Nearly two thousand activists explored extractivism over three days in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, at the Continental Conference for Water and Pachamama, debating the problems created by the extractive model and possible alternatives. The Conference Ethics Tribunal condemned militarization and the criminalization of protest, which are integral parts of the extractive model.
Two objectives guide the United States and transnational companies in Central America: geopolitical and military control and enormous profits from mining megaprojects. Militarism, drug-trafficking, and violence complete a picture in which the same ones always lose.
Last April 28, 2011, a Costa Rican court nullified a Presidential Decree issued by former President Oscar Arias that granted police chiefs of police the power to authorize and use weapons of war. The ruling represents a victory, but Costa Rica’s commitment to peace is being undermined from within.
Congress could vote any day now to strike a new blow against already-battered U.S. workers and the unemployed in the form of three Bush-era Free Trade Agreements. The Obama administration and corporate interests are urging their passage. Read why unions and human rights groups say no.
On Friday, June 23 a group of Central American migrants crossing Mexico by freight train en route to the United States were kidnapped at gunpoint in Medias Aguas, Veracruz. This is just the latest example of how U.S.-Mexico “security” policy has placed migrants at greater risk than ever.
One of the main disadvantages that poor and working class people face in building a new world is that it is very difficult to even imagine what one would be like. The experience of a group of rural workers in Mendoza, Argentina who are resisting and carrying out productive initiatives, shows that there is a way: To create, here and now, pieces of those “other” worlds that can inspire others to follow in their path.
Across the political spectrum, education holds a central place in Haiti’s reconstruction and development plans. The education of children is rightfully their primary concern. But in a nation where 55 percent of adults cannot read or write, according to the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the potential value of a large-scale effort to increase their literacy rate is worth considering as well.