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The Mapuche’s Cross-border Struggle for Freedom and Autonomy from Argentina and Chile

     by Alejandra Gaitan Barrera and Fionuala Cregan / Intercontinental Cry Ever since the incursion of rampant neoliberalism in Chile and Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s, the Mapuche territory or Wallmapu, located south of the Bio Bio River, has been subjected to immeasurable domination and constant exploitation at the hands of a diverse range … Continue reading The Mapuche’s Cross-border Struggle for Freedom and Autonomy from Argentina and Chile

Mapuche attack occupation helicopters used to deforest territory

By The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu What can only be described as an act of defiance against the State of Siege imposed by the Chilean State was carried out this morning (December 31st), against the Chilean occupation and its Capitalist plunder in the province of Malleco. The events took place nearby the … Continue reading Mapuche attack occupation helicopters used to deforest territory

Massive multi-dam project in Chile on indefinite hold in face of public protest

By Fabiola Gutierrez and Chris Kraul / Los Angeles Times Plans to build a $3.2-billion complex of dams that would have flooded thousands of acres in the bio-diverse Patagonia region in southern Chile have been put on indefinite hold in the face of ongoing protests against the project. The five dams of the so-called HidroAysen … Continue reading Massive multi-dam project in Chile on indefinite hold in face of public protest

Chilean Supreme Court votes unanimously to halt development of proposed Goldcorp mine

By Dawn Paley / Vancouver Media Co-op On Friday, the Chilean Supreme Court ratified a lower court ruling that rendered Goldcorp’s environmental assessment for the El Morro mine null, due to irregularities including the company’s failure to properly consult with the Diaguita Huascoaltinos Indigenous and Agricultural Community, whose lands would be destroyed if the mine … Continue reading Chilean Supreme Court votes unanimously to halt development of proposed Goldcorp mine

Chile’s Supreme Court approves massive dam that would flood 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat

By Agence France-Presse Chile’s Supreme Court Wednesday removed the last legal obstacle to building a giant $2.9 billion hydroelectric complex in the Patagonian wilderness, rejecting a bid by environmentalists to block it. The highly controversial project, which environmentalists say will wreck a unique and pristine habitat in the southern tip of South America, sparked violent … Continue reading Chile’s Supreme Court approves massive dam that would flood 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat