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Archives by Tag 'Mexico'
Mexican Teachers Hit the Streets
The first nine months of the Enrique Peña Nieto administration have been a cleverly-orchestrated exercise in media manipulation. But you can’t really ignore 20,000 pissed-off teachers dragging monstrous Mexico City to a halt. As the Institutional Revolutionary Party (P...
D-Day Minus 7
August of 2013. Okay so, there’s not much left now. I mean that there are not many days left until the Little School starts, not that we don’t have much more to do and say. If anyone out there can find a school that assigns each individual their...
Mexico’s Truths
Journalist Alfredo Corchado opens his investigative memoir about twenty years in Mexico with an anonymous death menace whispered down the ‘phone. The caller, a trusted informant monitoring organized crime for the U.S. government, says powerful people want him to leave M...
The Baffling Claim of Mexico Rising
Well, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has a wonderful senior fellow for Latin American Studies, Shannon K. O’Neil, who is either incompetent or a shill. Ok, stupid rhetorical question. Definitely not incompetent, most likely a shill; can’t be incompetent walkin...
A Graveyard for Migrants
One of the women lay face up, her torso cutting a diagonal line across the railway track. The other lay face down, her right leg splayed over the same track at the thigh. Both wore reddish tank tops and pants that went down just below the knee. A police officer with an au...
Obama in Mexico
President Obama touched down in Mexico and then flew to Costa Rica in a short trip with ambitious goals. The president sought to re-set the image of U.S. involvement in the region by downplaying the increasingly controversial drug war that is currently the focus of U.S. a...
Mexico’s Troubled Nuclear Plant
With Latin American countries still turned off to nuclear power two years after Japan’s monumental Fukushima meltdowns dispersed radioactive fallout across the ocean to them, events inside a similar facility in Mexico have fueled mounting skepticism over the potential f...
Malaysia Goes to the Polls
Times are exciting, and terrifying, for the Malaysian electorate.  The voters will be going to the polls to consider the prospects of uncertain change or a continued embrace of the status quo, which resembles a decaying carcass of ill-promise.  There are no dates in the...
Can Worker-Owners Make a Big Factory Run?
This is the conclusion of a two-part series on the TRADOC worker’s cooperative in Mexico. Click here to read part one. A tire is not just a piece of rubber with ...
A Big Victory for Labor in Mexico
“If the owners don’t want it, let’s run it ourselves.” When a factory closes, the idea of turning it into a worker-owned co-operative sometimes comes up—and usually dies. The hurdles to buying a plant, even a failing plant, are huge, and once in business,...
The Myth of the Aztec Tiger
Mexico City. According to rumors spread by everyone from The Economist to The New York Times, Mexico has gone from being the bloody epicenter of the “drug war” to a roaring “Aztec tiger” in the space of three short months. Following l...
Being Political in Arizona
For the past forty years, the most pressing issue for Mexican Americans and other Latinos has been immigration reform. It has dominated our conversations, our agendas, and for the more politically conscious among us, it goes to the core of who we are. Seemingly the...
The French Woman, the Generals and the Dogs of Iztapalapa
On January 22, the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) freed Florence Cassez, a French citizen imprisoned since 2005 on kidnaping and related charges. The court could not decide her guilt or innocenc...
To Look and Communicate
 “ … the passage to humanity today is called ‘rebellion’…” I’m going to tell you something very secret, but don’t go spreading it around…or, go ahead, spread it around, it’s up to you. In the early days o...
The Fight to Save Mexican-American Studies in Tucson
As increasingly hi-tech military equipment continues to drastically shape the manner in which industrial powers wage war around the world, most modern “liberal democracies” must now frame cultural attacks in a way that is compatible with the prevailing democratic idea...
Obama’s Unprecedented Number of Deportations
Between 1892 and 1997, a total of 2.1 million people were deported from the United States. A change in laws in 1996 permitted the number of deportees to increase from 70,000 in 1996 to 114,000 in 1997. In 1998, the number of deportees rose to 173,000. The numbers stayed f...
The PRI and Loathing in Mexico City
Mexico City. Welcome to a new era in Mexico – or so some would have you believe. Twelve years after finally losing power in the democratic transition of 2000, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), aka “the dinosaur”, is back and attempting to ...
Chronicle of a Mexico Without a President
Mexico City. In Mexico, December 1, 2012, will be remembered as the day that an imposition was legitimized. Enrique Peña Nieto — his name is often abbreviated in Mexico as “EPN” — took the reins of power in the context of deep indignation a...
Contradictions of the New Juarez
The push to rebrand and re-sell the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is in full swing. With violence way down as 2012 draws to a close, business and political leaders are extolling the return of security, inaugurating public works and opening new restaurants. Accordi...
Goodnight to President Felipe Calderon, the Drug Warrior
Recall the classic scene in Scarface where a raging drunk Tony Montana tells a restaurant full of Miami’s 1%: “Say goodnight to the bad guy! It’s the last time you’re gonna see a bad guy like this again!” Those are surely the words that Mexican P...
El Lazca and the Walking Dead
Mexico City. Mexico awoke Tuesday to the news that one of its leading drug lords had bit the dust. Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano (aka El Lazca), presumed leader of Los Zetas and arguably the country’s third most wanted man, had been killed in a fire...
Mexico en Verano
On July 1st, 2012, the day of Mexico’s recent presidential election, I visited the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, hoping to encounter a painting by Remedios Varo. A surrealist painter fleeing the Spanish Civil War, Varo was among the many notable exiles to make t...
Massacre in the Plaza de Las Tres Culturas
Mexico City. Forty-four years ago this Tuesday, Mexican soldiers gunned down as many as four hundred student protesters in the Plaza de Las Tres Culturas in Mexico City just days ahead of the 1968 Olympic Games. With an unprecedented media spotlight about ...
An Interview With Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky’s latest books are Occupy (Zuccotti Park Press) and ...
The Best Democracies Money Can Buy
“Do you really want to live in a country where one party is so desperate to win the White House that they go around trying to make it harder for people to vote if they’re people of color, poor people or first generation immigrants?” &#...