Insumisión: Battles Lines Are Drawn in the Face of the Looming Storm

Originally posted to It’s Going Down By Scott Campbell Happy May Day! Around Mexico today numerous marches will be held, primarily organized by the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) and its more radical tendency, the National Education Workers Coordinating Body (CNTE). A few of the demonstrations are listed on It’s Going Down’s roundup of May Day…

Zapatista News Summary for April 2016

Translated by Dorset Chiapas Solidarity In Chiapas  1. Judgement about the tourist highway: The Tsotsil communities of Los Llanos and San José el Porvenir in Los Altos de Chiapas reveal publicly that on January 18th 2016 they were granted an amparo (order for legal protection) against the San Cristóbal de Las Casas-Palenque highway, which the government…

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…

Nicaragua: Paris Agreement Negates Sustainable Development

The current energy crisis in Venezuela is a direct result of Climate Change as are the widespread floods in Argentina and Uruguay. By Tortilla con Sal The same countries that accumulated their current massive financial and economic advantage through centuries of genocide, slavery and environmental destruction are now leveraging that global advantage though abuse and…

Decolonizing the Commune

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Fanonian Practices and the Politics of Space in Postapartheid South Africa Abahlali baseMjondolo in South Africa has sought to structure itself as a confederation of self-managed and democratically organized communities in struggle. By Richard Pithouse Abahlali baseMjondolo is a movement largely based in shantytowns built on land occupations in and around the South…

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…

Nicaragua Resists Climate Imperialism By Refusing to Sign COP21

Tortilla con Sal The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in December last year in Paris. Climate change is another area, like global trade and finance, where the dead hand of the Western corporate elites via their countries’ governments chokes the life out of…