Yanomami Indians from Brazil and Venezuela met last month in Venezuela to discuss indigenous rights and national policies. Government officials from both countries, indigenous organizations and NGOs working with the Yanomami also attended. Health issues […]
(IPS) – Civil society groups from throughout Latin America are urging “home countries” to take greater responsibility for the actions of their companies abroad, particularly those in the extractives industry. “We would like to be […]
In the months leading up to the first national elections since the 2009 coup in which members of the Resistance movement will participate, state-led terror and the criminalization of social protest have intensified.The terrorizing of activists like Edwin Espinal falls within the context of criminalization of social movement leaders like Berta Cáceres and Magdalena Morales. It is also part of a recent pattern of apparently politically-motivated military police-led home invasions.
As Guatemalan courts deliberate on whether or not to grant amnesty to former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for crimes committed during his 1982-1983 “presidency” which he assumed after a military coup, Anselmo Roldán, a massacre survivor from La Libertad, Huehuetenango is traversing the U.S. in search of solidarity for the victims of Guatemala’s armed internal conflict. One of the organizations at the forefront of the struggle for peace and to end impunity has been the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), a community group of which Anselmo is the current President.
(IPS) – As the first formal probe by an international rights body into allegations of U.S. mass surveillance began here Monday, privacy advocates from throughout the Americas accused Washington of violating international covenants and endangering […]
Are there alternatives to this re-embrace of state-led capitalism? Evo Morales gained international attention by staking a strong discursive claim that global climate change was the result of the sins of capitalism. He posed indigenous cosmovision as the alternative: he declared that by embracing indigenous notions of reciprocity and communality, societies could learn to “live well” and sustainably instead of trying to live “better” than others through increased consumption.