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Oil & Gas Corporation Suing Activists in Personal Capacity

     by Jason Flores-Williams Denver, CO–In an unprecedented and direct assault on First Amendment rights, Extraction Oil & Gas, the fracking corporation responsible for the massive Bella Wells extraction site–the largest fracking site next to a public school in the United States–filed suit on March 23, 2018 against Cullen Lobe in his personal capacity.  … Continue reading Oil & Gas Corporation Suing Activists in Personal Capacity

City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Featured image: Marielle Franco speaking at a campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016. Photo: Mídia Ninja/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0      by Fernanda Canofre / Global Voices Less than two hours before she was murdered on the evening of March 14, Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco was speaking at a roundtable of black … Continue reading City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

     by Terri Hansen / Cultural Survival What do you do when a country places a United Nations Special Rapporteur on a terrorist hit list? If you’re the UN, you hit back. A petition filed February 21 in a Manila court by apparently unstable President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines labels Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN … Continue reading UN, Indigenous Leaders Condemn Philippines For Placing Special Rapporteur on “Terrorist Hit List”

US Jingoism vs. Russian Propaganda: From The Infamous #PropOrNot “List” of 2016 To Today’s Social Media Censorship

     by _anonym / Countercurrents Let’s take that infamous PropOrNot List article apart, along with the growing social media censorship surrounding it, and this whole subject of alternative media being “infiltrated” by “Russian Propaganda”—just to clear the missile strewn air a wee bit insofar as that may be possible what with hardened silos on either side. … Continue reading US Jingoism vs. Russian Propaganda: From The Infamous #PropOrNot “List” of 2016 To Today’s Social Media Censorship

Environmental Defender Guadalupe Campanur Tapia Murdered in Mexico

     by Cultural Survival Cultural Survival condemns the murder of the Purépecha environmental activist Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, whose body was found on January 16, 2018 in the municipality of Checrán, Michocán, Mexico. She was strangled to death by two unidentified killers. Investigators have not indicated that Campanur’s death was due to her activism, but … Continue reading Environmental Defender Guadalupe Campanur Tapia Murdered in Mexico

Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests

Featured image: On August 31, 2016, “Happy” American Horse from the Sicangu Nation locked himself to construction equipment as a direct action against the Dakota Access pipeline. Credit: Desiree Kane, CC BY 3.0      by Steve Horn / DeSmog On the heels of Iowa and Ohio, Wyoming has become the third state to introduce a bill criminalizing the type of activities undertaken by past … Continue reading Wyoming Now Third State to Propose ALEC Bill Cracking Down on Pipeline Protests

Indigenous Social Movements: Journalism Versus Activism in Times of Resistance

Featured image: Protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp. Image: Michael Nigro/SIPA USA/PA Images. Labeling Native American journalists as “activists” simply because of their heritage helps to further diminish the Indigenous narrative.      by Jenni Monet / openDemocracy I get approached frequently to discuss my time spent reporting from Standing Rock, the Indigenous-led movement that sought … Continue reading Indigenous Social Movements: Journalism Versus Activism in Times of Resistance

Why Does Canada Spy on its Own Indigenous Communities?

Featured image:  Woodland Cree Tribe Walk protest, January 2017. By Joel Angel Juarez/Zuma Press/PA Images. Indigenous nations have emerged as vocal defenders of land and water, but state surveillance of these groups is disproportionate, and speaks of the broad criminalisation of Indigenous peoples.     by Lex Gill and Cara Zwibel / openDemocracy Researchers and journalists … Continue reading Why Does Canada Spy on its Own Indigenous Communities?

Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

Featured image: Aymara people outside the courthouse in Puno on June 28, 2017, during final hearings of the trial.  Walter Aduviri was sentenced to seven years for protesting against a Canadian mining project.      by  Sian Cowman and Aldo Orellana López / Intercontinental Cry This past month, eighteen Aymara community leaders endured the final stages of a trial … Continue reading Harsh Sentencing of Aymara Leader Reveals the Politics of Criminalization in Peru

Nicaragua: The Most Deadly Country for Land Rights Activists

Featured image: A Miskito elder stands watch in what has become a daily vigil – awaiting the promised return of armed Colonos who recently attacked her village with sophisticated weaponry, covering her home in bullet holes and terrorizing the Miskito community. Courtney Parker, 2016      by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry Recently published statistics from watchdog … Continue reading Nicaragua: The Most Deadly Country for Land Rights Activists