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Monday, 30 November 2015
A Peace Community in Colombia: “The resistance to the armed conflict forced us to think about self-sufficiency”
Written by Sophie Duval   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:07

The history of the Peace Community in San Jose de Apartado, Colombia illustrates the awareness for the need of food sovereignty that farmers have strengthened through the armed conflict. They progressively realized that independence from the armed actors also meant the independence of their food supply.

Argentina: Mauricio Macri's Dubious Dictatorship Ties
Written by Heather Gies   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:21

The election of Mauricio Macri in Argentina’s presidential race comes as a welcome victory to the country’s business elite and right-wing parties across Latin America, but the president-elect has some dubious ties that could signal a lasting legacy in the new head of state of darker times in Argentina.

Social Movement Leaders Cleared of False Femicide Charges in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 15:59

Last month, Rogelio Velásquez and Saúl Méndez, active members and leaders of the defense of territory in northern Huehuetenango, were acquitted of charges of femicide. Their community of Santa Cruz Barillas has been in resistance to the Santa Cruz hydroelectric project under construction by the Spanish firm Ecoener Hydro Energy. They argue that the dam will greatly affect their land and water. The case against Velásquez and Méndez reflect the use of laws, such as Guatemala’s 2008 Law on Femicide and Other Forms of Violence Against Women to criminalize the leaders of the social movements challenging the construction of mega-projects by transnational companies.

Brazil: Indigenous Resistance in Rio’s Metropolis of Mega Events
Written by Aldo Santiago   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 07:38

With the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics came the pretext for companies, in complicity with all three levels of government, to begin looking at the Aldea Marakaná with new eyes. Despite a growing number of violent evictions, home demolitions, sustained process of gentrification and extensive real estate speculation the Aldea Marakaná and its neighbors continue to be a symbol of resistance.

Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America: Looking Back at Half a Decade of Political Struggle
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:53

This month marks five years since the publication of the book Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America. The dance with dynamite between social movements and states in Latin America that the book followed in 2010 continues today, but in a transformed political landscape.

Polinizaciones: Cross-Pollinating Experiences in Communications and Culture in Defense of Mother Earth
Written by Polinizaciones Process   
Thursday, 29 October 2015 20:05

Polinizaciones started simply in 2007, as an initiative of an autonomous pollinator of the Beehive Collective to distribute Plan Colombia posters to communities engaged in land defense and directly impacted by the USA´s military intervention in the region as part of the “War on Drugs.” Since then, Polinizaciones has evolved and metamorphosed into a grassroots network of cultural workers and communicators that use Beehive Collective graphics, street theater, photo & video, murals, social cartography and other arts-based strategies in the promoting a culture of resistance.

Our Brand is Crisis Parody Site Shows How 2002 Bolivian Election Resulted a Year Later in 68 Deaths
Written by Various Authors   
Monday, 26 October 2015 14:32

US activists have launched a parody website,, as George Clooney’s new film, Our Brand is Crisis, opens throughout the US (Oct. 30). Modeled on the official website, the parody website tells the little-known story of the deadly consequences and grave injustice that resulted from the 2002 Bolivian elections covered in the film.

Guatemalan Indigenous Communities Resist Mega Cement Factory Despite Military Occupation
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:17

The residents of Santa Fe Ocaña, and the other Kaqchikel communities of San Juan Sacatepéquez have lived under a semi-permanent state of exception since September 2014. The order was reportedly lifted on October 31, but the police and military remained, forming permanent encampments in the towns of Pajoques and Santa Fe Ocaña.

The Many Brazils in the World-System
Written by Immanuel Wallerstein   
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:00

Brazil is a major world power – in terms of size, population, and influence. Yet in many ways it is a combination of so many different and contradictory faces that it is hard for anyone, including Brazilians themselves, to know how to define Brazil’s characteristics as a nation and as a force in the world-system.

“The Power to Defend Our Territory:” Indigenous Communities Win Consulation Law in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 21:58

The Ixil communities’ victory against the expansion of hydro in their territory comes after a campaign by the communities to protect their rights as indigenous peoples to prior consultation in Guatemala’s courts. Furthermore, this victory, as well as other victories, sets a precedent that companies must consult communities, and receive the community’s consensus prior to any project.

Time Stands Still for the Mothers of Mexico's Disappeared
Written by Nidia Bautista   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 08:58

The mothers of Mexico’s disappeared have become experts in their own right—many have searched for their children on their own and have become the fiercest activists and critics of government impunity and state violence in Mexico.They have become the leaders of grassroots organization against a criminal state responsible for the disappearances of their children and thousands of others.


The Receding Pink Tide: Evolution of State and Social Relations in Latin America
Written by George Ygarza and Matt Binetti   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 21:28

Movements in Latin America, rather than looking towards the state, are looking across, horizontally, at how a new society can be built from the ground. Movements from below are continuing to envision and create alternatives to the structural systems of exploitation, dispersing power in the process.

How the Politics of Extreme Energy Lead to the Criminalization of Social Protest in Argentina
Written by Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman   
Thursday, 29 October 2015 21:06

The trial of Mapuche woman Relmu Ñamku began a few days ago in Argentina. She could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for defending her territory against fossil fuel extraction activities. Her case highlights a trend: while fossil fuel corporations go to extremes in search of new fuel sources, political actions are also going to extremes to repress communities and organizations that oppose extractivism.

Comunalidad as the Axis of Oaxacan Thought in Mexico
Written by Jaime Martinez Luna   
Tuesday, 27 October 2015 10:45

The history of Oaxaca has been interwoven with principles and values that display its deeply rooted comunalidad. For the Oaxacan people across many centuries, this has meant integrating a process of cultural, economic, and political resistance of great importance. In Oaxaca, the vitality of comunalidad as it presents itself witnesses the integration of four basic elements: territory, governance, labor, and enjoyment (fiesta). The principles and values that articulate these elements are respect and reciprocity.

It's Time for Autonomy in Brazil
Written by Spensy Pimentel, translated by Addison Woolsey   
Sunday, 25 October 2015 07:58

The Workers Party (PT) has not proven its ability – and in many cases not even shown a desire – to respond to the demands of social movements and diverse groups. They have not made any clear effort to enact agrarian reform, protect indigenous lands or impose stricter norms on sectors such as agribusiness or the communication oligopoly. Yet once more, the orthodox core of the Workers Party is singing the same song: “Support us unconditionally, for we are the only alternative to the threat posed by the right.”

Thousands reject the extractivist logic at the World Bank-IMF meeting in Peru
Written by Michael S. Wilson   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:47

The annual governors’ meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank opened on October 5 in Peru’s capital city. In the meeting, an estimated 800 representatives from 188 countries were negotiating the shape of the world’s soon-to-be renovated finance infrastructure.


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