Land and Territory

Rebuilding Community in Medellin’s Violent Slums Medellín

Escrito por  |  22 / July / 2015
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A huge amphitheater bordered by mountains. Below, in the depths of the valley crossed by the Medellin River, buildings signal the city center, highways full of cars, and as your gaze ascends the slopes, thousands of huddled houses hanging from cliffs, ravines, and gorges. Waves of migrants have tamed the hillsides, making them into a kind of vertical city.

Mexico’s GMO Corn Ban and Glyphosate Cancer Findings

Escrito por  |  20 / July / 2015
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Twenty-two months ago, Mexico became a GM maize-free territory, when a Federal Judge issued the precautionary measure that suspended authorizations to plant any genetically modified seeds of this grain, a staple food in the country, essential to its culture.

Water War Will Continue as PRI Wins Back Sonora

Escrito por  |  2 / July / 2015
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In hindsight, the victory of Claudia Pavlovich of the PRI seemed assured given the crescendo of corruption scandals that started sweeping over the PAN administration in mid-2014.seemed assured given the crescendo of corruption scandals that started sweeping over the PAN administration in mid-2014.

7 Reasons to Scrap the $1 Billion Aid Package to Central America

Escrito por  |  30 / June / 2015
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We are a group of social scientists with decades of research experience with the very populations targeted in Biden’s plan. We are painfully aware that Central America’s rural and urban poor need support. But Biden’s package is guaranteed to deepen—not alleviate—the problems faced by Central America’s poor majority.

Bolivia Takes its Case to International Court: Why Now?

Escrito por  |  27 / June / 2015
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The perennial Bolivian quest for a sovereign Pacific port took a surprising turn in April 2013 when the Evo Morales administration instituted proceedings before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, calling on it to rule that Chile had an obligation to negotiate an agreement with Bolivia granting it sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean.

Mexico’s Grassroots Caravans for Water, Land, Work and Life

Escrito por  |  9 / June / 2015
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The three contingents of the Caravan in Defense of Water, of the Land, and of Work and Life converged in Mexico City on May 22. The Yaqui tribe led the caravans, heading out May 11, to traverse the entire country from three routes: northwest, northeast and the south.

China reorganizes Latin America’s economic map

Escrito por  |  9 / June / 2015
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Changes in the regional scenario are proceeding at a surprising velocity. At the opening of the first China CELAC forum in Beijing on January 8th, President Xi Jinping of China announced plans to double bilateral trade, to $500 billion in 2025.