The hunger strike by four Mapuche activists, condemned to prison terms of ten years following an accusation of arson, has reached forty days. The four – brothers Juan and Jaime Marileo, Juan Henulao, and Patricia Troncoso – stopped taking food on March 13 to denounce the conduct of Chilean authorities, who are applying Pinochet-era laws against terrorism. The old law automatically turns all Mapuche officials and supporters into terrorists and applies heavy penalties for those arrested. The prisoners’ hunger strike has caused a rift within the government.
In Brazil health care for the indigenous population is undergoing a crisis and it is mainly the children who are getting sick and dying, according to the Survival organisation which bases its facts on information gleaned from indigenous groups.
The government of the Emirates takes the censor’s knife to Syriana—as an exhibit of slave labor
Mexico, in the state of Guerrero the people’s protest against the construction of a dam intensifies. In the end, the threat also arrived.
“There was no general popular consensus about Ahmadinejad. International pressure is responsible for having created one.” This is Farian Sabahi’s reaction to recent developments in the standoff between Iran and the international community. Sabahi is professor of contemporary Iranian history at the University of Geneva and author of a well-regarded History of Iran, which will come out in a new edition at the beginning of June