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Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

This two-minute animation is based on the premise that we are facing a systemic crises and that we need systemic alternatives to capitalism, productivism, extractivism, patriarchy, plutocracy and anthropocentrism. Continue reading Animation: To change the system we need systemic alternatives

Movements around systemic alternatives, for systemic change

[RUBY VAN DER WEKKEN/COMMONS.FI/ 25 DE JUNIO DEL 2018] This writing was originally published in Peruste Lehti,  (in Finnish) The European Commons Assembly represents new movement building around the commons. However, rather then to look at this and other movements as standing alone, another perspective points to the actual complementarity of different envisionings for systemic change as the commons, degrowth, and feminism and to the … Continue reading Movements around systemic alternatives, for systemic change

Nicaragua: Where Is The Rebellion Going?

[NEW POLITICS/ DAN LA BOTZ/ 6 DE JUNIO DE 2018] The popular rebellion against the dictatorial government of Daniel Ortega, four-time president of Nicaragua, has been going on now for more than a month. And the Ortega government has continued its violent repression. In the last 47 days, it is reported that 104 people have been killed, while some have been arrested or tortured and … Continue reading Nicaragua: Where Is The Rebellion Going?

El Buen Vivir: cosmovisiones ancestrales y nuevos paradigmas

Pablo Solón [GUERRILLA TRANSLATION/ 21 DE ABRIL DE 2018] Traducido por Stacco Troncoso, editado por Susa Oñate English version El concepto de Vivir Bien (o Buen Vivir) cobró relevancia internacional a finales del siglo XX, coincidiendo con la búsqueda de alternativas frente a los horrores del neoliberalismo. Aunque son traducciones vulgares de los conceptos andinos suma qamaña y sumaq kawsay, Vivir Bien y Buen Vivir reflejan una cosmovisión … Continue reading El Buen Vivir: cosmovisiones ancestrales y nuevos paradigmas

La Nicaragua Sublevada

Por Mónica Baltodano. ¿La reforma al sistema de seguridad social fue la gota que dejó explotar toda la crítica y protesta de los últimos años y contra otros problemas recientes (p ej. Incendio en la reserva Indio-Maíz)? La reforma fue el cerillo que encendió la mecha de un coctel, lanzado sobre una pradera que se venía resecando desde hace varios años: a) Por la falta … Continue reading La Nicaragua Sublevada

The whole of Mercosur in exchange for a plate of beef

By: Mary Louise Malig, Global Forest Coalition After 20 years of negotiations, the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is entering a crucial moment where it can come to a tragic end. To paraphrase a well-known saying, Mercosur is offering its kingdom for a plate of lentils, or in this case, its sovereignty for a plate of beef. Free trade agreements are not only about commodity … Continue reading The whole of Mercosur in exchange for a plate of beef

Colombia reconoce los derechos de la Naturaleza en su Amazonia

[EDUARDO GUDYNAS/ AMERICA LATINA EN MOVIMIENTO/ 06 DE ABRIL DE 2018] Dando un paso de enorme importancia, la Corte Suprema de Justicia de Colombia emitió una sentencia que declara que la Amazonia, como región ecológica, es un sujeto de derechos. Se suma así a otras iniciativas que abandonan el convencionalismo de entender a la Naturaleza solamente como objeto. La decisión, aprobada el 5 de abril … Continue reading Colombia reconoce los derechos de la Naturaleza en su Amazonia

La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

[EL ESPECTADOR / 05 DE ABRIL DE 2018] La Corte Suprema de Justicia emitió una sentencia histórica contra el cambio climático en Latinoamérica. Según la decisión, la región es ahora sujeto de derechos, tal como el río Atrato, y la Presidencia y entidades regionales deben actuar de manera urgente para protegerla de la deforestación. Que una región en Colombia sea considerada como un sujeto que … Continue reading La Amazonía colombiana tiene los mismos derechos que una persona

Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

[NNIMMO BASSEY / CREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/FEBRERO DE 2018] Nnimmo Bassey is the director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environmental think tank based in Nigeria. He chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 to 2012. His books include To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War. The pathway of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

