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Tuesday, 09 February 2016
Fifteen Years Later: The “Great Success” of Plan Colombia
Written by Lisa Taylor   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:24

This February 4, celebrating the “historic collaboration” between the United States and Colombia, current Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos visited the White House to meet with President Barack Obama as they commemorate the fifteen-year anniversary of Plan Colombia. Signed in 2000 under U.S. President Bill Clinton and Colombian President Andrés Pastrana, Plan Colombia was a $1.3 billion initiative to support the Colombian government’s counterinsurgency and counternarcotics efforts.

 
Peruvian Paradoxes: The Presidential Elections and Power
Written by George Ygarza   
Friday, 29 January 2016 22:13

Keiko Fujimori will likely win the 2016 Peruvian presidential elections scheduled for this April. She is the daughter of deposed president Alberto Fujimori, who became one of the first heads of state to be convicted of human rights violations in Latin America. Keiko Fujimori is polling at over thirty percent in an early crowded field of around 12 candidates. The election of a far-right candidate who has pledged to pardon her imprisoned father when she assumes the presidency seems incomprehensible.

 
Belo Monte: Burning Legal Timber Stokes the Fires of Brazil's Illegal Lumber Market
Written by Ana Aranha; Translated by Holly Holmes   
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 12:37

While it wastes its own felled trees, the Belo Monte plant buys irregular wood, heating up a criminal market that invades indigenous territories. Part two of a report on the human and environmental costs of government-sanctioned illegal logging in Brazil's Pará state.

 
Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto
Written by Darío Aranda, Translated by Nancy Piñeiro   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:35

The world’s largest GMO corporation never imagined that it would suffer one of its major setbacks in a small, rural town in central Argentina. Popular opposition, irregularities in the company’s environmental impact assessment, a protest blockade at the entry gate, and a court ruling stalled the construction of its seeds plant three years ago.

 
The Blood of the Earth: Agriculture, Land Rights, and Haitian History
Written by Ricot Jean-Pierre   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:25

Today we live in a crucial moment in which peasants are confronting challenges as they grapple with global warming, with the power of multinational companies over what they eat and how they live, and with an agricultural model that can’t provide them livelihood.

 
Words of the Zapatistas on the 22nd Anniversary of the Beginning of the War Against Oblivion
Written by Zapatistas   
Saturday, 02 January 2016 17:13

During these 22 years of struggle of Resistance and Rebellion, we have continued to build another form of life, governing ourselves as the collective peoples that we are, according to the seven principles of lead by obeying, building a new system and another form of life as original peoples. One where the people command and the government obeys.

 
An Unstable Balance in Brazil: Impeachment Proceedings Against President Dilma Rousseff Constitute Parliamentary Coup Attempt
Written by Mario Hernández   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 11:08

"The situation in Brazil today is in a very profound economic, social and especially political crisis. [...] There are two very important points: one is the left’s opinion that Dilma’s administration is awful, but that a coup represents Brazil’s dominant political elite’s intent to try to eliminate the PT from the government and introduce a right-wing government, similar to the Paraguayan coup not long ago that deposed Lugo." - Ricardo Atunes, sociologist at the University of Campinas, Brazil

 
While Left Governments in South America Face Setbacks, Gains of Progressive Period Likely to Endure
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Monday, 07 December 2015 11:59

The gains of South America’s progressive period, won in the halls of power and in the streets, won't likely be swept aside anytime soon.

 
A Labyrinth of Injustice in Guatemala: Indigenous Activists Struggle Against Dispossession of Land and Rights
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 29 January 2016 22:50

Family, friends and supporters of Saúl Méndez and Rogelio Velásquez, two political prisoners who had been falsely accused of femicide, kidnapping, and murder, received some joyous news on January 14, 2016; after three years in prison, they were released. However, six other prominent activists from northern Huehuetenango still face prosecution for their resistance to hydroelectric projects imposed in their territory by transnational corporations.

 
The Guantanamo of Colombia: Pressure Mounts to Shut Down Notorious US-Funded Prison
Written by John Ocampo   
Friday, 29 January 2016 14:29

The campaign to shut down Colombia’s infamous La Tramacua prison, located in the country’s sweltering Caribbean region and often referred to as the “Guantanamo of Colombia,” could be on the verge of a major breakthrough. Built in the year 2000, with U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons and USAID funding, as part of the penitentiary restructuring component of Plan Colombia, La Tramacua is a veritable house of horrors.

 
Haiti’s Fraudulent Presidential Frontrunner Seizes Land for His Own Banana Republic
Written by Joshua Steckley and Beverly Bell   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 11:05

Two years ago, the only man running in Haiti’s fraudulent presidential election run-offs on January 24, 2016, Jovenel Moïse, dispossessed as many as 800 peasants and destroyed houses and crops. The land grabbed by the company Moïse founded now hosts a private banana plantation.

 
The "Natural” Presence of US Armed Forces in Latin America
Written by Silvina M. Romano   
Monday, 18 January 2016 12:50

The "standardization of the armed forces" in Latin America according to the needs of the US has been a constant since the beginnings of the Cold War and continues at the present time.

 
Operation Car Wash and Slave Labor in Brazil: Who Really Pays for Corruption in Civil Construction?
Written by Igor Ojeda for Repórter Brasil | Translated by Holly Holmes   
Monday, 11 January 2016 20:13

Investigated by the Federal Police, Brazilian construction companies OAS, Odebrecht, Camargo Corrêa, and Andrade Gutierrez reveal an extensive running list of workplace violations including hiring workers with false promises and exploitation of workers under slave-like conditions.

 
“The Struggle for Land Justice Knows No Borders”: Corporate Pillaging in Haiti
Written by Nixon Boumba   
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 16:12

The January 2010 earthquake provided a perfect opportunity for many to come and do business in Haiti. Even prior to the earthquake, Bill Clinton led the discussion on developing Haiti through corporate investment. President Martelly turned that approach into a credo: “Haiti is open for business.” We understand the pretext for this so-called development. The concept of extraction isn’t very well known in Haiti, but the country has had a long history of pillaging by colonial and imperial powers.

 
Mining is Bad Business in Latin America
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:37

A decade-long mining boom has left a string of complications–environmental liabilities, social polarization and loss of governmental legitimacy. Meanwhile it has not resolved a single underlying problem.

 
Brazil's Law of Terror
Written by Diego Ferrari translated by Arielle Concilio   
Friday, 04 December 2015 15:33

While Brazil has never officially suffered from a terrorist attack, at the moment the Brazilian congress is debating a counter-terrorism bill that could create further justification for the criminalization of social movements and popular protest.

 

 
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