A Panoramas Interview: Daniel Núñez of Sociology

October 10, 2016

Daniel Núñez, a graduate student in Pitt’s sociology department, in the dissertation defense phase of his studies, sat down with Panoramas’ Danielle Scalise to discuss his research on Guatemala. Daniel is focusing on violence following the civil war that ended in the mid 1990s. He is directly comparing two municipalities, Guastatoya and Totonicapán, which have demonstrated contrasting outcomes since 1996. Nuñez looks to the roles of local power relationships, ethnic divisions and extralegal “punishment” practices in this post-civil war context.

Crisis Política en Guatemala: la Población Despierta y el Gobierno Tambalea

October 10, 2016

La renuncia de la ahora ex Vicepresidenta de Guatemala Roxana Baldetti, ocho meses antes de concluir su mandato, es una muestra de los efectos del poder ciudadano y de las redes sociales. Un hecho histórico y que deja precedentes para la clase política que competirá en las elecciones el próximo 6 de septiembre.

Cuando las Protestas Dejaron de ser de los Campesinos Guatemaltecos

October 10, 2016

Guatemala ha vivido en los últimos días un desborde de patriotismo, un alzamiento de indignación, una explosión ciudadana, un despertar de la ignominia o como se le quiera llamar, pero la gente ha salido a manifestar. El 16 mayo será un día para la historia, un día para recordar que los campesinos, los estudiantes, los profesionales, las familias, los guatemaltecos en general, se unieron para protestar contra la corrupción y la clase política.

Guatemalan Protestors Call For An End To Government Corruption

October 5, 2016

This past April the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) released a report that exposed a network of Guatemalan officials and individuals involved in a $15 million USD embezzlement scheme.  The announcement immediately generated widespread public outrage, which led tens of thousands of Guatemalans to peacefully protest an end to government corruption.

Guatemala Elections 2015: A Brief Overview

October 5, 2016

This upcoming September, eligible Guatemalans will be voting for several heads of state including President, Vice President, 158 Congress deputies, and 338 mayors.  With increasing rates of poverty, crime, and violence, the next wave of elected officials will play a major role in the country’s direction and future.  Perhaps the most important of these will be the selection of the president-elect and the agenda he or she pursues.  However, the pool of hopeful candidates (as can be seen below) appears less-than-ideal.

External Investigatory Commissions Get Results in Central America

October 4, 2016

On September 3, 2015, the president of Guatemala resigned after being charged with fraud, illicit association and corruption.1 Less than a week later, in Mexico, the government account of what happened to 43 missing students was discredited, calling into question the integrity of everyone from Mexico’s military to the president himself.2 Neither of these things could have happened without a key element of the investigations: two external investigatory commissions, organized by the UN and the OAS respectively, which turned out reports negating the validity of

Guatemala, de crisis en crisis, y el comediante que pretende calmar sus ansias

April 27, 2016

Guatemala está sumida en una crisis política como nunca en su historia, con un presupuesto desfinanciado, el ex binomio presidencial tras las rejas, un Presidente transitorio y a dos meses que asuma el recién electo gobernante. Se trata de un novato que ha recibido la venia de la población, porque ha sido a la fecha, el Presidente más votado en la historia de este país centroamericano.

Place Making in Colonial Guatemala by Considering Today’s Municipal Boundaries

April 27, 2016

The twists and turns of the municipal border of a Spanish colonial pueblo de indiostells a story. The geographic tale began in pre-Columbian political territories and early modern re-thinking of the role of the city and how space imagines and fortifies an ordered citizenry, then continued through clever negotiation of power across class, racial, and ethnic boundaries1. The method for officially designating the municipal border was through surveys.


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