February 26, 2008

Non-Adoption Global Politics - Colom's Challenge

Many of our readers try to understand all things Guatemala and keep up with the politics du jour. Yesterday I read what I found to be a very interesting story about the challenges Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom faces in his attemps to improve life for his people in an era where both the U.S. and Venezuela don't get along and both offer help.

So here's a little break from the adoption stuff to keep us all informed...

Posted by Kevin at February 26, 2008 11:30 AM

I don't really understand all the politics and stuff. BUT, I really wish there was a way to import the fruit from Guatemala.

The fruit here is better than any we've ever had and so much better quality then what in the U.S. supermarkets.

Posted by: airstar98 at February 26, 2008 12:08 PM

The country of Guatemala needs prayer. Please ask God for quick reformation.

Posted by: me at February 26, 2008 01:37 PM

It seems like Pres. Colom is really trying to do the right thing for the people of Guatemala. But it sure won't be easy. We are praying for his success.

Posted by: sjbj at February 26, 2008 02:18 PM

Although I am already fairly well informed regarding Guatemala's political history and am familiar with President Colom's background, I found this a very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I found particularly interesting Mr. Logan's statement that, "In the past five years, some 25,700 Guatemalans have been murdered according to government statistics." Yes, it's comparing apples to oranges, but to somewhat put the number in perspective, according to the U.S. Department of State's website in the five years 2002 through 2006, some 15,929 immigrant visas were issued to Guatemalan orphans coming to the U.S.

I also couldn't help but compare the 4,500 murders in Guatemala in 2007 (with an estimated population of 12.7 million in July 2007, according to the CIA World Factbook) with the 164 here in my own state of Wisconsin in 2006 (with an estimated population of 5.6 million, according to the US Census Bureau).

Food for thought...

And President Colom certainly has his work cut out for him.

Posted by: Gregg at February 26, 2008 02:59 PM

I know I'm OT here, but do you do where I can find an English version of the new adoption law?

Lisa S. at "Adoption Under One Roof"

Posted by: Lisa S. at February 27, 2008 02:46 AM

President Colom does have alot on his plate, and bringing Chavez in is risky. Not just with Washington, but what Chavez would expect from Colom for the Petro is why Colom has been reluctant to accept any offers from Chavez. Especially since Guatemala already has issues with drugs and violence. There are alot of articles (from BBC and others) coming out about Chavez's relationship with FARC. He is allowing them to ship drugs out of Venezuela, they are intrenched in Western Venezuela where kidnapping of Venezuelans for ransom happens daily and the Venezuelan government turns a blind eye.Before Chavez, the country was a contrast of wealth and poverty, something had to change, but Chavez in his nine years has created more poverty and violence. Petro has given Chavez the ability to stretch his influence into countries in Latin America, Colom knows this and Colom probably also does not have warm, fuzzy thoughts about el burro rojo (chavez). Guatemalans (at least when we where there last year) like Chavez, he has a strong following with indigenous peoples.

Posted by: No mas el burro rojo at February 27, 2008 10:53 AM

Hey guys! Once I am on " " the screen of my computer is completely white.Is it me or you are experiencing problems?

Let me know please,


P.S. May be is Unicef trying a sabotage of your web site. I'm kidding.

Posted by: vince at February 27, 2008 05:45 PM

The white screen happens to me sometimes to.

Posted by: janet at February 28, 2008 07:37 AM

airstar - are you serious? perhaps you would like to use the internet to research the 'united fruit company' in guatemala ...

i wish the new president much strength and vision - i hope Guatemala can have a future filled with hope for everyone

Posted by: baffled at February 28, 2008 03:16 PM

Baffled, lol, I tried to read and skim it but, I didn't have too much patience, cause it seemed like the same thing over and over, fighting back and forth.

I just have lived her for a year in a half now and am use to fresh fruit every day and the times I had to leave the country for the 72 hrs, I missed it a lot.

In Guatemala you have healthy fruit and nuts, on the corner of the streets and in the U.S. all you have is fast food and the most healthy you can get there is a children's meal with slices apples in sugar syrup.

Posted by: airstar98 at February 28, 2008 05:48 PM
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