[GREAT TRANSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Helena Norberg-Hodge is an author and filmmaker as well as a pioneer of the new economy movement. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and the Director of Local Futures at the International Society for Ecology and Culture. She has received a Right Livelihood … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Helena Norberg-Hodge

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms   Aaron Karp is an activist focused on generating a discussion within the climate justice movement about the need for degrowth and deep, authentic democracy. He is writing a book about how solving our ecological problems necessitates a fundamentally different society. In 2012, he co-founded the fossil fuel … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Aaron Karp

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Neera Singh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Canada. Her research interests include democratization of forest governance, conservation and development, and the affective dimensions of people’s relations with forests. She founded Vasundhara, a non-profit organization based in Bhubaneswar, India, and … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Neera Singh

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Holly Hanson is a professor of history at Mount Holyoke College. Her research, focused primarily on Uganda, explores how dynamic patterns of exchange have been created, and then undermined, and what history suggests about how they might be rebuilt. She is the author of such books as A Path of … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Holly Hanson

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms  David Barkin is a professor at the Metropolitan University in Mexico City and an Emeritus member of the National Research Council and the Academy of Sciences in Mexico. His research focuses on ecological economics, alternative paradigms for society, and the problems of indigenous societies, with whom he collaborates in creating … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ David Barkin

Lançamento do livro “O Eclipse do Progressismo”

A América Latina atravessa hoje um período de impasses e grandes turbulências, em parte pela dinâmica interna de seus países, mas em parte como consequência de sua forma particular de inserção no mercado mundial e na cadeia de dominação global capitalista. A região conheceu, nos anos dourados da globalização neoliberal, entre 1999 e 2008, um ciclo de governos progressistas, que chegaram à frente dos seus … Continue reading Lançamento do livro “O Eclipse do Progressismo”

Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Adrian Beling is an Associate Researcher in the Global Studies Programme at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in Argentina and a founding member of the Editorial Board of the academic blog and peer-reviewed journal Alternautas. His research interests include global environmental change and societal transformations, epistemologies … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien/ Adrian Beling

Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Ana Estefanía Carballo

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Ana Estefanía Carballo is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a founder of the academic blog and peer-reviewed journal Alternautas. Her research focuses on Latin American development theory, indigenous epistemologies, environmental ethics, and social movements and environmental conflicts … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Ana Estefanía Carballo

Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Eduardo Gudynas

[GREAT TRASNSITION INITIATIVE/ FEBRERO DEL 2018 ] An exchange on Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms Eduardo Gudynas is a senior researcher at the Latin American Center on Social Ecology (CLAES). His work focuses on the environment and alternatives to development, and he is involved with various social movements seeking to advance such alternatives I would like to start by acknowledging that Vivir Bien, … Continue reading Roundtable on Vivir Bien: Eduardo Gudynas

China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

[ STEPHEN KAPLANTHE /WASHINGTON POST /24 DE ENERO] This past week, China held its second ministerial meeting with the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Santiago, Chile. There China announced plans to have the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its flagship economic and development program, invest in Latin America. During the past decade, Chinese policy banks, charged by the government to finance infrastructure … Continue reading China is investing seriously in Latin America. Should you worry?

Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

[NGO FORUM ON ADB/HOLDING ADB ACCOUNTABLE SINCE 1992] We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals … Continue reading Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

Atención: La ruta de la seda china está cada vez más cerca de América Latina

[PAULINA GARZON(IISCAL)/CDES/7 DE SEPTIEMBRE DEL 2017] En el 2013 China anunció el plan más ambicioso de inter-conectividad transfronteriza en la historia de la humanidad: “La Ruta de la Seda y el Cinturón Económico, y la Ruta de la Seda Marítima del Siglo XXI”, hoy más conocido como la iniciativa: “Un Cinturón un Camino” (UCUC), un pilar fundamental de la estrategia china “going global”. Según el … Continue reading Atención: La ruta de la seda china está cada vez más cerca de América Latina