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Guatemala Mayans: From victims of discrimination to perpetrators? - Raw Story

Guatemala Mayans: From victims of discrimination to perpetrators? - Raw Story | Central America | Scoop.it
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Guatemala Mayans: From victims of discrimination to perpetrators?
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Guatemala Mayans:  From Victims of Discrimination to Perpetrators?

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James Hobson's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:09 PM

(Central America topic 6 [independent topic 1])

I find it very interesting that a group of Mayans took it upon themselves to force Jewish settlers from the country. Since the Maya have undergone prosecutions themselves, it seems ironic that they would do just the same to another historically-prosecuted group. However, I can understand their frustration at having yet another outside culture infringe (or at least appear to be doing so) on their own. I wish more detail was provided in this article; what I can get from it seems to be that there was a really big misunderstanding.

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Three Men Accused Of Rape Tied To Tree, Burned Alive In Guatemala - Fox News Latino

Three Men Accused Of Rape Tied To Tree, Burned Alive In Guatemala - Fox News Latino | Central America | Scoop.it
Fox News Latino Three Men Accused Of Rape Tied To Tree, Burned Alive In Guatemala Fox News Latino Three suspected rapists were killed by an enraged mob in a community in the northwestern province of Huehuetenango, Guatemala's PNC national police...
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Crime and Punishment


In a town near here some 10 years ago three rapists were caught.  Tires were place on them and they were set on fire in the church square directly in front of the police station which for some reason had been abandoned at that time.


It is reported that town has had almost no crime since.  It is not the police that keep the peace.  It is the people.  While it might sound barbarian, it is highly effective.


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A great quote from Ayn Rand.  "Communism and Socialism.  It is only a difference of murder or suicide.."

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Fred Issa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 4:37 PM

Street justice in an area where there is very little crime. I am not passing judgment, but I am caught up by the word, "suspected" rapists. Fred Issa,

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The X-pat files | My feet are meant to roam

The X-pat files | My feet are meant to roam | Central America | Scoop.it
"Expatriate" comes from the Latin words "ex" and "patria" : somebody who lives no longer in his native land... But why and to do what? What thrives people to (I present you: The X-pat files!
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Expat Files - TheNewExpat- and now X-pat Files

Expatriate:  A person who is a patriot, but chooses to live outside their home country.


Here is something a little different.  While I chose Central America. It is someplace that allows me to live on my Social Security more an upper middle class lifestyle instead of like a pauper and even give me money left over. But my choice is certainly not the choice of everyone.  Take a look at another x-pat files.  

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Huge cocaine stash found at airport, baked into cookies from Guatemala - WPEC

Huge cocaine stash found at airport, baked into cookies from Guatemala - WPEC | Central America | Scoop.it
WPEC Huge cocaine stash found at airport, baked into cookies from Guatemala WPEC A spokesman for the agency said Thursday that customs officers made the discovery June 5 during an examination of luggage from passengers arriving at the New Jersey...
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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, October 21, 2014 6:55 PM

Shocked but i'm not surprised. As a country like the United States we always want the best and crave for more and more; we cant take no as answer. People can call us greedy, but what there doing to import drugs to the United States is awfully insane. Its sad to know how such a drug is now being able to make itself into a cookie. I know there are many ways which drugs get imported and exported from the United States, but would have never thought it would have been baked into a cookie. Something everyone knows and loves. Its obvious the major problem we have with drugs, so maybe we should continue and find ways to make sure none are getting imported nor exported.

Fred Issa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 4:29 PM

As the war on drugs continues to wage on at a huge cost in National Treasure and lives lost, we need to rethink how we fight the good fight and if we could do some things differently, like with Marijuana?

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How To Deal With The New "Mass FACTA" Class Actions - Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

How To Deal With The New "Mass FACTA" Class Actions - Mondaq News Alerts (registration) | Central America | Scoop.it
How To Deal With The New "Mass FACTA" Class Actions
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So, like with FACTA class actions, defendants should look at the specific transactions, and the policies in place behind the data collection.
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FACTA - Another blow to the US Dollar as the World's Currency

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Russian Military Presence in Nicaragua? - The Costa Rican Times

