Social Movements

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams Talks About Women’s Role in Peace

Escrito por  |  9 / December / 2014
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It can be difficult to understand the meaning of sustainable peace. It’s not simply the absence of conflict or war. It’s based on a different concept entirely of security–instead of national security, which of course is to guarantee the security and structure of the state, it’s based on a conception of security that has at its center the well being of the people of a society. If the basic needs of the majority of the population of the county are not met, there is no security.

Students March for Ayotzinapa and for Their Future

Escrito por  |  1 / December / 2014
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Thousands of students marched from Tlatelolco Square, site of the notorious student massacre of 1968, to the Zocalo in Mexico City Nov. 20 in solidarity with the 43 disappeared students of the Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. The student march, which included both public and private universities and high schools, followed national strikes organized in 79 universities throughout the country.

Ayotzinapa Protests: Report from Ciudad Juarez

Escrito por  |  29 / November / 2014
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On a day when the world protested state violence against the Mexican students of the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college, Ciudad Juarez was no exception.

REDD, Neo-Colonialism in the Land of the Pataxo Warriors

Escrito por  |  26 / November / 2014
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It’s 5 o’clock in the morning, southern cone time, on Oct. 13, 2014. The Pataxo indigenous people of the far southern region of the state of Bahía, in the northeast of Brazil, form three barricades across the BR101 Highway in the region of Monte Pascoal, in the city of Itamaraju, one of the main roads connecting the northern and southern parts of the country.

Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

Escrito por  |  22 / November / 2014
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Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity. Ayotzinapa is an outgrowth and a symbol of a war on youth.

The Yaqui Water War

Escrito por  |  13 / November / 2014
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A series by Tom Barry of the CIP TransBorder Project that takes an in-depth look at the water crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Part One: How the Mexican border state of Sonora is rushing forward with more water-management projects in response to escalating water crisis.

Disappeared Youth Spark Protests in Mexico’s Worst Political Crisis in Decades

Escrito por  |  26 / October / 2014
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Following a week of accolades abroad, President Enrique Peña Nieto returned home to face the worst political crisis of his administration. Protests rage after local police forcibly disappeared 43 students of Ayotzinapa, a rural teaching college in the state of Guerrero. As investigations continue, the crisis has laid bare the violence and corruption that control large parts of the nation.