TYENDINAGA – On Friday March 11th, 2016, His Excellency Wilmer Omar Barrientos Fernandez, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Canada, arrived in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to build greater relations between the Onkwehon:we and the Venezuelan people. Tyendinaga is the home of Deganawida, the Peacemaker who brought the Kayenere:kowa or Great Peace to the Haudenosaunee people. The ambassador paid a visit to Eagle Hill, the birthplace of the Peacemaker, and the place where the thinking behind the Kayenere:kowa emerged.
“They follow me. They threaten to kill me – to kidnap me. They threaten my family. That is what we face,” said Berta Cáceres (Lenca) when talking about the dangers activists face in Honduras. Cáceres was a prolific environmental and Indigenous rights activist who had the courage to continue to defend the land and her community in the face of corporate and government violence. Sadly, Berta was assassinated in her own home in La Esperanza, Honduras on March 3rd, 2016.
ABYA YALA – The progressive resistance movements in Latin America which have given those opposed to US domination and the triumphalism of neo-liberalism are clearly in crisis. Right wing movements have wind in their sales, and the complex alliances between indigenous peoples, trade union movements, and various left forces are coming apart under the pressure of powerful forces at the local, regional and global level.
PERU – Under the guise of a land-titling project, Peru is breaking up and privatising indigenous common lands across the Andean highlands, writes Arthur Scarritt. While the law provides for communal titling and democratic votes, in practice there's no provision for communities to exercise these rights, and the many are being dispossessed in favour of large, 'efficient' market-oriented producers.
CHIAPAS – History is rarely told by those who live and make it. This documentary was created as part of a collective video project in which the EZLN's Autonomous Rebel Zapatista Municipalities participate. The Silence of the Zapatistas / El silencio de los Zapatistas was created Guadalupe Jose Gomez Spanish with English subtitles. 2001 Videografia Zapatista.
AKWESASNE – Mohawk elder Kanasaraken (aka Loran Thompson) recently spoke to Real Peoples Media about his visit to Ecuador to see the devastation in the Amazonian rainforest caused by Chevron. Kanasaraken has been part of developing relationships between the Deyodyohkwahnhasta movement and peoples movements in Ecuador. In this interview Kanasaraken stressed the importance of developing indigenous to indigenous relationships with the original peoples of the south and the significance of the Anti-Chevron campaign.