Upside Down World
Thursday, 18 September 2014
World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute
Written by Carey L. Biron   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:40

A multilateral arbitration panel in Washington, DC began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador.

Film Review: ‘Revolutionary Medicine - A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital’
Written by Jim Sugiyama   
Saturday, 13 September 2014 11:08

Rudolf Virchow, a German doctor and one of the founders of social medicine, once stated, “Medicine is politics writ large.” In telling the story of the first Garifuna hospital, Revolutionary Medicine renders this wisdom both tangible and feasible. It should be required viewing for all medical students around the world. And for the rest of us, amongst the increasingly marginalized 99 percent, Revolutionary Medicine should rekindle the oft-forlorn hope of a better, fairer world, in the purest vision of Marx.

The Other Side of Human Rights in Argentina
Written by Silvana Melo, Translation by Nick MacWilliam   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 11:45

The raid took place so quickly and brutally that they didn’t have time to gather their clothes, their tools, their plates and cups, in some cases, not even their IDs. Shanty houses were demolished. Their possessions were destroyed. They are perpetual victims of a State which sends them onto the streets, denies them decent housing - or housing at all - runs them off the land without their belongings so they end up under the bridges.

The Return of Social Conflict in Paraguay: Toward a New Articulation of Struggles
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:39

Two years after the fall of the Fernando Lugo government and one year after the rise of Horacio Cartes of the Colorado party, social movements show signs of rebuilding, with remarkable leadership of the campesino movement facing agribusiness and repression.

The World Bank And Inter-American Development Bank's Chixoy Dam Project: Still Killing Mayan Guatemalans 32 Years Later
Written by Grahame Russell   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:50

Francisca was an eye-witness to and survivor of the Chixoy Dam/ Rio Negro massacres, while Brenda was a child of survivors. The Guatemalan military massacred over 440 villagers from the Mayan Achi village of Rio Negro in 1982. Thirty-two years later, two more Mayan Achi women from Rio Negro were brutally killed, caused indirectly, but in effect by the violently imposed Chixoy hydro-electric dam project.

Queering the Metro in Mexico City
Written by Josh Mentanko, Photos by Clayton Conn   
Friday, 29 August 2014 13:06

When Mexico City's Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC) closed certain metro cars in February 2011 in order to prevent gay men from using them for sex, the public conversation about the ban highlighted how the metro is more than just a transportation artery ... The appropriation of certain metro cars as meeting and hookup sites for gay men exemplifies the clash between the STC and its users, and the closure of these cars illuminates the complex relationship between the political class that controls the city and the LGBTQ community.

Ghosts of Olavarría: Human Rights Trial in Argentina Seeks Justice for Victims of Military Dictatorship
Written by Nick MacWilliam   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:23

On September 22, a court will begin listening to evidence against a number of ex-military officials charged with crimes against humanity, including kidnapping, torture and murder, committed at the Monte Peloni detention center in Olavarría, Argentina. The officials on trial are: the local commander, Ignacio Verdura; Chief of Intelligence, Walter Grosse; Officer Horacio Leites; and Sub-Officer Omar Ferreyra.

Georgia Police Chief Severely Restricts Annual SOA Protest: Social Organizations and US Reps Respond
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra and SOA Watch   
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:20

The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2000, is an enduring propagator of the National Security Doctrine and militarization in Latin America. The training and accompanying political support of repressive security forces throughout the world has contributed to the alarming militarization of the domestic U.S. police force.

Mayan Q’eqchí Communities Violently Evicted in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Monday, 15 September 2014 21:52

“The government has declared us terrorists, but we’re not the terrorists,” said Telma Cabrera, a Committee for Campesino Development representative. “When they (the government) responds to the demands of the people, they respond with violence. And what peace is there when the government responds with violence?”

Mayan People’s Movement Defeats Monsanto Law in Guatemala
Written by Christin Sandberg   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:23

On September 4th, after ten days of widespread street protests against the biotech giant Monsanto’s expansion into Guatemalan territory, groups of indigenous people joined by social movements, trade unions and farmer and women’s organizations won a victory when congress finally repealed the legislation that had been approved in June.

The Conservative Restoration in Latin America
Written by Emir Sader   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 10:52

Since the smooth, level path of military coups, in the style of past decades, is no longer possible, the Right turns to the electoral process, with great publicity apparatus, taking advantage as well of the private communications media as their essential weapon.

Indigenous Anarchist Critique of Bolivia's 'Indigenous State': Interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
Written by Bill Weinberg   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:43

"I would say that the strength of Bolivia is not the state but the people. And the people have been strong and stubborn enough to be what they are, and to put their own desires as the terms and conditions of what is going to be the change. And that is what saves this process of Evo." - Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Brazil: Napalm in the Ribeira Valley
Written by Anne Vigna, Luciano Onça, and Natalia Viana, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:41

“These bomb fragments confirm what has always been said, that there was a bombardment in an area this close to São Paulo, they bombarded indiscriminately, including against the local population,” says Ivan Seixas, coordinator of the State Truth Commission of the São Paulo Legislative Assembly.  “For those of us recovering the truth, it’s very important to tell this story, as raw as it may be.”

Venezuela: Maduro in Chávez’s Shoes
Written by Franco Vielma, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 19:43

A politically refined reading on the presidency of Nicolás Maduro starting with a recognition of the morass of circumstances he has had to face as the country’s leader. Without a doubt, the legacy of Maduro’s recent but extremely turbulent presidency is based on constructing a leadership with its own characteristics: its own attributes, its own styles, its own errors, its own incongruities, in a context of structures, as well as new circumstances.

Despite Current Debate, Police Militarization Goes Beyond U.S. Borders
Written by Carey L. Biron   
Monday, 25 August 2014 18:45

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality. Despite this unusual bipartisan agreement in Washington over the dangers of a militarized police force, there appears to be no extension of this concern to rising U.S. support for militarized law enforcement in other countries.

Voices From the Field: Puebla’s Campesinos Resisting the Theft of Their Land
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:13

The campesinos of the Texmelucan valley in Puebla, Mexico, depend on the land for their livelihood. Their cultures and identities spring from these rich volcanic soils in the foothills of mount Popcatepetl and mount Izatacihutl. Yet, this all could be lost with the construction of a new highway that threatens to forcibly displace them from their land.

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