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Monday, 20 October 2014
Photo Essay: Thousands March in El Alto, Bolivia Demanding Justice for 2003 Gas War Massacre
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Sunday, 19 October 2014 23:05

Thousands of people marched in El Alto, Bolivia on Friday, October 17th to demand justice for the 2003 massacre of over 60 people during the country's Gas War under the Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada administration.

Mexico: Zapatistas March for Ayotzinapa
Written by Orsetta Bellani   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 23:03

Some twenty thousand members of the bases of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation marched briskly through San Cristobal de las Casas on October 8. They gathered on the outskirts of the city, under a blue sky stained with clouds that threatened rain and then walked in long, orderly lines toward the central plaza of the city.

Guatemalan Communities Reject Neoliberal Development Plan
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 21:33

Life is difficult for the rural campesinos of Guatemala, but a set of neoliberal laws working its way through the Guatemalan congress will make life far more difficult. However, the coalition that defeated the Monsanto Law in the country has taken on this fight, and organized protests to demand for laws that assist rural farmers, not hurt them.

Brazilian Elections: What Happens Next?
Written by Sabrina Fernandes   
Monday, 06 October 2014 11:11

While the radical left works to fix its own fragmentation, it must also consider what to do in relation to the final run-off between Rousseff (PT) and Neves (PSDB) at the end of the month. This has always been a delicate moment for those in opposition to the PT from a leftist standpoint, as strategic support and valid criticism have to be negotiated in order to deter support for the right-wing candidate.

Uruguay: Environmental Analyst Eduardo Gudynas Dissects the Myth of President José Mujica
Written by Eduardo Gudynas and Rafael Archondo   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:44

You have a government with a former guerrilla who spouts philosophy and liberalizes marijuana but wants to mine, calls for marriage equality, yet has been the principal promoter of genetically modified cultivation in the country, talks like a man of the people, but at the same time the ballet is flourishing in Montevideo for the cultural élite.

National Day of Maize in Mexico: Protecting the Sacred Plant
Written by Adelita San Vincente Tello, translated and edited by Beverly Bell   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:57

Mexicans celebrated National Day of Maize on September 29, 2014, with demonstrations, marches, and expositions. Known as the Land of Maize, Mexico now imports one-third of this sacred icon and staple food, mostly from the US. A fierce battle is being waged over corn that is still grown in Mexico, with small farmers and seed sovereignty activists pitted against Monsanto and other GMO giants, the Mexican government, the US government, and the World Trade Organization.

Until the Rulers Obey: Learning from Latin America’s Social Movements
Written by Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 12:18

A wave of change rolled through Latin America at the turn of the twenty-first century, sweeping away neoliberal two-party governments, bringing calls to re-found the states based on broad participation and democratically drafted constitutions.

Mexico: San Salvador Atenco Fights for Land, Resists Proposed Airport
Written by Jessica Davies   
Monday, 22 September 2014 21:32

For the people of Atenco, their whole identity, customs, traditions, history and existence are bound up with their land. The airport project to them means the destruction of their entire social fabric, their cultural history, collective identity and community life as indigenous people. They say “the project to us is death.”

Beyond Evo Morales’ Electoral Victory: A View from La Paz, Bolivia
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Friday, 17 October 2014 17:03

The sun shone brightly in La Paz, Bolivia on election day this past Sunday. The cars and buses that usually fill the winding streets were prohibited for the day in order to prevent people from voting more than once in different locations.

Elections in Bolivia: Interviews with Voters in the Streets and at the Polls
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Sunday, 12 October 2014 19:17

Today Bolivia went to the polls for a general election which is expected to grant victories to President Evo Morales and many other politicians in his Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) political party. (Update: Evo Morales has declared victory for a third term in office.) Here is a collection of brief interviews conducted today with voters from middle and working class neighborhoods in La Paz, Bolivia on how they voted and what they think of the MAS government.

Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win Upcoming Elections in Bolivia
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:16

Evo Morales’ victory at the polls this Sunday is likely because of the progressive changes his government has brought about, as well as its ability to co-opt certain social movements and expand controversial but lucrative extractivist industries. This victory is all but assured in spite of these contradictions and tensions, but also because of them.

Latin America on a Dangerous Precipice
Written by Diana Cariboni   
Friday, 03 October 2014 20:14

Climate change is likely to impact mostly small and family farmers, who produce more than half the food in the region and have inadequate resources with which to deal with unpredictable weather. Despite this looming threat, strategies for sustainability are far from clear. Regional drivers of growth are export-oriented commodities, and while some sectors have advanced in added value, technology and innovation, natural resources exploitation is still the key of the whole regional boom.

Another Massacre of Indigenous People in Guatemala
Written by Coordinator for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 23:11

The Indigenous people of Guatemala have just lived through another massacre in their territories, which has led to the declaration of another state of emergency by the government of Otto Pérez Molina. The acts of violence started on the evening of September 19th, when, according to the communities, armed actors entered their territories and identified themselves as workers with Cementos Progreso, they opened fire and killed a member of the community delegation that was in the area, killing him.

Sonora Spill adds to the Social and Environmental Consequences of Free-Market Mining in Mexico
Written by Darcy Tetreault   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 09:39

The massive spill of toxic mining residue that took place in August in Mexico's  northwestern state of Sonora has underscored the weakness of the country’s environmental laws, as well as the destructive consequences of free-market mining. It is a harbinger for what is in store for the country since Enrique Peña Nieto’s government extended neoliberal reforms to the oil and gas sector, allowing for private and foreign investment in all facets of exploration and production, with a green light for fracking.

Uruguay’s Legalization of Marijuana Makes Sense in a Senseless Drug War
Written by Benjamin Dangl   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:15

Uruguay’s marijuana legalization law should be a wake up call to political leaders across the hemisphere stop applying the failed policies of the past, and instead address the structural changes that need to happen to end the drug war.

Peru Plans to Abolish Iconic Amazon Indigenous Reserve, NGO Claims
Written by David Hill   
Friday, 19 September 2014 16:31

Plans are afoot to abolish a reserve for vulnerable indigenous peoples in Peru’s Amazon in order to exploit massive gas deposits and facilitate Christian evangelization, according to a report by Lima-based NGO Perú Equidad - Center for Public Policies and Human Rights. Established in 1990, what is now called the Kugapakori-Nahua-Nanti and Others’ Reserve (KNNOR), is officially intended to protect the lives and territories of indigenous peoples living in what Peruvian law calls “isolation” and “initial contact.”


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