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Sunday, 01 February 2015
In Memoriam: Pedro Lemebel's Chronicles of the Pinochet Dictatorship
Written by Pedro Lemebel. Translation by April Howard   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:35

By the time of his death on January 23, 2015, Chilean writer, performance artist, radio personality and activist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) had become an icon of  Chilean counter-culture. His art chronicled the history of the city of Santiago as experienced by members of the Chilean Left during the dictatorship and afterward, poor city residents, gay men, HIV positive people, and transvestites, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the José Donoso Ibero-american Literature Prize. These “urban neo-chronicles” about the human costs of the Pinochet Dictatorship are from his 1998 collection, Of Pearls and Scars [De perlas y cicatrices].

La Legua, Santiago de Chile: Building Community in Small Spaces
Written by Raul Zibechi   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Like so many other peripheral populations, La Legua, a Santiago neighborhood, is subjected to military-police intervention under the pretext of drug trafficking. However, in the midst of poverty and repression, they resist by creating life and community with women and youth as the leading actors.

Mexico: Ayotzinapa, Emblem of the Twenty-First Century Social Order
Written by Ana Esther Ceceña   
Friday, 23 January 2015 08:03

Ayotzinapa is the end result of a bundle of interconnected events. These, with greater or lesser density and visibility, are part of the essence of Twenty-First Century capitalism, not limited to Mexico but spreading, whether surreptitiously or scandalously, throughout the whole world.

Ecuador: The “Citizens’ Revolution” vs Social Movements
Written by By Raúl Zibechi, Translation by Danica Jorden   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:52

In this way, thousands of indigenous communities, and tens of thousands of civic organizations, are under the control of the State. The arrival of Rafael Correa’s government and his Alianza País was made possible thanks to the fight of the movements, who are now criminalized and under control ... The new power devours those who made it possible.

Ayotzinapa: 100 Days of Rage, Sorrow and Struggle in Guerrero
Written by Andalusia Knoll   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:37


Since the forced disappearance in Iguala, Guerrero, of 43 Normalista students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College on September 26, 2014, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand that the students be returned alive and also to denounce political corruption and the “Narco-Government.” The Southern state of Guerrero has been the epicenter of these protests and a wide range of actions including citizen searches, takeovers of tollbooths, a statewide caravan and the burning of government buildings.

Five Years After the Earthquake in Haiti: The Sad State of Democracy and Human Rights
Written by Beverly Bell   
Monday, 12 January 2015 16:37

Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or decade in question, one can be certain that: the state and elite are trouncing the rights and needs of the majority, the population is protesting to demand land and justice, and the international community is taking the wrong side.

Obama Has Nothing to Gain by Propping Up Mexico’s Government
Written by Laura Carlsen   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:18

If Washington gives the Mexican president a pat on the back, it will be a stab in the back for the Mexican movement for justice and transparency.

Dissecting the Drug War: New Book Charts Ways Global Capitalism Profits From "War on People"
Written by Armando Carmona   
Friday, 02 January 2015 14:54

In her newly released book Drug War Capitalism, journalist Dawn Paley demonstrates how the so-called war on drugs is really a war on people. To understand this ongoing war against people, Paley argues that we must recognize how capitalist expansion of new markets is linked to the reorganization (or destabilization) of a country’s security state and political economy.

The Power of the Spectacle: Evo Morales’ Inauguration in Tiwanaku, Bolivia
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:03

There is a long history in Bolivia of couching politics of liberation within the deeper story of colonialism and indigenous resistance. The MAS party of Evo Morales doesn’t have a monopoly on the uses of Bolivia’s rebel past, but it’s incredibly savvy in its deployment of historical consciousness as an ideological and political tool.

El Salvador: Pardon Granted For One of 17 Women Jailed for Miscarriage, Accused of Homicide
Written by Danica Jorden   
Friday, 23 January 2015 08:38

protesta para la discriminalizacion del abortoGuadalupe, a Salvadoran young woman who has already spent more than 7 years in prison on charges of aggravated homicide for miscarriage of her fetus, was pardoned. However, Cinthia, who gave birth alone to an infant she says had its cord wrapped around its neck, was denied pardon, ostensibly because she smoked and drank beer on a daily basis. Cinthia, like Guadalupe, was also 18 when she miscarried, and was likewise found guilty of aggravated homicide and has been serving the same 30 year sentence.

Prosecutor’s Death a Test for Argentine Democracy
Written by Fabiana Frayssinet   
Friday, 23 January 2015 07:54

The death of a special prosecutor investigating one of the biggest unresolved mysteries in the history of Argentina, the bombing of a Jewish community center over 20 years ago, has put to the test an immature democracy that is caught up in a web of conspiracy theories and promiscuity between the secret services and those in power.

Brazil Truth Commission Details Extent of Rape During Military Dictatorship
Written by Danica Jorden   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:10

Brazil’s National Truth Commission (Commissão Nacional da Verdade, CNV) presented its final report on the history of the human rights violations committed by the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. Through its working group “The Dictatorship and Gender,” the CNV took testimony and  detailed the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon against those the dictatorship considered to be political and social activists or otherwise subversive.

Ecuador: Defending the CONAIE beyond Its House
Written by Manuela Lavinas Picq   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:09

The government of President Rafael Correa achieved what seemed impossible since the late 1990s: it reunited Ecuador’s Indigenous movements. Yet, this was not likely the intended goal of evicting the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) from its headquarters.

Territories Free of Mining on the Rise in Honduras
Written by Sandra Cuffe   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:29

While the Honduran government continues its promotion of mining investment, communities around the country are voting against mining in open town hall assemblies. At least 10 municipalities in Honduras have now been declared territories free of mining.

Climate Change Threatens Quechua and Their Crops in Peru’s Andes
Written by Fabiola Ortiz   
Monday, 05 January 2015 11:04

In this town in Peru’s highlands over 3,000 metres above sea level, in the mountains surrounding the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Quechua Indians who have lived here since time immemorial are worried about threats to their potato crops from alterations in rainfall patterns and temperatures.

Torture Reports: Brazil and the United States Release Reports Documenting Systematic Human Rights Abuses
Written by Kara Rochelle Martinez   
Friday, 02 January 2015 14:22

One day after the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its Executive Summary of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program exposing a policy of torture applied in the War on Terror, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff unveiled her country’s investigatory National Truth Commission Report, identifying human rights atrocities committed in Brazil between 1946 and 1988.

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