Hugo Chávez Popular Defense Brigades: Two Years of Sowing Peace

Exactly two years ago, the Brigadas de Defensa Popular Hugo Chávez (BDPHCh) became known to the entire country. With a powerful caravan that ran along the number 5 highway, between Santa Bárbara de Barinas and Socopó, hundreds of militants from Apure, Barinas, Táchira, Mérida and Caracas responded to the urgent call that was made at…

Female Strength: How Venezuelan Community Women Face the Blockade

Marco Teruggi “It looks like a nativity scene when night falls, you see how all the lights are turned on,” says a community member from the roof of an unfinished house in the neighborhood of La Libertad, south of Caracas. This is where the hills of the humble meet the green mountains, the end of…

Guatemala: What We Indians Keep Quiet About

Ollantay Itzamná Rabin Ajaw 2019/2010. Internet With the advent of postmodernity, the “elements” of indigenous identities were used, both by the rulers of the creole states and by the business agents of the neoliberal system, as “amulets” to distract and deactivate the historic resistance of indigenous peoples. As never before, ceremonial performances such as Inti…

The Resistance of Honduras Against the Neocolonial Regime

Prensa CRBZ Honduras is experiencing a continuation of the coup d’état that overthrew President Zelaya in 2009. The authoritarian regime that oppresses the country is characterized by extractivism, electoral fraud, assassination, militarization, drug trafficking and militarism. At the same time, the people resist on the basis of their capacity for struggle and the ideas, the…

“The US Got Scared”: Voices of the Resistance in Post-Coup Honduras

Alexander Rubinstein TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS — MintPress News went to Honduras and spoke with a number of leaders of the Honduran resistance amid a 66-day uprising over a neoliberal austerity deal reached between the government as the country marked the 10-year anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup d’etat. Last Thursday, the Honduran government passed a privatization law,…

A Crisis of Social Reproduction in Venezuela: A Conversation with Alba Carosio

Cira Pascual Marquina Alba Carosio is a longtime feminist writer and activist, and a member of La Araña Feminista [Venezuelan feminist network]. She is the Director of the “Revista Venezolana de Estudios de la Mujer” [a feminist academic journal], a researcher at the Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos and part of the “Latin American…

An Affective Picture of Chavismo Part XV: How it is Possible

Reinaldo Iturriza Chávez went up through La Piedrera in December 2010, when a flooded area left around 120,000 people homeless. A few months later he would launch the Great Mission Housing Venezuela. I lost count of the number of times that, faced with an injustice or outrage committed by some leader, public official or, for…

Venezuela: The ‘Unbreakable’ Productive Workers’ Army

The Productive Workers’ Army is a social movement made up of workers, Venezuelan men and women, who decided to join together in order to face the aggression befalling the country. They seek to recover the assets in public companies and institutions, communes and productive facilities that Venezuela needs to protect its people. They do it…

120 Countries Defend Venezuela at the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Caracas

The 120 Member States of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), approved on Saturday an official document ratifying their recognition to the government of the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro Moros, reject any attempt to expel the South American country from the Organization of the United Nations (UN) and approve the…

Honduras: Who Would Destroy a Community’s Food Crops?

Zoe PC On July 16, members of the Lenca community woke up to find that their corn crops had been destroyed. Members of the Lenca community in Río Blanco in the northwestern region of Honduras woke up on July 16 to find that 15 sections of their corn crops had been destroyed during the night….

Are the Indigenous Movements Left Movements?

Ollantay Itzamná Mayan Quiché Indians in assembly. CQ. In the course of this century, new transgressive socio-political subjects emerged with force in Latin America under the current hegemonic system. These protagonists are: indigenous people, peasants, women, young people, etc. Whether through mental laziness or through the fictions of left/right binarism, these new social movements, were…