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Thursday, 26 May 2016
A War by Other Means: Attacks on Free Speech Threaten Social and Indigenous Movements in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Monday, 16 May 2016 15:30

Guatemala's war and counter-insurgency have continued through other means. Today social and indigenous movements face free speech and legal challenges that threaten to tear them apart by dismantling leadership and organizational structures, and sending movement bases into disarray.

 
Landless Workers' Movement on the True Origins of Brazil's Political Crisis
Written by MST   
Monday, 16 May 2016 11:37
Brazil’s Landless Workers' Movement, MST, takes a profound look at Brazil's political crisis, how it affects the working class, and how they must respond.
 
“Water is Life”: Guatemalan March for Water Rights Connects Struggles Across Latin America
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 29 April 2016 10:59

“Water is life” is the message that countless organizations across Guatemala have rallied around as thousands march more than 260 miles to demand that the Guatemalan government act, and protect right to water. Tens of thousands of protesters set out on the long, and grueling march to Guatemala City on April 11 to demand that the government protect their right to water, and for an end to the privatization of water resources.

 
Berta Cáceres Lives On, and So Does Violence by Honduran Government and Dam Company
Written by Beverly Bell   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:41

Fifteen hundred people from at least 22 countries convened in Honduras from April 13-15, 2016 for the "Peoples of ¡Berta Vive!" International Gathering. They came to honor slain global movement leader Berta Cáceres and to commit themselves to keeping her legacy alive.

 
Guatemalan Campesino Organizations Mobilize to Demand Agrarian Reform, Energy Nationalization
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 08 April 2016 19:12

On February 10, 2015, thousands of indigenous campesinos from across Guatemala associated with the Committee for Campesino Development (CODECA) took to the streets of Guatemala City in the first large march of the administration of Jimmy Morales. The campesinos were continuing a decade-long struggle to demand that the Guatemalan government nationalize the electrical system.

 
The Dammed of the Earth: The Deadly Impact of Mega Hydroelectric Projects in Latin America
Written by Sian Cowman and Philippa de Boissière   
Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:27

Early in the morning of March 3, Berta Cáceres was assassinated as she slept. Berta is not alone, nor is her story unique to Honduras. Across the Global South, mega hydroelectric projects are expanding — driven by governments and multinationals as a source of cheap energy, they also displace communities, destroy the local social fabric and spiritual ties to land, lead to privatization of land and water, and generate food insecurity.

 
More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico - A Book Review
Written by Jen Wilton   
Monday, 28 March 2016 20:22

More or Less Dead, author Alice Driver’s first book, is a critical and timely look at the ethics of portraying violence against women in the media. The book’s title refers to the ways that disappearances leave families in limbo, robbing the victim of even having the right to death. Although Driver focuses on the issue in the context of Mexico, the ideas and conclusions she comes to are equally applicable to other cultures and geographies.

 
Honduras: Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination
Written by Beverly Bell   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 08:52

The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner. Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend, Berta Cáceres. Both the Mexican Ambassador, Dolores Jiménez, and Castro himself are worried that he will be charged by the government for the killing, they told the National Commission of Human Rights of Honduras on March 16.

 

 
Rural Paraguayans Fight for Land Amid Corruption, Poverty and Violence
Written by Toby Hill   
Monday, 16 May 2016 12:08

The closing down of a community-run radio in eastern rural Paraguay is the last example of repression in a country where 1,6% of  its population controls 80% of its agricultural land.

 
Peru: In Defense of Land, Culture and the Female Body - Interview with Lourdes Huanca
Written by George Ygarza   
Sunday, 08 May 2016 11:20

Lourdes Huanca Atencio is president of the National Federation of female peasants, Artisans, Indigenous, Natives and Salaried workers of Peru or FENMUCARINAP. The organization was founded in 2006 with the purpose of defending and fighting for the rights of women in Peru.

 
Deepening Police Violence in Mexico: “Ley Eruviel,” Megaprojects and Organized Resistance
Written by Ryan A. Knight   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 21:27

The authorities of the state of Mexico have grown impatient, or perhaps even fearful.  Faced with the well-organized and constantly growing resistance to countless megaprojects in the state of Mexico—projects driven by the ruthless pursuit of capital accumulation—political authorities have sought justification and legal protection to violently repress the resistance and see these projects through.

 
Nestora Salgado: A Triumph of Cross-Border Organizing for Justice in Mexico
Written by Nidia Bautista   
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 19:00

Two and a half years after she was thrown into a Mexican federal penal facility, arrested without a warrant and charged with kidnapping, indigenous community police leader Nestora Salgado was freed from Tepepan Women’s Social Rehabilitation Center in Mexico City mid-March.

 
Brazil: Building New Worlds in the Favelas
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Friday, 08 April 2016 18:54

The debate is part of all new movements in Latin America: how much energy should be spent building something unique and how much should go to dealing with state institutions. There are two sides to the debate on public policies (participation in the management of public institutions at the local level): fear of being co-opted by the State and fear of isolation. It is the need to choose between creating popular community or governing without power.

 
Does Brazil's Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law Threaten Public Protest? Two Opinions
Written by Paulo Pimenta and Aloysio Nunes Ferreira. Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 12:22

As the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro quickly approach, Brazil continues to debate the introduction of a new counterterrorism law. Despite strong criticism from Human Rights Watch that the bill is “overbroad and vague”, the bill has passed in both the Brazilian Senate and, as of February 24, the House of Representatives. As the bill makes its way to President Rousseff’s desk, we consider the arguments of two politicians.

 
Interview with Berta Cáceres: “To Fight Against Repression in Honduras is to Fight for our Whole Continent”
Written by Beverly Bell and Berta Cáceres   
Friday, 25 March 2016 15:05

The coup in Honduras hasn’t just been against Honduras. It's been against all emancipatory processes. It's been a clear, threatening message to the progressive and leftist governments in our continent. It's a message that the ultra-right and the imperialists aren't going to stop. They want to reclaim power, and they know very well that they need our resources. - Berta Cáceres

 
Mexico: The Struggle of Traditional Pulque Against European Beer and Colonization
Written by Tamara Pearson   
Monday, 21 March 2016 10:28

Pulque, once the most consumed alcoholic drink in Mexico, is fighting to regain broad appeal following decades of being out-marketed by the European beer industry. But the current struggle goes much further than the drink. It is also an attempt to preserve an indigenous tradition that dates back thousands of years.

 
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