Author Archive for Jacob Ertel

Hunger Strike Grows in Colombia

August 15, 2012
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Hunger Strike Grows in Colombia

In Colombia, former workers for GM with various work-related injuries and disabilities have gone on a hunger strike, literally sewing their lips shut until their demands for the company are met. The strike has seen growth and received significant media coverage over recent days, beginning with four strikers on August 1st, and expanding to...
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Canada Increases Resistance Towards Mexican Asylum-Seekers

August 9, 2012
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Canada Increases Resistance Towards Mexican Asylum-Seekers

Since the mid-1990s, Canada has served as a safe refuge for asylum-seeking Mexicans. In recent years however, especially during the violent escalations of Mexico's Drug War, a conservative Canadian government has become increasingly skeptical of these asylum-seekers. As the North American Congress on Latin America reports, "Between the mid-1990s and 2009, almost 50,000...
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Photo Essay: Ch’ol Mayans March for Their Rights in Mexico

August 9, 2012
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Photo Essay: Ch’ol Mayans March for Their Rights in Mexico

Last week over 200 Ch'ol Mayans from the Mexican State of Chiapas went by caravan to Mexico City's Supreme Court to demand their rights to communal lands, which are currently being denied by Chiapan state officials, upsidedownworld.org reports. As Upside Down World writes:

According to the Ch’ol, the Chiapan government has ignored and...
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NACLA Reports on the Role of Latin America in the “New Global Capitalism”

August 7, 2012
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NACLA Reports on the Role of Latin America in the “New Global Capitalism”

In the introduction to the North American Congress on Latin America's summer report on the Americas, William I. Robinson discusses the current role of Latin America in what has over the past two decades become an increasingly globalized world economy. Writes Robinson of the "Walmartization" of Latin America, "the new face of global...
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PRI’s “The World” airs story on Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran James Benét

August 3, 2012
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PRI’s “The World” airs story on Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran James Benét

Today from 3:00-4:00 p.m. WNYC AM 820 aired an interview with Abraham Lincoln Brigade veteran James Benet. The interview was aired as a segment of PRI's "The World". Read and listen to the program here.
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Insurgency Continues to Gain Power in Colombian Civil War

August 1, 2012
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Insurgency Continues to Gain Power in Colombian Civil War

For the past three years, the Colombian insurgency has been taking an increasing amount of control of the country's civil war. Despite the implementation of the 7 billion dollar Colombia Plan (a plan designed to bolster the state and resist the insurgency) by the United States in 2000, the North American Congress on Latin...
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Mexican Official Questions the Role of the CIA in the Drug War

August 1, 2012
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Mexican Official Questions the Role of the CIA in the Drug War

According to upsidedownworld.org, last week a Mexican official told the news site Al Jazeera that the United States' Central Intelligence Agency does not do their job in assisting Mexico in their Drug War. The spokesman, who works for the Chihuahua state government argued that instead, the CIA actually manages the war. While many...
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Mining Disputes in Peru Define President Humala’s First Year in Office

July 31, 2012
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Mining Disputes in Peru Define President Humala’s First Year in Office

Mining is one of the most pressing political issues in many Latin American countries, from Guatemala, to El Salvador, to Peru. In each country, mining can almost always be traced to governmental corruption. Peru is no exception. BBC News reports that, whereas President Ollanta Humala campaigned on the promise the elimination of poverty...
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Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dies in Car Crash

July 31, 2012
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Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dies in Car Crash

On July 23rd, Cuba lost an important leader and advocate for human rights, democracy, and freedom of expression. As Global Voices reports, Oswaldo Payá was killed in a car crash in the city of Bayamo. Internationally recognized as a proponent of non-violent protest, some of Payá's major achievements include having founded Cuba's Christian...
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Protests Over Biased Election Coverage Continue in Mexico

July 31, 2012
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Protests Over Biased Election Coverage Continue in Mexico

Protests over the recent Mexican presidential elections have continued throughout the month of July. This past Friday, July 27th, another large-scale protest occurred, in which thousands of protestors blockaded the Televisa studios for 24 hours, demanding that Mexico's most popular television station "tell the truth." As The Guardian reports, "the protesters allege that...
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