“If I go around selling someone else’s home out from under him, well, he’s going to get angry”

Santiago Martinez collecting medicinal plants Photo; Jeff Conant An Interview with Santiago Martinez of Amador Hernández, Chiapas Santiago Martinez is a community health worker from the village of Amador Hernández in the Lacandon jungle of Chiapas, Mexico. Amador Hernández, a village of about 1500 people, sits at the biological center of the Montes Azules BiosphereContinue reading ““If I go around selling someone else’s home out from under him, well, he’s going to get angry””

Declaration of Patihuitz: Divided We Become Allies of the Government

Members of Global Justice Ecology Project traveled in late March to Chiapas, Mexico, to investigate the emerging local impacts of the REDD+ Program (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), and specifically the REDD Agreement signed between Chiapas and California. What we found was an astonishingly complex web of economic development projects being imposed onContinue reading “Declaration of Patihuitz: Divided We Become Allies of the Government”

John Ross: Nor Hanged Nor Shot Nor Burned Alive

John Ross, 1938-2011, was a journalist, poet, elder statesman and first rate maverick. His memorial ceremony in San Francisco was a celebration of art and resistance. For the event, I wrote this poem, and read it amidst the madness for John on February 26 of this year, at Cafe La Boheme, a Mission District landmark.Continue reading “John Ross: Nor Hanged Nor Shot Nor Burned Alive”

Massive UN-Supported African Palm Plantations Leading to Oppression, Kidnapping and Murder

http://www.alternet.org/story/149778/ Since the 2009 coup that overthrew the government of President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, the countryside of the lower Aguan Valley, a long embattled region and one of Central America’s richest agricultural areas, has undergone a brutal rash of kidnappings, murders, detentions and intimidation. The region has been long marked by conflicts over landContinue reading “Massive UN-Supported African Palm Plantations Leading to Oppression, Kidnapping and Murder”

Mexican Bishop Samuel Ruiz dead at 86

By MANUEL DE LA CRUZ, Associated Press SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – Retired Bishop Samuel Ruiz, a staunch defender of Indian rights who served a mediator in peace talks between the government and leftist Zapatista rebels, died Monday at the age of 86. The man who replaced Ruiz at the Roman Catholic dioceseContinue reading “Mexican Bishop Samuel Ruiz dead at 86”

Interview with Nnimmo Bassey from COP 16, Cancun

This interview I recently conducted is cross-posted at Climate Connections — Jeff Conant Nnimmo Bassey, the Chair of Friends of the Earth International and Director of the Nigerian organization Environmental Rights Action is a poet, architect, activist, and tireless spokesperson for human and environmental rights. I’ve known Nnimmo since 2005 or so, when he served as aContinue reading “Interview with Nnimmo Bassey from COP 16, Cancun”

The EZLN and the Other Campaign deny involvement in kidnapping Fernandez de Cevallos

Currently buzzing through the political channels in Mexico is a rumor that the EZLN were behind the kidnapping of Mexican politician and billionaire Fernández de Cevallos, who disappeared May 14 from his La Cabaña ranch near San Clemente, Querétaro. De Cevallos was released after his family paid a $30 million ransom. An article in MexicoContinue reading “The EZLN and the Other Campaign deny involvement in kidnapping Fernandez de Cevallos”

like saying ‘yes’ to sunlight…

…I’ve been reading the great and greatly strange Argentine writer Julio Cortazar lately, and am fascinated that one of his U.S./American translators was the poet Paul Blackburn, a poet most closely associated with the Black Mountain school, but more generally with the “new American poetry” of the 1960’s…So I’m looking up Paul Blackburn, who diedContinue reading “like saying ‘yes’ to sunlight…”