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Group.png Guatemala   SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Guatemala (orthographic projection).svg
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LocationCentral America
LeaderPresident of Guatemala
Typenation state
Interest ofNathaniel Davis
Member ofInternational Criminal Court, Organisation of American States, UN
SubpageGuatemala/1954 coup d'état
Country in Central America. High rates of poverty, crime, drug cartels, and instability.

Guatemala is a nation state in Central America.


From 1946-1953 the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. National Institutes of Health organised the Guatemala syphilis experiment, which exposed around 1,500 Guatemalans to syphilis and other STDs without consent. Less than half were ever given any form of treatment.[1]

1954 Coup d'etat

Full article: 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état

United Fruit organised a coup in 1954, carried out by the CIA, which deposed Jacobo Arbenz in order to protect its profits and prevent land redistribution.

Deep state

In 2018, The Intercept published How an Army of Trolls Protects Guatemala’s Corrupt Elite.[2]

Rios Montt

On 10 May 2013, Guatemalan General Rios Montt (a friend of Ronald Reagan) became the only former head of state ever to have been convicted in his own country for genocide. On 8 July 2015 a Guatemalan court stated that the trial must be abandoned, as Montt was "mentally incompetent to stand trial". A retrial of his case had been promised, but Eric Zuesse opined in 2015 that this "seems unlikely".[3]

Drug Trade

Live Leak reports on an abandoned plane that was found in Guatemala with 728 kilos of cocaine.[4]


In November 2020 "Anti-government protesters stormed Guatemala's congressional building on Saturday afternoon and set fire to it amid increasing frustrations with the government over a new budget that would slash educational and health spending, reported AP News."[5]



Guatemala/1954 coup d'étatA coup organised by the CIA to protect the profit of United Fruit.
Operation Washtub


A citizen of Guatemala on Wikispooks

Jacobo Árbenz14 September 191327 January 1971A democratically elected President of Guatemala whom the CIA liquidated due to his land redistribution policy


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Guatemala 1962 to 1980'sbook extract2003William Blum
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