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Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Art for Revolution's Sake: Voices from the EZLN's CompArte Festival in Chiapas
Written by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim   
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 19:41

It's not everyday that a guerrilla movement hosts an alternative art festival, but that's exactly what just happened in southern Mexican city of San Cristobal, in the state of Chiapas. From July 23 to 30, over a thousand artists from 45 countries flocked to the city's outskirts to participate in CompArte for Humanity, a festival of art, poetry and music organized by the left-wing militant group, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN).

Mexico: Support for Families of Victims Pours in Following Massacre in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:41

Support has come in from across Mexico’s social movements and civil society for the victims following the latest state repression against Oaxaca’s teachers and their supporters on June 19, 2016. That day, federal police opened fire on protesting teachers and supporters in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca, leaving 9 dead and well over 170 injured.

From Within the Storm: National Indigenous Congress and Zapatista Communique on Oaxaca Teacher Protests
Written by National Indigenous Congress and EZLN   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 07:05

Faced with the cowardly repressive attack suffered by the teachers and the community in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca—in which the Mexican state reminds us that this is a war on all—the peoples, nations, and tribes who make up the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation say to the dignified teachers that they are not alone, that we know that reason and truth are on their side, that the collective dignity from which they speak their resistance is unbreakable, and that this the principal weapon of those of us below.

Honduran Indigenous Activist Wins Human Rights Award for Struggle Against Corporate Destruction of Land
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Saturday, 18 June 2016 14:35

On June 9, Ana Mirian Romero, a 29-year-old indigenous Lenca woman and mother of five from the department of La Paz, Honduras, was recognized by the European human rights organization Front Line Defenders. Romero was awarded the organization’s annual award for Human Rights Defenders for her work struggling for the recognition of indigenous lands and against the corporate destruction of the environment in Honduras.

Rural Communities' Struggle Against US-Owned Mine Continues in Guatemalan Supreme Court
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Saturday, 18 June 2016 13:53

The long-running struggle of rural communities in Guatemala against the United States-based mining firm Kappes, Cassiday, and Associates (KCA) continues in Guatemala’s national courts. A recent investigation by the Guatemalan public ministry could come with criminal charges for executives of the controversial gold mine.

A War by Other Means: Attacks on Free Speech Threaten Social and Indigenous Movements in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Monday, 16 May 2016 15:30

Guatemala's war and counter-insurgency have continued through other means. Today social and indigenous movements face free speech and legal challenges that threaten to tear them apart by dismantling leadership and organizational structures, and sending movement bases into disarray.

Landless Workers' Movement on the True Origins of Brazil's Political Crisis
Written by MST   
Monday, 16 May 2016 11:37
Brazil’s Landless Workers' Movement, MST, takes a profound look at Brazil's political crisis, how it affects the working class, and how they must respond.
“Water is Life”: Guatemalan March for Water Rights Connects Struggles Across Latin America
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Friday, 29 April 2016 10:59

“Water is life” is the message that countless organizations across Guatemala have rallied around as thousands march more than 260 miles to demand that the Guatemalan government act, and protect right to water. Tens of thousands of protesters set out on the long, and grueling march to Guatemala City on April 11 to demand that the government protect their right to water, and for an end to the privatization of water resources.

Sexual Torture of Women Prisoners is Growing Epidemic in Mexico’s War on Drugs
Written by Nidia Melissa Bautista   
Friday, 15 July 2016 08:55


The majority of women polled in a recent Amnesty International study have said that they were sexually abused, beaten, electro-shocked, touched and groped during detention and interrogations. According to the unprecedented report"Surviving Death: Police and Military Torture of Women in Mexico," a large majority of the women detained in Mexico’s prisons have been accused of organized crime or drug related charges and tortured during detention.

The Battle of Oaxaca
Written by Gustavo Esteva   
Friday, 24 June 2016 08:38

This is not just another of the many Oaxacan wars. It is part of a much more profound and extensive war that is by no means contained within the national territory itself. But the battle being waged in Oaxaca has a special meaning in that war, in the larger war.

Brazil’s Crisis and the New Right
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:12

The impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff resulted from the conjunction of three factors: the rupture of the alliance with business owners, the rise of a new militant right, and the PT’s serious mistakes after abandoning the streets. What remains is a wounded society and an extractive model that went unquestioned by the left and undermined the hegemony of the Lula current.

Revolutionary Mothering in Northern Cauca, Colombia
Written by Manuel Matos   
Saturday, 18 June 2016 14:35

Over the past week, hundreds of black women from the region of Northern Cauca, in southwestern Colombia have been participating in the National Inter-Ethnic Agrarian Protest. For the sisters of the Black Women’s Mobilization for the Care of Life and the Ancestral Territories their decision to participate in the national protest was an act of Revolutionary Mothering.

Argentina: Leaders of Tupac Amaru Social Justice Organization Face Political Persecution
Written by Nadine Sofia Brennan-Ventura   
Saturday, 18 June 2016 13:17

Tupac Amaru Neighborhood Association is named after Tupac Amaru II, the indigenous leader of the 1781 rebellion in Cuzco, Peru against the Spanish colonizers. The Tupac was formed 16 years ago in the context of severe unemployment and hunger brought by neoliberal policies that especially affected the province of Jujuy.

Rural Paraguayans Fight for Land Amid Corruption, Poverty and Violence
Written by Toby Hill   
Monday, 16 May 2016 12:08

The closing down of a community-run radio in eastern rural Paraguay is the last example of repression in a country where 1,6% of  its population controls 80% of its agricultural land.

Peru: In Defense of Land, Culture and the Female Body - Interview with Lourdes Huanca
Written by George Ygarza   
Sunday, 08 May 2016 11:20

Lourdes Huanca Atencio is president of the National Federation of female peasants, Artisans, Indigenous, Natives and Salaried workers of Peru or FENMUCARINAP. The organization was founded in 2006 with the purpose of defending and fighting for the rights of women in Peru.

Deepening Police Violence in Mexico: “Ley Eruviel,” Megaprojects and Organized Resistance
Written by Ryan A. Knight   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 21:27

The authorities of the state of Mexico have grown impatient, or perhaps even fearful.  Faced with the well-organized and constantly growing resistance to countless megaprojects in the state of Mexico—projects driven by the ruthless pursuit of capital accumulation—political authorities have sought justification and legal protection to violently repress the resistance and see these projects through.

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