Opposing oppression, injustice 2019

Unpaid miners blocked a coal train in protest. Weeks later, they’re still there. Campbell Robinson New York Times August 19, 2019

The four ordinary people who took on big pharma Beth Macy New York Times July 20, 2019 (Opinion)
“They tried to warn us about the dangers of OxyContin. Almost two decades later, we’re finally listening.”

Puerto Rico has turned on its governor as deep unrest reaches the surface Arelis R. Hernández Washington Post July 21, 2019
“Puerto Rico has reached a turning point, with hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding that a generation of corruption, graft and class warfare here come to an end.”

The creeping criminalization of humanitarian aid The New Humanitarian June 7, 2019
“At the heart of the trial of a volunteer with American migrant aid group No More Deaths that began in Arizona last week lies the question of when humanitarian aid crosses the line and becomes a criminal offense…. Aid organizations have long faced suspensions in difficult operating environments due to geopolitical or domestic political concerns – from Pakistan to Sudan to Burundi – but they now face a new criminalization challenge from Western governments, whether it’s rescue missions in the Mediterranean or toeing the US counter-terror line in the Middle East. ”

An Arizona teacher helped migrants. Jurors couldn’t decide if it was a crime. Miriam Jordan New York Times June 11, 2019

I criticized Poland’s government. Now it’s trying to ruin me. Wojciech Sadurski Washington Post May 21, 2019

A widow’s pathbreaking election bid highlights a deep crisis in rural India Joanna Slater Washington Post May 15, 2019

A large crowd of people demonstrating against the Algerian government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is seeking to remain in power after 20 years of continuous rule.
A scene from a February 2019 demonstration against the Algerian government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is seeking to remain in power after 20 years of continuous rule. Credit : Tin Hinane El Kadi

Algeria’s uprising: The beginning of the end of ‘Le Pouvoir’? Tin Hinane El Kadi  Review of African Political Economy March 21, 2019

Tens of thousands protest Algerian leader’s quest for a fifth term Sudasarn Raghavan Washington Post March 1, 2019

Edwardo Frei Motalva, former president of Chile, who was assassinated in 1982, most likely on the orders of then-dictator Augusto Pinochet. Credit National Library of the [Chilean] Congress

Six men convicted in 1982 murder of Chilean leader Pascale Bonnefoy New York Times January 30, 2019
“A judge convicted six men on Wednesday in the 1982 murder of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva of Chile, then the leader of the moderate opposition against the dictator Augusto Pinochet. In an 811-page ruling, Judge Alejandro Madrid found that the men — a former security agent, four doctors and Mr. Frei’s driver — conspired to slowly poison Mr. Frei after he had surgery in a private clinic in Santiago, the capital, and then worked to conceal the autopsy report…. ‘The battle doesn’t end here,’ said Mr. Frei’s son, also named Eduardo Frei, who was a president himself from 1994 to 2000. ‘Our next task is to establish the political responsibilities of high government officials at the time. This wasn’t the work of a few agents or doctors.’ “

Killings of Guatemala’s indigenous activists raise specter of human rights crisis Maria Martin NPR January 22, 2019
“Maya communities bore the brunt of almost four decades of a civil war that ended in 1996, leaving over 200,000 casualties, the majority indigenous Guatemalans, according to the United Nations. Now the mostly Maya organizations and many human rights groups worry that the violence is making a comeback: In just the last year, 26 members of mostly indigenous campesino organizations have been killed.”

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