Month: March 2012
Americas Summit: Path from the Drug War to Peace
Source: Fellowship of Reconciliation The list is growing of sitting heads of state in Latin America who question the failed war on drugs and seek a debate on their legalization. Besides the voices of presidents […]
New Declassified Details on Repression and U.S. Support for Military Dictatorship in Argentina
On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the military coup in Argentina, the National Security Archive posted a series of declassified U.S. documents and, for the first time, secret documents from Southern Cone intelligence agencies recording detailed evidence of massive atrocities committed by the military junta in Argentina. The documents include a formerly secret transcript of Henry Kissinger’s staff meeting during which he ordered immediate U.S. support for the new military regime, and Defense and State Department reports on the ensuing repression.
Commentary: Mining a Leading Issue for Marchers in Quito
In spite of the childish claim by government officials (including President Rafael Correa) that the march was a total failure; in spite of countless obstacles the marchers had to overcome to reach Quito, including police […]
Book Review: El Mal Introduces Argentinians to Barrick Gold
Source: This Magazine The book El Mal introduces Argentinians to the man who controls much of their freshwater: Barrick founder and chair Peter Munk. Recently published in Spanish, the book’s full title roughly translates as […]
Bolivia’s TIPNIS Conflict: Indigenous Peoples Denounce Legal Persecution
Bolivian Indigenous leaders are condemning violent state repression and accusations against indigenous marchers of “attempted homicide.” Between August and October of 2011, hundreds of indigenous men, women and children from the high and lowlands of Bolivia, marched for 65 days as a way of protesting against a proposed highway which, at a length of 300 kilometers (186.4 miles), planned to cross the center of the Isiboro Ségure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS), to unite the provinces of Cochabamba and Beni. While the government is promoting the highway, indigenous communities say that their rights to approve or deny the mega-project on their lands are being ignored and violently denied.
Will Mexico’s Drug Cartels Influence the Country’s Presidential Election?
The pre-campaign hype surrounding Mexico’s presidential election on July 1st has been largely dominated by one topic: will the country’s “drug cartels” influence the outcome of the race – whether by cash or by bullet?
Chile: Anti-Discrimination Bill Fast-Tracked After Brutal Gay Bashing
(IPS) – “We shouldn’t have to live in fear. We’re citizens and voters of Chile, we have jobs, and yet we live in daily fear of being attacked,” said 33-year-old Carla Oviedo, a victim of […]