New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory

What is happening with the land and natural wealth around the world, and to the people who depend on them? How are people responding to these trends, threats, and challenges? In an attempt to tackle these questions and building on La Via Campesina’s Maraba Declaration on Agrarian Reform, the Land Research Action Network, Global Campaign…

Brazil’s Indigenous People March Against Bolsonaro’s Policies

Indigenous peoples carried out actions throughout the country on Thursday to denounce setbacks in the rights of indigenous peoples and threats against their territories. The date marks the end of the activities of #JaneiroVermelho, national mobilization of traditional communities against the genocide of the indigenous population in Brazil and the withdrawal of rights. Several Indigenous…

The Ongoing Lessons of the Zapatista Revolution 25 Years On

Hilary Klein In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings. (Photo by Tim Russo) What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, 2019 marked 25 years since the Zapatistas…

Mexico’s EZLN: The Fourth Transformation?

Gilberto López y Rivas The arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to the Presidency of Mexico and the triumph of Morena as the first political force in the Congress of the Union, the governorships of four states, the leadership of the Mexico City Government, numerous city and municipal governments, demands reflecting, with critical thought,…

Communiqué from the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Governing Council for the 25th Anniversary of the Armed Uprising of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Commanders enter La Realidad for the 25th Anniversary celebration. January 2, 2019 To the Zapatista National Liberation Army: To the CIG Support Networks: To the Resistance and Rebellion Networks: To the people of Mexico: To the peoples of the world: To the communications media: The peoples, nations and tribes that form the National Indigenous Congress…

The Future and Impact of Bolsonaro’s Anti-Indigenous Policies

Rute Pina Bolsonaro’s measures will affect at least 232 areas that were with ongoing studies at Funai / Media NINJA / National Indigenous Mobilization The jurist Carlos Frederico Marés analyzes the future of the Indian policies in the government of Jair Bolsonaro The measures already announced and the proposals of the extreme right-wing president Jair…

Mexico: EZLN Warn They Will Block “Death Projects”

“It’s not easy to face political parties and bad governments are the current one: dishonest and deceitful,” said Subcomandante Moises. Mexico’s National Liberation Zapatista Army (EZLN) has declared it won’t allow the “death projects” of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in its territory, vowing to maintain autonomy based on Indigenous customs. “We will fight, we…

Fourth World Under Unprecedented Threat

Wayne Madsen Never in recent times has the Fourth World – the 370 million indigenous peoples who have no states of their own – been under assault, as it is now, from a combination of proto-fascist governments and resource-grabbing corporations. The basic tenets of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

The Expansion of the Mapuche Movement

Raúl Zibechi Leaving Temuco, in the heart of Mapuche territory, extensive pine plantations surround villages and towns, like waves that hover over people of the earth, “natural” wire fences of a monstrous concentration camp. The highways and roads crowded with carabiñeros [1] in their green vans complement the circle of plantations with a relentless siege,…

New Era for Mexico’s Zapatista Liberation Army 25 Years After Uprising

Raul Fernando Since the 1994 uprising, the National Liberation Zapatista Army has been a global reference for revolutionary movements. “We’re the product of 500 years of struggles: first against slavery in the independence war led by insurgents against Spain, then avoiding being absorbed by North American expansionism, then for promulgating our Constitution and expelling the…

Private Interests Threaten Brazil’s Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Territory

Leonardo Fernandes Raposa Serra do Sol indigenous residents protest in Brasília in April 2018. | Carl de Souza/AFP There are approximately 20,000 indigenous people of the ethnic groups Macuxi, Uapixana, Ingaricó, Taurepangue, and Patamonas living in the indigenous land Raposa Serra do Sol, North of Brazil. The reserve was first established in 1993 by the…

Indigenous Leader Appeals to EU to Sanction Brazil, Avoid Genocide

Sonia Guajajara, the leader of the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples or Articulacao dos Povos Indigenas do Brasil (APBI) which represents more than 300 Brazilian Indigenous groups, called on the European Union to impose trade sanctions on Brazil to avoid an ecological disaster and potential genocide by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. “We are afraid of a…

Mexico’s Indigenous People Reject AMLO’s Approval of ‘Mayan Train’

Over 80 Indigenous communities in Mexico’s Yucatan say the president is creating a ‘false narrative’ that they approve of and identify with the 1,500km Mayan Train. Mayan communities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula are speaking out against the president’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday for a high-speed ‘Mayan Train’ set to be built across the region…

Mapuche Nation Demand Chilean Government Dismantle the Genocidal Jungle Command

Mapuche Nation Communiqué A group of Mapuche leaders Saturday met in Temucuicui to decide next possible steps after the assassination of Camilo Catrillanca on Nov. 14 by Chilean Carabineros (police). The leaders decided on four demands they will put forward to the Chilean state. “We demand the current government to urgently dismantle and remove said…