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Global Commons

The global commons is the concept that riches of nature, basic services, culture, and other essentials of life are part of a public trust to be enjoyed by all members of society and cherished for the planet’s well-being. Dance steps, national forests, highways, languages, historical knowledge, mail delivery… they are all part of the commons, or should be.

Yet much has been privatized and commodified, including rivers, seeds, human organs, health care, education, and air (carbon trading being the buying and selling, effectively, of air). Even ancestral strains of rice, types of frogs, and the song Happy Birthday have been patented and are now ‘owned’ by individuals.

The commons movement is fighting to protect or reclaim all that which should be controlled by community or sustained for the earth, based on the fundamental idea that life, information, human relationships, popular culture, and the earth’s riches are sacrosanct and not for sale A few principles at play are: the right of all to basic services like education and utilities; the sharing and protection of water, land, seeds, and other elements of Mother Earth; and community control of information, knowledge, and technology.

 

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On Coup Anniversary, Examining the US Role in Honduras

In this handout picture released by the Guatemalan Presidency, Hondura’s President Porfirio Lobo talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Guatemala City on March 5, 2010. (Photo: Guatemala Presidency/Handout)

State Department Turns Blind Eye to Evidence of Honduran Military’s Activist Kill List

Soldiers and policemen are deployed in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, next to a blockade. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON John Kirby on Wednesday repeatedly denied that the government of Honduras kills its own citizens, saying more than a dozen times that he has not heard “credible evidence” of “deaths ordered by the military.”

Berta Cáceres's name was on Honduran military hitlist, says former soldier

One human rights expert said: ‘This … reinforces calls that the US must withdraw military aid from Honduras where there’s been a bloodbath since the 2009 coup.’ Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A unit trained by US special forces was ordered to kill the environmental activist who was slain in March, according to an ex-member who now fears for his life

Berta Cáceres, the murdered environmental campaigner, appeared on a hitlist distributed to US-trained special forces units of the Honduran military months before her death, a former soldier has claimed.

Report Details How US-Backed Coup Unleashed Wave of Abuses in Honduras

Before her assassination, Honduran Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres criticized U.S. presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as an example of international "meddling." (Photo via Democracy Now!)

The U.S.-backed Honduran coup ushered in a wave of neoliberal policies that have systematically violated the economic, cultural, and social rights of the nation's Indigenous people, women, and farmers, while leaving activists and rights defenders—such as the late Berta Cáceres—vulnerable to criminalization and violence.

GLOBAL ACTION FOR JUSTICE FOR BERTA CÁCERES JUNE 15th

[For a list of embassies, see this post on School of the Americas Watch]

To the grassroots social movements, organizations and civil society around the world:

JUNE 1ST TO OCTOBER 15 – MOBILIZE FOR IMMEDIATE TROOP WITHDRAWAL

Shut-down MINUSTAH and end all occupation of Haiti!

Demilitarize our America!

Reposted from the Haiti No MINUSTAH Solidarity Campaign

Originally posted on May 29, 2016

In Honduras, USAID Was in Bed with Berta Cáceres’ Accused Killers

Less than three months before Lenca leader Berta Cáceres was brutally assassinated, the social arm of Desarollos Energeticos SA (DESA)–the Honduran company leading the Agua Zarca dam project Cáceres was campaigning against–signed a contract with USAID implementing partner Fintrac, a Washington DC based development contracting firm.