July 03, 2011
By Clayton Conn
Since April 15th, members of the P’urhépecha indigenous community of Cherán, Michoacán have self-organized community defense committees to protect themselves from violence amidst Mexico’s drug war. The community of some 20,000 people has faced kidnappings, murders, and...
July 03, 2011
Farmer's Market in Samaca, Colombia (Flickr: momentcaptured1)Over the last decade, several studies have warned that agricultural production is one of the most vulnerable sectors in the global economy, particularly for subsistence and small farmers, who are the main food producers in the world....
July 01, 2011
Memorial Tribute (Credit: IFCO/Pastors for Peace)By Michael Fox
On Thursday, June 30, hundreds of people packed into Manhattan’s Riverside Church for the launch of 22nd Caravan to Cuba, and a memorial tribute to the late Reverend Lucius Walker, Jr. Each year the IFCO/Pastors for Peace...
June 30, 2011
I had the privilege this week of spending some time with Dr. Gordon Rohlehr, the esteemed Caribbean scholar, and it is from him that I take the title for this week’s blog. Rohlehr explained that any meaningful definition of community must take into account layers of power in society and include not...
June 29, 2011
In a cover story this past Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas announced that he was “done running,” that he had “decided to come forward, [and] own up” to what he had done. He was, he explained, sick of living in fear, of “lying,” “of...
June 28, 2011
Last Thursday, President Felipe Calderón held a highly publicized encounter with several victims of the extreme violence that has accompanied his ongoing war against drug trafficking and organized crime. The victims were members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, a movement...