October 21, 2011
Two historic events took place in Bolivia this week. Indigenous groups protesting the government’s plan to build a highway through the TIPNIS national park and autonomous territory arrived in La Paz on Wednesday, after a 65-day, 360-mile cross-country trek that has riveted national and...
October 19, 2011
Occupy Wall Street and its sister mobilizations across the world have forcefully brought the issue of inequality to the global fore and, with it, the matter of work and the wellbeing of workers. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 23), “Everyone has the right to work”...
October 18, 2011
Calderón, his wife looking on, speaks with Sicilia Photo: José Antonio López
President Felipe Calderón, speaking with The New York Times reporters, October 15: There are many in the PRI [the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party] who think the deals of the past [with organized crime] would...
October 17, 2011
U.S.-trained Colombian soldiers (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Last Friday President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of 100 armed military advisers to central Africa to help regional forces fight the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan guerrilla group. This new intervention sheds some...
October 14, 2011
In the 1980s Ronald Reagan’s administration illegally defied Congress to secretly pay Iran for weapons to be delivered to the right wing Contra insurgency against the popular government of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua with the help of drug cartels. What came to be called the “Iran-Contra Scandal”,...
October 14, 2011
This week the focus of Bolivia’s TIPNIS conflict shifted to La Paz, with passage of a new law by the Bolivian Congress, massive demonstrations in support of President Evo Morales, and preparations for Sunday’s judicial elections, ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of the indigenous march early...