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During the summer of 2014 I moved to Guatemala in order to pursue a career in journalism. My philosophy was to find stories from the communities of the country, and to raise their voices to large mediums across the world. In the last two years I've written hundreds of articles sharing the reality in Guatemala, but I don't feel that the articles paint a clear enough picture of what is occurring in Guatemala, and Central America. Therefore I've set out to write a book that puts the various social movements and social conflicts into the context of neoliberal development projects such as Plan Mesoamerica. In the book I look to analyze how these development projects bring back the forms of repression of the past in order to guarantee the accumulation of capital by transnational companies. Furthermore, I look to show how these projects continue the colonization of the region known as Mesoamerica (southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador), and how they are a direct assault on the indigenous communities that continue to resist the cycles of colonization that have occurred in the last 500 years. This new cycle of colonization is capitalisms latest war in the region. But organized resistance that is the continuation of this history of resistance meets this neoliberal project, and the resistance looks to defend not only territory, but also the indigenous identity.

The book will be broken into 7 chapters:
1) The introduction will lay out the situation on the militarization of development, and how it continues the years of war by another means
2) The gulf between the narrative of indigenous rights, and the neoliberal project, and the history of the attack on indigenous identity in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
3) Conflicts over Energy Generation
4) Conflicts over Agri-business
5) Conflicts over mining
6) Tourism as an extractive industry
7) Conclusions and the quest for Indigenous Autonomy in Mesoamerica

If you'd like to know more about my idea for the book, please read this article I wrote for New Politics Magazine in June of this year as it lays out part of the thesis for the book: http://www.newpol.org/node/1633

Please consider supporting this project in order to make it a reality.

Thank you,

-Jeff
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Dear all supporters of my Go-Fund-Me Campaign,

Greetings!

It has been a long while since I produced an update on the progress of the book. First off I want to thank you all for your support for the project. I was unable to achieve the goal of 5000.00 dollars, but I was able to make about half of the funds. The good news is that the book is now completed. There are nearly 200 pages, 89,000 words. There is bad news though, as the book needs to go through a copy edit, which will cost more to do. If there is any chance anyone would be able to contribute more to the project in order to get the edit done I will be forever grateful.

Thank you again for the support.

-Jeff
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Greetings!

I wanted to update y'all on the book project. A lot has happened since I set up this campaign. I'm happy to announce that I have completed 4 chapters of the book, and I've submitted the proposal to a publisher in the United States. I am currently waiting for a response from them on the proposal. I am excited to have gotten this far with the book. In the mean time, I'm still in need of support for the book. So please consider once again donating to this project.

Thanks for all the support.

-Jeff
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Thank you every one who has donated to the campaign thus far!
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Let's talk incentives:

If you donate 20 dollars, I'll include a thank you in the book.

If you donate 50 dollars, I'll send you a copy of the book

If you donate 100 dollars, I'll send you a signed photo and a copy of the book

If you donate 500 dollars, I'll send you a one of a kind photo and a copy of the book

If you donate 1000 dollars, well, let's see what I can come up with.

Just as a note, all incentives will be delivered after the publishing of the book.

Consider donating! Thank you.

-Jeff
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Krista Dover
30 months ago

Will the book be available in English and Spanish?

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best wishes from me and Leonel!

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Will the book be available in English and Spanish?

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