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The women of the Amazon who dream the resistance

In Ecuador, indigenous women lead a march to the capital, to demand an end to the pillaging of their land

Gabriela Ruiz Agila
22 May 2021, 12.00am

On 26 March, Ecuador’s ombudsman (or “people’s defender”) Freddy Carrión visited Pastaza, the country’s largest province, and paid homage to the resilience of Amazonian women. María Taant, a leader of the Shuar indigenous people, sang a song invoking the great anaconda of the Amazon jungle. Hours later, she would be dead, a tragic road accident that left the Amazonian women’s movement bereft while also demanding they continue the struggle to defend their territory.

In memory of María Taant, we remember the march from Puyo to Quito on 8 March 2018, when María Taant and her companions delivered the Mandate of Amazonian Women to the government of Lenín Moreno. It read: "we demand the deletion of the contracts and/or agreements and concessions granted by the Ecuadorian government to oil and mining companies in the south-central Amazon."

For five days, the women kept vigil in the Plaza Grande, Quito’s central public square. Their struggle and persistence now resonates around the world. One of them, Nemonte Nenquim, led the Waorani people’s battle to protect 500,000 acres of rain forest from oil extraction. Her grassroots activism won the prestigious Goldman environmental prize for 2020 and a place on the New York Times’s 100 most influential people list.

The events of March 2018 were transformative. The women of the Amazon – from the Kichwa, Shuar, Achuar, Shiwiar, Waorani, Sapara and Mestizo peoples – had gathered to tell a story of negotiation and struggle, as they sought to redefine their place in the family and in wider society. For many years, they had been cultivating knowledge and resistance in their territories and communities.

Source: Shuar People. 13 March 2018. Maria Taant sings to give heart to the women of the Amazon, gathered in the Plaza Grande in Quito

Taant was prepared for the struggle. Eleven days before leaving for Quito, she fasted, visited the waterfall, dreamed and spoke to her ancestors. Widowed seven years before the march to Quito, she was raising four children – a daughter and three sons – on her own. At 25 she had been chosen by the Shuar elders to be a healer. At 47, she did not dream of shields as male warriors do, but of women walking, painting the great anaconda, talking and laughing. She dreamt the resistance. She saw it all clearly: a gruelling journey followed by hours of waiting. "It will be hard for them to listen to us," she told her gathered sisters.


Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia preserve the Inca Qhapaq am trail by promoting local tourism

May 21, 2021

The governments of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador are taking steps to restore and preserve the Qhapaq Ñam Andean Inca route and promote local tourism in the region.

Qhapaq Ñam in the Peruvian Andes.

Qhapaq Ñam was the backbone of the Inca Empire’s political and economic power. It served as an extensive Inca communication, trade and defense network of roads and associated structures, covering an area of more than 30,000 square kilometres.

During the last days of the empire, it connected Cusco with Cuenca, which was being built to be the northern Inca capital.

Since 2014, Qhapaq Ñam has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its development and preservation is not only important for historic reasons, but for the Andean countries’ tourism industry and culture. Peruvian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Wilma Alanoca, confirmed the proposal of a project in the area that is expected to benefit 15 local communities along the route.


Colombian Police Crack Down On Protests With Long-Range Weapons

Colombian Police Crack Down On Protests With Long-Range Weapons

In Caucasia, dozens of children, pregnant women, and elderly people had to take refuge from police brutality in a school for hours.

Colombians on Wednesday denounced that the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) cracked down on peaceful protests with long and short-range weapons.

Videos posted on social networks show agents shooting at farmers in Bucaramanga. According to witnesses, at least 25 protesters were wounded.

In Caucasia, dozens of children, pregnant women, and elderly people had to take refuge from police brutality in La Normal school for hours. Social organizations denounced that at least 10 people were injured during the clashes.


The United States must stop providing weapons used to repress Colombia's protests

20 May 2021, 18:23 UTC

In light of verified visual evidence by Amnesty International that United States weapons and equipment are being misused to commit human rights violations against protesters in Colombia, the human rights organization is calling on Secretary of State Blinken to immediately cease the direct or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of equipment used for repression such as small arms, shotguns, and related ammunition; less-lethal equipment, such as tear gas, riot control projectiles and launchers; armored vehicles, dual-use surveillance technologies, training, and any other technical or financial assistance.

