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Prof. Glen Kuecker Interviewed at International Conference in Guatemala

November 27, 2001

November 27, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - Glen D. Kuecker, assistant professor of history and coordinator of the conflict studies program at DePauw University, spent his Thanksgiving break at a conference in Guatemala, where he was interviewed by the Chiapas Independent Media Center on Friday, November 23.

The second international forum, "Frente a la Globalizacion el Pueblo es Primero" (Confronting Globalization, the People Come First), opened Thursday November 22, in Xela, Guatemala. The conference united over eight-hundred people who are actively participating in the struggle against globalization, neoliberal policies, and foreign intervention in Latin America. Among those delegate participating were Indigenous Rights groups, Campesino organizations, intellectuals, grassroots activisits, journalists, Zapatista supporters, and internationals demonstrating support for the campaign against globalization in Latin America.

Two hundred sixty two organizations were represented, including groups from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica, North America, and Europe. Dr. Kuecker reports, "Overwhelmingly, the central focus of the opening remarks and the first plenary session, 'Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Globalization' was the need for consulation of indigenous communities about the implementation of development plans and the threats of the series of mega-projects promised in the Plan Puebla Panama."

Representatives of the Chiapas Independent Media Center visited DePauw's campus in the spring of 1999 as part of the Chiapas Media Project and Mexico Solidarity Network. Kuecker visited the Center's office in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas during Winter Term 2000.

You can hear the interview with Professor Kuecker by clicking here.

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