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Declaration Minatitlan VIII Mesoamerican People's Forum

Information Minga of Social Movements, 10 April, 2011

Meeting on 8, 9 and April 10 2011en this town of Minatitlan, Veracruz, Mexico in the Olmec heartland, representatives of organizations, communities, networks and movements throughout Mesoamerica issue this Declaration.

Mesoamerican peoples live today one of the most difficult stages of our long history, the mega-projects like the Plan Puebla-Panama (today Mesoamerica Project) and Free Trade Agreements have only brought more misery and violence to our people. In our territories are experiencing a new invasion.

Mesoamerican Millions of households are now torn by poverty and migration and are women who suffer discrimination with greater force and violence. The rights of our people are trampled by oligarchies to service large multinational corporations.

The increasing militarization shows that democracy in our countries is just a sham. The persecution of men and women who defend their rights is further evidence that those who govern us are subjects of major capital projects and their death.

As a result of the terrible inequality that exists in our country, every day thousands of Mesoamerican leave our homes, to travel north in search of employment. Migrants are subject to gross violations of their rights, dozens die every day from accidents, but also by attacks and aggressions of organized crime and police. This tragedy is largely a responsibility of governments and in particular the Mexican who does the dirty work to American interests.

In recent years our territories have been the scene of large claims, thousands and thousands have died or lost their homes, livestock and crops.

in climate change caused by the mad pace of neoliberal capitalist model mainly affects the poorest.

Mother Earth has suffered extensive damage and are the same companies and governments responsible for this mess those promoting false solutions such as REDD which means the dispossession and the privatization of forests and woodlands owned many immemorial indigenous peoples.

In our country, many families have been displaced from their homes by the construction of hydroelectric dams, roads and other projects such as ranching. There are also many people who have been evicted from their homes to development projects wild.

foreign investments supported by the governments of our countries are oriented to the looting of our natural resources, today 14% of Mesoamerica has been granted in concession to foreign mining companies mainly Canadian, which exploit brutally labor of our people, destroyed rivers, contaminated land and divide communities.

The governments of North America, Asia and Europe death disguised drive initiatives and cooperation through the so called Free Trade Agreement aimed at promoting the interests only of large transnational corporations. The peoples of Mesoamerica are heirs to ancient cultures, we have customs and ancient knowledge and a long tradition of resistance and struggle.

Based on the story is that this forum condemns the neoliberal model which is driven by governments and multinational corporations, a model has only impoverished and deeply damaged our Mother Earth.

is why this VIII Mesoamerican People's Forum has taken the following resolutions:

Fight for Food Sovereignty, the defense of our native seeds and traditional knowledge.

defense Promote Human Rights, and against militarization, criminalization of protest.

We demand the cessation of femicide and discrimination against women and gay and lesbian community.

defend our land and natural resources, facing the hydroelectric, mining, tourism, ranching, forest plantations and infrastructure. Fight against the displacement of people by these mega projects and urban developments.

mobilized against the persecution of young people for the mere fact of being young.

also intensify our efforts against the aggressions suffered daily by migrants.

Reject World Bank's role in financing the false solutions to the climate crisis. I paid the disaster
who caused it

Strengthening solidarity among our peoples in their struggle to radically transform this situation unfair and walk together to build equitable societies, free and fair.

face the great challenge that we face the peoples of Mesoamerica, it is necessary to inject a new stage of joint mobilization, for which we will bring our efforts together and together build an instrument for coordination and communication that allows us to mobilize to defeat the capitalist system, neoliberal and patriarchal.

born in Minatitlan, a new movement, the movement of the Mesoamerican peoples. On the day we remember the death of Emiliano Zapata, born with dignity and courage in this new walk, which is the journey of our ancestors and to be the journey of our sons and daughters.

offal Enough, enough of poverty and abuse, is the hour of the Free Peoples of Middle America.

Minatitlan, Veracruz, April 10, 2011

Organizations, People, Networks Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica


Somalia, all from the outside saying Afyare Abdi Elmi, IPS 04/08/2011

Somalia is one of the new neotutelares States (headless)

Somali citizenship has no say in the "neotutela system," a term used by James Fearon and David Laitin of Stanford University in the U.S., in which several countries disagree among themselves, decide for them. Somalia has no central government since civil war broke out in 1991.

transitional authorities recognized by the international community since 2004, controls a small portion of the country. But in international negotiations needs the voice of the Somali people. Citizenship is not elected legislators.

