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On Jun 04 , 2009 for Daily Rants & Guatemala

Mi Guate ?

 
  
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Dave Mora is Chapin

Yo soy Chapin! Although I have lived in the United States since the young age of 3. I still miss my home country of Guatemala. Sadly, when I do visit my home country I feel more like a tourist then someone who is going back home.

I always attempted to stay in touch with my family and try to create new friendships with the people in Guatemala. All my attempts over the last 10 years have ended failed.

That was until Twitter came into the picture. Twitter is the first Social Network that has allowed me to develop friendships with not only the people in Guatemala but also my fellow geeks.

I learned about BarCampGT and Exponet via twitter. Although I missed them this year I hope next year I can fit them into my schedule.

I began to have dialogs with many geeks in Guatemala and learning about their development ventures. I began to get the feeling that it was only a matter of time before people outside the inner circle will also take notice.

Growing up I always felt that Guatemala will one day have the spotlight either by having a Nobel Peace Price winner in Science, develop something that resembles NASA, become a powerhouse in the Soccer world, or even become the only Latin America country to encourage and develop the next phase of Computer and Web Development.

I never thought corruption and the arrest of a fellow twitter user would put my little home country in the spotlight.

I am not going to try and explain everything in detail. Because I don’t know everything. I just know the little bits of information I have and what people have voiced via twitter using the hash tag #escandalogt .

So, I will simply do what I do best. Talk about what I have experienced.

As a latino. I grew up accepting that Latin America countries are all corrupt. It was not treated as a theory, an idea, or even a rumor. I grew up knowing it as a fact. Regardless if that fact was the truth or not. So, stories of corrupt judges, companies, or police officers were just the cost of living in a Latin American country.

But, as I got older and began to travel into my little home county. I began to notice a few things. It had its issues. But, it also had an awesome good side. I started to see that people make more with less. It has an awesome little Ubuntu group, OpenSource advocates, and yes even Apple Fanboys.

I am feeding off the energy the country has been kind enough to share with me.

I was introduced to the whole Guatemala issue by this video.



I began almost like a spy movie. “If you watching this. It means I am dead”. Mr. Rosenberg was gun down in his community and shortly after his death this video was release.

He accuses not only the government but the President for his death. ( You can read more details here )

The corruption was linked the financial industry and that was the second major scandal that happen in my poor country.

A Twitter user was arrested for suggesting that we should take our money out of the banks.

A lot of people have forgotten about the laws that prevent you from causing panic and undermining financial institutions that were pass after the US Wall Street crashed many years ago.

Many countries outside the US have similar laws in place to prevent a wide panic of people taking out their money from the bank.

I have had lengthy discussion with many people both in the US and Guatemala arguing if he should have been arrested or not. Now, in my opinion I think his actions were valid concern and anger but he was not planning to cause panic or undermine the financial stability of the county. I think he fell into one of those “Technical” things. But, to do an arrest during the major scandal is just bad PR.

But, I am happy to report he is back home.

Many people took to demostrate to he street in a peaceful manner. ( http://www.boingboing.net )

I just hope my little home country can get over this issue and go back and allow the local geeks work on their projects with out negative PR or actual wrong doing.

I hope in the next few years my little country does become known for something positive.




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    • Red

      Es una lastima que un pais tan lindo como el nuestro, sea conocido alrededor del mundo como una cuna de corrupcion y asesinatos. Aqui decimos que el cambio empieza en uno mismo, pero algunas veces las personas de aca espera algo de los demas y nada de ellos mismos. En tu caso estando lejos es dificil ver como las cosas pasan dia a dia, como dices excelente que aplicaciones web como twitter te hayan permitido conectarte mas y conocer la situacion que se vive actualmente.

      Si no fueras usuario de Twitter a lo mejor tardabas mas en enterarte del caso Rosenberg y mucho mas en el caso Anleu. Ya podemos ver como la tecnologia va cambiando nuestras vidas.

      Guatemala esta buscando la luz que necesita, pero existen muchas personas que no le permiten ser la belleza centroamericana que debe ser. Si estuvieras aca te cansarias de ver injusticias y todo tipo de ocurrencias que suceden en este gobierno. Jajajaja me quejo mucho porque es algo que me quita la paz cada momento.

      Pero a pesar de todas las cosas, como dicen por ahi: Guate es calida', y eso no lo podemos negar, como disfrutas de un pais con un clima excelente, con variedad de playas y asi tambien variedad de montañas, rios, volcanes. Con una riqueza de cultura impresionante, con cielo azul y un horizonte espectacular.

      Me alegra mucho que a pesar de estar lejos lleves a Guatemala en tu corazon, y seas un Chapin de Sangre.

      Excelente post Dave y gracias por que estando tan lejos siempre dices: Guatemala, tu nombre inmortal.

      Red – @revolution52

    • Red

      Es una lastima que un pais tan lindo como el nuestro, sea conocido alrededor del mundo como una cuna de corrupcion y asesinatos. Aqui decimos que el cambio empieza en uno mismo, pero algunas veces las personas de aca espera algo de los demas y nada de ellos mismos. En tu caso estando lejos es dificil ver como las cosas pasan dia a dia, como dices excelente que aplicaciones web como twitter te hayan permitido conectarte mas y conocer la situacion que se vive actualmente.

      Si no fueras usuario de Twitter a lo mejor tardabas mas en enterarte del caso Rosenberg y mucho mas en el caso Anleu. Ya podemos ver como la tecnologia va cambiando nuestras vidas.

      Guatemala esta buscando la luz que necesita, pero existen muchas personas que no le permiten ser la belleza centroamericana que debe ser. Si estuvieras aca te cansarias de ver injusticias y todo tipo de ocurrencias que suceden en este gobierno. Jajajaja me quejo mucho porque es algo que me quita la paz cada momento.

      Pero a pesar de todas las cosas, como dicen por ahi: Guate es calida’, y eso no lo podemos negar, como disfrutas de un pais con un clima excelente, con variedad de playas y asi tambien variedad de montañas, rios, volcanes. Con una riqueza de cultura impresionante, con cielo azul y un horizonte espectacular.

      Me alegra mucho que a pesar de estar lejos lleves a Guatemala en tu corazon, y seas un Chapin de Sangre.

      Excelente post Dave y gracias por que estando tan lejos siempre dices: Guatemala, tu nombre inmortal.

      Red – @revolution52

    • I Like your post, is amazing that you take Guate deep in your heart, living all your life outside of it. Thanks…

      BTW, I hope also Guate will be know in the world for good things. There is a lot of good and smart people in Guate, is just a matter of time.. BTW @cvander is representing Guate tomorrow in http://www.webconflatino.com/2009 web 2.0 event in Honduras.

      Will work hard to motive young fellows to let themselves flows their ideas and show to the world, I think in our are we can do something, they just need a start.

      Hope to see you in future “Geek” events in Guate a Central America.

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