News from the Americas, June 21

As I find myself continually adding and commenting on news pieces concerning the Americas daily, I am entering the Latin American news feed fray. These posts will be titled “News from the Americas,” and features hard news, investigations, features, reports, and anything interesting. I will read as much of what I find interesting as I can in my day. This will appear about three or four days a week. I will also try to put them thematically, although this is just a test. Please give feedback.

Today's Headline: The Continuing Story in Peru

Today's Headline: The Continuing Story in Peru

People

Peru: AIDESEP calls for an end to protests in Peru that have taken the lives of almost one hundred.

Peru: According to the UN, there is no evidence of genocide during the government repression of indigenous Peruvians

Peru: Violence overshadows nonviolence in Peru

Peru: Peru backs down to indigenous

Mexico: Country pledges an end to violence against emigrants bound for the US

Honduras: Students in Honduras marched for peace on Friday in Tegucigalpa

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Politics

Colombia: President Uribe denies compensation for victims of violence and displacement, home to the most internally displaced people on earth

Mexico: Mexicans to vote Nulo in next elections

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Environment

Colombia/United States: The ties that bind Colombia and the United States are richer (and darker) than just military aid

Brazil: Lula da Silva pledges subsidies for farmer’s replanting trees in Amazon

Colombia: Coca growing declines in Colombia as rates rise in Bolivia and Peru

Latin America: IPS reports on the rise of green parties in Latin America

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Economy

Uruguay: The slow death of rural schools in Uruguay

Ecuador: Carrera vows to expel oil companies that are suing the country

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The Stories You Need to Read

“US Drug War Money Funded Peru Indigenous Massacre” by Kristin Bricker

On June 5, the Peruvian National Police (PNP) massacred up to fifty unarmed Awajún and Wampi indigenous people in Bagua who had blockaded roads in protest of land reforms related to a recently implemented US-Peru free trade agreement. Witnesses report that the PNP shot live ammunition from the ground, rooftops, and police helicopters. Anywhere between 61-400 people are reported missing following the attack.

Narco News has discovered that US drug war money is all over the massacre. The US government has not only spent the past two decades funding the helicopters used in the massacre, it also trained the PNP in “riot control.”

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Gangs, Security and Criminalization: Youth Experiences of Violence in El Salvador by Maria Hoisington

As a result of ever-increasing rates of violence, number of gang members, and citizen insecurity, the government of El Salvador implemented a series of ‘zero tolerance’ policies in 2004, known as Mano Dura, or the Iron Fist…The Mano Dura approach focuses on exerting massive police force, extended prison sentences, and criminalization of illicit activities to eradicate the problem of gangs. As a result, the number of police arrests, arbitrary detentions, and jail populations skyrocketed.

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COLOMBIA: UN Confirms ‘Systematic’ Killings of Civilians by Soldiers by Constanza Vieira

On her own fact-finding mission to Colombia in late October 2008, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said “An offence becomes a crime against humanity if it is widespread and systematic against the civilian population.

“We are observing and keeping a record of the number of extrajudicial killings, and it does appear systematic and widespread in my view,” Pillay said in answer to a question from IPS.

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“US-MEXICO: Humanitarian Aid Criminalised at the Border” by Valeria Fernández

Humanitarian aid groups trying to avert migrant deaths on the U.S- Mexico border are facing increased roadblocks in their mission. The hazards are not connected to a spike in drug cartels’ violence, but rather restrictions from the federal government.

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Thirst for Profit: Corporate Control of Water in Latin America by Lisa Boscov-Ellen of the Council of Hemispheric Affairs.

Civil society has made strides against the runaway process of privatization and commercialization of water, but there is a formidable challenge ahead. While transnational companies have experienced setbacks in their attempts to privatize water in Latin America, they have had to change their strategy, but privatization still persists in the region.

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~ by Daniel on June 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “News from the Americas, June 21”

  1. […] tortured bodies in Juarez, Mexico and a criminal raid on a hotel brings the death toll in Juarez News from the Americas, June 21 – totheroots.wordpress.com 06/21/2009 As I find myself continually adding and commenting on […]

  2. That’s fantastic: really helpful for research. Thanks!

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