Columbus Day: Indigenous People of the Americas
Patrick Bond: Ecuador President Rafael Correa is a petro-Kenysian who failed to sell Yasuni National Park in carbon markets and to international donors, and now he’s turned a blind eye to what’s really needed
After state fails to fulfill international court order returning ancestral lands illegally usurped by German cattle rancher, community decides enough is enough
After two years of resisting illegal logging and organized crime, indigenous people in the town of Cheran Mexico demand justice for their assassinated community members and respect for their autonomous government
Most recent hunger strike by imprisoned activists over â€œpolitically motivated prosecutionsâ€ and state application of Antiterrorist Law comes to a close as conflict between Mapuche communities and the Chilean state intensifies
The remote community of Ahuas, Honduras is located deep inside the countryâ€™s Miskitu coast, a tightly-woven indigenous community long forgotten by government help but also by crime. In contrast to the rest of the country, which boasts the highest murder rate per capita in the world, Ahuas is a peaceful place with deep family ties. But that changed in the early morning hours of May 11, when soldiers opened fire from U.S. government helicopters, killing four people, including two pregnant women, a child and a young father. Now Ahuas and the Moskitia have become ground zero in the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.)â€™s Operation Anvil and the broader U.S. war on drugsâ€”changing the lives of the gente del Rioâ€”River Peopleâ€”forever. Produced by Kaelyn Forde and Craig Stubing.
Robinson Yumbo, President of the National Indigenous Federation of the Cofan People on the multi-billion dollar woes of Chevron in Ecuador
180 protestors arrested as protest condemns PM Harper tar sands plans
Mobile Broadcast News reports from a convergence of indigenous environmental activists headed to Cancun to oppose UN climate change conference
Journalist and author Ben Dangl has spent much of the past decade touring South America and has observed social movements bring down neo-liberal governments and replace them with new ones. Now a few years into the experiment, Dangl has written a new book about the dynamic between those social movements and the governments they helped elect. He notes that in the cases of Ecuador and Bolivia, some of the most influential groups have now become vociferous critics of the governments they helped bring to power. Produced by Jesse Freeston.
With the close of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, much of the media was quick to declare them a total success. This goes against the mounds of journalism produced before and during the games by the Vancouver Media Co-op, the city’s newly launched independent media center. Believing that there might be more than one answer regarding the success of the games, and one of those should come from the host communities, The Real News spoke to Franklin López, Video Producer with the Co-op, to find out more about the legacy of the 2010 Olympics for the people of Vancouver.
The largest indigenous movement in decades battles to save the Amazon Basin from oil exploitation Pt 1
Over one year of declared opposition and advocacy, 65 straight days of civil disobedience, two days of bloody confrontations with the police and military, and the government of Peruvian President Alan García still won’t meet with AIDESEP, the coalition of indigenous community organizations at the forefront of the movement to resist the exploitation of Peru’s Amazonian resources. In fact, the government has chosen to charge the coalition’s leader, Alberto Pizango, with sedition, causing him to seek asylum in the Nicaraguan embassy. Freelance journalist Ben Powless reports from inside Peru’s Amazon Basin that this approach neglects the true nature of the movement. Powless reports that Pizango has never played a central role in the movement. The resistance is a spontaneous response to the threats posed to their land, and by extension their lives, by President García’s plans. Powless reports that those plans, which were set in motion by the enacting of free trade agreements with the US and Canada, are in violation of numerous international laws, since they allow the government to develop land held by indigenous nations without prior consultation and consent.
The indigenous Algonquin community of Barriere Lake has been fighting with the provincial government of Quebec and the federal government of Canada for nearly twenty years over their land. Blockades they have set up in the late 1980s stopped illegal logging on their land and led them to sign a Trilateral Agreement with the two governments. Today, the community claims the agreement and all others that followed have not been honored, while logging companies plan to resume operations. In an effort to exert pressure on the government and the logging industry, the community has set up several blockades in protest. In response, the communityï¿½s spokespeople and leaders have been arrested. Benjamin Nottoway, Barriere Lakeï¿½s customary chief has been arrested at the last blockade and sentenced to two months in jail.
10,000 indigenous Colombians are marching against President Alvaro Uribe’s policies. The protest comes one week after violence erupted during demonstrations to press for land reform and dialogue with the government.