Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home: A Tragedy that Doesn’t Penetrate

Translated by Marvin Najarro   Since the day of the fire at the Virgen de la Asunción Safe Home, on March 8, a lot of water has ran under the bridge, and with it also a great deal of disinformation, media outlets that seek to capture the reader’s attention with the most chilling headlines, and sensationalist notes, depict the lives and dignity of the victims and their families as worthless. Forget ethics and humanism. “They were there because they were involved in crime,” so say some of them, while another emphasizes that: “this was a portrait of dysfunctional families,” referring…

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The migrant women in transit

Translated by Marvin Najarro They leave their homes: in villages, towns, cantons, hamlets, shantytowns … with no direction in mind, like dry leaves blown by the wind, dead souls, slandered, beaten, abused, rejected and stigmatized. Little is known about them; they are invisible, the state and society marginalizes them, they are the victims of classism and racism, and their honor stained by the patriarchal system. Their country forces them to abandonment and to migrate.

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Tatoj

Translated by Marvin Najarro The last time I saw him, my Tatoj said to me: “Prieto, I’m going to die,” cold and straightforward as it is natural in me, unruffled, I answered him: “Tatoj, don’t scare the hell out of yourself, we’re all going to die.” Almost a month after that conversation my Tatoj died, the news found us in a distant land, in the diaspora, thousands of kilometers from Guatemala, just 5 days ago. I am the daughter who since her teenage years cuddled and caressed him less; I am the most hurt daughter, the only impassioned one. However…

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And What About Mexico’s Deportations?

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro The recent raids of undocumented immigrants in the United States have ignited the interest of the media, but not because they care about the human rights of undocumented immigrants or the denunciation of abuse, they do it because it is like hotcakes and fresh news that can be used for a myriad of objectives. But this exploitation does not only come from the media, it also comes from artists, filmmakers, poets, social communicators, community leaders and lawyers specializing in immigration, ¿the purpose?, to take advantage of the undocumented terrible ordeal. Because if Latin…

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The double standard of U.S. Protests

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro Since Trump took office as U.S president, we have seen how the crowds have taken to the streets, and that’s good. However, we can not be naive and believe that all this is about dignity and discontent with Trump’s policies, and that this society awoke overnight and became aware of human values. Because in the United States, even for demonstrator who call for social justice, equality and humanity, there are still third-class citizens. This chaotic scenario would have been avoided if at least for the last 20 years, U.S society had resisted Bill…

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Trump’s wall against Latin America

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro Without going that far, the wall which Trump intends to build, will not stop the forced immigration of Latin Americans because it is due to US foreign policy and its interference in Latin America. First and foremost. The constant harassment and intrusion on the internal affairs of other countries that it regards as its own. The ruthless plunder on lands that has always violated at will. If we specifically refer to the migration of Central Americans and Mexicans to the United States, and we go a little deeper in the history of the…

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The good Obama leaves office

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro Quite a few people believed that just for being black, Obama would represent a significant change in the domestic and foreign policy of the United States, but the Good Samaritan turned out to be a good for nothing black. A black attuned to the system and as Ku Klux Klan as Hillary Clinton herself and Trump. There is no point of comparison, neither as a human being nor as a politician between him and Martin Luther King or Malcolm X, yet the good Obama as a good an opportunist as he is, uses…

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The force of the storm

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro We grow up with the path marked by stereotypes, customs, culture, religion and the patriarchal system which damages us all. Prejudices that tell us you can do this but not this. This is wrong, because what they might say, because our gender, physical appearance, ideology, skin color, age, social status, nationality and ethnicity. And we keep growing up conditioned and immersed in fears, overwhelmed by ghosts that become a hellhole that slowly devour us, and we never manage to fully evolve as human beings because we bring with us all the limitations that…

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There is no Cuba without Fidel because Fidel is Cuba

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro The Cuban Revolution is one of the emblematic feats of humanity, with humility and bravery as incomparable attributes. To say Cuba is to say consciousness, historical memory, that is, identity, loyalty and solidarity. Fecundity. For 58 years, the obvious question in the collective imagination, manipulated by the media, has always been, what will Cuba be without Fidel? Will the Revolution Fail? The answer lies in the wild sea, in the mountains, the hamlets, the esplanade, at the root of the trees: Cuba without Fidel is Cuba with Fidel, because Fidel is Cuba, Cuba…

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The worst of evils

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro We have little humanity left, if at any time we had it. A planet in danger screams for help, we turn a blind eye and go to sleep like a log while everything around us is extinguishing by our indifference as self-centered mediocres. We are the deterioration of a destructive, selfish, opportunistic and boastful species. We are the worst of evils. Every day we wake up with more species in danger of extinction, with the fauna and flora in agony, with the rainforests about to become deserts. With the streets of our neighborhood…

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Syria: the dignity of a country           

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro One of the monumental farces of world media coverage, in recent decades, has been the pervasive invention of a polarized war in Syria. One of so many lies, like that of a dictatorship in Venezuela with Chavez and Maduro, or Cuba with Fidel and Raúl. Like that of the dictator Gadhafi in Libya. Like the one who backed the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Like the one that hid the genocide in Rwanda. The same media coverage that still continues to call Salvador Allende a dictator. The same one that disgraces the…

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Does Latin American Progressivism Agonize?

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro It is a frequent question that is repeated over and over again by corporate media, as part of the media manipulation with which the amorphous masses are anesthetized. Fallacies which at the present time are the armed wing of post dictatorship driven neoliberalism, as a modality of old-fashioned capitalism. At the head a fraudulent journalism, of those who sell themselves out with the urgency to lie. They are seconded by those who with their silence conceal, from the comfort of embezzlement, the benefit of abuse, classism, racism and exclusion. With the amount of…

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For us the undocumented time has come (2)

Sígueme en https://telegram.me/cronicasdeunainquilina Translated by Marvin Najarro In the first part of this article I tried to point out the reasons for the Latin Americans forced migrations to the United States, in which free trade agreements and the constant reimplementations of the Condor Plan with its regional agendas have much to do. But what happens to the migrants who manage to cross the borders of death and arrive in this country, what awaits them?

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