Canada’s Idle No More Indigenous Movement Sets Stage for Latin American Involvement

Idle No More (INM), started in late 2012 as an aboriginal movement to block regressive legislation threatening indigenous, territorial and treaty claims in Canada, has quickly become a worldwide vehicle for indigenous peoples’ rights and environmental complaints. By early 2013 It has attracted significant attention from Latin American quarters.

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Ismael and Manuelita Died in Defense of Three Basic Rights

Ismael and Manuelita Died in Defense of Three Basic Rights

The three most threatened human rights on the planet today are the right to water, the right to a healthy environment, and the right to food. In Chihuahua these are ever-growing threats that have claimed two victims already. Ismael Osorio and Manuelita Solis, his wife, were murdered near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc on Oct. 23 while they defended these rights.

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The Fight for Corn

In an era of food crisis, the fight for corn has intensified, and the importance of this grain – a staple of the diet of Mexico and a large part of the world – has been revealed to the fullest extent. The scenario we are faced with is a battle between a culture that revolves around the material and symbolic production of corn, as well as the cultural, social, and historical value placed upon this crop by humankind, and the network of commercial and political interests that sees this prodigious crop simply as another way to increase power and profit by means of plundering its native lands.

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Paying with our Money and our Future: The Hidden Costs of the Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama’s January 18, 2012 rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline was cheered by environmentalists, who called the decision “a victory over truth and misinformation” and a “brave call.” Despite such celebrations, the battle over Keystone, which has become a real and symbolic battle over oil and its role in global warming, is not over.

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