Brazil: Tribe Defy Miners – “Our Life Depends On The Life Of The Earth And The Forest”


By Staff of Survival International – The Waiãpi tribe in Brazil have defied a hostile government to defend their land rights. The tribe has circulated a powerful open letter in which they state: “We’re against mining because we want to defend our land and forest. We believe the land is a person”. The letter was written in response to the Brazilian government’s attempt to open up the Amazon forest around the tribe’s land to large-scale mining. Following a global outcry by indigenous peoples and campaigners, the government backed down. However, given the power of Brazil’s notorious agribusiness lobby, the Waiãpi are on the alert. In the letter they vow to defend their territory at all costs against mining interests. The tribe say mining will not bring benefits to them. They are concerned about conflict and disease brought by an influx of outsiders, and the opening up of their land to destructive economic interests such as hydro-electric dams, ranching and gold mining. This small Amazon tribe knows the devastating impacts of highways and mining. Sporadic contacts with outsiders hunting wild cats for their pelts and groups of gold prospectors in the latter part of last century introduced fatal diseases like measles to which the isolated Waiãpi had no resistance. Many died as a result.

Armed Police Descend On Water Protectors At DAPL Site

A previous standoff takes place on October 27, 2016. (Photo: Morton County Sheriff's Department)

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams – Police descended on water protectors in North Dakota on Wednesday, as images on social media showed a dramatic standoff along a creek that borders a construction site for the long-opposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Jordan Chariton, a political reporter with The Young Turks network, posted this video dispatch after covering events just east of the main camp, where Standing Rock Sioux tribal members and their allies were set upon by law enforcement officers in full military gear

Woman Arrested On Own Property After Her Land Was Stolen By DAPL

Credit – West Dakota Fox News

By Whitney Webb for True Activist – Once again, the repression of those against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is heating up, with 127 activists arrested in North Dakota over the weekend. However, North Dakota isn’t the only place where protests over the Dakota Access pipeline are coming to a head. In Iowa, farmers have had their land seized by the company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, through the use of eminent domain.

Leader Of Honduran Campesino Movement Assassinated


By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – Amnesty InternationalJose Angel Flores, president of the Unified Campesinos Movement of the Aguan Valley, or MUCA, had been under police protection since March, teleSUR reported, after the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights ordered the Honduran state to protect him from death threats in 2014. Former MUCA president Johnny Rivas, who hosts a radio show on the local station Radio Progreso,blamed “death squads chasing peasant families fighting for land rights” for the murder.

Environmental Official Shot Dead In Brazil


By Nika Knight for Common Dreams – An environmental official well-known for his aggressive enforcement of deforestation laws in his city in the Brazilian Amazon was gunned down in front of his family late Thursday, city officials reported Friday. Two men shot the official, Luiz Araujo, seven times as he drove up to his home, local police told the Associated Press. “[T]wo men fled on a motorcycle without taking anything, leading to speculation that they were paid assassins,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Corn Protesting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Harvested


By Bob Stuart for The News Virginian – STUARTS DRAFT — Corn planted on Stuarts Draft land in June to show opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was harvested Friday. The sacred corn — called “seeds of resistance” — rests on land that is part of the proposed path of the 600-mile natural gas pipeline. The pipeline path includes about 55 miles of Augusta County. Joining area groups opposed to the pipeline were Jane Kleeb, president of Bold Alliance, and Wes Mekasi Horinek of Bold Alliance.

Trial Begins For Two Land Rights Activists In Kazakhstan

Kazakh activist Max Bokaev addressing demonstrators at a protest rally in Atyrau on April 24.
(RFE/RL Kazakh Service)

By Anastassiya Miller for Waging Nonviolence – On October 12, a hearing against two prominent activists began in Atyrau, the oil capital of Kazakhstan. Max Bokaev and Talgat Ayan were arrested just after the first major rally against an unpopular land reform on April 24. The reforms would have increased the number of years that foreigners are allowed to rent agricultural land from 10 to 25 years, and enabled land to be sold or leased at auctions.

