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Sunday, 30 August 2015
Honduras: The Impunity and Legacy of Miguel Facussé
Written by Greg McCain   
Monday, 24 August 2015 10:20

Miguel Facussé died in June of this year. He was considered one of the richest men in Honduras and the 11th richest in Central America. His death ensured his impunity for various crimes. He made his money swindling banks and other companies and used his influence in the government to have agrarian laws changed in order to swindle, intimidate, and usurp land from peasant farmers in various sectors throughout Honduras.

Ecuador: Widespread Protests from Left and Indigenous Sectors Demand Progressive Changes
Written by Carlos Zorrilla   
Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:41

The largest protests – and by far the longest-lasting – against Rafael Correa's government have been raging all over Ecuador since August 13th, when hundreds of thousands of people in a national strike called by the Indigenous People's organizations and Labor Unions, took to the streets in Quito and other parts of the country. The goal was to vociferously show their discontent with a number of government policies and demand reforms.

Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agribusiness in El Salvador
Written by Beverly Bell   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:04

"We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers' social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers." - Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador.

Longtime Upside Down World Editor Moves On
Written by Cyril Mychalejko and Ben Dangl   
Monday, 17 August 2015 13:29

"After 10 years I am stepping down as an editor at Upside Down World. Unfortunately, other commitments have made it impossible for me to put the time and energy into this that I had in the past. Working on the editorial collective all of these years has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in my life." - Cyril Mychalejko

Nicaraguans Fight to Save Land and Sovereignty from Canal Development
Written by Charles Allison-Godfrey   
Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:55

June 13 Protest. Credit: AFPFrancisca Ramirez, coordinator with the National Council in Defense of Our Lake, Land, and Sovereignty, takes a deep breath.  “I was born in Fonseca.  I live in Fonseca.  I want to die in Fonseca.”  If the canal partnership between Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Chinese billionaire Wang Jing  comes to fruition, her future home is uncertain.

Zapatista Communities: "Resistance and Rebellion Are Our Weapons"
Written by Zapatistas   
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 21:01

"We discovered that resistance is not only resisting one’s enemy, refusing its crumbs or leftovers. Resistance also means resisting the enemy’s threats and provocations...When we resist as a collective, it is done with discipline, that is, through agreement. We make an agreement regarding how we are going to deal with different types of problems...We have been developing this resistance for 20 years. At the beginning it was difficult...We began to see that resistance and rebellion gave our organization security and sustenance...We discovered that with resistance and rebellion we could govern ourselves and with resistance and rebellion we could develop our own initiatives..."

Peaceful Resistance Beats Back Large Scale Mining Project in Guatemala
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 19:28

On July 15, a judge provided the non-violent resistance of La Puya one of their biggest victories in the 3 years of their struggle. Judge Angelica Noemi Tellez Hernandez ordered the suspension of all construction at the Progreso VII El Tambor, mining site owned by the United States mining firm Kappes, Cassidy, & Associates.

“Extractivism creates a society without subjects”: Raúl Zibechi on Latin American Social Movements
Written by Vivi Benito   
Thursday, 30 July 2015 10:46

How have power relations within social movements changed since the implementation of government social policies? Why does the extractivist model create a society without subjects, or social actors? In this interview, Raúl Zibechi analyzes the social and economic situation and how it relates to social movements.

The Zapatistas on Elections and a Look Toward the Capitalist Hydra
Written by Zapatistas   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 08:14

"Just so that it’s very clear and you aren’t misled about what we say and don’t say. Our idea isn’t to promote voting. Nor is it to promote abstention or casting blank votes. Nor is it to impose our thinking on others... For us, Zapatistas, what we’re interested in is knowing how to resist and confront the many heads of the capitalist system that exploits us, represses us, disappears us and steals from us... it is the people themselves who are going to make the changes that are truly necessary. That is the only way that a new system of government is going to exist."

Even After the Cuba Deal, Latin America Is Still Leery of Obama
Written by Rohan Chatterjee   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:07

Despite progress with Cuba, the Obama administration has done little to dispel doubts about Washington's intentions towards its neighbors to the south.

Brazilian Government Justifies Logging by Calling Maró Indigenous Territory Communities "Fake Indians"
Written by Ana Aranha, Translated by Holly Holmes   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 14:52

After it was revealed that the Pará state government had authorized forest management plans inside of the Maró Indigenous Territory, Borari and Arapium indigenous groups have been accused of being “fake Indians.” The case underscores the importance of the self-identification of indigenous communities.

Ecuador: Stop the Deportation of Manuela Picq
Written by Marc Becker   
Sunday, 16 August 2015 21:52

Franco-Brazilian academic and journalist Manuela Picq has been arrested at an Indigenous march in Ecuador and is facing deportation. She was accompanying her partner at the march and pursuing journalistic investigation of the Indigenous movement. Update August 17th: Today a judge ruled Manuela Picq will not be deported from Ecuador.

Ecuador’s New Indigenous Uprising
Written by Marc Becker   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:23

Ecuador’s Indigenous movements have launched an uprising to challenge the government’s opposition to bilingual education and its support for an extractive-based economy.

Indigenous Community Wins Land Rights Victory in Guatemala After 200 Years of Struggle
Written by Jeff Abbott   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 19:36

Success is rare among indigenous peoples' struggles for land rights in Guatemala. But the nearly 300 Poqomchi' Maya families that make up the Primavera communities in the department of Alta Verapaz have just won a significant victory.

Mexico: A Lesson in Defiance Amid the Carnage
Written by Ramor Ryan   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:06

It is difficult to extract anything positive from the carnage that is the recent history of the Mexican border state of Chihuahua and its city Juárez, but “La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico” attempts to do just that. It does so by focusing on the bravery and resilience of a few determined Mexican women -- some living, some dead -- who refused, in the words of the eponymous Lucha Castro, "to cooperate further with a patriarchal and unjust system."


“A Mirror of State Violence”: Ayotzinapa Sees Itself in Brazil’s Favelas and Indigenous Territories
Written by Armando Carmona   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 19:39

The families of the 43 Ayotzinapa students travelled as the Caravana 43 to multiple cities in the United States, Canada, several countries in Europe, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil to challenge the lies often reproduced about the case and to build solidarity with social movements in their own locale.

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