By Nicole Ball
An Interview with Human Rights Organizer Jackson Doliscar
Some things never change. In Haiti, no matter the century or decade in question, one can be certain that: the state and elite are trouncing the rights and needs of the majority, the population is protesting to demand land and justice, and the international community is taking the wrong side.
Cuba has developed an integrated, countrywide civil defense system that has succeeded in preventing widespread loss of life from natural disasters, especially the recurrent hurricanes that batter the long, narrow island. In the 16 major storms that devastated it in the decade of the 2000’s, only 30 people died. Along with prevention, community education—instilling a “culture of preparedness” and personal responsibility into Cubans from the very earliest years—are major factors in the system’s success.
Emergency medicine and public health officials from the U.S. Southeast and Gulf Coast made up the latest CIP delegation to Cuba in May to look at the island’s response to natural disasters, particularly hurricanes. That the system is effective is beyond doubt. Only a handful of Cubans died in the 16 major storms that battered the island over the last decade—and the likelihood of being killed by a hurricane in the United States is 15 times greater than in Cuba.
As part of its ongoing work on developing better approaches to support security and justice engagements in fragile states, INCAF commissioned a study of security and justice programming in Burundi.
By Kent Paterson
History has not been kind to the indigenous Raramuri people of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Pushed to remote mountains of a harsh land by Spanish and mestizo colonists, the Raramuri managed to hang on to their culture while eking out an existence based on rain-fed farming and small herd grazing. In recent decades their lands have been invaded again, this time by cattlemen, loggers, miners, dope growers, tourism developers, and soldiers.
By Elizabeth Newhouse
Hurricane Irene led the news in August 2011—the deadliest year for the giant storms in the United States since 2008. It killed 45 people and caused at least $7 billion in damage, mainly from flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The year was also notable as the seventh busiest for hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean since recordkeeping began. Remarkably, Cuba, so often in their path, managed to get through the season without a hit.
By Adam Isacson, Lisa Haugaard, Jennifer Johnson
The Latin America Working Group, the Center for International Policy and the Washington Office on Latin America release a new report on the Colombian experience of the past ten years, drawing out human rights and strategic lessons that are now relevant for U.S. policy toward Mexico and beyond.
Posted on: 15/02/2011 by Kent Paterson - CIP Americas Program
February's freezing fury has left a path of crumpled crops, pummeled harvests and dashed dreams in the countryside of northern Mexico. Hardest hit was the northwestern state of Sinaloa, known as the"Bread Basket of Mexico," where about 750,000 acres of corn crops were reported destroyed after unusually cold temperatures blanketed the north of the country in January and early February.
Sinaloa is among Mexico's major producers of white corn, the variety of maize used to make staple tortillas.
Along Avenue John Brown in Port-au-Prince, freshly painted graffiti reads aba seleksyon! - down with the undemocratic selection process.
It is a key message in a visual protest against the failure of democracy in Haiti.
University of California's Washington Center
We, the undersigned human rights, faith-based and nongovernmental organizations, are gravely concerned with the escalating series of threats and attacks against human rights defenders in Colombia. We call upon the Colombian government to take vigorous measures to investigate and prosecute these threats and attacks, protect defenders at risk and proclaim the legitimacy of human rights defenders' work, essential to a society ruled by law.
To cite just a few examples, on April 10th, death threats were issued in the name of "Los Rastrojos - Comandos Urbanos" to more than sixty …
Las organizaciones de derechos humanos, no-gubernamentales y religiosas aquí firmantes estamos profundamente preocupadas con la escalada de amenazas y ataques en contra de defensores de derechos humanos en Colombia.
Salvador G. Sarmiento | April 20, 2010
When representatives from 136 countries attended the high-level International Donors' Conference in New York on March 31, it looked like good news for Haiti. The conference, co-hosted by the United States and the UN, garnered commitments of large sums from donors and called for coordination with the Haitian Government, charged with leading the efforts.
Ra=FAl Zibechi | March 15, 2010
Translated from: Terremoto y Tsunami en Chile: La militarización de las catástrofes naturales
Translated by: Barbara Belejack
Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and other natural disasters shed light on social cracks and fissures invisible in everyday life.
Ra=FAl Zibechi | 8 de marzo de 2010
Terremotos, tsunamis, huracanes y otros golpes de la naturaleza ponen al descubierto fracturas y fisuras sociales que son invisibles en la vida cotidiana.