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Is Water Still a Human Right in Ecuador?
Written by Manuela Picq   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:45

Ecuador’s constitution is the only one in the world to declare water as a human right. Yet the government of this South American nation may not fully agree with its own constitutional rights.

Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes: A Year Later
Written by Claudia Pompa   
Monday, 21 July 2014 12:52

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes is seen by many as a stalwart neoliberal and his failure to reach an agreement with opposition parties led to the March general strike. The strike was the country’s first general strike in 20 years, and only the third in Paraguay’s history.

Salvadoran Feminists Push Debate on El Salvador’s Stringent Abortion Ban
Written by CISPES   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 16:17

Salvadoran feminist and women’s organizations are waging an international campaign demanding a pardon for the 17 women currently incarcerated in El Salvador for abortion, in hopes of challenging the country’s harsh anti-abortion laws and beginning to change the anti-choice views held by the vast majority of Salvadoran society.

The Promises and Limitations of Revolutionary Change in Bolivia: A Book Review of Evo’s Bolivia
Written by Marc Becker   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:29

With the new book Evo’s Bolivia: Continuity and Change, authors Linda Farthing and Benjamin Kohl achieve an admirable balance of providing an excellent entry point for those with little background in Bolivia as well as key insights for scholars and activists with a long history in the country.

Fracking Fights Loom Large in Mexico
Written by Kent Paterson   
Saturday, 12 July 2014 15:45

Mexico is emerging as the next big battleground in conflicts over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the method of extracting natural gas is commonly known. While Mexican lawmakers consider regulatory legislation to put into practice the 2013 energy reform that opened up their county’s oil and gas reserves to private investors, anti-fracking forces are mobilizing for a moratorium or an outright ban of the controversial practice from the Mexican Congress.

Mining and Post-Conflict in Colombia
Written by Raúl Zibechi   
Monday, 07 July 2014 19:51

A meeting in Popayán, capital of the Cauca department, was the excuse for learning about a complex and violent reality. The war between the military, paramilitaries, guerrillas, and drug traffickers is intertwined with savage extractivism, with illegal mining its worst expression.

"World Cup For Who?" Photo Report From Outside the Stadiums
Written by Andalusia Knoll   
Friday, 04 July 2014 14:57

Protesting the World Cup: Brazilian favela residents, artists and activists make visible their take on the militarization of favelas and police use of “non-lethal” weapons, the death of stadium workers, the true costs of the Cup, and where the true priorities of the state should lie.

Mexico Rape Victim Faces Prison Time for Self-Defense
Written by Daniela Pastrana   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 19:22

“I just want all this to be over,” said Yakiri Rubí Rubio, a young Mexican woman facing trial for killing the man who raped her in December 2013. In the view of organizations working for the defense of women’s rights in Mexico, Rubio has become a symbol in the fight against machismo in the justice system, where the norm is to disparage the complaints of women who have been raped.

Guatemala: Opposition to Mining, the New Threat to National Security
Written by Oswaldo J. Hernández, Translation by Danica Jorden   
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:47

The San Rafael Las Flores mine conflict created something more than a State of Siege in response to residents’ opposition to the exploitation of their lands. It was the starting point for the Government’s trial of a new, secretly launched security strategy that terms movements opposing extraction as threats to national security.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014 16:18

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Nicaragua Vive! 35 Years Since the Triumph of the Sandinista Revolution
Written by Chuck Kaufman   
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:03

When I made my first trip to Nicaragua in 1987 with a Nicaragua Network coffee picking brigade, I learned a number of things. I learned that it was possible not just to oppose my country’s wars, but to support an alternative to war and capitalist exploitation.

From El Barrio to La Realidad, Women Lead Struggles to Transform the World
Written by Jessica Davies   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:43

The women of El Barrio and the Zapatista women of La Realidad are two examples of how women in struggle all over the world are coming together to inspire and learn from each other, and how, in the process, women are transforming the world.

Argentina: Communities to Resist Oil Extraction in National Park
Written by Fionuala Cregan   
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:34

Argentina has approved a proposal from Chinese Petrol Company JHP and state-owned Jujuy Mining and Energy (JEMSE) to carry out an environmental impact study on an oil-drilling project in Calilegua National Park. The park, located in the northern province of Jujuy, is one of the most bio-diverse environments in Argentina.

Popular Agrarian Reform: An Alternative to the Capitalist Model
Written by João Pedro Stedile and Osvaldo León   
Monday, 07 July 2014 19:41

In the face of this agribusiness model that looks to the production of dollars and commodities, rather than foods, we urgently need to renegotiate, throughout the whole planet, the principle that food cannot be a mere commodity.

Mayan People’s Council Organizes National Strike in Guatemala
Written by Christin Sandberg   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 20:07

On Monday, June 23 in Guatemala, the Mayan People’s Council, known as CPO, declared a national strike in support of, and in solidarity with, the Mayan people of Guatemala. Local indigenous populations took to the street at 29 different locations all over the country in demand for equality in dignity and rights.

People’s Tribunal Seeks to Counter Canadian Pro-Mining Spin
Written by Aaron Cain   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 11:36

Guilty of human rights abuses. That was the verdict for Canadian mining companies, after two days of in-depth testimony presented in Montreal, Quebec, to a jury of eight experts from around the world.

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