“The United States role in fueling ceaseless cycles of violence committed against the people of Colombia is outrageous,” said Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. “The United States government has been an agonizing party to the killing, disappearances, sexual violence and other torture, and horrendous repression of dozens of mostly peaceful demonstrations.

“A suspension of weapons must remain in place until the Colombian security forces fully comply with international law and standards on the use of force, abuses are independently and impartially investigated, and there is full accountability for all human rights violations that have been committed by the Colombian authorities, with support from the United States. Secretary Blinken has the power to stop the fear and terror that Colombian protesters are enduring, and he must do so immediately.”

The United States role in fueling ceaseless cycles of violence committed against the people of Colombia is outrageous

Philippe Nassif, the advocacy director at Amnesty International USA


Artist publishes 100 drawings from Peru's COVID-19 pandemic

With a pencil and a notebook, Peruvian artist Edilberto Jiménez walks the streets of Lima and cities in the Andes mountains collecting stories and images about the coronavirus health crisis that has devastated Peru

By FRANKLIN BRICEÑO Associated Press
May 20, 2021, 11:37 PM
• 3 min read

The Associated Press
Edilberto Jimenez poses with one of his drawings at his home in San Juan de Lurigancho, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Thursday, May 20, 2021. Jimenez compiled in a book his interpretation of the sufferings that Peruvians have endured during the COVID pandemic that has caused a deepening economic crisis and has killed more than 66,000 people in the Andean country. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru -- With a pencil and a notebook, artist Edilberto Jiménez walks the streets of Lima and cities in the Andes mountains collecting stories and images about the coronavirus health crisis that has devastated Peru.

Later, in his workshop, he completes the scenes while reading newspapers or watching television news about the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people in his South American homeland.

“It’s like a war with an invisible enemy,” Jiménez says of COVID-19.

“Each drawing tells a story that had an impact on me,” says the artist, who drew 750 sketches and selected 100 of them for a book called “New Coronavirus and Good Government."

His title plays off that of another book — “New Chronicle and Good Government,” a 1615 work by Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala containing 400 drawings and 1,200 pages recounting the suffering of Indigenous peoples at the hands of the Spaniards.


Just 100 Companies Create 90% of Plastic Waste

Dharna Noor
Today 12:00PM

Plastic producers have tried to make us think that individuals can solve pollution by improving our recycling and shopping habits. A new study makes it clear why that’s their tactic. Just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of the world’s trashed single-use plastic.

The Plastic Waste Makers Index, published Tuesday by the Australian foundation Minderoo, is a comprehensive account of the companies manufacturing plastic that goes into disposable products. It shows that energy giants and chemical conglomerates are among the 20 companies that created 55% of global plastic waste. Expanding the view just a bit further, the report also shows that just 100 businesses account for more than 90% of trashed plastic.

The top contributor to throwaway plastics, the report found, is Exxon. In 2019, it contributed 5.9 million metric tons of plastic that got thrown away. In close second and third were the world’s two largest chemical companies, U.S.-based Dow and China’s Sinopec. They created 5.5 million metric tons and 5.3 million metric tons of the stuff respectively.

The research also showed that recycled plastic account for just 2% of the world’s disposable plastics. The vast majority are made from virgin materials, meaning new fossil fuels were extracted to create them.


Bolivia Adds Charges Against the Leader of the 2019 Coup

Jeanine Añez, La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 15, 2019. | Photo: EFE

Published 19 May 2021

Jeanine Añez broke her oath of defending the Constitution when she self-declared president of the Senate and "interim president" of her country.

The Prosecutor's Office expanded the judicial investigations against Jeanine Añez to include charges of breach of her duties as a senator through arbitrary acts that violated the Bolivian constitution and laws.

The new investigation will be added to the process over terrorism, sedition, and conspiracy crimes committed during her administration (2019-2020).

"When taking office as Senator in 2015, Añez pledged to comply and enforce the law; however, she broke the oath because she acted illegally by proclaiming herself president without a corresponding quorum and a lawful mandate," lawyer Victor Nina explained.


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Bible vs indigenous beliefs at issue in Bolivia
January 24, 2020

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Hoisting a large leather Bible above her head, Bolivia’s new interim president delivered an emphatic message hours after Evo Morales fled under pressure, the end of a nearly 14-year presidency that celebrated the country’s indigenous religious beliefs like never before.

