A woman sits with her child next the barrier separating the protesters from the Presidential Palace. All photos by Jeff Abbott.

Guatemala’s Government Palace and the Street: Indigenous Campesinos Occupy Capital to Protest Land Conflicts

August 17, 2017

One hundred Q’eqchi Maya families have established an encampment next to the Presidential Palace in Guatemala City to protest the government's unwillingness to resolve agrarian conflicts in their territory. “We are here in front of the National Palace because of the failure of the state," indigenous activist Carlos Choc explained. "Our Q’eqchi communities have risen up."

The "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

Mobilizing Against the Fascist Creep: A Book Review

August 17, 2017

What is fascism, really? This question seems to be coming up more and more since the electoral victory of Donald Trump, and most recently following the events in Charlottesville. The new book Against the Fascist Creep is a useful guide to the many ideological and subcultural manifestations of the contemporary fascist movement.

Protesters march at the G20 Summit in London, 2009.

Dilemmas of the Radical Left in a Dying Capitalist System

August 15, 2017

The radical left has emerged as a strong force in a large number of countries over the past decade. In all of these countries there is an internal debate among left militants about future tactics. Should they seek electoral power or should they seek to control the streets?

An ethnic matriarch in India's biodiversity-rich Sikkim State in the Himalayan foothills. She is a repository of traditional knowledge on plants both for food and medicinal properties. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

Why the World Needs Indigenous Communities to Steward Their Ancestral Lands

August 14, 2017

Approximately 370 million indigenous people are spread across 70 countries worldwide. Indigenous communities' ancestral land and natural resources have a fundamental importance in their livelihood, ways and of life, culture and religion and, in fact, in their collective physical and cultural survival as communities.

Women’s Rights and Movements

Women farmers at work in their vegetable plots near Kullu town, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT).

Women Farmers’ Land Rights: Closing the Global Gender Gap in the Midst of Climate Change

July 3, 2017

Climate change is ushering in new population dynamics. As men’s out-migration from indigenous and local communities continues to rise due to fall in land productivity, population growth and increasing outside opportunities for wage-labor, more women are left behind as de facto land managers, assuming even greater responsibilities in communities and households.



Standing in the Way of Extractivism: Guatemalan Community Activists Resist Meg-Dams

May 17, 2017

Guatemala is rapidly expanding its energy generation infrastructure with support from Washington and international banks. The construction of mega-dams has been met with a wave of resistance from communities set to be displaced by the projects. Indigenous activists are continuing their struggle in the face of the wider extractivist projects facing the region.