Canadian Dimension Feed: No Silver Medal

Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gómez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon Resources for over a month. This ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Five decades of inanity ­and still going

In 1991, The Soviet Union disappeared. Washington changed its anti-Cuba rhetoric from Cold War to human rights. But one issue remains: a U.S. economic colony that broke loose in 1959 still refuses to surrender. The punish Cuba policy, now 53, has grown gray and became downright inane in the 1980s when Reagan transferred day-to-day Cuba ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Guatemala: Decriminalization?

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has made headlines around the world for his suggestion that the U.S. led “War on Drugs” has failed, and that other options should be explored. Media fanfare around his position at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia has re-cast the retired hard line general as a progressive, innovative president. ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Mining activists killed in Mexico

We are in Oaxaca, Mexico and hope to meet community activists opposing the destruction of their community life and environment by a Canadian mining company. The activist we planned to meet, Bernardo Vasquez Sanchez, was killed last night, March 15, 2012, and his brother and cousin were wounded. This mine, locally called Trinidad, is operated ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: 15000 grass roots women organize at the end of the world

Bariloche, Patagonia October 2011. Open desert, tufts of prairie grass, flat landscape—it looks like the Alberta badlands. But we are at the fin del mundo, the “end of the world” in the south of Argentina. I’m on a 6-hour bus ride, following a 15-hour plane trip from Quito, Ecuador. My plane could not land in ...