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Thursday, 27 November 2014
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.

Cultivating Climate Justice: Brazilian Workers Leading the Charge Toward Zero Waste
Written by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Other Worlds   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:42

The recycling workers of Brazil have long been a powerful force in protecting their communities and the climate. Now they are on the forefront of a nation-wide movement for zero waste.

Blood for Gold: The Human Cost of Canada’s ‘Free Trade’ With Honduras
Written by Sandra Cuffe   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:53

The Canadian government has been on a roll promoting the interests of Canadian extractive industry corporations in Honduras in the five years since democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a June 2009 coup d’état. Development aid, embassy resources and foreign affairs programming have all helped set the stage for new legislation conducive to Canadian corporate interests, and a new bilateral free trade agreement provides protection for their investments.

Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Mining Abuses in Latin America
Written by Carey L. Biron   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:34

The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country’s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified in Washington D.C. last month before an international tribunal. Canada, which has one of the largest mining sectors in the world, is estimated to have some 1,500 projects in Latin America – more than 40 percent of the mining companies operating in the region.

Latin America: Gendering Peasant Movements, Gendering Food Sovereignty
Written by Deepa Panchang, Beverly Bell & Dr. Pamela Caro   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:36

A problem peasant women face is invisibility in the feminist and women’s movements. A second problem is the weakness with which the food sovereignty concept has dealt with the challenges of feminism.

Border Crisis: Obama Administration Complicates Refugee Status for Central Americans
Written by Emily Schwartz Greco   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 19:45

As recently as June, more than 10,000 children fleeing unchecked gang violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala made it here over the course of a month. Then, a major security crackdown in Mexico slowed the pace of their arrivals down to about 3,000 in August. However, the problems that caused the children to flee are far from solved.

Brazil’s Rousseff Re-elected Despite Anti-Workers’ Party Sentiment: What Now?
Written by Sabrina Fernandes   
Monday, 27 October 2014 12:59

The last polls before the second round of Brazilian elections indicated a victory for Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party (PT). This is the tightest presidential race for the Workers’ Party in 12 years and the reasons for this are varied.

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.

Legal Vacuum Fuels Conflicts Over Water in El Salvador
Written by Edgardo Ayala   
Monday, 17 November 2014 11:39

Rural communities and social organizations in El Salvador agree that the lack of specific laws is one of the main hurdles to resolving disputes over water in the country. “If the right to water was regulated in the constitution, we wouldn’t be caught up in this conflict,” said David Díaz, a representative of the Asociación de Desarrollo Comunal Bendición de Dios (Adescobd).


Mexico: Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead
Written by Charlotte María Sáenz   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:27

Vivos se los llevaron y vivos los queremos. “Alive, they were taken, and alive we want them back,” became the national and international public’s rallying cry for the 43 disappeared male student teachers attacked by municipal police and then handed over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang on September 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

Indigenous Women in Guatemala Demand End to State of Prevention
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:08

On October 24, the women of San Juan Sacatepéquez and their supporters marched through the streets of Guatemala City, Guatemala, denouncing the violation of human rights in their communities by the military, and calling on the federal government of President Otto Pérez Molina to end the state of prevention, which suspends constitutional rights in their communities. According to the women, the presence of police and soldiers in their communities amounts to an occupation, and residents are suffering from psychological and physical attacks at the hands of the military and police.

National Women's Meeting in Argentina: Thousands Marching for Their Rights
Written by Laura Beratti   
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:13

The 29th National Meeting of Women (ENM) in Argentina took place this October in the city of Salta. Thousands of women from across the country met there to discuss issues of visiblizing gender inequality, gender violence, rape culture, and women's rights violations. The history of the ENM dates back to 1986, when the first Meeting was held in Buenos Aires at a time when Argentina still did not have a divorce law and parental authority was held by the father only.

Joint Declaration from National Indigenous Congress and EZLN on Ayotzinapa and for Liberation of Yaqui leaders
Written by National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 09:31

“Because those of us below hurt with rage and rebellion, not with resignation and conformity.” —EZLN, October 19, 2014

We Want Them Alive: The Search for Mexico’s 43 Missing Students
Written by Andalusia Knoll   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:56

The massacre and subsequent disappearance of the Ayotzinapa students, known as “normalistas,” has sparked an international movement demanding that the 43 students be found alive. But it has also called into question the deep ties between drug cartels and Mexican politicians.


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