Guatemala: Rallying for Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Communities and peoples on the move in Guatemala City. In recent years, this category has begun to be reflected upon as a response to the civilizing project of modernity that, through nation states, has continued to colonize and dispossess the territories of the original peoples. Therefore, the idea of plurinationality is necessarily linked…

The Sinuous Interference of the Clergy in the Processes of Hope in Abya Yala

Ollantay Itzamná Catholic bishop arrested in Nicaragua in rebellion against justice Regularly, in the Catholic Continent of Abya Yala, we do not hear news about “imprisonment” or “detention by justice” of bishops. Much less in countries with “progressive” governments. The “impunity” of the Catholic or evangelical hierarchy in these lands full of faith is almost…

Guatemala: Consensus of Unity for Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Reading of the Declaration of the Consensus of Unity for Plurinationality There is no doubt that the political left (political parties) and the socio-cultural left (most of the NGOs created by the revolutionary vanguards) are in a historic dilemma: either they commit themselves to the articulation of the Consensus for Plurinational Unity, or…

Guatemala and the Progressive Wave in Abya Yala

Ollantay Itzamná The political results of “progressivism” were not the fruit of the articulation of traditional political parties, nor the product of electoral campaigns alone. In some countries such as Guatemala, some actors of the traditional left are beginning to assume the electoral political “imperative”: Now is the time! It is our turn! enthusiastic about…

France to Nationalize 100% of Electricity, What about Guatemala?

Ollantay Itzamná The socio-political movement CODECA, for more than a decade, has been proposing the renationalization of electricity for the electrical sovereignty of Guatemala. But, for raising this public policy, in the last three years, 24 defenders of the right to electricity belonging to this movement have been assassinated. The Prime Minister of France, Élisabeth…

Guatemala: “Political Unity” in the Imaginary of the Traditional Left

Ollantay Itzamná Indians and peasants cannot call for unity. The only ones qualified to call for unity, and to indicate the political route to the Indians, are the Indians and peasants. Indians and peasants should not call for unity, nor for any kind of political articulation. This is the other ideological conviction that prevents them…

National Strike in Ecuador Completes 15 Days, Struggle Continues

Tanya Wadhwa Hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians held a massive march in capital Quito to mark 15 days of the national strike On June 27. (Photo: CONAIE/Twitter) Ecuadorian peasant, Indigenous and Afro-descendant organizations have vowed to continue fighting against poverty and deep inequalities in the country, despite persecution, criminalization and repression by the state Monday,…

Ecuador’s Uprising Escalates Despite Violent Government Repression

The Grayzone spoke with leaders of Ecuador’s indigenous movements, now engaged in ferocious street protests against the privatization policies of President Guillermo Lasso, a billionaire banker. The activists addressed their demands and the repression they have witnessed, including arrests and alleged assassination attempts. In part two of our series on Ecuador’s indigenous-led revolt against the…

Ecuador: “Stop the Massacre”

Carlos Crespo (Image by Walker Vizcarra) “Stop the massacre” was the cry that ran through tears, pain and indignation on the twelfth day of the #ParoNacional2022. “We have had a very difficult day”; “it has been a very strong day”. “We denounce to the world… the wounded, the dead, the imprisoned. Let them know about…

June 21: New Year for Some Andean Peoples

Ollantay Itzamná Andean New Year Ceremony.Internet Just a few decades ago, to announce or publicly display the ritual celebration of our gratitude to the Sun, (June 21), was unthinkable and a cause for shame. Yes, it was a cause for social derision. Ignorant, the “enlightened” called us. Now, the celebration of gratitude and clamor to…

The Rebellious Seed

Carolina Vásquez Araya (Image by Dalia Chiú S.) Violence against indigenous peoples has only made them stronger. Throughout our America, but also in the rest of the world, the harassment and criminal violence against indigenous communities that do not give in to the invasion of their territories has caused millions of innocent victims. This constant…

Amid Global Uncertainty, ALBA Movements Forges Unity and Hope

Zoe AlexandraLaura Capote and Gonzalo Armúa of ALBA Movements Operative Secretary. The continental platform of social movements will hold its third continental assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to analyze the current situation and define strategies for the next period. The continental platform, ALBA Movements, will hold its third continental assembly in Buenos Aires, Argentina from…

Water for the People Who Nurture Water

Ollantay Itzamná La Igualdad Community. San Pablo. O.I. We are water that walks, that loves, that thinks, that dreams. We are water that organizes itself socio-politically to channel our forces and become rivers of struggles for Life. That is what we are. Water. Modern civilization, both in its liberal and socialist perspective, established two hegemonic…

Is March 8 an Apolitical Event?

Ollantay Itzamná Poster. 8M2022. MQC “We are feminists, without a party, without a state, without a husband…”, is one of the constant slogans colorfully painted by our women comrades, who shout loudly every March 8th, in different cities around the world, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. It is important to remember the assassinated…

The European Union Mortally Wounds Freedom of the Press

Ollantay Itzamná The European Union, as part of the measures against Russia, bans RT and Sputnik from broadcasting. … despite the fact that humanity, especially Europe, suffers from a lack of information about what is happening in Ukraine, and in the face of the inclement media hegemony made in the USA, the European Union (EU)…