Social Movements

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.

A Hero of Tlatelolco

Escrito por  |  21 / October / 2014
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Every year on October 2 thousands of Mexican students pour into the streets of Mexico City, marching from Tlatelolco through the historic city center downtown, to the main plaza. This year they commemorated the 1968 massacre of students, the attack on Ayotzinapa students last month and the life of Raúl Alvarez Garin, “the hero of Tlatelolco”.

How Far the Cult of the Individual?

Escrito por  |  16 / October / 2014
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The communal democracies of these indigenous communities may be the only thing that could save Oaxaca’s lands from the new onslaught of the cult of the individual and corporate gain.

La Garganta Poderosa: Voice and dignity from below

Escrito por  |  12 / October / 2014
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The villas of Buenos Aires–the poorest neighborhoods in the city, self-constructed, self-defended during decades of state harassment and real estate speculation–produce one of the best publications around: La Garganta Poderosa.