SOUTH AMERICA

Brazil’s indigenous population can use their land, but are not its owners

Escrito por  |  28 / October / 2014
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The Brazilian Ministry of Justice emphatically affirmed, “all of the proceedings to identify and demarcate the lands of the indigenous  Continue Reading »

Indigenous towns swallowed up by São Paulo, South America’s biggest city

Escrito por  |  30 / September / 2014
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According to the western calendar of the southern hemisphere, spring starts in September. For the Guaraní people, the old year—time for introspection and rest for the earth—stays behind and opens the new year, the time to raise crops, a time of happiness and spiritual uplift.

Argentina’s Warning on Sovereign Debt

Escrito por  |  30 / September / 2014
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The sum of the sovereign debt emissions by all of the world’s treasuries constitutes an enormous financial market concentrated in a few principal currencies and legal jurisdictions.

An indigenous nation in the industrialized heart of South America

Escrito por  |  23 / September / 2014
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The regions in the south and southeast of Brazil are the richest areas in the country and the most industrialized in Latin America. The southeast alone is responsible for 60% of GDP, and thus, in this region 90% of the population is concentrated in urban zones. In this geography of modernity there is also an indigenous territory that is in its death throes, the land of the Guaraní.

Argentina, In the Shadow of the Vultures

Escrito por  |  2 / September / 2014
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The Argentine government made another attempt to resolve the conflict over its debt on August 20, when President Cristina Fernandez launched a legislative proposal to make Buenos Aires the place of payment for creditors and get out from under U.S. legislation that has trapped the country in a financial-judicial labyrinth.

Paraguay: the return of social conflict

Escrito por  |  2 / September / 2014
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Two years after the fall of the Fernando Lugo government and one year after the rise of Horacio Cartes of the Colorado party, social movements show signs of rebuilding, with remarkable leadership of the campesino movement facing agribusiness and repression.

Peru and Colombia: Community self-defense against megaminería

Escrito por  |  25 / July / 2014
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When governments facilitate the business of multinationals and leave communities unprotected– as with mining – those communities must defend themselves by their own means, through self-defense organizations, mobilizing affected communities, or creating new ways to prevent being evicted from their own territories.