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‘Yo Soy 132’ Mexican student movement looks to the future

August 16, 2012 Ela Stapley 0

Andres Torres Checa, a spokesperson for ITAM University in Mexico City, tells how the movement snowballed. “It started out as an act of solidarity with the Ibero students, but it soon became about much more. . . The movement just grew, we were 20 universities then 90, Torres says. “Now we are over 120 universities from all over Mexico.” The movement’s influence has not only gotten people out into the street calling for greater political transparency, it has played an active role in way the elections were held.


Belo Monte Dam Suspended by Brazilian Appeals Court

A high-level court suspended construction of the controversial Belo Monte dam project on the Amazon’s Xingu River yesterday, citing overwhelming evidence that indigenous people had not been properly consulted prior to government approval of the project. The decision concludes that the Brazilian Constitution and ILO Convention 169, to which Brazil is party, require that Congress can only authorize the use of water resources for hydroelectric projects after an independent assessment of environmental impacts and subsequent consultations with affected indigenous peoples.


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