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Saturday, 10 October 2015
Interconnection Without Integration in South America: 15 Years of IIRSA
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:42

The biggest problem facing a project like the Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America (IIRSA) is that major investments in infrastructure without strategic definitions can lead to carrying out projects for the sake of carrying them out. This only benefits big business and the large central states of the region, not small countries or communities.

Ayotzinapa, Paradigm of the War on Drugs in Mexico: New Afterword to Drug War Capitalism
Written by Dawn Paley   
Monday, 05 October 2015 08:33

The impact of the forced disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa normal school cannot be underestimated. It sparked the largest crisis of legitimacy the Mexican government has faced since the war on drugs began in December 2006.

Mexico and the Memory of Ayotzinapa: Whose problem is it?
Written by Lawrence Maxwell   
Thursday, 01 October 2015 06:51

"Your human rights stops with us,” we were told.  That is the essence of a State that is beyond the rule of law.  The entire country is being held hostage by a diverse group of tie-wearing and non-tie-wearing gangsters, with weapons and a lot of political influence.

Guatemalan Court Orders Palm Company to Suspend Operations
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:35

Alto PalmaA Guatemalan judge has ordered the oil palm company Reforestadora Palma de Petén S.A. (REPSA), to suspend operations at their Sayaxché palm plantation, pending an investigation into the environmental disaster in the Pasión River, which led to the death of millions of fish in May and June of 2015. Sayaxché community leader Roberto Lima Choc was assassinated the day after the judicial order.

“Our research work is socially relevant:” An Interview on NGOs in Bolivia with CEDIB’s Marco A. Gandarillas
Written by Carmelo Ruiz   
Monday, 21 September 2015 14:56

"Our research work is socially relevant from any viewpoint. So far this year, CEDIB, CEDLA, Milenio, and Tierra probably also, have been mentioned as reliable sources in studies in and out of the country. We present the country’s economic, political and environmental situation in a nuanced way, things the government does not want to show or debate." - Marco Antonio Gandarillas, executive director of CEDIB.

USAID and the Criminalization of Social Movements in Paraguay
Written by Armando Carmona   
Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:09

In Paraguay, the #somosobservadores campaign is moving forward with its campaign to bring attention to the victims of the Curuguaty massacre, a violent attack on farmworkers by special operations police forces that occurred three years ago in June of 2012.

Brazil-US Accords: Back to the Backyard?
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 09:00

“Today we inaugurate a new phase in bilateral relations concerning defense. With the two operative agreements, we lay out a positive agenda of advances in military and technological cooperation between the two countries,” Brazilian Defense Minister Jaques Wagner stated, after a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at the Pentagon.

Celebrations Follow Resignation of Guatemalan President, But Activists Say Struggle is Not Over
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:35

After nearly 21 consecutive weeks of protests, the administration of Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has finally unraveled. At 1am in the morning on September 3, the President’s spokesman, Jorge Ortega made the announcement that the embattled President had officially resigned.

Defending Afro-Indigenous Land: Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras Wins Food Sovereignty Prize
Written by Beverly Bell   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 19:37

"Without our lands, we cease to be a people. Our lands and identities are critical to our lives, our waters, our forests, our culture, our global commons, our territories. For us, the struggle for our territories and our commons and our natural resources is of primary importance to preserve ourselves as a people." - Miriam Miranda, coordinator of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras

After Mexico’s Tlatelolco Massacre: Coping with Political Tragedy
Written by Ramor Ryan   
Friday, 02 October 2015 07:21

On the night of October 2, 1968, 10 days before the Olympics in Mexico, Mexican security forces opened fire on a student demonstration in Tlatelolco plaza, killing and wounding hundreds of protesters. In a state of complete impunity, nobody from the ruling administration or the military was ever held accountable. Paco Taibo’s brilliant novel Calling All Heroes is placed in the aftermath of the massacre and is about coping with political tragedy.

Zapatistas: Truth and Justice Will Never, Ever, Come from Above
Written by Zapatistas   
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:36

It is once again made clear that truth and justice will never, ever come from above. From above the only thing we can expect is pretense, deceit, impunity, and cynicism.

One Year Since the Crime of Ayotzinapa: On Government Lies, Human Bonfires and the Search for Truth
Written by Laura Carlsen   
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:07

“Tell us the truth about what you find, even though it hurts, make sure it’s the truth.” -Families of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa to the Group of Experts

Guatemala Votes for New President as Political Crisis Expands Further
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 17 September 2015 21:11

The movement against corruption has called for a new round of demonstrations following the elections. For them there is an understanding that the resignation of Otto Pérez Molina was only the beginning of a larger movement.

Guatemala in Limbo: Sacrificing the Government to Protect Major Criminals
Written by Ollantay Itzamná   
Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:50

Now that the corrupt criminal ringleaders have already been identified and arrested or imprisoned, will the anti-corruption heroes reveal the names of the fraudster corporate leaders who head and make up the corrupt criminal network?

What's Behind the Bolivian Government's Attack on NGOs?
Written by Emily Achtenberg   
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 21:38

As the NGOs and their defenders have noted, far from advancing an imperialist agenda and undermining national sovereignty, these organizations have consistently championed the interests of Bolivia’s most disadvantaged sectors and challenged government policies that privilege foreign entities.

Brazilian Government Evicts Communities that Best Preserve the Rainforest
Written by Carolina Motoki, translated by Holly Holmes   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:08

iriri-sm-dovalA burned house, confiscated work implements, prohibited from commercial ventures and from farming. Treated as a threat to preservation, the ribeirinhos [river-dwellers] of the Iriri River in Pará state, suffer from pressure to abandon the steep riverbanks, which are much more than just places to live, but are the places that keep them alive. Sociologist Maurício Torres reveals the contradictions in the Ministry of Environment's position on conservation units: “They are permissive regarding the Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant, but when a river-dweller in a canoe comes along, 'Good lord, get this monster out of here, or he'll destroy the Amazon.'"

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