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Hondurans farmers want to shut down an iron mine

By Mark A. Bonta / October 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Hondurans farmers want to shut down an iron mine

Exercising sovereignty over land is a difficult and dangerous in Honduras, and often a last resort for defenseless and endangered communities. In Guapinol, Tocoa, in the eastern region of Colon, local farmers have taken the law into their own hands, blocking a road and setting up a makeshift community which, amazingly to them, has already […]

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Mine protestors await eviction following ruling

By Mark A. Bonta / September 19, 2018 / Comments Off on Mine protestors await eviction following ruling

Non-violent Honduran protestors blocking a mining access road near their village of Guapinol over the last couple of months predicted that their encampment would not last. But they were unprepared for the severity of the national government’s threatened response. According to a court order, the 18 environmental protestors are to be arrested and hauled before […]

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Who owns the water in Peru?

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Who owns the water in Peru?

The global water crisis is nowhere more acute than in Peru, where aggressive privatization has left most water sources in the hands of business, including some of the world’s largest mining conglomerates. Indigenous communities, with scant resources to resist or advocate for their needs, face everything from dried-up and contaminated waterways to an utter lack […]

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Dispatches from the water wars

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Dispatches from the water wars

The Dry Corridor, a naturally arid zone stretching from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, is subject to devastating droughts and intense human poverty. Yet in Chiquimula, Guatemala, a government collaboration with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has helped hundreds of families install home rainwater catchment systems that are mitigating these effects. The simple and […]

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