In Venezuela as in the US, third-party candidates were roundly ignored by the media—including a veteran labor leader who challenged Hugo Chávez from the left.
Members of a ronda campesina (peasant self-defense patrol) at March 22 rally at the site of US-based Newmont Mining’s proposed Conga gold mine in Peru’s northern region of Cajamarca. Peasant protesters occupied the concession bloc to mark World Water Day, in defiance… Read morePeruvians stand up to Newmont Mining
by Bill Weinberg, The Progressive
The Newmont Mining Corporation, based in Colorado, has embroiled itself in a controversial project in northern Peru that locals say threatens their water and their future. Peasants and workers in the region have engaged in mass demonstrations and general strikes, and the president of Peru has responded by declaring a state of emergency. At stake is the economic model of aggressive resource extraction lubricated by the new free trade agreement with Washington.Continue ReadingPERUVIANS STAND UP TO NEWMONT MINING
Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages in a show of force apparently aimed at Hezbollah the day after a mysterious incursion by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced their concern over Iran’s recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation.