Autonomy, Insubordination and the Radical Mapuche Movement in Chile

Gilberto López y Rivas César Enrique Pineda’s book, The Wallmapu [1] burns: autonomy, insubordination and the radical Mapuche movement in Chile, UNAM-CIALC-Bajo Tierra editions (2018), [2] is singularly relevant within the ambit of research about social movements, original peoples and autonomic processes. It constitutes a rigorous, founded, committed and achieved theoretical-empirical effort to penetrate one…

MST Condemns Eviction of More than 200 Families in Maranhão

MST Since 2016, the families have demanded the inspection of the area for demarcation, which was only scheduled for today, the day of compliance with the preliminary injunction for reinstatement On Tuesday (13), the Maranhão Military Police evicted about 250 families from the Novo Pindaré camp, in the municipality of Pindaré Mirim. The area in…

Indigenous Colombians Reach Bogota as Violence Continues

A group of over 400 Indigenous people is set to resume talks with the national government to ensure the fulfillment of agreements reached in 2017. Over 450 Indigenous peoples of the Embera, Wounaan, and Zenu nationalities of the Choco region in the Colombian Pacific reached Bogota Monday to demand the fulfillment of a set of…

Brazil: Military Police Begin Evictions of Landless Workers

Juca Guimarães MST, Brasil de Fato The Maranhão Military Police, in compliance with a judicial decision, began an operation to evict the approximately 250 families of landless rural workers linked to the MST, who live in Pindaré-Mirim, 255 kilometers from São Luís. The operation began at 5:30 in the morning and, according to the rural…

Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Water

Francia Márquez In a recent report from Colombia’s national health institute, only 15.1 % of people living in the Colombian countryside (barely 900,000 people) have access to good quality water. Water is guaranteed mostly to the urban people living in the city. The population that does not have water is mostly in the Colombian-Pacific and…

Palestinian National Unity and Class Conflict

Khaled Barakat The following article by Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, was originally published in Arabic in Al-Adab magazine on 2 November 2018. To read the original Arabic text, please visit the Al-Adab website. Khaled Barakat. Photo credit: Proletaren When the positions of national forces clash in a…

Peasants’ Rights Declaration Presented Before the UN General Assembly

La Via Campesina The “UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas” was presented in the UN headquarters to the Third Committee of the General Assembly on 25th October. This comes on the back of a nearly two decade long process of consultations and negotiations led by millions of…

Will Israel’s Gaza Massacres Move the ICC into Action?

Joe Catron @jncatron THE HAGUE — As the Great March of Return by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip nears its eighth month, legal organizations in the besieged Palestinian enclave have called for the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel over its forces’ repeated fire against unarmed protesters. By the end of the 30th weekly mobilization…

Interview With Indigenous Social Leader Milagro Sala

teleSUR “The big powers come to govern the country (…) they want to take away our Argentine flag and they want to impose on us a colonization flag”.  Milagro Sala On the 1,000th day of Milagro Sala’s detention, unions, political parties and social organizations marched to demand her freedom. To understand her situation on an…

Colombian Social Organizations Send an Open Letter to Iván Duque

Colombia Informa Various social organizations gathered in the Popular Assembly wrote a letter to the government of Iván Duque. They demand measures to protect social leaders, to stop criminalization of social justice movements and to allocate  more resources towards education. More than 1300 leaders of social organizations gathered in Bogotá expressed their concern about the…