February 27, 2012
Since the beginning of Plan Colombia in 2000, the United States military intervention in Colombia has not decreased, in spite of the 50% budget cut from $620 million at the end of President George Bush's administration to $336 million this fiscal year.
Generals Patraeus and McCrystal (...
February 24, 2012
Leaders of lowland indigenous groups opposed to the Bolivian government’s proposed highway through the Isiboro-Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) warned last week that many communities will physically obstruct the consultation process mandated by the new law that...
February 23, 2012
(Credit: Granma International)
When looking at the vast array of reconstruction plans and promises of aid to rebuild Haiti, the old cliché "actions speak louder than words" rings true. Two years later, the failed reconstruction of Haiti has shown that a great deal of the international community’s...
February 21, 2012
As we have written here before, it is not likely that the Movement for Peace With Justice and Dignity (MPJD), the small but persistent pacifist movement organized by the Mexican poet, essayist and nonviolent activist, Javier Sicilia, will bring a genuine internal peace to Mexico any time...
February 20, 2012
Santos in Antioquia (belongingmatters.wordpress.com)
My previous two blogs highlighted some of the hurdles confronting the application of the 2011 Law 1448, which aims to return land that is now owned by banana plantations and large cattle ranchers to its previous owners. More recently,...
February 20, 2012
The tragic running aground of the Costa Concordia in mid-January, and dramatic images of the massive luxury cruise ship keeled over off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, made for intense media coverage. With 17 confirmed fatalities and another 15 individuals still unaccounted for among the...