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Fair Trade Chronicles: A return to abandoned guerrilla camps with Las Marias 93 (video)

several of the farmers led us up into the Cerro del Tigre to see their fields and to take us up higher to the places where they camped and operated during the war. For most of them it was the first time they had returned since the fighting stopped. One farmer, Marina, took her 13-year-old son Kevin with us as she returned to the area for the first time. It was very moving to see her explain to Kevin what had happened and to watch how he took it all in. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: Taking stock at the halfway point (video)

During the trip we have ridden in a Ford Econoline van, tricked out passenger shuttles, tuk tuks, a chicken bus and in the back of many trucks. Many, many trucks. In Central America there is no better way to see the country, in this gringo's opinion. With wind whipping through your hair and nothing but a crossbar to keep you from flying off into the mountains, the back of the truck allows one to see -- to become part of -- the incredible scenery. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: What is really a 'fair' price for coffee? (video)

The price our importing cooperative is offering to the farmers of Maya Vinic this year is not working well for many of MV's farmers and it is putting a stress on them that we are not comfortable with. This is a big disappointment as it is well above the world market price and even the "fair trade minimum" price. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: Our journey begins in earnest from solemn Acteal (video)

I thought driving through the misty highlands of Chiapas in a Ford Econoline would bring back memories of touring around the American south -- my mediocre bands always had Ford vans with couches thrown haphazardly in the rear. Instead of revisiting these memories, the bumps, twists and turns have me ready to revisit last night's taco dinner. >More
 Fair Trade Chronicles: Returning to Chiapas for the start of a 1000-mile Jeep ride through Central America (video)

After a long day of touring America's airports I will find myself on the ground in Chiapas, Mexico, a place that has had an incredible impact on my life and on the way that I understand the world. Just a little over 14 years ago I traveled to the highlands of Chiapas for the first time to work with other international activists to build an autonomous school in Zapatista territory. Or at least that is what I thought we would do. >More
 John Calipari > Bo Ryan: Coach Cal is a mastermind, not a criminal

John Calipari did not invent the "one-and-done" rule that precludes players from declaring for the NBA draft until a year after they graduate from high school and he has publicly spoken out against it. However, he also recognizes it for what it is and recruits accordingly. UK has reeled in the number one recruiting class every year since he has been in Lexington and is set for yet another. >More
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