These excellent websites are created by a LASC supporter working in Peru. They contain information on the struggle in Peru (extractive industries, human rights abuses and ecological issues), as well as info on travelling and volunteering:
Where: The Pearse Centre
When: 15:00 - 16:00, Saturday 17th November.
LASC's Research Officer, José Antonio Gutierrez, will discuss the ongoing peace talks in Colombia. This event will take place at the last hour of LASC's annual AGM. It is open to AGM participants and non-participants.
LASC Conference - From Colombia to Ireland: The dire consequences of unsustainable natural resource governance
Date: 14 November @ 6pm
Venue: Wynns Hotel , Lower Abbey Street
Argemiro Bailarín, Colombian Indigenous Leader
Richard Boyd Barrett, Dún Laoghaire TD
Danilo Rueda, Colombian Human Rights Defender
Louise Winstanley, Programme and Advocacy manager ABColombia
Maura Harrington, Rossport Activist
Source: Latif Serhildan, Kurdistan Solidarity Ireland
Kurds in Ireland are going on Hunger Strike outside Irish Parliament in support of their Kurdish combrades in Kurdistan.
Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners are now taking part in a hunger strike which they have declared is to be indefinite.
Source: Antonio Carmona, The Bullet
After years of strategic dialogue and an arduous process of electoral inscription, Puerto Rico can now count on an organized alternative, a political party that is committed to defending the interests of the working-class and marginalized sectors of the island's population. On November 6, 2012, the new Working People's Party (Partido del Pueblo Trabajador, PPT) will run 71 candidates, from governor to members of the municipal legislative assembly. "Breaking the electoral barrier" and "Puerto Rico should be governed by those who sweat for it" are the slogans that the PPT brings to the 2012 elections.
By Esther Vivas, La Via Campesina
Via Campesina is the world's foremost international movement of small farmers. It promotes the right of all peoples to food sovereignty. Via Campesina was established in 1993 at the dawn of the anti-globalization movement, and gradually became one of the major organizations in the critique of neoliberal globalization. Its ascent is an expression of peasant resistance to the collapse of the rural world caused by neoliberal policies, and the intensification of those policies as embodied in the World Trade Organization (Antentas and Vivas, 2009a).
While US media has focused on Hurricane Sandy's destruction in the nation, the historic storm's global impact started days ago in Caribbean nations. In Haiti, the storm has left worries of a food crisis and another cholera outbreak, while the "disaster of decades of policies" by the international community compounds misery.
Yesterday peace talks between the Santos Government and the FARC guerrillas began in Oslo, Norway. We of course hope that these talks lead to a just and lasting peace. But there are some important reasons to believe these talks may be prolonged and peace in the Colombian countryside still far away. President Juan Manuel Santos indicated a few weeks ago, and his government's chief negotiator, Humberto de la Calle Lombana, said yesterday, that the government wishes to conclude a peace agreement within a few months.