Thousands of Q’eqchi’ Maya farmers gather in Chisec, Guatemala in 2015 to celebrate Guatemalan indigenous campesino rights and resistance. Photo by Jeff Abbott/WNV

How Extractivism and Neoliberal Environmentalism Cause Migration and Land Conflicts in Guatemala

June 16, 2017 Jeff Abbott

"The extractive model from the United States and Canada is one of the principal causes of the internal and external displacement and expulsion of people," said Enrique Vida Olascoaga of Voces Mesoamericanas. "Mining projects, hydro-electric, and monoculture have become far worse in the last seven years, since the beginning of the free trade agreements. Together with historic discrimination against indigenous peoples, campesinos, and people of African descent, there is a convergence of this violence within migration."

Torture, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention Under Trump

April 17, 2017 Rebecca Gordon

When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars—under the banner of a “Global War on Terror”—they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the Obama years, they now appear poised for resurrection.

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