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Canadian Mining on Trial

November 23, 2012 Dawn Paley 0

Guatemalan delegation travelling to Canada to challenge corporate impunity Source: The Dominion EL ESTOR, GUATEMALA—The rain won’t let up. It muddies the ground and pounds the corrugated metal roof of Angelica Choc’s house on the […]

Industrial Soy and Sugar Cane Fuel Native Land Conflicts in Brazil

November 20, 2012 Fabiana Frayssinet 0

Brazil’s Guaraní-Kaiowá people are no longer willing to wait quietly for the government to demarcate their land. The threat of mass suicide by native Guaraní-Kaiowá people in southwest Brazil brought to light a new formula for worsening conflicts over indigenous territory: the expansion of the cultivation of soy beans and sugar cane, two top export crops.


Should Chiapas Farmers Suffer for California’s Carbon?

November 19, 2012 Jeff Conant 0

A California proposal would offset the state’s climate-altering emissions by paying for forest conservation in Chiapas. Could there be unintended consequences in a region with a history of human rights abuse and land grabs?“We are not responsible for climate change—it’s the big industries that are,” said Abelardo, a young man from the Tseltal Mayan village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas. “So why should we be held responsible, and even punished for it?”


TIPNIS marchers in Bolivia.

Latin America’s Left Turn Collides with Indigenous Movements

November 19, 2012 Nyki Salinas-Duda 0

For a viable model of “21st century socialism,” many progressives look to Latin America’s Leftward surge. But swept up in the continent’s “pink tide” are questions of indigenous land and resource rights, which often clash with state development priorities. From Venezuela to Bolivia to Chile, indigenous communities are charging that they have been betrayed by the populist presidents they helped elect.


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