Delegation and Direct Action at the Border
Transcending the Border to End Militarization
Ten SOA Watch delegates just returned from a week long visit to the border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, from February 12-19, organized in conjunction with Project Puente. Delegates visited with human rights organizations, farm-workers, students, women’s groups, parents of the disappeared and immigration activists on both sides of the border to understand more about militarization in the border region. The delegation ended with a bi-national rally at the border fence to remember the martyrs. SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and SOA Watch field organizer Nico Udu-gama were arrested after joining the vigil on the Mexican side and crossing back across the border.
After being held for 3 hours at the Santa Teresita (New Mexico) detention center, Roy and Nico were informed that they would not be prosecuted and were released. From a report back by Nico: CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) From the School of the Americas to the Border: No Más Muertes!
by James F. Petras
Invited paper to be presented to the “Encuentro Nacional de comunidades Campesinas, Afrodescendientes e Indigenas por la Tierra y la Paz de Colombia: El dialogo es la Ruta”, 12 al 15 de agosto 2011, Barrancabermeja – Colombia
We live in a time of great destruction and grand economic opportunities and Latin America is no exception. In the global context, the US Empire is engaged in destructive wars (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Haiti). In contrast China, India, Brazil, Argentina and other “emerging economies” are expanding trade, investments and reducing poverty. The European Union (EU) and the United States (USA) are in deep economic crises. The EU “periphery” (Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain) are totally bankrupt. The US “dependencies” in North America (Mexico), Central America and the Caribbean are virtual narco-states plagued by mass poverty, astronomical crime rates and economic stagnation. The US dependencies are plundered by foreign multi-nationals, local oligarchs and corrupt politicians. CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) Colombia: Pillage, Promise and Peace
March 23rd, Wednesday: http://www.gpia.info/node/11356
March 17th, Thursday: Below is the info and when you scroll down, they are asking to ‘pre-register’.
The Bildner Center cordially invites you to the Research Seminar:
Violence and Security in Colombian Cities
Eduardo Moncada Brown University
Discussant: Mark Ungar Brooklyn College
Moderator: Desmond Arias Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere [...]
Tonalá, Chiapas a 16 de Febrero del 2011
A la Otra Campaña Nacional e Internacional
A la Comisión Sexta del EZLN
Al Pueblo Organizado de Bachajon
Al Pueblo Organizado de Mitziton
A las Juntas de Buen Gobierno
A los Medios Alternativos de Comunicación
Al Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas
Al Gobierno Federal
CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) Consejo Autónomo Regional de la Zona Costa de Chiapas Adherentes a la Otra Campaña del EZLN
Over Fifty Groups Endorse LASC Conference on US Militarism
Education and Strategy Conference
on US Militarism
Washington, DC – April 8-10, 2011
Sponsored by: Latin America Solidarity Coalition
in Conjunction with School of the Americas Watch Days of Action
April 4-11, 2011
CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) Over Fifty Groups Endorse LASC Conference on US Militarism Register Now!
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How the USAID, Federal Bureau of Prisons and the School of the Americas Have Impacted Colombia’s Prison System
By James Jordan
Special to The Narco News Bulletin
Amid much talk of human rights and improved conditions for those deprived of liberty, in March of 2000, the US ambassador and Colombia’s Minister of Justice signed the “Program for the Improvement of the Colombian Prison System.” Called the dawning of a “New Penitentiary Culture,” the US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), would redesign Colombia’s maximum and medium security institutions, providing millions of dollars in funding, advice and oversight. Central to this restructuring has been the building and expansion of as many as sixteen new jails designed to handle an influx of some 30,000 new inmates—an increase in capacity of more than 40%. The reason cited for building these new jails was to alleviate overcrowding as a necessary first step toward better conditions. CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) The “New Penitentiary Culture”: US Designs for Colombian Jails
Boalt Hall law students, left, who said it was their first day of school, watch as protesters pass, calling for the firing of Boalt Hall law professor John Yoo for his part in drafting the "enhanced interrogation" methods used on enemy combatants that were adopted by the Bush Administration, Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, in Berkeley, Calif. Protesters called Yoo a war criminal and demanded that he be fired from his job teaching constitutional law. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)
By Sean Maher / Oakland Tribune
BERKELEY — Protesters gathered at the opening of classes Monday to protest the school’s continued employment of John Yoo, a UC Berkeley professor who gave legal sanction to the Bush administration’s views on torture. CONTINUE LEYENDO (Continue reading) Protest draws dozens at UC Berkeley for John Yoo’s first day of classes