Upside Down World
 
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Salvadoran Maquila Plants Use Gang Members to Break Unions
Written by Edgardo Ayala   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:43

Textile companies that make clothing for transnational brands in El Salvador are accused of forging alliances with gang members to make death threats against workers and break up their unions. Forced labor is also widespread in the maquilas, where the women have to work 12 hours a day to meet the high production targets set for them.

 
An Interview with Uruguay's José Mujica: From Armed Struggle to the Presidency
Written by Carlos Gabetta   
Monday, 23 March 2015 20:18

“It’s worth fighting for people to have a bit more food, a better roof over their heads, better health, better education, and be able to spend their days on this earth the best they can.” - José Mujica

 
Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:35

Bolivia’s road toward decolonization is a rocky and contested one. But, as Bolivia's Vice Minister of Decolonization Félix Cárdenas argues below, in a bleak world full of capitalist tyrants, bloody wars and racist exploitation, the country’s Process of Change under President Evo Morales continues to shine as an alternative to the dominant global order.

 
China Stakes Its Claim in Latin America
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:37

“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.

 
Brazil: The Dictatorship’s Perfect Crime
Written by Marcelo Pellegrini, Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 09:37

In São Paulo, bones in a clandestine grave from a cemetery deteriorate while awaiting identification. Among the unidentified skeletons are disappeared political activists, victims of the infamous Death Squad of rogue police active in the 1960s and 1970s, and children who died in a 1970's São Paulo epidemic of meningitis, which the dictatorship tried to cover up.

 
Honduras: Indigenous Communities Resist Dams in the Face of Threats and Violence
Written by Brigitte Gynther   
Sunday, 08 March 2015 19:50

With the Canjel Dam already under construction, one must wonder, why the threats against Berta Caceres and COPINH? The reality is that much more is at stake than just the small Canjel Dam. In fact, there are so many dam projects planned for the area it seems as if every river the Lenca people have carefully stewarded for generations will soon be dammed.

 
Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement Blames Federal Institutions for Recent Killing of Land Squatters
Written by Armando Carmona   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:30

A family of six squatting land in northern Brazil was killed on the morning hours of February 17th. This land conflict is emblematic of the larger struggles over land that Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) has been involved in for decades.

 
Rousseff’s Brazil: No Country for the Landless Workers' Movement
Written by Fabiola Ortiz   
Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:55

In Brazil, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land ownership in the world, some 200,000 peasant farmers still have no plot of their own to farm – a problem that the first administration of President Dilma Rousseff did little to resolve.

 
Two Years of the Autodefensas Movement in Michoacán, Mexico: Persecution and Politics
Written by Valentina Valle Baroz, Translated by April Howard   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:48

Two years ago, citizens  of the Mexican state of Michoacán, rose up in armed resistance against the Knights Templar cartel. Sick of the violence, the abuses and the indifference and complicity with which the authorities were treating the narcotraffickers, the citizens decided to solve the problems that none of the three levels of government: municipal, state and federal, had dared to confront up to that date. The Self-Defenses of Michoacán had been born. Two years later, the future of Michoacán and the Autodefensas [Self-Defenses] Movement remains in question.

 
Women up in Arms: Zapatistas and Rojava Kurds Embrace a New Gender Politics
Written by Charlotte Maria Sáenz   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:52

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.

 
“They Use Bullets Because They Don’t Like the Truth:” New Violence Against Journalists and Community Radio in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbot   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:38

Community radio is the heart of rural communities across Guatemala and Latin America. These radios stations are spaces for the transmission of not just news, but spaces for sharing the voice of the people in their own languages, and sharing their culture. Yet community radio stations have increasingly come under assault, especially in communities that are in resistance to mega-projects in their territory.

 
Education as a Commodity: Chile Seeks to Break with a Dictator’s Legacy
Written by Emily Achtenberg   
Monday, 16 March 2015 11:30

In late January, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed into law the most significant educational reform the country has seen in 30 years. Enacted after an eight-month legislative battle, the new law will gradually ban profits, tuition fees and selective admissions practices in privately owned primary and secondary schools that receive state subsidies.

 
Latin America’s Safe Abortion Hotlines: Women Take Reproductive Rights Into Their Own Hands
Written by April Howard   
Monday, 09 March 2015 10:04

Abortion is illegal or prohibitively restricted in most of Latin America. While even pro-woman governments and politicians in Latin America struggle against strong opposition to legalizing abortion, women and activists across the continent are safely taking access to chemical abortion out of the clinic and into their own hands.

 
Escaping Economic Orthodoxy in Latin America
Written by Dan Beeton   
Friday, 06 March 2015 06:55

An interview with Ha-Joon Chang on the region’s alternatives to the Washington Consensus. “I think on the whole the departure has been a success,” said Chang.

 
Over Half the Experts in Argentine GMO Regulatory Body Have Conflicts of Interest with Industry
Written by Darío Aranda   
Monday, 02 March 2015 20:18

People with links to Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow evaluate the safety of the GMOs submitted for approval by these same companies. In 2013, 24.4 million hectares of GM crops were grown in Argentina – mostly soy, maize and cotton.

 
Necessary Steps in the Normalization of Relations with Cuba
Written by Marc Becker   
Monday, 23 February 2015 21:15

Cubans insist that the December 17, 2014 announcement of United States president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro to re-establish diplomatic ties was only the first step toward a full normalization of relations between the two countries. After more than fifty years, at least three steps remain to be taken before interactions achieve the level that they should have.

 

"If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn't we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?" -Eduardo Galeano

En Español
Disputa por el agua adquiere múltiples formas en México

 
La soja coloca a la agricultura argentina ante varios dilemas

 
México: Las Autodefensas de Michoacán dos años después

 

 
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