Supporting Standing Rock And Confronting What It Means Living On Stolen Land

#NoDAPL protesters at a rally in Philadelphia last month. (Twitter / Chris Baker Evans)

By Berkley Carmine and Liza Minno for Waging Nonviolence – A month after President Obama told the Army Corps of Engineers to pause construction on the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux and those supporting them still find themselves in a dire struggle to protect their water and land. With winter approaching, the 300 tribes that are now represented at the Camp of the Sacred Stone in North Dakota are preparing for a lengthy battle.

The Mapuche’s Cross-Border Struggle For Freedom And Autonomy

Photo from Red de Apoyo Comunidades en Conflicto MAP

By Alejandra Gaitan Barrera and Fionuala Cregan for IC Magazine – Ever since the incursion of rampant neoliberalism in Chile and Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s, the Mapuche territory or Wallmapu, located south of the Bio Bio River, has been subjected to immeasurable domination and constant exploitation at the hands of a diverse range of foreign and national economic interests. Megaprojects like hydroelectric dams, mining operations, oil extraction and forestry plantations embody some of the main threats to Mapuche self-determination and autonomy.

World Conservation Congress Approves Historic Measure

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By Hannibal Rhoades for IC – In a landmark move that adds wind to the sails of indigenous struggles to protect sacred lands everywhere, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has passed a resolution declaring that all protected areas and the sacred lands of Indigenous Peoples should be ‘No-Go Areas’ for destructive industrial activities like mining, dam-building and logging.

Dennis Banks On Standing Rock: Native People Are Guardians Of The Land

Dennis Banks | Photo: Gale Courey Toensing

By Staff of Liberation – Dennis Banks, Anishinaabe, born on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and famed co-founder of American Indian Movement in 1968, is running for Vice President of the United States together with presidential candidate Gloria La Riva. He and La Riva are the candidates of the Peace and Freedom Party in California, and on the ballot in New Mexico, Colorado and Iowa for the Party for Socialism and Liberation. La Riva is on the ballot with Eugene Puryear in Washington State, New Jersey, Florida, Vermont and Louisiana.

Argentina’s Mapuche Community Stands Up To Benetton

Residents of Lof Cushaman hold a banner calling for an end to police repression, persecution, harassment and freedom for their traditional leader Facundo Huala. (Photo: Lof Cushaman en Resistencia.)

By Fionuala Cregan for Truthout – “They are afraid more people and more communities are going to rise up, because we have shown others what is possible,” said Mirta Curruhuinca, a Mapuche woman from the Indigenous area of Lof Cushamen in Argentina. “And if more people rise up and recover their lands, there will be no way to stop them.” The Mapuche have begun to reshape history by moving back onto the Patagonian land in the Chubut Province of Argentina that has been part of their ancestral history for more than 1,400 years.

Striking Colombian Campesinos Reach Deal With Government

The Minga of Resistance for Life, Territory, Dignity, and Peace reached a deal with the Colombian government that will see the two sides sit down for formal negotiations this week. | Photo: Twitter / @acincauca

By Staff of Tele Sur – The deal means the peasant organizations, which have been holding actions for two weeks, will suspend further protests. The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday that it had reached a deal with striking peasants and that any further protest action would be suspended. The deal obliges the government to sit down and formally negotiate with the campesino movement.

Protests Of Land Reform: Privatization And Foreign Ownership Opposed

Typical agricultural landscape of Ukraine, Kherson Oblast. Credit: Dobrych (Flickr)/CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

By Staff of RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service – Security forces have detained hundreds of journalists, activists, and demonstrators in various Kazakh cities amid a call by the opposition for nationwide demonstrations against changes to Kazakhstan’s Land Code. Dozens of reporters were detained in the capital, Astana, as well as in Almaty, Qaraghandy, Oral, Shymkent, and the western city of Atyrau in the government crackdown.

Brazil Social Movement Plans To Escalate Land Occupations After Coup

In Brasilia, members of the Landless MST workers movement join in protest. | Photo: Reuters

By Staff of Tele Sur – Latin America’s largest social movement has promised a new wave of farm occupations in Brazil following President Dilma Rousseff’s suspension to stand trial in the Senate, an official with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) said. The movement, a long-time ally of Rousseff’s Workers Party which says it has two million members across Brazil, will target “idle” farm land owned by members of the interim government and its backers, MST spokeswoman Marina do Santos said Tuesday.