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Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

By Intercontinental Cry Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. It’s aim: to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land. Produced by our friends at LifeMosaic, a non-profit based in Scotland, the Territories of Life toolkit consists of ten stories that … Continue reading Territories of Life: A Free Video Toolkit for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

State of Siege: Mining Conflict Escalates in Guatemala

By Sandra Cuffe This article was originally published by Upside Down World on May 2, 2013, and is republished here with permission from the author. With the world’s attention focused on the on-again off-again genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt and his head of military intelligence in Guatemala City, there has been … Continue reading State of Siege: Mining Conflict Escalates in Guatemala

Guatemalan soldiers massacre seven indigenous protestors

By Moises Castillo and Romina Ruiz-Goiriena / Associated Press Thousands of indigenous Guatemalans shouted in anger Friday and some threw themselves at the coffins of six local people who were shot to death during a protest over electricity prices and educational reform in a poor rural area. A seventh victim died later at a hospital … Continue reading Guatemalan soldiers massacre seven indigenous protestors

Women gather in Guatemala to organize against devastating megaprojects

In Guatemala, the policy of enclaves and extraction of natural resources fomented by the current development model and by the transnational corporations has a tremendous impact on the life of the communities, particularly on indigenous peoples and women.

With the aim of sharing experiences and analysis among women who lead organizing in defense of rights to land, territory and natural resources in Guatemala, multiple organizations held the national meeting “Women in Defense of of Water, Life and Territory.” ... Continue reading →

Guatemalan police and army join with mining company to attack protesters

By the Committee in Defence of Life and Against Mining in San Rafael Las Flores, CODIDENA, the Parlamento Xinca, CALAS, and the MadreSelva Environmental Collective Following the events of September 17 and 18, 2012 in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa and San Rafael Las Flores, Santa Rosa, we wish to make the following statement: TIMELINE OF EVENTS: 1. … Continue reading Guatemalan police and army join with mining company to attack protesters

Guatemalan Femicide: The Legacy of Repression and Injustice

By Cyril Mychalejko  / Toward Freedom One generally overlooked feature of the Guatemalan government and military’s 36-year (1960-96) genocidal counterinsurgency campaign against the country’s Mayan population is the strategy of targeting women with violence. Rape, mutilation, sexual slavery, forced abortion, and sterilizations were just some of the sadistic tools used in a systematic practice of … Continue reading Guatemalan Femicide: The Legacy of Repression and Injustice

Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon

By Daan Bauwens / Inter Press Service Despite growing evidence that biofuel production is causing food insecurity around the world, the new European Union policy blueprint on renewable energy ignores the social effects of biofuels. Last week, Guatemalan victims of the food crisis came to Brussels to make European policy makers aware of the problem. … Continue reading Biofuels rush causing hunger, land theft, habitat destruction, and massive release of carbon

Community organizer fighting illegal corporate mining in Guatemala suffers assassination attempt

By Rights Action On June 13, assassins on a motorcycle shot multiple times at Yolanda Oqueli Veliz, a community leader from the municipalities of San José el Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, just outside of Guatemala City. Yolanda is in critical but stable condition in a Guatemala City Hospital, one bullet still lodged in her … Continue reading Community organizer fighting illegal corporate mining in Guatemala suffers assassination attempt

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

By Shiv Malik / The Guardian A veteran anti-whaling campaigner has been arrested in Germany on charges relating to an incident in 2002 when the boat he was piloting attempted to stop poachers illegally killing sharks. The environmental activist organisation Sea Shepherd said Paul Watson had been detained at Frankfurt airport to answer a Costa … Continue reading Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining

By Danilo Valladares “We want land where we can live and grow food to feed ourselves,” said Pedro Ichich, one of several thousand indigenous farmers who marched to the Guatemalan capital to demand solutions to the ageold conflict over land. The government of right-wing President Otto Pérez Molina met with representatives of the demonstrators this … Continue reading Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining