Genocide on trial
In Canada, Indigenous people continue to battle state policies which strip them of their land, decimate their traditional leadership and attempt to destroy their languages and identities.Could Guatemala’s trial open new possibilities for Indigenous peoples to seek justice in Canada?
Blood Along the Border
Some estimate that in the state of Chihuahua alone, 40 activists have been killed since December 2006, something likened to an ideological cleansing of environmental and human rights activists in the state.
It’s still not entirely clear why the eviction of Nueva Esperanza took place when it did. The official reason for the eviction was that the people of Nueva Esperanza were illegally occupying private property. Others say it was a move by the Colom government to clear the area as part of Cuatro Balam, a mega-project in Peten that includes the promotion of tourism in the region.
Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has made headlines around the world for his suggestion that the U.S. led “War on Drugs” has failed, and that other options should be explored. Media fanfare around his position at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia has re-cast the retired hard line general as a progressive, innovative president. But according to analysts who spoke to Upside Down World, the President’s decriminalization plan is a smokescreen for increased militarization, and the rearrangement of Guatemala’s drug trafficking elite.
Resistance to Pipelines Heats Up in Northern BC
The explosion of oil production in the Alberta tar sands has created a new push to build pipelines throughout North America. In northern British Columbia, most of which is unceded indigenous land, there are overlapping proposals for new ports and pipelines to transport tar sands oil.
Searching Through the Scraps: Women and MIning in Bolivia
Beginning in the fifteenth-century silver exploitation of Potosi, and continuing to today, women have been involved in intricate and often invisible ways in the Bolivian mining sector. Dawn Paley reports from Bolivia.