allowed what we now know as the neoconservatives to road-test their theories on free-market democracy in central America simply and solely because it was so totally unimportant strategically.
The cost was borne by Guatemala, where 200,000 people have been killed, El Salvador, where 50,000 have been killed, and Nicaragua, where a terrorist movement was created and sustained on the basis that it was fighting a “war of independence” analogous to that of the US colonists. Iraq and Afghanistan are now, of course, at the centre of the storm.
Art and massacres in Central America: here.
Lawyers representing potentially thousands of Guatemalan citizens who were infected by US syphilis experiments decades ago announced on Tuesday that they will sue top US officials unless a system is created out of court to settle victims’ claims: here.
A US Nun Tortured in Central America Recalls the Nightmare. Sister Dianna Ortiz, “The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse” from New York University Press: “It was in this setting that on November 2, 1989, I was abducted by members of the Guatemalan security forces, put into a police car, blindfolded and taken to a clandestine prison, where I encountered a world I never could have imagined. In that place, I came face to face with evil. There, my life changed forever”: here.