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Women up in Arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds Embrace a New Gender Politics

March 18, 2015 Charlotte Maria Sáenz 0

Resistance and strength manifest like weeds through cracks in Chiapas, Mexico and transnational Kurdistan where the respective Zapatista and Kurdish resistance movements are creating new gender relations as a primary part of their struggle and process for building a better world. In both places, women’s participation in the armed forces has been an entry-point for a new social construction of gender relations based on equity.

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China Stakes Its Claim in Latin America

March 16, 2015 Raúl Zibechi 0

“The United States is no longer our privileged partner. Now the privileged partner is China,” Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño stated at the close of the third summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Costa Rica on January 29.

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Latin America: People’s Tribunal Hopes Verdict on Mining Abuses Gains Traction

February 9, 2015 Leila Lemghalef 0

A recent case study on Canadian mining abuses in Latin America has woven one more thread of justice into the tapestry of international law. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) has found five Canadian mining companies and the Canadian government responsible for human rights violations in Latin America, including labor rights violations, environmental destruction, the denial of indigenous self-determination rights, criminalization of dissent and targeted assassinations.

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Dissecting the Drug War: New Book Charts Ways Global Capitalism Profits From “War on People”

January 2, 2015 Armando Carmona 0

In her newly released book Drug War Capitalism, journalist Dawn Paley demonstrates how the so-called war on drugs is really a war on people. To understand this ongoing war against people, Paley argues that we must recognize how capitalist expansion of new markets is linked to the reorganization (or destabilization) of a country’s security state and political economy.

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Peruvian Communities Reject COP 20 and Build the Movement of the People for El Buen Vivir

January 2, 2015 Lynda Sullivan 0

All eyes were on Peru as December began as this rising economic star hosted the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP 20 (20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties), the annual climate talks in which 195 states congregate to discuss our changing climate. The main mission in Lima was to advance in negotiations for a new climate treaty that is hoped to be agreed at the COP 21 next year in Paris. […]

Central America’s “Alliance for Prosperity” Plan: Shock Doctrine for the Child Refugee Crisis?

November 27, 2014 Dan Beeton, CEPR 0

On November 14, the presidents of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – the three countries that comprise Central America’s Northern Triangle – presented their “Alliance for Prosperity” plan at an event at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). Ostensibly a response to the root causes of migration that led to this summer’s child refugee “crisis,” the plan brings to mind various past cases of crises exploited for economic gain, as Naomi Klein detailed in her landmark book, The Shock Doctrine.

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