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Aenimal
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0 posted 03-31-2004 02:30 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Aenimal

Guatemala 54
the voice of the voiceless was heard
Arbenz reclaimed the land, and the people
their livelihoods

Until the beast awoke
domination over compensation
demanded United
and Truman obliged

beneath 4 birds
the secret serpents were loosed
they slithered in from Nicaragua
they slithered in from Honduras

trained and armed by the CIA
Chiquita smiled
subjects safely underfoot
as democracy killed democracy

***In 1954 Jacobo Arbenz, the second legally elected leader under Guatemala's fledgling democracy,
was ousted from power in a coup by Col. Carlos C. Armas. However, documents declassified (though
heavily inked out) in 1997 revealed the coup was staged by the CIA under Truman's orders in order to
protect the interests of the United Fruit Company. The UFC was upset with Arbenz land reforms, which
expropriated unused land in order to give the land back to the people of Guatemala. Offered compensation
for the land, the UFC called in favours instead and the CIA trained and armed mercenaries to handle the
coup under US air support. The newly installed Col. Armas was trained at Fort Leavenworth, and under
his power all taxes on interest and dividends to foreign investors were eliminated giving UFC, best known
for Chiquita bananas, incredible profit and control over the entire region..

'Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota
monax materiam possit materiari?'
~Gluteus Maximus

© Copyright 2004 raphael giuffrida - All Rights Reserved
gemjop
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1 posted 03-31-2004 02:46 PM       View Profile for gemjop   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for gemjop

Raph, your intelligence is so obvious in every write, you make me sick.

but i'll still be your friend.  
Sunshine
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2 posted 03-31-2004 02:48 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Welcome home, Raph.  It's good to see you and your poetry here, again, in the blue pages...
passing shadows
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3 posted 03-31-2004 02:52 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

RAPH AND GEMMA! YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN SOOOOO SOOOO MISSED!!!!
Midnitesun
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Gaia


4 posted 03-31-2004 02:55 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL, not the message, by the bottom sig.
And even though my Latin is nearly nonexistent, I think I understand the gist of it.
It's about time you paid a visit. Been really busy? Some of us missed you 'round this latitude/longitude.  
Dark Angel
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5 posted 03-31-2004 03:35 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Ahhh Bello, I see a few changes and I like

beneath 4 birds
the secret serpents were loosed
they slithered in from Nicaragua
they slithered in from Honduras


Excellent!

It's sooo good to have you back here.

Dory

Beauty of the world which is soon to perish has two edges, one of laughter and one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
(by Virginia Woolf)

icebox
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in the shadows


6 posted 03-31-2004 06:19 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

Ubi solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant.

Martie
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Chiquita smiled
subjects safely underfoot
as democracy killed democracy

Those three lines knocked me out!
Aenimal
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8 posted 03-31-2004 08:54 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

thanks gem and i guess i'll be your too phblllt

thanks Karilea nice to see some friendly faces

thanks Dixie, what a reception! grins

Hey kacy, yup been busy, chucking wood or something grin

Hey bella, yeah i like this final cut much better

yes ice, it's always seemed to be more about attaining a piece, and not peace

Thanks Martie it's nice to see you again, kept playing with those lines until i finally had to let the piece go before i ruined it
Margherita
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Eternity


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Ciao Raffaele, bentornato!

Your awareness of injustices perpetrated is so high and well you do to share it . and with such poetic power!

Abbracci, Margherita
Aenimal
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abbracci margherita nice to see you
Dark Angel
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Back to add this to my library.

Bello

Beauty of the world which is soon to perish has two edges, one of laughter and one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.
(by Virginia Woolf)

Toerag
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Ala bam a


12 posted 04-13-2005 08:16 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Yea...I remember that....and Guatemalan Gold went up to 50 a lid.....really was a bummer...how ya been Aenimal....is Aenimal planet your station?....Do you know the Crock hunter?....Kriety mate....you've become quite popular?.....
 
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