December 23, 2011
On December 15, more than 240 U.S. and international labor, environmental, and civil society organizations called on World Bank officials to dismiss a $77 million lawsuit brought by the Pacific Rim Mining Corporation against the government of El Salvador. According to Pacific Rim, the Salvadoran...
December 20, 2011
While the general level of violence has remained constant over the past few weeks, the apparent targeting of grassroots activists has increased dramatically over the month of December. This targeting should remind us that political violence, and not just organized narco-based criminality,...
December 15, 2011
Like a virus, or any other pathogen, “security” (of the police-state variety) goes wherever it can, typically creeping into the lives of marginalized or vulnerable populations and communities, and gradually and detrimentally transforming them in the process. In the name of Homeland Security, there...
December 13, 2011
Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s political skills were very much in evidence this past December 2 and 3 as the heads of 33 sovereign Latin American and Caribbean states signed on to a project that has long been dear to Chavez's heart. At the Teresa Carreño Theater in Caracas, Mexico’s...
December 12, 2011
Yesterday morning Colombia and Latin America lost one of its most influential intellectuals and social scientists: Álvaro Camacho Guizado, a colleague, mentor, and, above all, a very dear friend. I have known Álvaro since 1995 when I was a visiting scholar at the National University of...
December 09, 2011
This week, Bolivian government officials and lowland indigenous leaders agreed on a new regulation to define the “untouchable” character of the TIPNIS national park and indigenous territory. Still, the controversy over the proposed TIPNIS highway continues, six weeks after pressure from indigenous...