Upside Down World
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Three Months of Attacks on the Working Class in Brazil
Written by Sabrina Fernandes   
Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:45

One could say that the new Rousseff government began to deepen its right-wing, neoliberal turn with her choice of ministers. In the name of governability, Rousseff opted for raffling the already fragile working-class and social movement base of the Workers’ Party (PT) by nominating people such as agribusiness representative Kátia Abreu for the minister of agriculture, and Joaquim Levy, an economist who ensured that the private bank Bradesco had its most profitable year in 2014, as finance minister.

San José de Apartadó: Lessons from Colombia’s Peace Community
Written by Chris Courtheyn   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 08:04

On March 23rd, the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó celebrated its 18 year anniversary. This community of campesinos , located in the war-torn northwestern Urabá region of Colombia, refuses collaboration with any of country’s armed groups, including guerrilla, paramilitary, and State forces.

Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Monday, 13 April 2015 13:53

The world lost one of its great writers today. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died at age 74 in Montevideo. With the small mountain of books and articles he left behind, Galeano gives us a language of hope, a way feel to feel rage toward the world while also loving it, a way to understand the past while carving out a better possible future.

Guatemala: How a Pseudo-Military Project Was Created to Protect the Escobal Mine
Written by Luis Solano, Translation by NISGUA   
Thursday, 09 April 2015 07:12

One of the most dramatic events took place on April 27, 2013, when private security guards from the company Alfa Uno – associated with the Israeli company Golan Group - acted on orders of the then-head of security Alberto Rotondo Dall'Orso and indiscriminately shot at community members who were peacefully protesting in front of mining facilities in San Rafael Las Flores. Seven community members were injured.

The “Other” Politics of Ayotzinapa
Written by Charlotte Maria Sáenz   
Monday, 06 April 2015 15:44

How a popular movement arisen from the massacre of 46 student-teachers in Mexico demonstrates a horizontal politics of shared leadership.

Latin America and Spain's Podemos: Between Hegemony and Multitude
Written by Bruno Cava, Translated by Devin Beaulieu   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 14:25

Iñigo Erregón, Spanish intellectual of the new party Podemos, took Laclau as reference in his thesis of 650 pages that deals with the arrival to power of Evo Morales and the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia.

“Sovereignty in My Country and in My Body”: The Fight for Women’s Reproductive Rights in Latin America
Written by April Howard   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:42

Women in Latin America are fighting on both sides of the law to save lives. In Latin American countries where abortion is illegal or inaccessible, thousands of women die each year from forced life-threatening pregnancies, unsafe abortions and suicide due to pregnancy.

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.

Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism
Written by Fabiana Frayssinet   
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:38

Rural organizations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas.

Nueva Trinidad: 3rd Municipality in El Salvador to Declare Itself a “Mining Free Territory”
Written by Juan Carlos Jimenez   
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 07:41

In a process of grassroots democracy and popular community engagement, Nueva Trinidad joined its neighboring towns of San Jose Las Flores and San Isidro Labrador in rejecting the presence of mining exploration and exploitation in their territories.

“We Are Defending Life:” The Criminalization of Environmental and Indigenous Rights Activists in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:45

The community of Santa Cruz Barillas is protesting the construction of dams in their territory, including the Santa Cruz hydroelectric project owned by the Spanish firm Ecoener Hydro Energy, as part of the regional energy integration project called for in Plan Mesoamerica. The project has been plagued by human rights violations, including the failure of the Guatemalan government and companies to consult the indigenous communities prior to construction. The community fought back, and has paid dearly for their resistance to the projects within their territory.

Argentina: Punishing to Let the Oil Flow
Written by Observatorio Petrolero Sur   
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 10:16

On April 13th a provincial court of Neuquén, in the Argentine Patagonia, will determine the charges for which traditional authorities of the Mapuche people who defended their territory against the exploitation of hydrocarbons will be brought to trial.

Deforestation in the Amazon Aggravates Brazil’s Energy Crisis
Written by Mario Osava   
Monday, 06 April 2015 15:25

In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:17

Following defeats for Evo Morales’ MAS party in Bolivian regional elections, new checks and balances to MAS power from a variety of political positions may continue to open up spaces of dissent, debate and contestation that will deepen Bolivia’s wider process of change, a process that the MAS doesn’t, nor did it ever, completely control.

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

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