Catatumbo in Dispute

María Fernanda Barreto Mouth of the Catatumbo River with Lake Maracaibo (Photo: Alan Highton / Cordon Press) The beautiful and strategic Catatumbo River originates in Colombia in the department of Norte de Santander and runs 240 kilometers until it reaches the Venezuelan border. From there it enters the state of Zulia, and flows its last…

Colombia: British Forces Support Repression, Train Police and Armed Forces

Matt Kennard Colombian police (Photo: Colombian National Police) The UK embassy in Bogotá has launched an environmentally-focused public relations project while Britain trains the country’s repressive security forces. The project promotes UK investment in Colombia and “joint work” with unnamed organisations on “security and defence”. UK spent £31,000 on project launched in June to “establish…

Despite Setbacks, Western Sahara Continues the Struggle for Self-Determination

Mahjoub Maliha of CODESA (Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders) speaks to Peoples Dispatch about the situation in Western Sahara after the violation of the ceasefire agreement by Moroccan forces last November and the human rights violations against activists and civilians by the Moroccan state that followed. He also points that international actors have failed…

UN Human Rights Council Abandons Yemen

Charles Pierson The UN Human Rights Council has quashed an ongoing investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen.  The HRC rejected a draft resolution on October 7 which would have continued the mandate of the UN Group of Eminent Independent and Regional Experts on Yemen (GEE) to investigate war crimes and human rights violations in…

Fascism: The American Dream

Tristan Graham Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution. George…

QR Codification of the World

Peter Koenig Imagine humanity would one day – very soon – decide to stop wearing masks. In unison. Not in the streets, not in restaurants, not in shops, not in sports events – simply nowhere. Against all orders of a good portion of the 193 UN member governments, or at least the western governments. And,…

Food Sovereignty: A Manifesto for the Future of Our Planet

“Our historic task is to ensure that no human being goes hungry” Food Sovereignty is a philosophy of life. It offers a vision for our collective future, and defines the principles around which we organize our daily living and co-exist with Mother Earth. It is a celebration of life and all the diversity around us….

Homeless in Colombia Under Attack

Peoples Dispatch The fire consumed the shacks and belongings of over 300 poor displaced people, recyclers and immigrants, who had been living in temporary camps since last year. Photo: El Espectador Colombian police allegedly set fire to temporary camps during an eviction operation in Bogotá. The fire consumed the huts and belongings of over 300…

The Pandemic Is a Consequence of the War Against Life

Vandana Shiva ITT Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from Vandana Shiva’s book %: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom (Chelsea Green Publishing, August 2020) and was originally published by Independent Science News. The health emergency of the coronavirus is inseparable from the health emergency of extinction, biodiversity loss and climate change In March 2015, Bill Gates…

Death of Indigenous Human Rights Activist Sparks Outrage in Chile

Peoples Dispatch Members of the medical brigade attempted to save the life of human rights defender Denisse Cortés. Photo: El Desconcierto Denisse Cortés was killed amid police repression against a peaceful march of Mapuche Indigenous people in Santiago, Chile. Eyewitnesses said that she was hit in the neck by a tear gas canister fired by…