Russian Military Presence in Nicaragua? - The Costa Rican Times | Central America | Scoop.it
Russian Military Presence in Nicaragua? The Costa Rican Times During an interview that was published on May 4th in “La Nacion”, Castillo stated that “Russia is facilitating the arming of Nicaragua — ships — and they have spoken about buying jets...
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And since I have my tin foil hat on this morning, let's also go with this Nicaragua story. Who is John Galt?
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milton_andrew's photo on Instagram (At the market. @ San Pedro La Laguna, Lago De Atitlán, Guatemala http://t.co/oPOXt3vteU)
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Wasatch Weather Weenies: The Central American Cold Surge

Wasatch Weather Weenies: The Central American Cold Surge | Central America | Scoop.it
This is especially common to the east of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Madre, which frequently act to channel relatively cool airmasses to Central America or, in extreme events, northern South America.
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I hammer you guys with our warm temps all winter and am getting ready to hammer with our mild temps in the summer, but here is a little more in depth weather.

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Fred Issa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 4:32 PM

Interesting weather patterns east of the Rocky Mountains and the impact that it has to other regions of Central and South America.

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Americans Line Up to Renounce US Citizenship in Toronto - The Epoch Times

Americans Line Up to Renounce US Citizenship in Toronto - The Epoch Times | Central America | Scoop.it
Americans Line Up to Renounce US Citizenship in Toronto
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It passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FACTA). The controversial law required all foreign banks to report the accounts of U.S.
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Is this Desperateness a Sign of The End?


The United States is one of only two countries in the world that tax based on citizenship rather than residency. The other is Eritrea, a small dictatorship in the horn of Africa.


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The US government tells the whole world to go FATCA themselves

The US government tells the whole world to go FATCA themselves | Central America | Scoop.it
July 1, 2014 Vienna, Austria If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive. This was how Dale Carnegie titled the first chapter of his.
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Don't Wake The Sleeping

How to lose friends by disturbing those who want to sleep.  by John Galt.


I recently posted amongst my highly patriotic "friends".  It seems because I was illuminating some current facts that don't shine well on the US and because I no longer live in the US, I was called a traitor.  I am a US citizen and would like nothing better than to see the US reverse some of its courses and strengthen again, but, just add this to the list, FACTA may very well be the camel that breaks the straw.  This camel, FACTA, is not as funny as the camel on the commercial.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vs5QJi-dX-4


So I left the elite intelligence groups I had been in and here is what I found.  I have gotten 1/20th of the daily Notifications where these guys were bitching about how bad the politics, health care and other things are and aren't interested in "the rest of the story".  So if the group is just a bitching session and the idea of a Latin America Seminar to explore a Plan B upsets them enough to question my patriotism then hope they have their underwater gear if that ship should sink.


And FACTA could just be the iceberg on the straw on the camel.  


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Steven J. Mopsick: The New Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures Contain a Trap for Unwary Americans Abroad

Steven J. Mopsick: The New Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures Contain a Trap for Unwary Americans Abroad | Central America | Scoop.it
RT @MopsickTaxLaw: The New Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures Contain a Trap for Unwary Americans Abroad http://t.co/Sl4j5JDWVZ #FATCA
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Trap for Unwary Americans Abroad

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Republican Party Votes to Repeal “Punitive” New FATCA Tax Regime - The New American

Republican Party Votes to Repeal “Punitive” New FATCA Tax Regime - The New American | Central America | Scoop.it
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Republican Party Votes to Repeal “Punitive” New FATCA Tax Regime
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With outrage growing across the political spectrum over a deeply controversial new addition to the U.S.
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Martina McBride Helping Kids In Guatemala - RTT News

Martina McBride Helping Kids In Guatemala - RTT News | Central America | Scoop.it
Martina McBride Helping Kids In Guatemala
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Martina McBride is using her celebrity status to raise awareness for an orphanage in Guatemala.
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US Charity to Guatemala


It is stories like that that make me so proud of the US.  Sure this gets the big headlines, but it is visible.  What is not the, the many and I mean many church missions on an annual basis.


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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, October 21, 2014 6:58 PM

Great to see how celebrities around the world use there fame to raise awareness to things more important then there actually fame. Being a student majoring in Elementary Education, its great to see the help children get all around the world. Obvious there conditions of living isn't great, its great to know how people can help. I hope to one day, after getting my degree in teaching, i can take a year off and travel the world and help those in need. Great to see how Martina can help!

