Category: Human Rights

How Top Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains

How Top Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains

By Benjamin Dangl Published on September 15, 2017 Source: Toward Freedom Destruction of rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo paves way for palm oil plantation. Photo by David Gilbert/RAN A recent investigation by the anti-poverty advocacy organization Oxfam reveals how the world’s top ten food and beverage companies are failing to protect environmental and human rights defenders…

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Paraguay: Protests and Rubber Bullets Greet Return of Dictatorship Criminal

Paraguay: Protests and Rubber Bullets Greet Return of Dictatorship Criminal

Written by Benjamin Dangl Saturday, 02 May 2009 Workers and activists gathered in the central plaza of Asunción, Paraguay on May 1st to commemorate International Workers Day. Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo marked the day by raising the minimum wage by 5%, half of what many of the unions present were demanding. But another piece of…

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Argentina Remembers: Marches Mark 33rd Anniversary of Military Coup

Argentina Remembers: Marches Mark 33rd Anniversary of Military Coup

By Benjamin Dangl April 21. 2009 The weekend that the hemisphere’s Presidents met in Trinidad at the Summit of the Americas marked the same weekend that Cuba defeated the US in the Bay of Pigs invasion 48 years ago. At the Summit, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recalled the invasion in a speech that rightly criticized…

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Paraguay: A Laboratory for Latin America’s New Militarism

Paraguay: A Laboratory for Latin America’s New Militarism

By Benjamin Dangl Wednesday, 01 August 2007 Two soldiers in Paraguay stand in front of a camera. One of them holds an automatic weapon. John Lennon’s “Imagine” plays in the background. This Orwellian juxtaposition of war and peace is from a new video posted online by US soldiers stationed in Paraguay. The video footage and…

Argentina’s Bonfire of Memory

Argentina’s Bonfire of Memory

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 07 August 2007 Guitar strumming and singing starts and stops with the passage of wine and steak. The gaiety of this party in Argentina is in contrast with the topic of conversation. Some of the partygoers are sons and daughters of dissidents persecuted in the dictatorship and they talk about disappearances…

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Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

Decolonization’s Rocky Road: Corruption, Expropriation and Justice in Bolivia

By Benjamin Dangl March 14, 2009 El Alto Anniversary Event. Photo: Quintana/ABI Over 3,000 Bolivian and Peruvian indigenous activists recently marched in El Alto in commemoration of the March 13th, 1781 siege of La Paz, Bolivia launched from El Alto by indigenous rebels Tupac Katari and Bartolina Sisa. The siege was against Spanish rule and…

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The Machine Gun and The Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in a New South America

The Machine Gun and The Meeting Table: Bolivian Crisis in a New South America

By Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 16 September 2008 On Monday, September 15, Bolivian president Evo Morales arrived in Santiago, Chile for an emergency meeting of Latin American leaders that convened to seek a resolution to the recent conflict in Bolivia. Upon his arrival, Morales said, “I have come here to explain to the presidents of South…

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Fear and Loathing in Bolivia: New Constitution, Polarization

Fear and Loathing in Bolivia: New Constitution, Polarization

By Benjamin Dangl Thursday, 03 January 2008 “Let’s go unblock the road, compañeros!” a man in an old baseball cap yells as he joins a group of people hauling rocks and tires from a central intersection in Cochabamba. This group of students and union activists are mobilizing against a civic strike led by middle class…

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More Than Just a Leaf: Bolivian Coca as a Natural Resource

More Than Just a Leaf: Bolivian Coca as a Natural Resource

By Benjamin Dangl October 13, 2007 Leonilda Zurita Drying Coca I met up with coca farmer Leonilda Zurita and her colleague Apolonia Sánchez in the Chapare town of Eterazama, Bolivia. Both of them wore the wide, pleated skirts and white, wide-brimmed mesh hats common to indigenous women in the Chapare. Zurita, a motherly but fierce…

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