Author Archives: Zig Zag

Chile: Lies, dam lies and a Mapuche activist murdered

It has taken nearly a year-and-a-half of fighting the authorities, and a second autopsy, to confirm what the family of Macarena Valdés Muñoz already knew – she was hanged after her death. There was no suicide. 

On the afternoon of Monday August 22nd, 2016 Macarena, a Mapuche environmental activist fighting against the construction of a mini-hydroelectric dam near and over her property in Newen-Tranguil, near Liquine, Los Rios, was found hanged in her home aged 32. A noose was round her neck and for the coroner the situation was obvious: “Death by suffocation and hanging” – a suicide with a technical explanation that baffled her family. Read the rest of this entry

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Cornwallis rally in Halifax celebrates statue’s removal

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The statue of Cornwallis is removed on Feb 4, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The bronze monument of Halifax founder was removed from the south-end park on Wednesday

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, Feb 4, 2018

A small group of people played the drums on top of the concrete square Sunday afternoon where the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis once stood for 87 years.

They’re celebrating the statue’s removal from the park that’s still named after him. Originally the event was going to be another call to remove the statue, but the municipality took down the bronze monument on Wednesday following a 12-4 vote. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Always with the rebels!

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Emergency measures, military support: Documents reveal heightened concern about Muskrat Falls security

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The last of seven transformers for the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project rolls through at the gate in late August 2017. (Jacob Barker/CBC)

Military provided lodging, meals as police mobilized in the face of more Muskrat Falls-related protests

By Terry Roberts, CBC News, Feb 1, 2018

The Canadian military quietly assisted during a large deployment of police officers to Labrador in 2017 amid fears of more protests about the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project. Read the rest of this entry

$1.1B class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of former ‘Indian hospital’ patients

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Ann Hardy, the representative plaintiff, alleges she is among those Indigenous victims of sexual abuse.

Lawsuit focuses on alleged ‘horrific treatment’ at 29 segregated hospitals across Canada

By Lauren Pelley, CBC News, Jan 30, 2018

Two Canadian law firms have filed a $1.1-billion class-action lawsuit on behalf of former patients of government-run “Indian hospitals,” which comprised a decades-long segregated health care system now marred by allegations of widespread mistreatment and abuse, CBC News has learned. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. creates more uncertainty for Trans Mountain with bitumen restriction

Kinder Morgan water is life banner‘They could build their pipeline but … they won’t be able to turn the tap on,’ says environmental group

CBC News, Jan 30, 2018

The British Columbia government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted bitumen shipments until it conducts more spill response studies. Read the rest of this entry

Counter-power and self-defense in Latin America

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Children form a line during a march of Indigenous Guards in Colombia.

Against the backdrop of state and gang violence, some of the continent’s most affected communities have taken radical measures to defend themselves and build new social counter-powers from below.

by Raúl Zibechi, ROAR Magazine, January 29, 2018

In much of Latin America, the state does not protect its citizens. This is particularly true for the popular sectors, indigenous peoples, people of color and mestizos, who are exposed to the onslaught of drugs trafficking, criminal gangs, the private security guards of multinational corporations and, paradoxically, from state security forces such as the police and the army. Read the rest of this entry

He’s coming down: Halifax council votes to remove Cornwallis statue

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Statue of Cornwallis in Halifax, NS. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

The statue will be moved into storage temporarily until council decides how to move forward.

After a lengthy debate, Halifax’s regional council has voted to temporarily take down the Edward Cornwallis statue.

On Tuesday, council passed a motion from HRM staff recommending the statue in Cornwallis Park be taken down immediately.

It will be put in storage while council attempts to revive a stalled committee,approved in October, to assess the use of the city’s controversial founder’s name on municipal property. Read the rest of this entry

Hundreds Turn Out To Back Hawaiian Occupiers Of Famed Coco Palms Site

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Several hundred supporters joined Coco Palms occupiers in a ceremony Sunday during the hour at which a judge’s order to evict a pair of Native Hawaiian activists from the property took effect. The occupiers invited the supporters into the encampment for dinner cooked over a fire.

The 19th century home of Kauai’s last queen was later the resort where “Blue Hawaii” was filmed. Now a new resort is planned.

By Brittany Lyte, Civic Beat, Jan 29, 2018

KAPAA, Kauai — Five days after a judge ordered a pair of Native Hawaiians out of a 2,000-tree coconut grove that is the namesake of the famed Coco Palms resort, a Sunday night eviction deadline sparked the opposite of the intended effect. Read the rest of this entry

Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

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“Chief Wahoo” merchandise; the Cleveland Indians will be changing their logo by 2019, but not their name.

ESPN, Jan 29, 2018

CLEVELAND — Divisive and hotly debated, the Chief Wahoo logo is being removed from the Indians’ uniform next year.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team’s jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo’s presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist. Read the rest of this entry