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Yellowstone Volcano Eruption: Report Claims That US Has Contingency Deal ... - The Epoch Times

Yellowstone Volcano Eruption: Report Claims That US Has Contingency Deal ... - The Epoch Times | Central America | Scoop.it
Yellowstone Volcano Eruption: Report Claims That US Has Contingency Deal ...
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The gigantic volcano in Yellowstone has erupted three times over the last two million years, covering a huge area of surrounding land.
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I still consider this a little far fetched. The eruption is only 40,000 years overdue by some estimates, but what is a few 10s of thousands of years amongst men anyway? I would, however, like to put a "positive" spin to the ramp up of DHS and a major disaster is more appealing than some of the other stuff floating on the internet. And just remember the famous quote. "Everything on the internet and on Facebook is true." Abraham Lincoln. April 23rd, 1865.
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Robbed on a Guatemalan roadside, Calgary man videotapes scary ordeal - CBC.ca

Robbed on a Guatemalan roadside, Calgary man videotapes scary ordeal - CBC.ca | Central America | Scoop.it
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A Calgary man and his British girlfriend who were robbed at gunpoint in Guatemala captured the entire frightening ordeal on camera and posted it to YouTube.
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Incredible.  If you just watch the video, you get a totally different feel.  #1, yes you know at some point you will probably have the opportunity to be relieved of some of your possessions.  For goodness sake, you are in a country where the average wage is reportedly $385 a month.  And just what do you represent to to a desperate citizen?  Well, let's see.  You probably are carrying at least Q2,000 or half their monthly income.  That Garmin on the bike was $600 and salable for $300 or one month's income.  They probably had two smart phones, each new costing the equivalent of two months Guatemalan income and each salable for one month's income.  There was jewelry, probably at least one month's and maybe more.  The credit cards could have yielded a month or two of income before shut off.  So that right there is almost an one annual income made.

 

But, when you read his post, you find a seasoned traveler.  Fake wallet, old credit cards, maybe the throw away peanut phones with the smart phones deeply hidden.  He must have read some of the posts from down here on how to prepare.  He even managed to have stuff fall on the ground which causes bandit anxiety and diversion.  Good on you, Mr. Canada and Ms. England.  You, the reader, can probably make a pretty good list of what they didn't get.

 

Now if you want to talk about stupid, well it comes in two other categories.  The tourist that is fat, dumb and happy from la la land.  These tourist walk around with no preparation.  Backpacks advertising available goods.  Lighting up their overgrown newest cell phones. on a dark street  Pulling out their iPads or even Apple computers thinking this is a Starbucks in Loma Linda.  Walking dark, deserted streets with their obvious money belt and all by themselves.

 

That is stupid #1.  #2 Stoopid is worse.  He is the expat that has been here 6 months.  Highly trained.  Knowledgable of the country and that easy targets more than likely will get picked off.  The one who might own pepper spray or a little stun gun.  He is the one who runs the same route every day.  At the same time.  In the same direction.  He is even the one who, in the past, has noted escape routes.  He knows you either give your possessions or scream like a little girl to draw attention if others are around and hope the robber is more afraid than you.  -----------------------------------------------------------  And he is the one who gets so comfortable with his environment he blows off the old rattle trap with the totally darkened windows that he sees twice in the first 10 minutes.  He is the one who has gotten lax and is mapping his route on MapMyFitness with his new Samsung S4.  His Pitbull Stun gun is in the house.  He is not carrying his Wicked Laser.   And he has, for some stupid reason, Q400 in his pocket for a daily 2 mile run on which he never buys anything.  Mr.Doo Dah, who knows it all and tries to teach all of you, on his blogs has just become the latest target of two thieves with a pistol on a highly traveled road.  

 

Congratulations Mr. Canada.  Shame on me, Mr. Doo Dah.  

 

These people are rich in so very many ways, but poor in comparison to our normal pocket change.  Pay attention.  Be prepared.  Have your gifts for them close at hand and your valuables in places that are time consuming to get to.  Don't be the macho person out to show them they cannot take it from you.  Fumble it to them as fast as you can.  They don't want to hurt you.  Just give your prepared items and take your life away from the scene.  

 

Then later as your shaky hand is bringing a beer to you smiling lips, congratulate yourself on your preparation, count your cash and tell the travelers with you how they should also prepare.

 

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Fred Issa's curator insight, October 5, 2015 4:35 PM

Personal experience of Calgary man getting robbed on a Guatemalan roadside. Read the story and view the film. Fred Issa,

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Mayan Alien Contact, Raul Julia Levy 2014

A new documentary about Mayan civilization will provide evidence of extraterrestrial contact with the ancient culture, according to a Mexican government offi...
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The things that make you go, hmmm?

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