Category Archives: Latin America

World Social Forum

Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun – InterPress News Service
“Another Africa is not just possible, it has already begun. Africans have begun to articulate their issues in their own way, and to seek their own solutions to their own problems.”

Photos of the World day of Action – January 26th from various parts of our world.

For a complete report of the 2008 World Day of Action, download Terra Viva The Contents include:
  • More Thoughts than Action on Action Day
  • Diversity, a Birthright Waiting to be Recognized
  • Media Dyxlesia and the WSF
  • Post-Socialist Europe: Too Early for Global Worries
  • The World Cannot Stand Back from Colombia’s Tragedy
  • Crisis in Lebabon Costs Pall on WSF
  • Justice Street Performers in Santiago
  • India: From Reflection to Action
  • Burning Snow in Montreal
  • Eviction High on Atlanta Agenda
  • We Now Need Accomplishments
  • Davos Has Lost Its Arrogance
  • Taking Stands Is Vital for the WSF
  • Labour Has Still to Catch Up with the WSF
  • Native People and the World Social Forum
  • Everybody Leaves the Forum Happier, Wiser and Stronger

Peru moves to end Amazon protests

BBC

Peru has declared a state of emergency in jungle areas where indigenous groups are blocking oil and gas installations in protest at a new land sale law. The measure allows the authorities to send in troops and bans public gatherings for 30 days. Some 65 Amazon tribes say the law will make it easier for big energy companies to buy up their land, parts of which are known to be rich in oil and gas. The indigenous people have been demonstrating for more than a week at hydro-electric dams and oil and gas installations in three different parts of Peru’s Amazon basin.They are angry at a law which they say makes it easier for investors to buy their land because it lowers the bar for consent from two-thirds of a community assembly to a simple majority.

The legislation is one of a number of laws being passed as part of Peru’s free trade agreement with the US. More

Amazon region to host the World Social Forum 2009

The social movements and non-governmental organizations from the Amazon region requested request that the Amazon region host the 2009 World Social Forum in Belem. This is in an area of different political, cultural and environmental aspects. Climate Change is a world wide issue and the Amazon region is the planet’s last forest frontier. In addition, it has the planet’s most valuable freshwater resources, biodiversity and great social diversity, which is represented by its traditional populations and indigenous peoples. More

Food Crisis Reverses Middle Class Trend in Latin America

Food Crisis Reverses Middle Class Trend in Latin America – New America Media
The food crisis in Latin America is eroding the spending power of the new middle class, and with it, their optimism in the future of the region’s economy. In Latin America, the global food crisis has done more than just trigger protests and force governments to scramble for stopgap solutions. The crisis has begun to reverse the most positive regional trend of recent years: the decline of poverty and the nascent emergence of a new middle class. More

Brazilian bishops join national movement against slave labor

BRASILIA, Brazil (CNS) — Brazil’s Catholic bishops have joined a 21st-century abolitionist movement called the National Front Against Slave Labor. The front, which includes congressional leaders and representatives of unions and social movements, was launched June 4. Its immediate goal is to push new anti-slavery legislation through Brazil’s National Congress before the July recess. “Slavery is an abominable practice that the church in Brazil, through the voice of some bishops and the Pastoral Land Commission, has denounced since the 1970s in a systematic and documented way,” said a bishops’ conference statement read by Father Jose Ernanne Pinheiro, political adviser to the bishops, during the campaign launch. Slavery was abolished in Brazil 120 years ago, but special teams in Brazil’s Ministry of Labor have rescued nearly 29,000 people from forced labor since 1995. Many of them were poor peasant workers on farms.