Richie Rivera, 18, watched a dozen hooded, armed men kidnap his brother Roy in Monterrey two years ago. After a ransom they paid was never honored, Richie and his mother conducted their own investigation and scoured the morgue. His bravest… Read moreNonviolent resistance in Mexico
by Jens Erik Gould, Waging Nonviolence
New president, new ministers, new strategies. Same bloodshed. It has never been more obvious that the current approach to reducing Mexico's drug-related violence does not work.
Many of the Mexicans who voted for President Enrique Peña Nieto last year hoped he would fulfill his campaign promise to slow the carnage that has killed tens of thousands of people over the past six years. Not long after he took power, though, gunmen gang-raped six female tourists from Spain, more than a dozen members of a popular band were found dead and a police chief in a border city disappeared. Last month, a shooting killed seven people at a Cancún bar and two federal police officers were fatally shot on the border in Ciudad Juárez.Continue ReadingLOOKING FOR GANDHIS IN MEXICO
Some 700 indigenous representatives occupied Brazil’s lower-house Chamber of Deupites in a final effort to stop attempts to change the law concerning their territorial rights.
In a landmark ruling, India’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal to allow Vedanta Resources to mine the Niyamgiri hills of Orissa state, recognizing the rights of the local tribal people.