Places Archives: Central America

Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

This piece consists of excerpts from two articles. In the first one, Ashoka Mukpo discusses the report by Global Witness on the killings of environmental defenders in 2019. In the second article, Leilani Chavez describes the threats posed on environmental defenders by the current Rodrigo government. By Ashoka Mukpo/Mongabay In a new report, the watchdog … Continue reading Deadliest Year For Environmental Activists

Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19

The CoViD-19 pandemic is impacting Indigenous peoples across the Americas who are already living under ongoing colonization, have poor access to health care, and suffer disproportionately from pre-existing conditions that compromise the immune system. by Laura Hobson Herlihy and Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani / Intercontinental Cry Coronavirus now has spread throughout the Indigenous Americas. The Navajo … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19

The War on Land Defenders: Assassinations and Kidnappings Beset Environmentalists

As the following stories illustrate, land defense is dangerous. When we speak about the war being waged on the planet, we do not speak of a metaphor. With guns and machetes, with chainsaws and poisons, with nuclear waste and bulldozers, the living world is being dismembered, and those who fight to defend it often find … Continue reading The War on Land Defenders: Assassinations and Kidnappings Beset Environmentalists

Indigenous Children are Dying at the U.S./Mexico Border

Editors Note: the international refugee crisis is driven by war, imperialism, and destruction of the planet. In other words, it is driven by civilization, or “the culture of empire.” DGR is opposed to empire and we see the refugee crisis as a humanitarian emergency. We believe that the best way to fight this crisis is … Continue reading Indigenous Children are Dying at the U.S./Mexico Border

Honduran Migrant March: A Refugee Crisis Caused by US Policy and US Partners

     by  Honduras Solidarity Network On October 12, 2018, hundreds of women, men, children, youth and the elderly decided to leave Honduras as a desperate response to survive. The massive exodus that began in the city of San Pedro Sula, reached more than 3 thousand people by the time the group crossed to Guatemala. … Continue reading Honduran Migrant March: A Refugee Crisis Caused by US Policy and US Partners

Indigenous People in Costa Rica Denounce Forced Removal From Legislature

Featured image by Comunicación Sin Paredes.      by John McPhaul / Cultural Survival On August 9, 2018, the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the Costa Rican National Front of Indigenous Peoples made up of members of the Cabecare, Bribri, Teribe, Ngöbe and Ngöbe Bugle Peoples gathered at the National Assembly and issued a … Continue reading Indigenous People in Costa Rica Denounce Forced Removal From Legislature

Sessions’ Ruling Might Disproportionately Affect Indigenous Women

Featured image: Long Border Fence by Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service      by Josamine Bronnvik / Cultural Survival On June 11, 2018 Attorney General Jeff Sessions ruled that domestic violence is not a valid reason to seek asylum in the United States. His decision overturned a previous ruling made in 2016 by the Justice Department’s Board … Continue reading Sessions’ Ruling Might Disproportionately Affect Indigenous Women

Honduras: Indigenous Garifuna Use Radio to Fight for Their Land

Featured image: Two recently constructed temples serve as the centerpiece of the Garifuna community of Vallecito. Image by Christopher Clark for Mongabay. by Christopher Clark / Mongabay The Garifuna, an Afro-indigenous ethnic group, have inhabited eastern Honduras since the late 18th century, collectively owning and conserving large tracts of Honduras’s rich coastal ecosystems. In recent decades … Continue reading Honduras: Indigenous Garifuna Use Radio to Fight for Their Land

Seven Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala Killed in the Last Month

Featured image:  CODECA members march to Guatemala City from their communities to march on June 12, 2018. By @GtCodeca on Twitter.       by Cultural Survival In the past week three human rights defenders from the Campesino Development Committee have been killed, totaling seven fatal attacks on human rights defenders in Guatemala over the past four weeks. … Continue reading Seven Human Rights Defenders in Guatemala Killed in the Last Month

Guatemalan Farmers Occupy Plantation Formerly Owned by Drug Traffickers

Featured image: Two children ride a bike through the plantation known as Las Palmeras in Guatemala. (WNV/Jeff Abbott)     by Jeff Abbott / Waging Nonviolence Guatemala’s southern coast is in a constant conflict caused by the expansion of agro-industry. Across the region, small farmers struggle to feed their families as companies buy up more and … Continue reading Guatemalan Farmers Occupy Plantation Formerly Owned by Drug Traffickers