I found myself in Portugal when the news of the ruling in the George Zimmerman trial hit the press. Portugal, the birthplace of the African slave trade (a fact curiously absent from most tourist guides), located in the Iberian peninsula, where the concept of “America” or the “new world” originated. So, it struck me as historically appropriate that this drama unfolded in Florida, where the first European set foot in what would be the United States. From that point until present day we have had to live with the consequences of that inheritence. Continue reading
Yesterday, former dictator Rios Montt, who ruled during the most violent phase of Guatemala’s 36 year civil war was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to 80 years of prison. It marks the first time a former head of state has been convicted of genocide in their own country.