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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
The Struggle Over Sumak Kawsay in Ecuador
Written by Carlos Zorrilla   
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:29

"In its most general sense, buen vivir [Sumak Kawsay] denotes, organizes, and constructs a system of knowledge and living based on the communion of humans and nature and on the spatial-temporal harmonious totality of existence. That is, on the necessary interrelation of beings, knowledges, logics, and rationalities of thought, action, existence, and living. This notion is part and parcel of the cosmovision, cosmology, or philosophy of the indigenous peoples of Abya Yala."

 
Peoples’ Encounter in Resistance Against the Extractive Mining Model in Mexico
Written by James Rodríguez, MiMundo.org   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 21:32

The Mexican Network of Mining-Affected Peoples (REMA, for its initials in Spanish) and the Mesoamerican Movement against the Mining Extractive Model (M4) organized a three-day nationwide encounter in the Northern Sierra of Puebla where hundreds of mining-affected community members from numerous states participated in talks and workshops where experiences, strategies for the defense of the territory, and socio-environmental impacts were shared and exchanged.

 
Photo Essay: The Beehive Collective's First Tour in Colombia of the New Graphic Campaign ‘Mesoamérica Resiste’
Written by Polinizaciones   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:11

After nine years of research and illustration, the Beehive Design Collective launched their latest graphic campaign, Mesoamérica Resiste, in December of last year. Mesoamérica Resiste is the third installment in a trilogy about globalization in the Americas (following earlier graphics about the FTAA and Plan Colombia). This graphic campaign was directly researched with communities from Mexico, Central America, and Colombia who are impacted by the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, a neoliberal regional development plan formerly known as Plan Puebla Panama.

 
Ecuador: ¡Lo Logramos! Despite All Odds, Activists Present Signatures Needed to Save Yasuní
Written by Sofía Jarrín   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:58

In August 2013, President Rafael Correa announced that the world had "failed us" for not giving Ecuador enough money to save Yasuní-ITT. When the deal went sour social, indigenous, and environmental organizations responded by launching a campaign to gather 600,000 signatures in six months, as stipulated by Ecuador's constitution, to push for a National Referendum and to let Ecuadorians decide the fate of Yasuní-ITT.

 

 
Canadian Corporation Plans Tar Sands Strip Mining in Trinidad and Tobago
Written by Macdonald Stainsby   
Friday, 11 April 2014 12:45

'Mining tar sand will destroy Govt' read the headline in April of 2012. The statement was made to Trinidad and Tobago's Express newspaper by well-known environmental campaigner Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh to the news that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had made statements about working with Canada's Harper Government to start development of tar sands for oil in Trinidad's southwest peninsula.

 
Defending the Earth in Argentina: From Direct Action to Autonomy
Written by Marina Sitrin   
Monday, 07 April 2014 13:27

Emilio Spataro, an organizer in Corrientes, has been active in various movements in Argentina since his teen years. He was a part of the popular rebellion in December of 2001 and the subsequent neighborhood assemblies, building occupations and horizontal self organized projects. Since 2009 he has been living in Corrientes, collaborating with territorially based movements.

 

 
Va Por Kuy: Deadly "Non-Lethal" Weapons and Disappearance Under Peña-Nieto's Reign
Written by Andalucia Knoll   
Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:45

Va por KuyOn December 1st, 2012, federal police fatally injured teacher and activist Juan Francisco Kuykendall Leal with a rubber bullet at a protest of Mexican president Enrique Peña-Nieto. However, Kuy's injuries were kept quiet for 14 months, when his death finally called attention to the police brutality and impunity that marked Peña-Nieto's inauguration and has continued under his leadership.

 
Where Does the Left Stand in Guatemala?
Written by Ollantay Itzamná, Translation by Christina Hewitt   
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:29

The URNG must stop being the classic barely-supported left party and become a horizontal political tool for all organized and unorganized sectors of Guatemala who dream of structural changes. The agendas and ancestral knowledge of the indigenous peoples should be incorporated into its speeches and practices. In Guatemala, indigenous peoples, like all other excluded people, live without a State and without rights. The URNG should raise and undertake the urgent task of rebuilding Guatemala.

