Eradicating Peace in Colombia

Evan King and Samantha Wherry On October 12, the Colombian government kicked off a pilot program of aerial fumigation of coca crops via drones in Antioquia. The initiative lasted 45 days and the drones only fumigated three to four hectares a day and had to be manually transported between sites, according to Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, Antioquia’s…

The Strange Case of The Guardian and Brazil

Brasil Wire “If The Guardian was what it purports to be, Brasil Wire wouldn’t need to exist”. The British Newspaper’s coverage serves as a case study of how perception of what happened in Brasil became so distorted internationally. The Guardian is of course the closest thing that the UK has to a mainstream progressive newspaper, and it had, until relatively…

New Cold War and Looming Threats

Jipson John and P. M. Jitheesh An interview with the acclaimed journalist, John Pilger John Pilger is one of the world’s acclaimed investigative journalists and documentary film-makers. He is a leading critic of the foreign policies of the United States and the United Kingdom, imperialism, war, racism, neoliberalism, atrocities against indigenous people and the corporatisation…

The Coup Within the Coup: 50 Years After the Darkest Days of Brazil’s Dictatorship

Andre Pagliarini Dec 13 marks the 50th anniversary of the deadliest act issued under Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985). With fewer than three weeks until Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration, it is more urgent than ever that Brazilian society reckons with its authoritarian past. Brazilians protest outside of the National Congress in 1983, demanding the re-establishment of direct…

Brazil: Samarco Dam Disaster Surpasses 1,100 Days; Miners Remain Unassisted

Juca Guimarães A local bar destroyed by the toxic mud that flooded down the Doce River after a Samarco dam collapsed in Minas Gerais / Lorena Zschaber The worst environmental disaster in Brazil’s history surpassed its 1,100-day mark since the a Samarco dam collapsed in the southeastern city of Mariana, in Minas Gerais state, releasing…

“All the Chocolate Sold in Brazil Today is Tainted by Child Labor”

Luciana Console Around 8,000 Brazilian children work in the cocoa production chain, mainly extracting beans for chocolate manufacturing / MPT Handout In 2011, the documentary film The Dark Side of Chocolate by Danish journalist Miki Mistrati exposed how thousands of children from Eastern African countries were forced to work in the cocoa industry for chocolate multinationals. Seven years…

Honduras: The Plunder Continues

John Perry A fraudulent election one year ago gave Juan Orlando Hernández a second term as president of Honduras. The protests that followed were violently repressed. By the year’s end, 126 demonstrations had been held, leaving 30 people dead, 232 injured and more than 1000 in jail. But on 22 December 2017 the US government…

Truth Against Wars: Alba Malta North Africa – December 2018

AGAINST IMPERIALISM AND NATO WARS ALBA MALTA NORTH AFRICA IS ORGANIZING AN EVENT ON NATO WARS WITH A FILM DISCUSSION Film discussion ” Everything Will be forgotten” ? Special Guests : Italian journalist Marinella Correggia, Dr Salem Zubeidy, analyst from Libya and former Ambassador of the Socialist Arab Jamahiriya to Brazil, and Dr George Saliba,…

In Buenos Aires, All Roads Lead to Resistance

Peoples Dispatch Activists from across Latin America and the world marched on Friday November 30 to reject the G20 Summit which brings together and celebrates the most powerful and divisive leaders of the world and their anti-people policies In the weeks leading up to the grand G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, which itself lasted a…

Brazil: Court Suspends Eviction Warrant that Could Displace 450 MST Families

Brasil de Fato Produce grown by Quilombo Campo Grande residents in Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil / MST A court suspended on Friday, Nov. 30, the execution of an eviction warrant of the old Ariadnópolis Mill, in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil, where approximately 450 families – more than 2,000 people – have been living and working…

Haiti: The PetroCaribe Scandal and its Historical Precedents

Catherine Charlemagne Part I Clearly, the PetroCaribe affair is gaining momentum. With every passing day, Haitian society becomes more engrossed with this scandal which exposes the outrageous conduct of our leaders vis-à-vis public funds. Haitian government corruption has long been a cancer slowly but surely weakening the state, for which we have found no cure….