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How ExxonMobil Uses Divide And Rule To Get Its Way

Tensions rise between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations “good offices” process; as recently as 2013, President Maduro and Guyana’s then-President Donald Ramotar said that the discussions over Essequibo were “going well” under this UN framework. Everything changed in 2015, and since then the tensions between the two countries have flared up.

Media Cover For US Clients’ COVID-19 Catastrophes

Back in March, when coronavirus cases were beginning to surge in the US and in South American allies such as Brazil and Ecuador, Washington was busy raising the alarm about the “expansion of Covid-19 pandemic in the region, if not globally, if Venezuela… fails to address it.” Venezuela was reporting under 150 cases at the time. This scaremongering propaganda has been repeated ad nauseam by the Western media ever since. Despite Venezuela’s comparatively low figures for deaths and infections, corporate journalists regularly smear the Maduro government’s “authoritarian” handling of the pandemic, and actively hide the impact of the criminal US sanctions against the Caribbean country.

Grandmothers Of Plaza De Mayo: 41 Years Seeking Justice

On April 30, 1977, a group of women met in the Plaza de Mayo in front of the Casa Rosada, the seat of government in the center of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, after the disappearance of their children. That meeting occurred while there was a state of siege and the meetings of more than three people were forbidden, and they were forced to leave the square by the police. This is how the March of the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo was born. They were accused of being "crazy" but their struggle to know what had happened to their children remained alive to this day. On more than one occasion they suffered repression from on the hands of security forces of the military dictatorship, again and again, they were violently removed from the Plaza.

US-Mexico Border Convergence Webinar Series

By School of the Americas Watch. The SOA Watch movement began as a response to the call of solidarity to the people affected by the political, economic, and military US intervention in Central America during the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, the patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated. How do we respond to this reality? How do we build a shared analysis? In order to respond to these questions and create bonds of solidarity and resistance, SOA Watch invites you to participate in a series of webinars leading up to the Encuentro, to listen, learn and stand up in active solidarity with communities that challenge the militarization of the border. Our first webinar is this Thursday, July 13 at 8:00 pm ET.

In Uruguay: March Of Silence For South America’s Martyrs

By Andre Vltchek for RT - They were marching shoulder-to-shoulder, young and old, in absolute silence. Some were carrying small placards with names and photos of their loved ones, who disappeared four decades ago, during the pro-Western dictatorship here in Uruguay. The entire center of Montevideo came to a standstill. Blocks and blocks of this marvelous city were literally inundated by the river consisting of human bodies.

Brazil Social Movement Plans To Escalate Land Occupations After Coup

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.

Argentina: 6 Indigenous Women At Heart Of Fracking Resistance

By Nancy Piñeiro Moreno, Translated by Laura Beratti for Tele Sur - These women have put their bodies on the line, chained themselves to rigs and barricades, in order to protect their land. These six Mapuche women have taken the risk of putting their bodies on the line to stop the drilling rigs from further endangering their community. Aboriginal women are central to the continent-wide resistance against extractivism, and the story of these women from the Campo Maripe community in the Argentine Patagonia is a solid example of their ongoing contribution, and the importance of indigenous resistance for social movements worldwide.

Peace Nears In Colombia. Diverse Groups Asked For Solutions

By Staff of Tele Sur - A national forum on the end of the conflict will bring together victims, Afro-Colombians, women, and many more to brainstorm ideas for lasting peace. As Colombia edges closer to peace between the government and FARC guerrilla movement, diverse sectors of the country's society will have a chance to formally have their voices heard on the matter of peace and collectively pitch in to the final leg of the end-of-war process that’s been more than three years in the making.

Argentine Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto

By Darío Aranda, Translated by Nancy Piñeiro for Tele Sur - The biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition. The world’s largest GMO corporation never imagined that it would suffer one of its major setbacks in a small, rural town in central Argentina. Popular opposition, irregularities in the company’s environmental impact assessment, a protest blockade at the entry gate, and a court ruling stalled the construction of its seeds plant three years ago.

Cocaleros Condemns Morales: ‘What a Monster We Have Created!’

To return to the coca issue, the government of Evo Morales is under immense pressure by the international community to reduce the amount of coca the country produces. Such actions, however, would have a serious political impact on Morales’ bases of support, especially in Chapare. Let’s not forget that the party that brought Evo to power was largely a “project” of the Six Federations of Coca Producers in an effort to defend their right to coca cultivation and overturn Law 1008. However, Law 1008 is still there, and the government is now slowly preparing the ground for its reform.
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