Chile: Sebastian Piñera Invokes a Genocidal Former President to Call for “Unity”

Businessman and President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera Echeñique, criticized and denounced by various international human rights organizations for the systematic violations of human rights in Chile, particularly in the face of the well-known rebellion that began on October 18, 2019, and for the constant repression of Mapuche communities, recalled in his address on May 21…

How Does the COVID19 Pandemic Impact on Indigenous Peoples?

Ollantay Itzamná Indigenous woman. Brazil. During a funeral of an indigenous chief victim of covid19. REUTERS In most of the bicentennial states of Abya Yala, the declaration of “mandatory” confinement, including the use of force, has been in force for more than two months. And the impacts on indigenous peoples are growing. The national and…

What You Need to Know About the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine

Romana Rubeo  and Ramzy Baroud Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has, once and for all, settled the doubts on the Court’s jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in occupied Palestine. On April 30, Bensouda released a 60-page document diligently laying down the legal bases for that decision, concluding that “the Prosecution…

Sexual Rights and Emancipation in Cuba

Mariela Castro Espín The 1959 revolution represented Cuba’s achievement of national sovereignty; the launching of a project of social justice and equity; and the beginning of transformations in the nation and its culture, the most profound and radical in their history. An event of such magnitude could not but completely change policies regarding gender and…

Socialism and Dignity: Seniors Are Not Roadkill

Stephen Millies Workers picket at Safire Rehabilitation in Tonawanda, N.Y., where nearly half the staff contracted COVID-19. Why are so many people in nursing homes dying from the coronavirus? Over 28,000 people across the United States have died in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.  Nearly 35 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in the…

US Responds to Failed Mercenary Incursion with an Escalation of the Economic Blockade Against Venezuela

Misión Verdad Two FBI agents. Photo: Iberoeconomia As Reuters recently reported, “the FBI is investigating several Mexican and European companies allegedly involved in the Venezuelan oil trade while gathering information for a U.S. Treasury Department investigation into possible sanctions. In its report, Reuters anonymously quotes four people familiar with these “investigations” and also sources close…

Communities Violently Evicted in Colombia Amid “Lockdown”

Altos de la Estancia is a park area in the Ciudad Bolívar district which is occupied by homeless locals, migrants, peasants, indigenous people and unemployed workers. Nearly 700 poor families live in precarious conditions in the slums built on the land. Peoples Dispatch On May 11, activists in Colombia denounced violent evictions of families carried…

Indigenous People of Latin America in the COVID-19 Era

Gerardo Szalkowicz Without basic services, excluded by the health system, without documentation to access social programs, and with roads cut off from food supplies, how does the pandemic impact on indigenous communities in Latin America? “In this pandemic we are not all in the same boat, we are all in the same sea; some in…