August 29, 2011
LC&S 43.2 (image credit: Dawn Paley)In this blog I share an excerpt of an article that was published in the latest issue of the Labour, Capital and Society Journal (Volume 43:2, 2010). In it, I explain the series of concessions that the Colombian state has offered mining and oil multinationals...
August 26, 2011
After a week of polarizing rhetoric and escalating conflict, the government and indigenous groups protesting the construction of a highway through the TIPNIS reserve and indigenous territory have taken the first steps towards negotiation. While the outcome of the process is uncertain, it’s even...
August 25, 2011
I wrote last week about the pharmaceutical industry’s aggressive promotion of Intellectual Property Rights as part of U.S. government negotiated "free trade" agreements. This blog is a comic update. USAID
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) website currently features a...
August 24, 2011
At the recently concluded four-day “show” of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), many new, largely war-related, technologies were on display. Among them is something called VADER, produced by Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers and a...
August 23, 2011
As Mexico gears up for next summer’s presidential election, the country’s electoral “lefts” Mayor Marcelo Ebrard (Passportmagazine.com) are deeply divided. The mere fact that Mexico’s “lefts” are almost always referred to here in the plural, even when the discussion is limited to the electoral...
August 22, 2011
Protests in Puerto Gaitan (credit: El Tiempo)Oil workers resumed their protests in Puerto Gaitan in the Colombian department of Meta last week, once again confronting security forces. The new protests come after the Colombian government and the Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales failed to...