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Brazil’s largest hydroelectric dam project suspended by Indigenous action

June 7, 2016

By Robert A. Vigna 

Cross-posted from Grassroots International

Originally posted on May 6, 2016

April has been an exceptional month for Indigenous groups in Brazil.

On April 19th, which happens to be Indigenous people’s day in Brazil, Ibama, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, suspended the license of one of the biggest hydroelectric dam projects in Brazil, São Luiz do Tapajós in the Amazon, which was to be started this year. The company building the dam was planning on flooding about 7% of the Mundruku peoples land, which would be unconstitutional once the indigenous status of land is confirmed.  


June 6, 2016

A Call to Action From COPINH

Reposted from Honduras Resists

Orginally posted May 24, 2016

[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:

The death of Berta Cáceres has filled us with indignation. We carry the pain with us, but we also carry the strength of her thought, her work, and the longing for justice. The principles that she fought for are what will save humanity, which is why we call on you to participate in a worldwide protest that will bring all of our voices together to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, justice for Gustavo Castro, justice for COPINH and justice for the people of Honduras.


June 2, 2016

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

[Read it in Spanish here.]

The people of Haiti are strengthening their resistance in the face of US imperialism and its allies. Popular mobilization throughout 2015-­‐2016 put in check the plans of the "international community". It forced the departure of former President Martelly and the repeated collapse of run-­off elections, demanded from powers outside Haiti -­‐ even though there was only one candidate. Despite direct rejection by the US, grassroots forces have also been able to secure launching of a verification process of the 2015 elections, understood by all to be fraudulent. The outcome is  still pending.

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

May 31, 2016

Reposted from CounterPunch

Originally posted on May 27, 2016

By Gloria Jimenez

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.

As Hillary Clinton Defends Her Role in 2009 Coup, Is US Aid to Honduras Adding "Fuel to the Fire"?

May 24, 2016

Reposted from Truth Out

By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

[Watch the interview here.]

We speak with Annie Bird, director of Rights & Ecology, a project of the Center for Political Ecology, about Hillary Clinton's role as secretary of state during the 2009 coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. "There's no other way to categorize what happened in 2009 other than a military coup with no legal basis," Bird says. "The U.S. was not willing to cut off assistance to Honduras, and that is the only reason it was not called a coup, a military coup. At the time, activists like Berta called for the assistance to be cut off, and today her children are calling for it to be cut off, because the U.S. assistance is actually adding fuel to the fire and stoking the economic interests of the people behind the coup."


May 20, 2016

Por Beverly Bell

9 de marzo de 2016

Crédito de la imagen: HispanTV

Empecé escribiendo una elegía para Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores hace años, aunque apenas murió  la semana pasada. El 3 de marzo, Berta fue asesinada por sicarios respaldados por el gobierno hondureño. Como muchos que la conocimos y trabajamos con ella, yo era consciente que esta luchadora por el poder de los pueblos indígenas, por el derecho al control de sus propios territorios, por los derechos de las mujeres y las personas LGBTI, por una democracia auténtica, por el bienestar de la Pachamama, por el fin de la tiranía del capital transnacional, y por el fin del imperio norteamericano, no estaba destinada a morir en la vejez.


April 27, 2016

Reposted from Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Please join the Haitian diaspora in demanding action against this initiative: As part of its “Stocks for Food” program, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to ship 500 metric tons of peanuts to Haitian schools, which could destroy Haiti’s peanut market and the livelihood and income of 150,000 peanut farmers and their families. This is the latest in a long history of U.S.-sponsored programs which have destabilized Haiti’s agricultural sector, further impoverishing the nation and increasing its dependence on foreign aid. President Clinton had to apologize for one such misguided program in the 1990’s.

International Gathering ”Berta Cáceres Lives On” Ends in Violence: "The National Police were only pretending to be helping us”

April 25, 2016

Reposted from Counter Punch

By Gloria Jiménez

Participants in the International Gathering bathe in Río Gualcarque on April 15, 2017. Photo: Gloria Jimenez. 

A member of the indigenous Peche community strongly criticized the poor work of the police on the last day of the International Gathering “Berta Cáceres Lives On.” The gathering ended with a Mayan ceremony on April 17th in Rio Blanco, where members of the delegation were assaulted by paramilitaries. The aggressors were paid 250 lempiras, the equivalent of 11 dollars, by Desarrollos Energeticos SA, the company implementing the Agua Zarca dam project, according to local residents.