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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Venezuela: Maduro in Chávez’s Shoes
Written by Franco Vielma, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 19:43

A politically refined reading on the presidency of Nicolás Maduro starting with a recognition of the morass of circumstances he has had to face as the country’s leader. Without a doubt, the legacy of Maduro’s recent but extremely turbulent presidency is based on constructing a leadership with its own characteristics: its own attributes, its own styles, its own errors, its own incongruities, in a context of structures, as well as new circumstances.

 
Despite Current Debate, Police Militarization Goes Beyond U.S. Borders
Written by Carey L. Biron   
Monday, 25 August 2014 18:45

The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality. Despite this unusual bipartisan agreement in Washington over the dangers of a militarized police force, there appears to be no extension of this concern to rising U.S. support for militarized law enforcement in other countries.

 
Voices From the Field: Puebla’s Campesinos Resisting the Theft of Their Land
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 17:13

The campesinos of the Texmelucan valley in Puebla, Mexico, depend on the land for their livelihood. Their cultures and identities spring from these rich volcanic soils in the foothills of mount Popcatepetl and mount Izatacihutl. Yet, this all could be lost with the construction of a new highway that threatens to forcibly displace them from their land.

 
Guatemala: The End of the Spring of Claudia Paz y Paz
Written by José Luis Sanz, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 21:17

If former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt’s trial for genocide symbolized an opportunity for the courts in Guatemala to rid themselves of their history of gag rules and the annulment of proceedings, then the virtual dismissal of Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz was the old order putting its collective foot down and demanding a return to power.

 
Thank you!
Written by Upside Down World   
Monday, 18 August 2014 11:45

Thanks to everyone who helped make Upside Down World's summer fund drive a success! We couldn't do it without you!

(If you would still like to make a donation, go to this page.)

 
Colombia - Hope in the Midst of a Violent Crisis: Life in Buenaventura's Urban Humanitarian Space
Written by Nikki Drake   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 17:43

Labeled a humanitarian crisis by Human Rights Watch and featured in a report by Amnesty International earlier this year, Buenaventura and Puente Nayero have been gaining international attention. Even so, since the Humanitarian Space was established, more than fifty threats have been made toward community leaders and members, as well as toward the national and international accompaniers.

 
Ecuador: Free Pacto from Mining
Written by Gabriela León, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Monday, 11 August 2014 15:41

The most alarming aspect in the granting of these concessions is that the communities were not consulted. In the national mining company's 2013 environmental impact study, mention was made of a survey of the region’s inhabitants that recognized that 75 percent of the population rejects mining activity at the Ingapi concession, and 60 percent rejects the one at Urcutambo.

 
El Salvador: Maternity and Maternalism
Written by Julia Evelyn Martínez, Translated by Danica Jorden   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:45

The core of women’s oppression in patriarchal societies is not maternity, or motherhood, but maternalism; that is to say, the imposition of maternity as women’s primordial and inescapable destiny and the central axis around which they should organize their lives and distribute their time. In the maternal ideology dominant in El Salvador, the imposed hegemonic maternity is constructed out of the religious figure of Mary of Nazareth.

 
Ghosts of Olavarría: Human Rights Trial in Argentina Seeks Justice for Victims of Military Dictatorship
Written by Nick MacWilliam   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 20:23

On September 22, a court will begin listening to evidence against a number of ex-military officials charged with crimes against humanity, including kidnapping, torture and murder, committed at the Monte Peloni detention center in Olavarría, Argentina. The officials on trial are: the local commander, Ignacio Verdura; Chief of Intelligence, Walter Grosse; Officer Horacio Leites; and Sub-Officer Omar Ferreyra.

 
Georgia Police Chief Severely Restricts Annual SOA Protest: Social Organizations and US Reps Respond
Written by Arturo J. Viscarra and SOA Watch   
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:20

The School of the Americas (SOA), renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2000, is an enduring propagator of the National Security Doctrine and militarization in Latin America. The training and accompanying political support of repressive security forces throughout the world has contributed to the alarming militarization of the domestic U.S. police force.

 
Women-Led Resistance against False Development in Guatemala
Written by Deepa Panchang and Jessica Hsu   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 17:58

We must unmask false development and challenge the world powers involved ... We are under occupation right now. We have been through many types of invasions but this is one where the main actors are transnational corporations.

 
Mining Firms in Peru Mount Legal Offensive Against Inspection Tax
Written by Milagros Salazar   
Monday, 18 August 2014 21:10

The leading mining companies in Peru have brought a rash of lawsuits to fight an increase in the tax they pay to cover the costs of inspections and oversight of their potentially environmentally damaging activities.

 
​Washington Should Follow Latin America’s Lead in Condemning Israel’s War on Palestine
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Saturday, 16 August 2014 16:11
As Washington supports Israel’s violence, Latin American heads of state have stood up against the offensive, acting as moral leaders for the hemisphere, and demonstrating their independence from the historically-hegemonic empire to the north. The difference between reactions from Washington and Latin America highlight new power configurations in a multi-polar world. On the one hand, Washington remains complicit in Israel’s war crimes, and on the other, Latin American governments have taken a stand with the Palestinian people, on the right side of history.
 
Gabriel García Márquez: The Last Visit
Written by Ignacio Ramonet   
Monday, 11 August 2014 19:24

I had been told he was in Havana but that, because he was sick, he didn’t want to see anyone. I knew where he usually stayed: in a magnificent country house far from the city centre. I called on the phone and Mercedes, his wife, eased my doubts. She said, warmly: “Not at all, that’s to keep the pests away. Come over, ‘Gabo’ will be happy to see you.”

 
Why Argentina is Right to Defy the Taliban of Global Finance
Written by Jerome Roos   
Friday, 08 August 2014 16:23

Argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years on July 30, defying a U.S. court ruling and a small cabal of financial fundamentalists led by the right-wing multi-billionnaire hedge fund mogul Paul Singer. The first thing to note is that, despite repeated accusations by the vultures that Argentina is in contempt of U.S. court rulings, Argentina’s willingness to pay its debts is not in question.

 
Finally Free: Mass Burial of Wartime Victims in Guatemala Exhumed from Former Military Garrison of Comalapa
Written by James Rodríguez, MiMundo.org   
Monday, 04 August 2014 21:30

On July 18, 2014, members of the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala (FAFG) returned to family members the positively identified remains of ten wartime victims exhumed from the former Military Garrison in San Juan Comalapa between 2003 and 2005. All ten victims, Kakchiquel Mayans whose DNA matched that of living family members, were buried in the municipal cemetery the following day.

 

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