GUATEMALA: Reform Reformed

As soon as Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas gained power, he suspended the sweeping land-reform program under which the old regime expropriated a fifth (1,600,000 acres) of Guatemala's arable land and handed it over to 83,275 landless peasants. Last week the new President laid down a stopgap program of his own for dealing with the most explosive of Guatemala's problems. Drawn up by Jorge Skinner Klee, 32, a lawyer who took postgraduate work (in anthropology) at Northwestern, the President's decree appears to accept land reform in Guatemala as a necessity, and undertakes to consolidate it while redressing some of its...

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