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Tuesday, 28 July 2015
“A Mirror of State Violence”: Ayotzinapa Sees Itself in Brazil’s Favelas and Indigenous Territories
Written by Armando Carmona   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:39

The families of the 43 Ayotzinapa students travelled as the Caravana 43 to multiple cities in the United States, Canada, several countries in Europe, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil to challenge the lies often reproduced about the case and to build solidarity with social movements in their own locale.

Rebuilding Community in Medellin, Colombia's Violent Slums: The Hillside Screams, Resists, and Builds
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:28

A huge amphitheater bordered by mountains. Below, in the depths of the valley crossed by the Medellin River, buildings signal the city center, highways full of cars, and as your gaze ascends the slopes, thousands of huddled houses hanging from cliffs, ravines, and gorges. Waves of migrants have tamed the hillsides, making them into a kind of vertical city.

The Pacification of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Military Intervention in Schools
Written by Diego Ferrari   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:08

The city of Rio de Janeiro's public safety policy figures prominently among the Brazilian government's public agenda. It involves flooding specific areas with military police to the point of occupying state schools.

Barter Networks: Lessons from Argentina for Greece
Written by Marina Sitrin   
Friday, 17 July 2015 15:25

“How did Argentina survive their economic crisis?”; “Are they doing better now?”; “What happened to the factory takeovers?”; “Did millions of people really participate in the barter network? Did they actually invent new money?” These are some of the many questions I have been asked by Greeks, especially over the past few weeks, related to their economic crisis and the potential for self-organization and survival.

Colombia: Displaced Wounaan Look for Government Support in Guaranteeing Safety
Written by Allison Rosenblatt   
Monday, 13 July 2015 08:38

The indigenous Wounaan people are some of the latest to feel the effects of the displacement that characterizes Colombia's armed conflict.

Palm Oil Industry Tied to Ecocide in Guatemalan River
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Monday, 06 July 2015 20:53

The Pasión River in northern Guatemala is a disaster area. Beginning on June 6, residents along the river in the municipality of Sayaxché, Peten, began to find millions of fish, their primary source of food and income, floating dead in the river.

Fracking Expands Under the Radar on Mexican Lands
Written by Emilio Godoy   
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:40

“People don’t know what ‘fracking’ is and there is little concern about the issue because it’s not visible yet,” said Gabino Vicente, a delegate of one of the municipalities in southern Mexico where exploration for unconventional gas is forging ahead.

Mexico’s Grassroots Caravans for Water, Land, Work and Life
Written by Victor M. Quintana   
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:55

The three contingents of the Caravan in Defense of Water, of the Land, and of Work and Life converged in Mexico City on May 22. The Yaqui tribe led the caravans, heading out May 11, to traverse the entire country from three routes: northwest, northeast and the south. When they arrived at their destination, their numbers had swelled with hundreds of grassroots activists from many different causes, organizations and locations.

Political Economy from the Perspective of the Zapatista Communities
Written by Zapatistas   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:26

“Before the Zapatista Army for National Liberation was created, we indigenous from Chiapas didn’t exist for the capitalist system; we weren’t people to it; we weren’t human. We didn’t even exist as trash for it. And we imagine that’s how it was for the other indigenous brothers and sisters in the rest of our country. And that’s how we imagine it is in any country where indigenous people exist.” - Subcomandante Moises

Izidora Land Occupation in Protest: 30,000 Threatened With Eviction in Brazil
Written by Bárbara Ferreira for Carta Capital; Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:44

The refusal of City Hall and a developer to negotiate with Izidro residents could cause a mega-eviction and the destruction of hundreds of houses in an area that is seven times larger than the Pinheirinho occupation, from which residents were violently evicted and massacred in 2012.

Young Hondurans Lead Unprecedented Anti-Corruption Movement
Written by Thelma Mejía   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:01

A Honduran spring is happening, led by young people mobilising over the social networks, who are flooding the streets with weekly torch marches against corruption and impunity.

Indigenous People in Brazil’s Amazon – Crushed by the Belo Monte Dam?
Written by Mario Osava   
Friday, 17 July 2015 11:11

The school in the Juruna indigenous village of Paquiçamba on the banks of the Volta Grande (Big Bend) of the Xingú River in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, which will not be flooded but will see the water flow considerably reduced due to the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower dam. Credit: Mario Osava/IPSEthnocide, the new accusation leveled against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, brings to light deeper underlying aspects of the conflicts and controversies unleashed by megaprojects in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Federal prosecutor Thais Santi announced that legal action would be taken “in the next few weeks” against Norte Energía, the company building the dam, on the argument that its initiatives to squelch indigenous resistance amount to ethnocide.

The Struggle As The Women We Are: Communiques From The Zapatistas
Written by Zapatistas   
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 08:47

From May 2nd to May 9th the Zapatistas hosted a tribute to fallen comrades, a celebration of resistance, and a seminar to “provoke thought, reflection, critique.” Comandanta Dalia as well as other compañeras took a moment to remind us of the struggles they have faced as Zapatista women and to share some of the strategies they are putting to practice to help young people understand "that they shouldn't live exploited by the capitalist system."

Brazil: Journalist Evany José Metzker Murdered While Investigating Drugs and Child Exploitation in Minas Gerais
Written by Flávia Tavares for Época; Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 18:59

evany jos metzkers scene of the crime

The life and death of the journalist Evany José Metzker, tortured and decapitated while investigating drug dealers and child trafficking and labor exploitation in the Jequitinhonha Valley, the poorest region of the Minas Gerais state.


Evo Morales Greenlights TIPNIS Road, Oil and Gas Extraction in Bolivia’s National Parks
Written by Emily Achtenberg   
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:33

On May 20, Bolivian President Evo Morales issued Supreme Decree 2366, opening up Bolivia’s national parks—which are protected under the Constitution as ecological reserves—to oil and gas extraction. Just two weeks later, Morales proclaimed that his on-again, off-again plan to build a highway through the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory in the Bolivian Amazon will finally be realized.

Roger Burbach, Presente!
Written by Michael Fox   
Thursday, 18 June 2015 11:53

Roger Burbach passed away in Berkeley, California, on March 5 at the age of 70. The Latin Americanist academic, author and activist would have turned 71 on June 18.

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