Leonida Zurita Vargas, a Bolivian coca farmer organizer and alternate Senator, was planning to be in the US right now as part of a three week speaking tour on Bolivian social movements and human rights. This tour would take her to Vermont, Harvard, Stanford and Washington DC. However, upon checking in at the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on February 20th to fly to the US, she was informed her ten year visa had been revoked because of alleged links to terrorist activity.
Ideologues construct arguments by arranging selective constellations of facts and half-truths to support preconceived conclusions. Scholars construct arguments by assaying and weighing facts to determine conclusions and approximate truth. Javier Corrales seems to have adopted the former approach in his January/February contribution to Foreign Policy, "Hugo Boss."
La escalada de cortes de los puentes internacionales entre Argentina y Uruguay, protagonizada por el movimiento ambientalista en reclamo por la instalación de dos grandes fábricas de celulosa, muestra los límites sociales del modelo neoliberal y ha hecho entrar en crisis la alianza regional entre gobiernos que fueron jaqueados por las protestas. Por qué las papeleras y la contaminación ambiental son apenas la parte más visible de un modelo que ya diseñó el destino del sur del continente.
The Guatemalan government wants U.S. helicopters, radar equipment and U.S. agents to help expand its anti-narcotic operations. Colombian president Alvaro Uribe expressed support for Guatemala’s request for "anti-drug" aid during a one-day visit. The two […]
Ecuador declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after soldiers opened fire on protesters who occupied and shut down one of the country’s largest oil pipelines. Local television showed pictures of troops firing their rifles […]
The office of SETA, El Salvador’s water workers union, sits like a mouse at the elephant’s feet. The union’s plain, two room office sits next door to the huge, block-long two story building which is the headquarters for El Salvador’s national water company, ANDA (National Water and Sewage Administration). Inside the SETA office, union reps equipped with an old computer and chairs with broken rollers are bracing for a fight against government attempts to privatize their industry. Representatives for SETA say losing the fight could mean the "extinction" of their union and limits on Salvadoran’s access to clean water.
Guatemala’s Supreme Court suspended a law that requires the government to make birth control available and allow sex education to be taught in schools. The court had acted at the request of Guatemalan President Oscar Berger, […]
Newly elected Bolivian President, Evo Morales, recently swore in the 16 ministers who will form his new government cabinet. For the first time in Bolivia’s 180-year history as an independent nation, the majority of those who now fill the highest governmental posts come from within indigenous and social movements.
I had read about the horrendous civil war that had ripped Guatemala apart and wanted to visit some of the places most affected by this violent past, talk to the victims and make some sense of what had happened. This is how I ended up in a remote community in the heart of the Ixcán jungle, near the border with Mexico.
Like NAFTA, the Mexico-European Union free trade agreement has failed to delivered promised "benefits" to Mexicans. "The Europeans frequently say that their agreement with Mexico focuses on the fields of democracy and human rights. But […]