Upside Down World
Friday, 19 December 2014
Climate Justice: Uniting Struggles Across Latin America
Written by Cory Fischer-Hoffman   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:02

The demand for climate justice has created a broad umbrella, a true movement of movements, in which those on the front-lines of the climate crisis are connecting their struggles, sharing strategies,  naming their common enemies, and building solutions from the bottom-up.

Beyond Ayotzinapa: How U.S. Intervention in Colombia Paved the Way for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis
Written by Julia Duranti and Maggie Ervin   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:57

Memorial to disappeared studentsWhile the Mexican government has scrambled to present the Ayotzinapa student massacre as a case of low-level corruption that can be solved by shuffling police units and criminalizing the protests that brought international scrutiny, a new report emerged claiming that federal police also participated in the torture and disappearance of the students. U.S. intervention in Colombia shows why the state violence evident in Ayotzinapa is anything but an isolated incident.

An Open Letter from Boaventura de Sousa Santos to Ecuadorian President Correa on Kicking the CONAIE Indigenous Movement Out of its Headquarters
Written by Boaventura de Sousa Santos   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:50

The government of President Rafael Correa in Ecuador has called for the CONAIE indigenous movement to leave its headquarters in Quito. CONAIE leader Jorge Herrera says this is a political move on the part of the government to repress the indigenous movement and marginalize critics. Here is an open letter to Correa from Boaventura de Sousa Santos on the topic.

Developmentalism and Social Movements in Bolivia
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 14:14

If economic growth is sustained and there are ambitious strategic plans in place, the two weaknesses of the current process of change are in the environment and the autonomy of social movements.

Eduardo Galeano on Ayotzinapa: I Read and I Share
Written by Eduardo Galeano, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Sunday, 07 December 2014 18:38

The orphans of the Ayotzinapa tragedy are not alone in their determined search for their lost loved ones in the chaos of burning garbage dumps and ditches filled with human remains.

Mexico: In the Land of Zapata, a Community Fights Natural Gas Development
Written by Martha Pskowski and Octavio Morales   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:04

General Emiliano Zapata would roll over in his grave. The Morelos Integral Project, or PIM for its initials in Spanish, is a 160-kilometer natural gas pipeline and two thermo-electric plants in the heart of Mexico’s fertile central valleys, and in the shadow of an active volcano, Popocatépetl.

Central America’s “Alliance for Prosperity” Plan: Shock Doctrine for the Child Refugee Crisis?
Written by Dan Beeton, CEPR   
Thursday, 27 November 2014 13:31

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.

Drilling the Caribbean: Indigenous Communities Speak Out Against Oil and Gas Exploration in Honduras
Written by Sandra Cuffe   
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:42

Miskitu and Garifuna community leaders are speaking out to defend their territories from oil and gas activity in Honduras. In contrast to Belize and Costa Rica, where environmental NGOs, scientists, and others formed powerful national alliances to fight oil exploration, in Honduras, Indigenous opposition is as of yet largely unheard and unsupported.

Argentina: Mining Corporations vs. Democracy
Written by Ezequiel Adamovsky   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:08

The past November 26th the people of the Argentinean province of Chubut, in Patagonia, were witnesses to yet another example of the limits of democracy when it comes to affecting the interests of transnational corporations.

CONAIE Indigenous Organization Evicted from Headquarters by Ecuadorian Government
Written by Marc Becker   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 09:46

The Ecuadorian government has announced that it is giving the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) two weeks to abandon the headquarters it has held for almost a quarter of a center. The CONAIE leadership says that they will refuse to leave.

Indigenous Guatemalans Create Political Platform for 2015 Elections
Written by Christin Sandberg   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:16

On November 26, members of Guatemalan Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna and Xinca communities met to make a historic decision to ally with the Convergence for a Democratic Revolution party to run senatorial candidates in the the 2015 presidential election. This meeting was a grassroots and participatory assembly aiming at consolidating a platform for the participation of indigenous peoples.

“Indigenous Peoples Are the Owners of the Land” Say Activists at COP20 in Peru
Written by Milagros Salazar   
Sunday, 07 December 2014 20:46

The clamor of indigenous peoples for recognition of their ancestral lands resounded among the delegates of 195 countries at the climate summit taking place in the Peruvian capital. “I want my land…that’s where I live and eat, and it’s where my saintly grandparents lie,” Diana Ríos shouted with rage.

Community Democracy Confronts Mining in El Salvador
Written by Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra Becerra   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:56

“All of us, [even] our animals—we don’t want mining!” said the elderly María Isabel as she left the voting center on November 23. By a staggering vote of 235 to 2, she and fellow residents of San Isidro Labrador municipality, located in the northern Salvadoran department of Chalatenango, voted to ban mining in their territory.


Ecuador: The Breach Dividing Intag
Written by Pablo Kamchatka, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Saturday, 29 November 2014 11:46

The road to Junín, one of Íntag’s 76 communities, crosses rivers and tree-lined farms. The population here has opposed mining for 20 years. They managed to force two multinationals, Japan’s Bishi Metals in the ‘90s, and Canada’s Ascendant Copper in the first decade of the 2000s, to leave the zone. Today, however, Íntag is divided.

A Silence That Speaks: Ayotzinapa and the Politics of Listening
Written by Armando Carmona   
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:30

The disappearance of 43 students from a rural school in Ayotzinapa, Mexico dedicated to training teachers that are mostly from indigenous communities has sparked outrage and solidarity throughout Mexico and the world.

Book Review: Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation or Co-option?
Written by Andrew Self   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 11:05

The book Social Movements And Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation and Cooption is a welcome addition to the burgeoning area of literature on left-wing governments and their relationship with social movements, whether as the title suggests it is confrontation, co-option, or simply the outside influence of these disparate groups.


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