In Defense of Land and Water, From Standing Rock to Guatemala

Standing Rock and the struggle against the DAPL and in defense of water have brought Indigenous people together in solidarity from across the globe. By Jeff Abbott,  Truthout via teleSUR The defense of water knows no borders, according to the Mayan Ancestral Authorities, the communal authorities and elders of Mayan towns across Guatemala. This reality…

Enbridge Line 3: The Feeblest Head of the Hydra

By Anonymous Contributor I started researching this article while at Standing Rock, after learning that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had approved a $7.5 billion pipeline project to replace Line 3. At the time, I didn’t even know such a proposal was on the table. In so-called Canada, the Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines…

Behind the Murder of Berta Cáceres

By Chris Fry Honduran Indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was shot to death a year ago at her home in a gated community, supposedly under Honduran government protection. An investigation by the British newspaper The Guardian revealed Feb. 28 that the death of Cáceres, winner of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015,…

Drought in Africa 2017: Millions of Lives at Risk

Obi Anyadike Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods. The El Niño-driven crisis has increased the malnutrition rates of rural children, and driven up food prices for urban residents. Livestock deaths and fire…

Communiqué from the National Indigenous Congress

To the national and international Sixth To the free media To civil society in general Compañeros, compañeras, as our peoples continue to organize ourselves, each in our own ways and forms, analyzing and making agreements in order to form a Concejo Indígena de Gobierno [Indigenous Council of Government], the war against our peoples doesn’t stop….

Honoring Berta Cáceres, Honduran Land Defenders Continue the Struggle

One year after Berta Cáceres’ murder, indigenous peoples are in revolt, fighting for their rights to exist in a system that has no part for them to play. By Michael Phoenix Let us wake up! Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free of the rapacious capitalism, racism…

Another Indigenous Human Rights Activist Killed in Colombia

Alicia Lopez Guisao, a leader of Colombia’s Asokinchas community, helped distribute food to Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. Colombian Indigenous and campesino leader Alicia Lopez Guisao was killed in Medellin on Thursday, adding to the growing list of recently murdered human rights activists in the South American country. The number of social and human rights defenders…

The Vision and Legacy of Berta Cáceres

By Beverly Bell Above photo: Berta Zuniga Cáceres, Laura Zuniga Cáceres, and Gustavo Castro Soto presenting on “the Revolutions of Berta Cáceres” at the opening session of the international Forum on Emancipatory Paradigms. Havana, January 10, 2017. Credit: Beverly Bell] Note this week the Guardian reported that court papers show her murder was a well planned military…

Standing Rock One of Multiple Pipeline Construction Projects Underway

By Alleen Brown UNDER ORDERS FROM President Donald Trump, the Army Corps of Engineers on February 7 approved a final easement allowing Energy Transfer Partners to drill under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Construction has restarted, and lawyers for the company say it could take as little as 30 days…