Thousands Join Hands in Defense of Freedom of Information and Speech

Escrito por  |  27 / May / 2014
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Thousands of protesters formed a human chain in Mexico City in April to protest proposed telecommunications legislation. Speakers at the event called the reforms “an assault on free speech and a restriction against access to public information.”

Brazil’s World Cup 2014: Private Security “Made ​​in the USA”

Escrito por  |  27 / May / 2014
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As the World Cup nears, the American company Academi, formerly Blackwater, carried out training of Brazilian military personnel and federal police in April as part of a military cooperation agreement between Brazil and the United States signed in 2010.

Biío Hioxo Wind Energy Project Hurting Indigenous Peoples and their Territories

Escrito por  |  17 / May / 2014
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The chickens run between the rows of crops at Don Celestino Bartolo’s ranch, a farmer who wipes the sweat from his brow after sowing what may be his last harvest of corn. Rosalino, his son, milks his cows and points with sadness toward the place where they used to fish. A huge wind turbine stands there now–one of 117 installed by the company Gas Natural Fenosa.

Why We Need an Immediate Moratorium on Gold Mining

Escrito por  |  16 / May / 2014
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Gold mining has become a scourge that afflicts most Latin American countries. In some places, a few giant transnational corporations operate. In others, hundreds or even thousands of people crowd into jungle rivers or the guts of mountains for a few grams of gold.

Sex Workers in Mexico: Defense of their Corners with Dignity

Escrito por  |  13 / May / 2014
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This past year sex workers’ organizations in Mexico City filed legal injunction 112/2013 which prompted the Federal Judiciary to oblige the government of Mexico City to legally recognize sex work as unpaid labor. For activists and sex workers, this decision is considered an “unprecedented victory”.

Challenging a Militarized Police State in the U.S.

Escrito por  |  7 / May / 2014
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When the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and other law enforcement agencies cracked down on protestors March 30, 2014, the city’s finest rolled out a military-style force.

Guatemala: Suppressing Dissent at Home and Abroad

Escrito por  |  7 / May / 2014
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Guatemala is witnessing an escalation in targeted attacks on human rights defenders. Recently, its president launched a verbal attack on a U.S. Senate aide, upset at conditions on military funding that are there precisely to prevent human rights abuses.