Destroying the Ability to Think Historically in Chile

February 22, 2012 Ramona Wadi 0

The decision to remove the term ‘military dictatorship’ from Chilean primary school textbooks has been revoked. However, this remains a superficial change. Historian Alberto Harambour from Diego Portales University explains the dynamics of Chilean politics and relics of Pinochet’s dictatorship which threaten to separate a new generation of Chileans from historical memory.


Mining Debate in Guatemala Rages On

February 16, 2012 Danilo Valladares 0

Anti-mining sentiments flared up again in Guatemala after the new right-wing president signed a “voluntary agreement” on Jan. 27 with the extractive industries business association to increase royalties paid by the companies. However, environmentalists, universities and local communities opposed the agreement, arguing that the debate must take into account questions such as natural resources, the environment, the development of local communities, and what real benefits the industry brings to the country.


Santiago Xanica: A Zapotec Village’s Fight for Autonomy in Mexico

Around two thousand indigenous Zapotec people live in the community of Santiago Xanica in the mountain range ‘Madre del Sur’ in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. It takes two hours to travel here via a dusty dirt track that cuts through fresh tropical vegetation on the dry mountain sides. The tranquillity that resonates in Xanica and the warm welcome from the habitants hides a violent and tense past.


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