Category: Political Commentary

Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’

Being a woman in Guatemala isn’t easy. The small central American country has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with at least two women murdered every day. Being an indigenous woman in Guatemala is even harder. In addition to the…

Aldrei meiri hætta steðjað að íbúum Amazon

Frans páfi segir frumbyggja á Amazon-svæðinu aldrei hafa verið í jafn mikilli hættu og nú á dögum. Hann krafðist þess að bundinn verði endi á rányrkju timburs, gulls og gastegunda á svæiðnu.  Fulltrúar um 400 frumbyggjaþjóða í Perú mættu á fund páfa í borginni…

Bill passes to give Six Virginia Native American tribes federal recognition

A very interesting article about a federal recognition for Native American groups in Virginia. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has sent a bill to the president’s desk that would give six Virginia Native American tribes federal recognition. U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner…

Pope Francis urges end to Chile’s Mapuche conflict

Pope Francis has used a public address in Chile to denounce violence and call for unity in one of the country’s longest-running conflicts. Speaking in southern Araucania region, the pontiff said “destructive violence” between the indigenous Mapuche people and the state was not the…

7. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

El Salvador El Salvador lies on the Pacific coast and is the smallest of the Central American countries. Most of the country rests on a fertile volcanic plateau. The development of coffee estates led to the slow but continuous dissolution of most of the…

6. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Honduras In the western corner of Honduras live the 51,000 strong Ch’orti’ Maya people, cousins of the Cholán Mayans in the Guatemalan lowlands who were responsible for many of the city states like Tikal that the Mayans are famous for. The once mighty Copán…

5. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Belize The indigenous people in Belize are concentrated mainly in the south and west of the country, in the Corozal, Cayo, Toledo and Orange Walk districts. They are mostly of two main groups. Various Maya groups and the Garifuna who are mostly African in origin but have taken on Cariban language…

4. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Guatemala The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization of the highlands. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the vice royalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal…

3. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Chiapas) Inhabited mostly by a majority Maya populations of the closely related Tzotzil and Tzeltal ethnic groups in the highlands, the Chol of the forests in the north who inhabited the whole Usumacinta River valley in the Mayan Classic period, the Toholabal and…

2. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) The Mayans in the Yucatán Peninsula call themselves simply Maya. Anthropologists and linguists call their language Yucatec Maya. People of Maya ancestry are about 3 million in the Peninsula but only about 1.2 million speak to varying degree the Maya language….

1. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

This is the first part of what will become a seven part series about the modern day Maya peoples in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors to their lands from the 16th century onward, they have had…

Mapuche Conflict: ‘People Feel Danger Every Day’.

Check out @AdalbjornVonAda’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/AdalbjornVonAda/status/931518152520986624?s=09

Abby Martin: Insurgency and US Threats in Venezuela

Source: Abby Martin: Insurgency and US Threats in Venezuela

Palestine Is Still The Issue by John Pilger

Source: Palestine Is Still The Issue by John Pilger

Bernie Sanders 2020

4. July, 2017. Bernie Sanders for president of the US of A in 2020. Sounds too good to be true. Right. But, this could be become a reality if Bernie Sanders is up to it and the Democratic Party gives him an honest and…

Standing Rock Update — Voices from the Margins

A Minnesota resident sent a letter to the governor. This oil madness must be stopped. Carol A. Hand The news from Standing Rock, North Dakota, is alarming. I’m not sure if the link below will take to you to a recent video of escalating…

Ville de Québec – Histoire et Culture

Québec, Quebec, Canada. 5. June, 2017. One wrong decision can sometimes have drastic consequences. Stay inside or go outside. Let’s toss a coin. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1769 was fought between French and British forces outside the strong walls…

Loosing a Hair, Loosing a Culture Or, the Lakota Boy who Lost his Hair

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 29. May, 2017. This is a true story about a young Oglala Lakota Native American boy I became acquainted with in a grill party on Memorial Day. I met the 12 year old boy by the pool in the back…

Being Poor in Peru

Lima, Peru 27.04.2017 Three meter high fences around your home, topped with electric wiring and crushed glass. Why does a nice upper class area like the Miraflores neighbourhood in Lima have to make their homes look like fortresses? A big part of the reason is…

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