Ethiopia and the warlords who respond to the country designated half of the legislature in 2004. The rest were chosen by the president Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and parliament speaker, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, in 2009, when it expanded the integration of the legislature, meeting in Djibouti, to 550 members.

Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was elected by parliament in 2009. In the six years of its operation legisaltiva assembly has not met a single one of its basic functions, even passed a law. Many members do not visit, much less defend, the interests of the districts that are supposed to represent.

The idea behind paternalistic actions of the international community, sometimes counterproductive initiatives is that Somalia is not ready to return to being an independent nation.

Some international players believe that the Somalis are too divided and are very closed to run their own state. Still others use economic arguments to question the viability of the State.

major decisions, like what kind of constitution to be adopted or who represent the people, are made with a minimum of citizenship.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD, for its acronym in English), controlled by Ethiopia, called the January 30 to increase the number of parliamentarians. IGAD is a regional organization based in Djibouti and consists of seven East African states, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Djibouti itself.

The Somali transitional parliament understood the message sent by Addis Ababa and in three days unilaterally extended his term by three years, which was rejected by the United States and the United Nations (UN).

Under Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) of the United States, James Steinberg, argued that the measure will strengthen the Islamist Al-Shabaab, which controls the south and Midwest. The world body's special representative in this country, Augustine Mahiga Philip, joined the chorus of criticism.

The disagreement of the international community to put Somalia back and Ethiopia and IGAD, and secondly, the U.S. and the UN. The fact that different U.S. agencies have taken different positions on Somalia adds another element of complexity the matter.

The Department (Ministry) of Defense considers this country as part of the "war on terror" launched by George W. Bush (2001-2009), and in that sense, coincides with Ethiopia.

Instead, the State Department (Foreign Ministry) has a position more akin to the rest of the international community.

The government of President Barack Obama is seeking to reverse the spread of the legislature of Somalia. In a demonstration of flexibility, Washington proposed to extend his mandate for a year and make two consecutive presidential elections in August this year and in 2012.

But the Obama did not condemn or IGAD and Ethiopia. The logic is that if Washington is serious about the issue should direct their questions to the source of political entanglement, Ethiopia. Oddly, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, you can achieve reverse the question of extending the mandate of parliament much faster than the legislative body.

Britain, meanwhile, prepares to lead the transition period after August this year, a role he tried to promote a conference organized in February, but did not reach a substantial conclusion unless general recommendations.

The UN representative participated in the meeting, but it was inconsequential. The Djibouti government and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia are opposed because they help to achieve peace.

Mahiga position feeds the perception that deals with the small things country like the governor.

Somalia is not the first country under international tutelage, were once East Timor, Sierra Leone and Liberia. But in those cases, the Security Council of UN studied the options and appointed a head of state transition.

Australia was responsible for East Timor, Britain, Sierra Leone and the United States, Liberia.

20 years ago the international community, divided on the matter, choose create or facilitate transitional governments or regional governments.

But one way or another, were undermined by some international actors. In 2000, a transitional government in Djibouti. But it decimated Ethiopia and IGAD organizing a conference for inviting loyal warlords and began a parallel process.

appointed in 2004 another transitional government, although President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed was willing to cooperate with the international community. But then Washington decided to support the lords Mogadishu war and ignore the government recognized as legitimate.

Similarly, when the Islamists defeated the warlords, the Bush administration ignored the Somalia and supported and promoted the invasion of Ethiopia in 2006.

Currently, the government headed by Sheikh Sharif Ahmed is striving for genuine support. The international community supports, delegates and finances, with hundreds of millions of dollars to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom, for its acronym in English), but does the same thing with the transitional government.

created militias that holds Ethiopia economically and militarily. Besides leading the fight against Al-Shabaab in southern and central Somalia, and despite the rejection that generates the Islamist organization, the Ethiopian involvement does not have public support.

Ethiopia's participation is problematic for the transitional government because any progress in the field of armed groups in that country will not be considered a victory for the Somali authorities.

addition, they lose credibility by endangering his greatest achievement, get the Ethiopian forces from Somalia.

The transitional government and the international community repeats mistakes of the past by delegating the conflict in Somalia to Ethiopia and drive to Al-Shabaab at the expense of other organizations.

Past experience indicates that the best way to defeat violent extremism or piracy in Somalia is to help create a strong central government, not through poor care system.


Côte d'Ivoire: End "Françafrique"

French troops in Ivory Coast

By: Paul Martial, Viento Sur, 04/08/2011

Alassane Ouattara
has decided to launch an armed offensive to seize power against Laurent Gbagbo was proclaimed president also.

