An Argentine Bachillerato Popular at the Crossroads: The Encroachment of the State on the Demands of Social Organizations

The Bachillerato Popular and the Cooperative are part of Ñanderoga, the social organization located in Las Flores neighborhood, in the district of Vicente López, north of Greater Buenos Aires. Ñanderoga, established in 2004, sets out to organize around cultural, social, and educational activities in an impoverished neighborhood of a wealthy district — a reflection of the so-called paradoxes of a painfully unequal Argentina.

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Argentine Activists Win First Round Against Monsanto Plant

January 28, 2014 Fabiana Frayssinet 0

Residents of a town in Argentina have won the first victory in their fight against biotech giant Monsanto, but they are still at battle stations, aware that winning the war is still a long way off. For four months, activists in Malvinas Argentinas, a town in the central province of Cordoba, have maintained a blockade of the construction site where the U.S. transnational company is building the world’s biggest maize seed treatment plant.

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Land Conflicts in Argentina: From Resistance to Systemic Transformation

January 2, 2014 Zoe Brent 0

Following Argentina’s economic crisis in 2001, the country leaned heavily on mining and large-scale agribusiness (especially soy) to reinvigorate its ailing economy. The expansion of these industries requires the accumulation of new lands and the violent displacement of rural communities. Many farmers and indigenous communities don’t have titles to their lands, leaving them vulnerable to displacement or criminal charges for squatting.

 

 

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A Deal with the Devil? Argentina Reaches a Fracking Agreement with Chevron

August 13, 2013 Jorge Daniel Taillant 0

As new potential fracking investments appear on the horizon, so do community protests, mostly from indigenous groups fearing the same sort of environmental problems witnessed in other countries that ventured into non-conventional shale gas extraction. The Mapuche tribe of the Patagonia Region, where most of Argentina’s shale gas reserves lie at Vaca Muerta, are staunchly against fracking and insist that Argentina should uphold its commitments to ILO Convention 169, granting indigenous peoples the right of consultation before large investment projects move forward.

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Argentina: Millions Against Monsanto

Vanina Barboza Vaca from the Malvinas Assembly said that the town is a city “besieged” by fumigation, which has seen repeated spontaneous abortions, birth defects, cancer and respiratory diseases. “We know the evils of the model representing Monsanto. We also know that their promises are lies and so we refuse to allow them to install in our neighborhood 200 silos of transgenic seeds treated with agrotoxins,” warned Barboza Vaca.

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Argentina: Autonomy in Buenos Aires’ Villa 31

July 8, 2013 Raúl Zibechi 0

There are no prisons for autonomy. There are no situations that make it impossible. The experience of the Corriente Villera Independiente in Buenos Aires’ Villa 31 demonstrates that even in the most difficult of material conditions, even going against the current, autonomy can be placed at the center of collective community building.

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First Prisoners’ Trade Union Defends Rights in Argentina

June 11, 2013 Marcela Valente 0

The first prisoners’ union in Argentina, a country with a strong organized labor tradition, fights for the rights of inmates. “No one had never fought before for anything like this in here,” said 33-year-old inmate Gustavo Moreno, serving a 22-year sentence in the Complejo Penitenciario Federal in Buenos Aires. […]

Operation Condor on Trial in Argentina

March 7, 2013 Marcela Valente 0

Under Operation Condor, as the coordination between the military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay was known, opponents of the regimes were tracked down, kidnapped, tortured, transferred across borders and killed – including guerrilla fighters, political activists, trade unionists, students, priests, journalists or mothers demanding to know what had happened to their missing sons and daughters.

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Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance

“The root of the land conflicts lies in the dispute over the use and control of territorial space stemming from the imposition of one culture over another. On the one side is agribusiness, where land is a space to produce and do business. On the other side there is indigenous and peasant culture, where land is understood to be a place for life,” stated the Chaco Argentina Agroforestry Network (REDAF) in a recent report.

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