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Wednesday, 01 October 2014
National Day of Maize in Mexico: Protecting the Sacred Plant
Written by Adelita San Vincente Tello, translated and edited by Beverly Bell   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:57

Mexicans celebrated National Day of Maize on September 29, 2014, with demonstrations, marches, and expositions. Known as the Land of Maize, Mexico now imports one-third of this sacred icon and staple food, mostly from the US. A fierce battle is being waged over corn that is still grown in Mexico, with small farmers and seed sovereignty activists pitted against Monsanto and other GMO giants, the Mexican government, the US government, and the World Trade Organization.

 
Until the Rulers Obey: Learning from Latin America’s Social Movements
Written by Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:18

A wave of change rolled through Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century, sweeping away neoliberal two-party governments, bringing calls to re-found the states based on broad participation and democratically drafted constitutions.

 
Mexico: San Salvador Atenco Fights for Land, Resists Proposed Airport
Written by Jessica Davies   
Monday, 22 September 2014 21:32

For the people of Atenco, their whole identity, customs, traditions, history and existence are bound up with their land. The airport project to them means the destruction of their entire social fabric, their cultural history, collective identity and community life as indigenous people. They say “the project to us is death.”

 
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.

 
Sonora Spill adds to the Social and Environmental Consequences of Free-Market Mining in Mexico
Written by Darcy Tetreault   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 09:39

The massive spill of toxic mining residue that took place in August in Mexico's  northwestern state of Sonora has underscored the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, as well as the destructive consequences of free-market mining. It is a harbinger for what is in store for the country since Enrique Peña Nieto’s government extended neoliberal reforms to the oil and gas sector, allowing for private and foreign investment in all facets of exploration and production, with a green light for fracking.

 
Uruguay’s Legalization of Marijuana Makes Sense in a Senseless Drug War
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:15

Uruguay’s marijuana legalization law should be a wake up call to political leaders across the hemisphere stop applying the failed policies of the past, and instead address the structural changes that need to happen to end the drug war.

 
Peru Plans to Abolish Iconic Amazon Indigenous Reserve, NGO Claims
Written by David Hill   
Friday, 19 September 2014 16:31

Plans are afoot to abolish a reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples in Peru’s Amazon in order to exploit massive gas deposits and facilitate Christian evangelization, according to a report by Lima-based NGO Perú Equidad - Center for Public Policies and Human Rights. Established in 1990, what is now called the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti and Others’ Reserve (KNNOR), is officially intended to protect the lives and territories of indigenous peoples living in what Peruvian law calls “isolation” and “initial contact.”

 
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.”

 

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