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 Climate of violence continues in Venezuela

Climate of violence continues in Venezuela
The death toll of at least 32 after six weeks of massive public demonstrations for and against the government in Venezuela will keep rising unless all sides commit to human rights, said Amnesty International. On February 18th, Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after a mass an....

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What is happening in Venezuela?
On February 12th, (Venezuelan Youth Day and the commemoration of the independence battle of La Victoria) some university students and traditional conservative opposition groups took to the streets in Venezuela. In Caracas students and others attacked a government building, burned cars and damaged ....
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How NAFTA unleashed violence in México
The Mexican countryside is not the same twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Rural México is on fire, and not just because of the “bad guys”–the drug cartels and groups of hit men and thugs. Criminal violence is not the only kind of violence, nor is it the factor th....
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 Re-Emergence: Zapatistas at twenty
Re-Emergence: Zapatistas at twenty
There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration. After two decades, México’s Zapatista movement can now say it passed both. Thousands of Zapatistas turned out last month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation ....

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Taking Olympic games up a notch
Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe is the definition of a Renaissance man. Besides being, well, a certified prince, von Hohenlohe is also a pop singer, a photographer, and oh yeah, a world class skier. Sochi will be his fifth Winter Olympic games. He will be competing in Alpine skiing in the slalom ev....
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NSA spy revelations: México’s muted response
Last month’s analysis of Snowden leaks from the German magazine Der Spiegel was a bombshell for México. “The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years,” reads the opening line in the Oct. 20 issue. The article goes on to detail three major programs that togethe....
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United States exporting unrest to Colombia
After shutting down major highways and key trucking routes for nearly two weeks, two million farmers and workers brought the Colombian government to the negotiating table to reform trade policy. Didn’t know about that? Well, few in the United States are taking note and it’s hardly making our head....
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Laureates standing in solidarity with survivors
Five women Nobel Peace laureates last week called for Guatemala to respect the rights of the survivors of atrocities committed under the rule of former de facto head of state Efrain Rios Montt. The women, convened in Northern Ireland for a conference organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, iss....
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La reunión del SICA que nunca se realizó
La visita de Obama a Costa Rica, con motivo de la reunión del SICA, no fue más que una pantalla para cualquier otro motivo, excepto la reunión del SICA, por cuanto en realidad nunca hubo intención de llevar a cabo tal encuentro. Resultó para muchos costarricenses sorpresivo leer en los medios inf....
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Zapatistias: ‘We are here’
Imagine close to 50,000 people marching in absolute silence, in five different townships, from two to five hours apart. Not a word, nor even a greeting. Just a raised fist in a sign of strength, determination and unity. Streets overflowing with masked faces and wordlessness. On December 30th, it w....
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The contradictions of the “new” Juárez
The push to rebrand and re-sell the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is in full swing. With violence way down as 2012 draws to a close, business and political leaders are extolling the return of security, inaugurating public works and opening new restaurants. According to the electronic indust....
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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 Cu....
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Why are we a culture that condones violence?
The Sandy Hook massacre isn’t just about the need for gun control laws, it is about a culture that condones the killing of children and teaches children that killing is okay. It is about a country addicted to violence on television and movie screens. It is about cuts in education spending. It is....
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Cuban activist was an inspiration to many
Oswaldo Payá, a great human rights activist and a champion of freedom and liberty for the Cuban people, died on July 22nd in a fatal car crash. Although Payá’s name was not well known in the United States, he spent decades under constant threat in Cuba, trying to transform his native country thro....
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Inspired by Payá's vision
The President's thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Oswaldo Payá, a tireless champion for greater civic and human rights in Cuba. Payá gave decades of his life to the nonviolent struggle for freedom and democratic reform in Cuba as the head of the Christian Liberation Movement....
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