 
Commentary - Lies and Deceit: One Neighbor’s Deportation Sheds Light on the Inhumanity of US Immigration Enforcement
Written by Daniela Maria Ugaz   
Monday, 21 April 2014 14:51

I remember jolting awake at 6 AM. Still dark. Someone was banging on my neighbors' door. I could hear whispering, then screaming. When I opened my eyes, just like that, I made out two, three, four distinct voices. Months later, my neighbor, who I’ll call Beto, told me there must have been 10 to 12 police officers at his door that morning. They were definitely police and not Immigration.

 
National Congress of Brazil’s Landless Movement: Reinvention in Motion
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Friday, 18 April 2014 11:51

After three decades of struggle for agrarian reform, Brazil’s Landless Movement paused during its 6th Congress to evaluate its experience and reflect on the new reality. The goal: to change while changing themselves.

 

 
Latin America - Economic Socialism in the 21st Century: Neoliberalism “Pure and Simple”
Written by Pablo Dávalos, Translation by Danica Jorden   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:17

Maybe the real alternative is not financing development and redistributing income, but the very idea of development. What Latin Americans desire at this point in time is not development but escaping from it. The development model is more an ideological construct for the region’s elites and middle classes rather than for the peoples who are suffering it. It is a pretext to take control of natural resources at the commodities feast.

 
Colombia Approaches a Point of No Return in Loss of Biodiversity
Written by BLCC2014, Translation by Alexandra Quinn   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:23

Facing the reality of disappearing ecosystems, decreasing populations and the extinction of species that the country is dealing with, it is time for the Colombian State’s decision-makers to implement actions immediately in order to stop this devastation before it is too late, according to four environmental experts who have given recommendations from their fields in the program Su Madre Naturaleza [Your Mother Nature] by Canal Capital.

 
Colombia: ‘That is How Dead Guerillas are Made’, Through False Positives
Written by Ander Izaguirre-El País, Translation by Christina Hewitt   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:25

“So you are the mother of the narco-guerilla commander,” the Ocaña District Attorney told her. “No, sir. I am the mother of Fair Leonardo Porras Bernal,” said Luz Maria Bernal. She replied that her son Leonardo, 26, had been born with mental disabilities and that he had the mental capacity of an eight year old. He could not read or write and had been certified as having a mental capacity of 53%.The right side of his body was paralyzed, including the hand which was allegedly used to hold the gun.

 

 
Lessons from the Costa Rican Elections
Written by Laura Carlsen   
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:45

The results of the Feb. 2 elections in Costa Rica fell like a bucket of cold water on the left in the Central American nation. Confident of achieving at least a second-place finish that would carry them to a run-off in April, instead the candidate of the left-of-center Broad Front, José Maria Villalta, came in third, leaving him out of the running. According to the final tally, Villalta received only 17.3% of the vote, compared to 29.7% for the official candidate, Johnny Araya of the National Liberation Party (PLN) and a surprising 30.6% for the candidate of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), Luis Guillermo Solís.

 
Canada Arms Mexico
Written by Dawn Paley   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:44

Ottawa’s increased support of the Mexican army comes as the number of dead in the drug war, now in its seventh year, continues to rise. “We’re talking about 100,000 dead. Those are official figures, and then there are those that have been killed more recently—the war continues, like in the case of Michoacán, we have no idea how many dead there are,” said Javier Sicilia. “There are no trustworthy numbers of the dead or disappeared.”

 
El Libertario: Beware Venezuela’s False ‘Anarchists’
Written by George Ciccariello-Maher   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 14:51

Not everyone who calls themselves anarchists are worthy of the name. Before expressing our solidarity, we should be clear who it is we are supporting.

 
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