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Monday, 28 July 2008 15:29
Guatemala: The Sinking Ship

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It is apparent in this rehash of a journey I have taken many times that the Guatemalan nation is teetering on the edge of economic collapse. The lack of money from relatives working in the States due to the American depression and the usual Guatemalan inequality of economic distribution are creating a hungrier, angrier, and more frustrated Guatemalan.

You must take in mind reading this, friends, that I am sitting in a nearly empty Internet cafe next to a noisy street and running into tourists who absorb the anger and violence that underlies Chapin life. These are not Canadians by a long shot that I run into on the Gringo trail. Add a small stature to the mix and... you get the typical bullies defensively asserting their power.

Now enough apologies, back to Guatemala. This nation has no real sense of itself due to its fractured ethnic nature . It is polarized between Latino macho and machisma and Indian subservience. The Indians are casting off the old ways but, when the worm turns, it tends to want the same power as the conqueror. As the conqueror was inhumane, the new boss becomes inhumane. So it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote.

My next installment shall be in another nation. Hopefully the airline will not explode, with this part of the world, anything can happen. Can i suggest that as conscientious objectors to injustice that we BOYCOTT third world so-called fun travel.

Happy trails as Quicksilver messenger service sang.
Woo...chapin ingenuity on the march.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2008 15:29

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