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Development and the Desert: Border Land Struggle Turns Bloody in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

August 28, 2008 Kari Lydersen 0

Lomas de Poleo, in the Anapra region of Ciudad Juarez, is in the planned location for the cross-border Jeronimo-Santa Teresa project. Until 2002, no one showed much interest in the destitute parcels of land settled by migrants search of a humble plot of land to raise a few animals. Since then, the residents and the Zaragoza brothers – scions of local gas, dairy and Corona beer franchises – have been locked in a grueling, litigious and often violent struggle over the land.



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Asunción’s Bañados Neighborhood: The Power of Community in Paraguay

August 28, 2008 Raúl Zibechi 0

Asunción (Wikipedia)

It has been nearly half a century since the Bañados area (Spanish for marshy wetlands) was a swamp upon where the Paraguay River dumped its waters during rainy seasons. It was also Asunción’s garbage dump. Today, it is one of the most populous neighborhoods, where extreme poverty has become tolerable thanks to incredible solidarity. […]

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Guatemala: The Forgotten Spirits of Rabinal

August 26, 2008 Thaddeus al Nakba 0

The impunity enjoyed by war criminals is one of the main obstacles to justice in Guatemala. Like other indigenous communities in Guatemala, Rabinal is the current home to powerful criminals of the past. Hundreds of massacre survivors remain quiet and most of those responsible for human rights abuses have stayed behind, confident that justice will never catch up to their crimes. […]

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