At the time of writing, the situation is unclear and it is unclear whether Gbagbo agreed to surrender despite the bombings carried out by the French army.

The ease and speed with which the New Forces of Ouattara - now called Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (Frei in French) - based in the north have managed to seize the whole country with the exception of Abidjan, the explained by several factors.

On the one hand, the supply of large quantities of weapons and new vehicles by Burkina Faso and Nigeria, have made available to military instructors.

Furthermore, the infiltration of large cities in command of Frei, who has been a successful tactic.

front, the Gbagbo camp military situation was much more critical. Most of the soldiers had taken their pay since March. The undermining and recruitment undertaken by the emissaries of Ouattara and Western embassies to senior army officers loyal to Gbagbo's Ivorian has been judged a success if, during the offensive, by the significant number of defections or accessions with arms and baggage to the field of Ouattara.

Contrary to what can be said or written by the advocates of war in the western metropolis, the military intervention Ouattara is far from being a mere formality, painless for the population, allow the installation of democracy and stability in the country.

As for Sarkozy, who kindly supported the worst electoral masquerades Bongo in Gabon, Eyadema in Togo or Sassou Nguesso in Congo Brazzaville, involved tens of thousands of dead, military support to Chad and Central African dictatorships , has suddenly emerged as a defender of democracy in Ivory Coast.

poison has not stopped the situation and push the field of Ouattara to war through the leader of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore.

Frei's progression throughout the country has led to crimes war. In Duékoué, the International Committee of the Red Cross has reported more than 800 dead. In San Pedro, the country's second port, and Daloa other charges have been committed by armed elements Ouattara.

In Abidjan Gbagbo's supporters, although they are minor and isolated, no longer resist. Essentially from the Republican Guard Command Center Security Operations.

The chaos in the economic capital allows the looting and attacks on civilians, carried out both by the elements of the two fields as young people take advantage of the situation.

The French army has strengthened its Licorne, which already has more than 1,600 soldiers. If the official goal was to allow residents to evacuate Westerners from the beginning played a logistical role in Frei.

A Ouattara demand due to the difficulties it is in Abidjan, the French army and UNOCI comes to shelling the positions of the supporters of Gbagbo, all obviously in purely name humanitarian.

April 5 at night, announcing conflicting reports on the surrender of Gbagbo and then his refusal to negotiate.

However, although it is likely to achieve Alassane Ouattara installed in the presidential chair, the situation will stabilize so. The number of heavily armed mercenaries who came mainly from neighboring Liberia, which met from 1989 to 2002 civil war of extreme violence can defeat after Gbagbo stay given themselves the risk of appearing to plunder the people who pass through .

addition, Frei could retaliate against Gbagbo's supporters even if the environment Ouattara denies, without convincing, given the massive violations of human rights in the offensive.

Finally, the prevailing war situation has destroyed social ties and everyone has taken refuge in his community, where old conflicts have been revived especially on land issues that have never actually been fixed.

In this conflict, none of the two fields can rely on public support. Not a journalist or reporter has witnessed in the cities conquered by Ouattara, popular movements and concentrations of joy or satisfaction.

As Gabagbo field appeals to the young patriots and people have been little heard.

This conflict will remain as it always has been an unrelenting struggle between the two representatives of the Ivorian capital have not hesitated to put the country with fire and sword to install themselves in power.

Translation: Faustino Eguberri for SOUTH WIND


Actors, musicians and writers put a face to HIV in the exhibition 'Personal Names AIDS '(extract)

Freddy Mercury

Source: Europa Press, April 12 2011

Actors, musicians, writers and other familiar characters placed face exposure to HIV 'Nouns AIDS', organized by Gehitu, which aims to warn about the need to "remain vigilant" against this disease that affects more than 33 million people worldwide. After 30 years of first diagnosis, is producing a "strong recovery" in the number of cases detected at present.

Through photographs and pedagogical texts, 'Aids Nouns' shows the stories of the actors Rock Hudson and Anthony Perkins, writers Jaime Gil de Viedma, Isaac Asimov, the artist Keith Haring, the dancer Rudolf Nureyev, the filmmakers Derek Jarman and Nestor Almendros, the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, the model Gia Carangi and musician Freddie Mercury, all of whom have died of AIDS.


Freedom of peasants and workers belong to them and can not be subject to restrictions. Corresponds to the peasants and workers to act, organize, understood in all domains of life, following your ideas and desires. (Army Black Makhnovist, Ukraine, 1925).

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