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.”
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.