|Dear NACLA friends,
On March 23, 1982, Guatemalan general Efraín Ríos Montt overthrew President Romeo Lucas García. The new military junta suspended the Constitution, closed the legislature, and installed one of the bloodiest military regimes in Guatemalan history. Exactly 30 years later, Guatemala today faces two polarizing winds—one that has swept the right-wing retired general Otto Pérez Molina into power, and another that seeks to formally charge Ríos Montt with genocide and crimes against humanity.
On the 30th anniversary of the Ríos Montt coup we present our Spring 2012 NACLA Report on the Americas, "Central America: Legacies of War." As most of you already know, this is our first quarterly issue. At 96 pages, it is nearly twice the size of the bimonthly edition, with an 8-page color insert that features a 1980s photo retrospective of Central America, as well as the winner of our first photo contest—Kevin P. Coleman's "Concert—Voices Against the Coup." The topic for the next photo contest will be Latin America and the Global Economy, submission deadline May 1.
Central America: Legacies of War
In the 1980s, Central America sank deep into political turmoil amid civil wars, brutal military dictatorships, and U.S. intervention. Three decades later, NACLA examines the legacies of war in Central America: Honduras is reliving its history of military coups, repression, and impunity. In Guatemala, a former dictator is charged with genocide. Across the region, former guerrillas and generals are in power, the military is again taking a disturbingly prominent role in policing, and communities are defending their land from powerful interests.
Greg Grandin: Turning the Tide Revisited: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
Annie Bird: Drugs and Business: Central America Faces Another Round of Violence
Kate Doyle: Justice in Guatemala (one-week free access!)
Sonja Wolf: Policing Crime in El Salvador
Esther Portillo-Gonzales: FMLN Reflections, 20 Years Later: An Interview with Nidia Díaz
Leticia Salomón: Honduras: A History That Repeats Itself
Michael Fox: Central American Solidarity, Then and Now: An Interview With Jenny Atlee
Dennis Rodgers: Nicaragua's Gangs: Historical Legacy or Contemporary Symptom?
Julio Yao: Legacies of the U.S. Invasion of Panama
Kirsten Weld: A Workshop Abandoned: WikiLeaks, U.S. Empire, and Central America
This week online:
Kevin Edmonds: If at First You Don't Succeed… The United States Renews its Pursuit of Aristide
Joseph Nevins: Nogales, Arizona: The Border Patrol's War Without End Fred Rosen: Can a Better-Trained Police Force, Embedded in Civil Society, Defeat the Narcos?
Emily Achtenberg: Remembering Domitila: Making Bolivian History
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