Ecuador: Indigenous Radio Station Spared Closure

January 29, 2010 Jennifer Moore 0

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s National Telecommunications Commission retracted a December decision to shut down an indigenous radio station. The commission, known as CONATEL, had previously determined that the “The Voice of Arutam” was responsible for inciting indigenous protesters to violence during a strike in September 2009 that cost the life of an indigenous bilingual teacher, Bosco Wisum.


Indigenous Peoples in El Salvador Commemorate 1932 Massacre

January 27, 2010 Geovani Montalvo 0

Indigenous peoples in the western Salvadoran town of Izalco commemorated the 78th anniversary of  the slaughter of 30 thousand indigenous people and peasants, killed during the popular uprisings.  On January 22, 1932, more than three thousand farmers, indigenous and political leaders protested  low wages, unfair distribution of land and hoarding of wealth in the hands of a few elite Salvadoran families.


Honduras’ Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo: Another Disaster for Central American Democracy Waiting in the Wing

January 26, 2010 Adrienne Pine 0

Tomorrow, January 27th, as the world’s eyes continue to be riveted on the unfolding disaster in Haiti, Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo will be installed as Honduras’ president, succeeding de facto president Roberto Micheletti. Lobo, a supporter of the June 28th military coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, was chosen in a November election held under conditions of qualified state terror.



Canada’s Long Road to Mining Reform

January 25, 2010 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Rape. Murder. Corruption. Environmental contamination. Impunity. These are just some of the charges and incidents that have plagued Canadian mining operations abroad for years. Now one Canadian lawmaker has taken on the Herculean challenge of legislating mining reform in a country that has traditionally acted like a parent in denial.



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