Rainforest Warriors: Human Rights on Trial, by Richard Price

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 Michael S. Wilson Among liberal intellectuals in the North, there is a commonly held view of tribal and indigenous peoples as victims of the international political economy and the neoliberal model of resource extraction. A less common perspective—despite its condemnation of ongoing colonialism and its refusal to accept the […]

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Mexico’s Return to “Perfect Dictatorship”

July 2, 2012 MICHAEL WILSON On the night of July 1, Enrique Peña Nieto shouted before cameras, “this Sunday, Mexico won!” The presidential candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Peña used the speech to declare himself the winner, promising an “honest” and “democratic presidency.” Peña believes he has defeated both the conservative incumbent Partido Acción […]

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Changing Conditions Under the Power Structure

“Policies don’t change, interests don’t change, institutional sources of these don’t change, but conditions do. And the most important condition is the domestic population. And that changes because of dedicated activism, sometimes inspired by great tragedies.” – Noam Chomsky, Kent State University, May 2000. The Kent State and Jackson State shootings became emblematic of the […]

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