Inspired by the Jungle: The Zapatistas and the Rise of an Indigenous City

February 28, 2013 Umar Farooq 0

San Cristobal has changed more in the last two decades than in its entire five hundred year history.  A once small town that barred indigenous peoples from staying overnight has been transformed into a city that is half indigenous.  Tzotzil and Tzetzal-speaking Mayans from the rural highlands of Chiapas today constitute a powerful political and economic force that demands the attention of political parties, even some that have long ignored them.


Colombia: Communities of Huila Continue to Defend Mother Earth from Mega-development Projects

February 28, 2013 Polinizaciones 0

Throughout Huila, the resistance has not only manifested from the communities affected by the Quimbo Hydroelectric Dam, but also from the communities in Gigante and Garzón affected by petroleum company Emerald Energy, as well as communities in southern and central Huila resisting the Master Advantage Plan of the Magdalena River which would hand over the country’s largest and most important river in concession to the state-owned company HydroChina.


Rio de Janeiro: From the City of Wonder to the City of Business

February 27, 2013 Raúl Zibechi 0

The City of Wonder has become “the place with the highest concentration of public and private investment in the world,” thanks to the big events of this decade: the Rio +20 conference held in 2012, the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, in addition to the Military World Games in 2011 and the 2013 Confederations Cup.


Haitian Senate Calls for Halt to Mining Activities

February 26, 2013 Jane Regan 0

Outraged that they have not been consulted, this week Haitian senators called for a moratorium on all activities connected with recently granted gold and copper mining permits. In a resolution approved by 15 of 16 senators present, the lawmakers also demanded the establishment of a commission to review all of the current mining contracts and “a national debate on the country’s mineral resources.”


1 2 3 6