“The Bible has returned to the palace,” bellowed Jeanine Añez as she walked into the presidential palace where Morales had jettisoned the bible from official government ceremonies and replaced with acts honoring the Andean earth deity called the Pachamama. The conservative evangelical senator, from a region where people often scoff at Pachamama beliefs, thrust the Bible above her head and flashed a beaming smile.

While Bolivians of all walks of life are deeply divided on Morales’ legacy, his replacement, a lawyer and opposition leader who wants to make the Bible front and center in public life, is reigniting deep-rooted class and racial divisions at a time of great uncertainty in the Andean nation, where 6 in 10 identify as descendants of native peoples.

“It’s the same as 500 years ago when the Spanish came and the first thing they showed the indigenous people was the Bible,” said Jose Saravia, a civil engineer from La Paz. “It seems to me like the same thing is happening again.”


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Actually, the first thing the Spanish invaders did was show the Native Bolivian people how quickly they could kill them, force them to dig silver or gold until they died of exhaustion or abuse, or illness, or starvation, or disease, as they instantly controlled the people, and ground them into the dust under their slimy boots.

Their descendants still treat the descendants of the original people viciously as if they don't really have a right to live in their own land, referring to them as, in Spanish, of course, "f***ing Indians", "llama abortions", etc.

Bolivians were not allowed to vote or even walk on the sidewalks until after a revolution in 1953, and today often walk for many, many miles to reach places where they may vote. Things haven't been that much better for the original Bolivians until the first Native Bolivian was elected, Evo Morales, who they conspired to overthrow, even planned to assassinate repeatedly. Each time he was somehow protected by Bolivians working to protect him.

In the meantime, the European descended fascists have not broken with their pattern of sadistic violence, and acts of hatred against the people of the country.

That's why Bolivian people, for justice's sake, absolutely need human leaders.

Colombia state terror campaign broadcast live on Twitter

by Adriaan Alsema May 10, 2021

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque and the Anti-Communist Brigade death squad tweeted their allegedly joint terror campaign live in the city of Cali.

What the purpose of the military operation allegedly carried out with the paramilitary group was other than terrorizing locals in the south of Colombia’s city is unclear.

How many people were injured and may have been killed was also not immediately clear.

Once Duque was done terrorizing the students of the Valle University, the president said that he would “listen to you and talk about the issues you complain about.”


(This seems like a completely new terror tactic. My god.)

Colombia trying to cover up attempted indigenous massacre

by Adriaan Alsema May 10, 2021

Colombia’s mass media and the Cali Police Department tried to cover up an attempted massacre of native Colombians by far-right supporters of President Ivan Duque.

At least eight indigenous protesters were injured on Sunday when heavily armed supporters of the increasingly authoritarian president indiscriminately opened fire on the buses they were driving.

The armed residents from an upscale neighborhood in the south of Cali received help from at least one policeman while preparing the massacre, according to video footage.

In order to cover up the attempted massacre, Cali Police chief Juan Carlos Rodriguez falsely accused the victims of incinerating two vehicle and falsely claimed that some were carrying firearms.


1,000 People Were Executed by El Salvador Troops in 1981 and This American May Have Known

New evidence has emerged connecting American military advisor Allen Bruce Hazelwood to the darkest episode in El Salvador's history.

By Emily Green
May 7, 2021, 11:07am


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The execution of some 1,000 people by the military in 1981 during El Salvador’s bloody civil war is one of the country’s darkest chapters, which is now subject of one of the most anticipated and long-awaited legal proceedings in Latin American history.

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“The deeper you get into it, the more lies you reveal,” said American journalist Mark Danner, who wrote an investigative book about the massacre. “And what you thought was a level of truth turns out to have a trap door underneath it.”

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The facts were horrifying. It began with the Salvadoran military dropping bombs on Mozote and nearby villages, and then soldiers marched in on December 10, 1981 to interrogate residents about leftist guerrilla fighters. The following morning, the soldiers forced everyone to leave their homes and assembled them in the town square. The men and older boys were divided from the women and young children.

After murdering the men, the women were “machine gunned,” according to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. More than 400 children under the age of 12 were executed.

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