June 23, 2009 · 10:53 pm
It didn’t take long for me to be completely offended by this biassed article about Twitter use in Guatemala and Iran. I usually don’t write people to give them a piece of my mind, but this time the author -Elizabeth Lazar- crossed the line. I share with you my e-mail:
As a fellow writer and guatemalan citizen (not to mention part of that evil cyber community), I’m trully distressed by the statements included on your article Is Twitter Really a Tool for Democracy? Clearly, you have not lived in Guatemala, or are aware of President Colom’s poor handling of our nation’s finances (the last campaign he lost, about 4 years ago, included soft money donations from corrupt officials of the Portillo administration… to which he pleaded complete ignorance), and of how the “poor farmers’s” support is rallied by local councilmen. The corruption of our current government is all around… ask people who work at culture state institutions, who are asked to “volunteer” part of their monthly wages to “The Party”, and who are basically forced to attend demonstrations in favor of Àlvaro Colom, if they want to keep their jobs. I suggest you start reading some of the guatemalan press and get your facts straight.
P.S. And as far as a political agenda of the cyber community… I doubt there is one, beyond the public display of outrage with this administration’s complete lack of interest in solving the crime and lack of security issues that have taken the lives of thousands of guatemalans -Rodrigo Rosenberg included- in about 18 months and counting.”
Update: Liz was kind enough to reply a couple of times to this original e-mail, here’s the last of her responses:
“Given how inflamed things are in your country and how much is at
stake, I understand your frustration.
As far as I’m concerned, outrage is a much preferred state to apathy”.
Filed under angry rant, crime, everyday, Guatemala, internet, journalism, life, politics, urban, violence
Tagged as e-mail, Guatemala, Iran, Rodrigo Rosenberg, technology, Twitter
May 17, 2009 · 9:41 pm
Does your country enacts its officials to persecute “enemies of the state”? Mine does.
Does your country allows president elects that have confessed to assassinations, to take office? Mine does.
Does your country asks state employees to “donate” part of their wages to the official party? Mine does.
Does your country rounds up people from rural and urban sides alike (while threatening to retrieve welfare benefits if they refuse) to “show support” for the administration? Mine does.
Does your country play musical chairs with its population?
I think you’ve guessed the answer…
Filed under angry rant, creative writing, crime, everyday, grief, Guatemala, journalism, life, politics, urban, violence
May 14, 2009 · 7:04 pm
Guatemala’s current political and social mayhem (derived from the recent execution of a whistle blower attorney Rodrigo Rosenberg) has proved that social media is not a place where you can speak your mind without fear of retribution. Guatemalan tweeter Jean Ramses Anleu Fernández, an information technology worker, was arrested today, charged with “financial panic”. Here’s the whole story:
Filed under blogging, crime, everyday, grief, Guatemala, journalism, life, politics, urban, violence
Tagged as #escandalogt, financial panic, freedom of expression, Guatemala, Rodrigo Rosenberg, social media, technology, Twitter
April 19, 2009 · 9:18 pm
Footsteps, misteps, falling
I seek shelter from gospel
The politics of truth
gang up on me,
they’re not my truths
not my policies.
Bullets stray, voices are raised
guilty parties whose names
You speak of mortality, joy and I listen.
Yet, I’m afraid.