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India's Barefoot College lights up the world

March 6, 2015

College helps to bring electricity to villages around the globe by training poor women to be solar engineers.

By: Shweta Desai

Cross-posted from: Al Jazeera

Originally released on January 15, 2014

Women solar engineers in each of 43 Least Developed Countries will receive training at the college by 2015 [Shweta Desai]

 

 

Living in a palm-lined thatched roof house surrounded by dense jungles and rows of corn and cassava in the Santa Teresa village, 42-year-old Florentine until now has spent all her evenings in the dark, literally.

But today, sitting in the dusty village of Tilonia in Rajasthan India, the Mayan woman is lighting the first sparks, which three months from now will bring electricity for the first time in her hometown in Toldeo in Latin America’s Belize.

Meet Yacouba Sawadogo – The Man Who Stopped the Desert

March 2, 2015

By: Sumitra

Cross-posted from OddityCentral

Originally released on January 20th, 2014

Photo: Andrea Borgarello/TerrAfrica

 

 

Yacouba Sawadogo is an exceptional man – he single-handedly managed to solve a crisis that even scientists and development organizations could not. The simple old farmer’s re-forestation and soil conservation techniques are so effective they’ve helped turn the tide in the fight against the desertification of the harsh lands in northern Burkina Faso.

The First Global Festival for Anti-Capitalist Resistance and Rebellion

January 30, 2015

The First Global Festival for Anti-Capitalist Resistance and Rebellion

by JAVIER SETHNESS CASTRO

reposted from Counterpunch, January 26, 2015

Organized by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) and the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the first annual Festival Mundial de las Resistencias y Rebeldías contra el Capitalismo, or the Global Festival for Anti-Capitalist Resistance and Rebellion, was held in central and southern Mexico over a two-week period at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015. The event’s subtitle sums up its purpose well: “While those from above destroy, those from below rebuild.”

EZLN: On Ayotzinapa, the Festival, and Hysteria as Analysis

December 19, 2014

By Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Zapatista Army for National Liberation

Cross-posted from Enlace Zapatista

On Ayotzinapa, the Festival, and Hysteria as a Method of Analysis and Guide for Action

 

To the compas of the National and International Sixth:

To the National Indigenous Congress:

To the family members and compañeros of those killed and disappeared in Ayotzinapa:

Sisters and brothers:

Compañeros and compañeras:

There are many things we want to tell you. We won’t tell you all of them because we know right now there are more urgent and important issues for all of us.[i] Thus we ask for your patience and your attentive ear.

Peasant Agroecology, the key for humankind and the planet

December 16, 2014

Nyeleni Newsletter: December 2014

Released by Nyeleni

Peasant Agroecology, the key for humankind and the planet Agroecology has existed for many years, and much has been written about it already. It is a multidimensional approach, founded on knowledge, know-how and peasants’ ways of life, grounded in their respective natural, social and cultural environment. For many years it was considered as archaic and not really adapted to “modern progress”. Agroecology was banished, but is now making a big comeback. But who will reap the benefits?

Hundreds of Thousands March for 'Free Education' in Chile

April 20, 2013

Cross-posted from Common Dreams

By Common Dreams 

'Education should be equal for everyone, it should be free — we all have the same rights.'

- Jon Queally, staff writer

Students march during a protest to demand Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government to improve the public education quality, in Santiago, on April 11,2013. (AFP Photo / Claudio Santana)The Chilean student movement roared back to life on Thursday, with organizers and media outlets reporting that hundreds of thousands of people joined students in the nation's streets calling for a free and quality education for all.

The Mondragon Experiment: Documentary on the Spanish Cooperative Corporation

April 9, 2013

 

The MONDRAGON Corporation is a corporation and federation of worker cooperatives based in the Euskadi. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, its origin is linked to the activity of a modest technical college and a small workshop producing paraffin heaters.

One Mexican town finds more security by throwing out the police

April 1, 2013

Cross-posted from Christian Science Monitor

By Annie Murphy

Lidia Romero (c.), a member of the Community Police, stands guard on a road at the entrance to the town of Cherán one week ago. Residents of remote regions have taken up arms to patrol and defend their communities from organized crimes and gangs. Alan Ortega/Reuters

CHERÁN, MEXICO

About two years ago, citizens in Cherán, Mexico decided to battle illegal logging and drug violence by kicking out the police and running the town according to indigenous tradition.

Declaration of the Social Movements Assembly – World Social Forum 2013

April 1, 2013

29 March 2013, Tunisia

As the Social Movements Assembly of the World Social Forum of Tunisia, 2013, we are gathered here to affirm the fundamental contribution of peoples of Maghreb-Mashrek (from North Africa to the Middle East), in the construction of human civilization. We affirm that decolonization for oppressed peoples remains for us, the social movements of the world, a challenge of the greatest importance.

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