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Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement Blames Federal Institutions for Recent Killing of Land Squatters
Written by Armando Carmona   
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:30

A family of six squatting land in northern Brazil was killed on the morning hours of February 17th. This land conflict is emblematic of the larger struggles over land that Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST) has been involved in for decades.

Rousseff’s Brazil: No Country for the Landless Workers' Movement
Written by Fabiola Ortiz   
Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:55

In Brazil, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land ownership in the world, some 200,000 peasant farmers still have no plot of their own to farm – a problem that the first administration of President Dilma Rousseff did little to resolve.

Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance: An Interview with Elisa Vega Sillo
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:52

Elisa Vega Sillo, a member of Bolivia's Vice Ministry of Decolonization, speaks about the unique work of the Vice Ministry, the role of historical memory in the country’s radical politics, and the importance of decolonizing Bolivia’s history of indigenous resistance.

Peruvian Youth Celebrates Victory Over Government and Big Business’ Ley Pulpín
Written by Lynda Sullivan   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 14:41

The youth of Peru have started 2015 by showing the country that a break from neoliberalism is possible. They managed, in the space of just over a month, to mobilize tens of thousands in five separate marches and to force the government to revoke the Youth Labor Regime Law, or, more popularly known as the 'Pulpín Law,' a controversial piece of legislation that would have slashed their labor rights.

Latin America: People’s Tribunal Hopes Verdict on Mining Abuses Gains Traction
Written by Leila Lemghalef   
Monday, 09 February 2015 14:50

A recent case study on Canadian mining abuses in Latin America has woven one more thread of justice into the tapestry of international law. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) has found five Canadian mining companies and the Canadian government responsible for human rights violations in Latin America, including labor rights violations, environmental destruction, the denial of indigenous self-determination rights, criminalization of dissent and targeted assassinations.

In Memoriam: Pedro Lemebel's Chronicles of the Pinochet Dictatorship
Written by Pedro Lemebel. Translation by April Howard   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:35

By the time of his death on January 23, 2015, Chilean writer, performance artist, radio personality and activist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) had become an icon of  Chilean counter-culture. His art chronicled the history of the city of Santiago as experienced by members of the Chilean Left during the dictatorship and afterward, poor city residents, gay men, HIV positive people, and transvestites, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the José Donoso Ibero-american Literature Prize. These “urban neo-chronicles” about the human costs of the Pinochet Dictatorship are from his 1998 collection, Of Pearls and Scars [De perlas y cicatrices].

La Legua, Santiago de Chile: Building Community in Small Spaces
Written by Raul Zibechi   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Like so many other peripheral populations, La Legua, a Santiago neighborhood, is subjected to military-police intervention under the pretext of drug trafficking. However, in the midst of poverty and repression, they resist by creating life and community with women and youth as the leading actors.

Mexico: Ayotzinapa, Emblem of the Twenty-First Century Social Order
Written by Ana Esther Ceceña   
Friday, 23 January 2015 08:03

Ayotzinapa is the end result of a bundle of interconnected events. These, with greater or lesser density and visibility, are part of the essence of Twenty-First Century capitalism, not limited to Mexico but spreading, whether surreptitiously or scandalously, throughout the whole world.

Over Half the Experts in Argentine GMO Regulatory Body Have Conflicts of Interest with Industry
Written by Darío Aranda   
Monday, 02 March 2015 20:18

People with links to Monsanto, Syngenta and Dow evaluate the safety of the GMOs submitted for approval by these same companies. In 2013, 24.4 million hectares of GM crops were grown in Argentina – mostly soy, maize and cotton.

Necessary Steps in the Normalization of Relations with Cuba
Written by Marc Becker   
Monday, 23 February 2015 21:15

Cubans insist that the December 17, 2014 announcement of United States president Barack Obama and Cuban president Raúl Castro to re-establish diplomatic ties was only the first step toward a full normalization of relations between the two countries. After more than fifty years, at least three steps remain to be taken before interactions achieve the level that they should have.

Venezuela Coup Thwarted
Written by teleSUR English   
Sunday, 15 February 2015 09:54

Coup plotters planned on assassinating the Venezuelan president and installing a transitional government.

Chile’s LGBT Movement Wins Historic Victory with Approval of Civil Unions
Written by Monse Sepulveda   
Monday, 09 February 2015 14:56

Rarely, do we activists get the opportunity to take out our rainbow flags and banners, not to stage a demonstration, but to celebrate. On January 28, Chilean activists had that rare opportunity: after four years of intense work by LGBT organizations, a civil union law was passed by Congress.

In Peru, Scientist Documents the Impacts of Continent’s Largest Gold Mine
Written by Diego Cupolo   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:42

The Yanacocha gold mine did not exist when Reinhard Seifert first moved to Cajamarca, Peru in the 1970s. Everything changed in 1993, when Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. opened Yanacocha and spurred a modern gold rush of sorts. In 2011, the company proposed expanding its operations with a megaproject known as the Conga mine, a project instantly met with relentless, sometimes violent, anti-mining demonstrations. Four years later, the Conga mine expansion remains on hold under environmental review. Throughout this period, Seifert played a pivotal role in the anti-mining movement as former president of the Environmental Defense Front of Cajamarca.

The Power of the Spectacle: Evo Morales’ Inauguration in Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:03

There is a long history in Bolivia of couching politics of liberation within the deeper story of colonialism and indigenous resistance. The MAS party of Evo Morales doesn’t have a monopoly on the uses of Bolivia’s rebel past, but it’s incredibly savvy in its deployment of historical consciousness as an ideological and political tool.

El Salvador: Pardon Granted For One of 17 Women Jailed for Miscarriage, Accused of Homicide
Written by Danica Jorden   
Friday, 23 January 2015 08:38

protesta para la discriminalizacion del abortoGuadalupe, a Salvadoran young woman who has already spent more than 7 years in prison on charges of aggravated homicide for miscarriage of her fetus, was pardoned. However, Cinthia, who gave birth alone to an infant she says had its cord wrapped around its neck, was denied pardon, ostensibly because she smoked and drank beer on a daily basis. Cinthia, like Guadalupe, was also 18 when she miscarried, and was likewise found guilty of aggravated homicide and has been serving the same 30 year sentence.

Prosecutor’s Death a Test for Argentine Democracy
Written by Fabiana Frayssinet   
Friday, 23 January 2015 07:54

The death of a special prosecutor investigating one of the biggest unresolved mysteries in the history of Argentina, the bombing of a Jewish community center over 20 years ago, has put to the test an immature democracy that is caught up in a web of conspiracy theories and promiscuity between the secret services and those in power.

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