It’s Absurd To Think America Ever Was A Christian Nation

It’s Absurd To Think America Ever Was A Christian Nation

“Writing from a small town in Nicaragua on the way to Lake Atitlan, thoughts of my country return. I am not sure if I will return, but when the roads are out between Guatemala City and Atitlan, it leaves time for reflection. I was an American once, an Italian for a time. I was a Catholic once, an Athiest for a time and let’s not leave out being a Jew and a Christian , sometimes all at the same time. I was a journalist once, a juris doctor of law and let’s not forget race horse trainer and political insider at a young age in Chicago’s Democratic machine.  Now I am neutral like Switzerland, wondering how I got on this bus going to Guatemala with a camera and guitar in hand. I also wonder how America got to be a tin horn third world country practically overnight. Some might argue that last statement but here are some thoughts about America’s beginnings while I wait for the roads to clear.”

By Greg Szymanski, JD

July 27, 2010

No one in their right mind can deny the necessity for a separation of Church and State.

Then why is it many proclaim these United States of America to be either a Christian, Protestant or Catholic nation?

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Guatemala Diaries: Thoughts Of A Young Man Turned Old

Guatemala Diaries: Thoughts Of A Young Man Turned Old

Hiding in shadows of his past reliving slow moving dreams

By Greg Szymanski, JD
June 23, 2010

On a bus headed to nowhere there’s a bird hitching a ride in the back, singing nonsense.  I’ve done a lot of that in my life and it sounds good.

What’s better than singing nonsense on a bus, looking out to nowhere and thinking very hard to yourself  you’re going somewhere.

Somewhere right to hell, some say. And others say that somewhere is heaven.

But it’s God’s plan unavailable to the mortal man, so says Paul Simon.

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On The Way To Lake Atitlan

On The Way To Lake Atitlan

Reflecting on the past Maya genocide

By Greg Szymanski, JD
July 21, 2010

GRANADA, NICARAGUA — On the way to Guatemala, a quick detour to Nicaragua left time to reflect and try to understand what lies ahead in the Maya highlands near their sacred Lake Atitlan.

The purpose of this trip is to continue efforts to raise awareness and help for the indigenous people suffering from severe poverty and pollution. We have documented in the past the toxic cyanobacteria condition of Lake Atitlan, leaving the water undrinkable for more than 200,000 indigenous people. (Editor’s Note: I would ask all my readers and friends of Arctic Beacon to donate whatever they can to defray costs of this long trip as well as money to be given directly to the poor at Lake Atitlan. Any little bit helps while hitting the donate button on this web site…Please note if you donation is directed for Lake Atitlan)

But to truly understand why the Lake Atitlan region, as well as the Lake Isabal region, has been left polluted and impoverished, one must understand and reflect on the genocide of the Maya through the 1960s till the 90s.

A good place to start even when sitting at a Nicaragua internet cafe shop is Victor Perera’s book, Unfinished Conquest: The Guatemalan Tragedy, Daniel Chauche , Photographer (Berkeley; CA: Univ. of California , 1993).

According to, Victor Perera is a native Guatemalan who took the better part of 6 years to write this book. This book is chock full of great information gathered from hundreds of interviews. Perera doesn’t waste time trying to interpret the events he writes about, instead he let’s the participants and witnesses speak for themselves. He interviews everybody for this book from wealthy landowners, government officials, military personnel, catholic and evangelical clergy and mostly the Mayan people who have suffered from 30 years of civil war. He then fills in the cracks with historical background. His writing is very precise and specific, his descriptions paint a very vivid picture of the oppression and genocide that continues to take place. The book begins with his visits to the garbage dump slums of Guatemala city and proceeds to other hot spots of violence. The core of the book is those chapters about the ixil triangle area where as many as one third of the local Mayan population was killed, disappeared or forced to flee the country. “By telling the stories of real people, Mayas who cling to their traditional gods, their communal ways and their brilliant woven clothing, Perera has selected the most effective means of conveying the astonishing resilience of Mayan culture. “Perera finds that military terrorism has outlasted the Communist threat; murder and massacre have become the reflexive response to any disagreement, public or private.”

And while on the bus going to Lake Atitlan, another book carried in my briefcase  and highly recommended is a book about Ignacio Bizarro Ujpán, (James D. Sexton translator and editor) Ignacio: The Diary of a Maya Indian of Guatemala, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press).

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Against Law To Report News In Gulf

Against Law To Report News In Gulf

That was your big “Independence Day” story

By Greg Szymanski, JD
July 5, 2010

The breaking news from the Gulf is there is “No News”, never will be any news and, better yet, it is now against the law in the U.S. to get close to the news.

Especially, of course, in the Gulf of Mexico.

If you haven’t heard, don’t worry because you will never hear the truth in the Gulf anyway!

And U.S. lawmakers made sure of that, slapping the First Amendment in the faces of all Americans but doing it on July 4th of all days!

Here is the gist of the story, explained on the Natural News web site as reported by CNN.

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Will Tragedy In Gulf Devastate America?

Will Tragedy In  Gulf Devastate America?

Financial insiders call it “Double Dip” recession; common people know it’s the last straw that broke the America’s back

By Greg Szymanski, JD
July 2, 2010

Word has it from Wall Street The U.S. is heading towards “double dip” recession.

A scene from Black Beach Lousiana

But common folks know that type of insider fluffy language really spells Another Great Depression but this time with two “Big D’s.”

No jobs. Manufacturing Shipped to China. Foreclosures and an unstable housing market. European debt colliding with a shinking dollar.

And now the Gulf of Mexico!

Apparently for finanacial insiders this spells “Douple Dip” Recession; for the rest of us it spells, not only Great Depression, but the end of America as we know it.

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San Antonio Palopó In Lake Atitlan Hardest Hit; 20 Lives And 60 Homes Lost

San Antonio Palopó In Lake Atitlan Hardest Hit; 20 Lives And 60 Homes Lost

Santa Catarina lose two lives and 64 homes;  San Pedro la Laguna) one 10-year-old girl and 50 homes lost

By Bill Muirhead
July 1, 2010

LAKE ATITLAN — Twice now in five years tropical storms have devastated the Lake Atitlán region. Hurricane Stan in October 2005 ended the rainy season with massive destruction of property, loss of lives, homes,and crops, and the tragic interment by mud of 800 or so residents of Cantón Panabáj, Santiago Atitlán.

Last month tropical storm Agatha opened the rainy season in a fury, catching us all by surprise, two days of heavy rainfall capped by 36 hours of
torrential downpours. Then suddenly on the afternoon of May 29th, almost simultaneously throughout the region, the earth reached its saturation point and things fell apart.

Cerro Lec, a huge land mass above Panajachel, has been falling steadily in the direction of the Rio la Vega for over a year.

Floods From Tropical Storm Agatha

Late afternoon the 29th much of the Cerro gave way in a gush, clogging La Vega with mud. When the mud broke free again, La Vega raged to the Rio San Francisco, which swelled over its banks and roared into town down main- street. Mud, tumbling boulders, and angry waters swept away homes, inundated others, and removed a section of the bridge to Santa Catarina Palopó.

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