In an interview with Left Voice, Francisco J. Fortuño Bernier describes on-the-ground organizing and conditions in Puerto Rico, considering the political implications of disaster capitalism’s greed, U.S. imperialist neglect, and the devastation wrought by two destructive hurricanes.
On October 5, rural farmers gathered in Tumaco, Nariño department to protest forced eradication of coca crops by the security forces, with crowd size estimates ranging from 200 to more than a thousand.
Fort McNair, One of the oldest U.S. military posts in the country, is nestled on an outcropping of land where the Anacostia and Potomac rivers meet in Washington, D.C. There, within the National Defense University, is the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, where hundreds of Hondurans took courses over the years. In mid-July 2009, Honduran military officials sought the center’s help to solve a problem that had recently arisen.
Good healthcare can be hard to get – particularly when one lives on top of a mountain. The road to Porcón in the Cajamarca region of Peru, therefore, is as breathtaking as it is sobering.
Three years after Mexican security forces launched a violent attack against students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college in Guerrero, Mexico, the Mexican government has yet to provide a conclusive account of what happened to 43 students who were forcibly disappeared the night of September 26, 2014.
Brazilian Indians have appealed for global assistance to prevent further killings after the reported massacre of uncontacted tribespeople, and have denounced the government cuts that left their territories unprotected.
For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.
His Excellency, Bishop Crosby, President of the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, wrote this letter of concern to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the CCCB’s name regarding Canadian mining operations in Latin America, and their detrimental effects on the natural environment and local populations, including Indigenous peoples.We reproduce this important document textually to encourage people all over the continent, including Nicaragua, to organize to reject mining extractivism.
Maricela Fernández, an indigenous woman from the Ñañhú or Otomí people, shows the damages that the Sept. 19 earthquake inflicted on the old house where 10 families of her people were living as squatters, in a neighbourhood in the center-west of Mexico City.
I traveled to two micro-universes, Portland, Maine, and Manassas, Virginia, to meet up with old and some new friends, all of whom are undocumented immigrants. I shared their work and learned their strategies, and was happy to see all they had learned, and how far they had all progressed. I also learned about their many new fears incited by Donald Trump’s rampant aggressions.
Latin America and the Caribbean called for the free movement of persons to be included in the Global Compact on Migration, which will be negotiated within the United Nations in 2018, in the first meeting held by any of the world’s regions to decide on the position to be adopted on the future agreement.
A paradigm shift is needed regarding how food is produced, consumed and marketed in Latin America and the Caribbean, in order to curb health problems related to poor nutrition.
Is it possible for the financial sector of Latin America and the Caribbean not only to think about earning money but also to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
Experts in Latin America warned about the serious risk that would be posed if the fight against hunger, still suffered by 33 million people in the region, is abandoned, while proposing new alternatives and insights which include linking social protection with economic growth.
“There are 33 million rural dwellers in Latin America who are still living in extreme poverty and can’t afford a good diet, clothes or education, and we are not going to help them move out of poverty if we use the same strategies that worked 20 years ago,” FAO regional representative Julio Berdegué told IPS."
August is a month of festivities in El Salvador. Not only did the country celebrate its patron saints during the fiestas agostinas for 6 days, Salvadorans also commemorated the 100th birthday of Óscar Arnulfo Romero, the Archbishop known for his unrelenting defense of human rights.
When he first described contemporary societies as liquid, sociologist Zygmunt Bauman created a powerful metaphor. But, even today, firmly into the 21st century, we in Latin America are living in countries, cities and societies in general that still have a lot that’s solid about them and only traces and specific areas of liquidity. Reality tells us we’re living in viscous societies.
After sending a team to investigate the human rights conditions in Venezuela amid growing political and economic crisis, the UN Human Rights Office has reported that the crushing of anti-government protests point to the “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instil fear in the population to curb demonstrations.”
Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation.
The book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, has garnered a great deal of attention.
On July 31, the feast of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, Latin American Jesuits raised an alarm for one of their brother Jesuits, Fr. Ismael “Melo” Moreno, director of the Honduran Jesuit radio station, Radio Progreso, and the Honduran Jesuit social action center.
At the entrance, the Tierra Brava farm looks like any other family farm in the rural municipality of Los Palacios, in the westernmost province of Cuba. But as you drive in, you see that the traditional furrows are not there, and that freshly cut grass covers the soil.
Latin American Jesuits are raising the alarm about threats against human rights defenders in Honduras, including attacks aimed at discrediting the work and threatening the life of Father Ismael Moreno, SJ.