Peruvian Indigenous Women: In Defense of Land, Culture and the Female Body

Interview with Lourdes Huanca By George Ygarza Network in Defense of Humanity During the Fujimori regime the progressive left was decimated. Dissidents were quickly branded as terrorists and silenced through defamation, marginalization or disappearance. But far from being frozen in the past, the Peruvian left was kept alive in the periphery, as clandestine student groups,…

Breaking Down Stigmas: An Exercise of Social Justice and Equity

Mariela Castro, who holds a PhD in Sociology and is director of the National Center for Sex Education (Cenesex), spoke about how much work has been done to arrive at the 9th edition of the Cuban Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, and her unwavering commitment to defending justice. Lisandra Fariñas Acosta | internet@granma.cu “I got…

Red May: 10 Years Later, Atenco Resists Plunder Again

x carolina El Enemigo Común Sky-rockets blast off. Machetes gleam. Atenco is in town to head up a march from the Independence Angel to the Mexico City Zocalo. More than a thousand people join in. Chants ring out: Atenco lives! The struggle continues! The march brings two days of activities to a close –– activities…

Autonomous Government in ejido Tila

“Autonomy is a lifelong process. The struggle never ends. And it’s only recently that we have begun walking towards it.” By Rata Rey El Enemigo Común SubVersiones Five months have passed since ejido Tila expelled the municipal government and declared autonomy: five months of self-determination, organizational and community restructuring, of contemplating ways to establish a…

Ecocide and Genocide in the Niger Delta

The majority of refugees come from war and conflict zones, illegitimate states, areas of natural disasters and economically weak countries. In many cases, companies from the West destroy people’s livelihoods by acting ruthlessly. In Nigeria, the oil extraction and production has devastating consequences for the people living in the Niger Delta. But the Geneva Convention on…

Colombia’s ‘Guantanamo Bay’: A Human Rights Nightmare

teleSUR Ariz Carrillo spent two years and five months locked behind bars at one of Colombia’s maximum security prisons, la Tramacua ­– a place so renown for its human rights abuses that it has been dubbed “the Guantanamo of Colombia.” “For no reason, only because I was a political prisoner. They tortured me like that…

Land Grabbing Is Killing Honduras’ Indigenous Peoples

Berta Caceres’ killing was a symptom, not an isolated incident. By Andrea Reyes Blanco and Tim Shenk Berta Cáceres wasn’t the first and, unfortunately, she hasn’t been the last. The world-renowned Lenca leader assassinated last month in Honduras for her opposition to government-backed megaprojects is one of an increasing litany of fallen fighters for indigenous…

Dismantling Neoliberal Education: A Lesson from the Zapatistas

The non-hierarchical education of the Zapatistas cries dignity and suggests that the suffering of the neoliberal university can be withstood and overcome. By Levi Gahman I’ve said it before—in contrast to those traditional stories that begin with ‘Once upon a time…’ Zapatista stories begin with ‘There will be a time…’ — Subcomandante Galeano (formerly Marcos) Excerpted…