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Archives by Tag 'Mexico'
Victims of U.S. “Drug War” Mount as Media Yawns
DANIEL KOVALIK
Last week, you would have been lucky to find even a small blurb in a few newspapers about but another journalist killed in post-coup Honduras — the 19th in the last two years, making Honduras by far the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.   Ind...
Battle Lines Drawn in Mexico’s Election
PAUL IMISON
After the PAN became the final party to name its candidate last month, we now know that the outcome of the 2012 Mexican election will be, in one way or another, historic. Three possible outcomes: the party of the former dictatorship, the PRI, regains power for the first t...
Doing Biden’s Bidding
LAURA CARLSEN
Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time ...
Calderon in Juarez
PAUL IMISON
Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s much-publicized visit to Ciudad Juarez on the US border last week – the proverbial “scene of the crime” – was as well-timed as it was cynical. With his National Action Party (PAN) facing a tough re-election campaign ahead of J...
The Drug War’s Invisible Victims
LAURA CARLSEN
There are many kinds of war. The classic image of a uniformed soldier kissing mom good-bye to risk his life on the battlefield has changed dramatically. In today’s wars, it’s more likely that mom will be the one killed. UNIFEM states that by the mid-1990s, 90% ...
Violence Sweeps Central America
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City While Mexico grabs the headlines of soaring murder rates and rampaging drug gangs, the really heavy bloodshed is taking place to the south. The much smaller nations of Guatemala and El Salvador are seeing their worst violence since the civil wa...
Big Government, Big Fence
TOM BARRY
Time has worn down embossed lettering on the bronze plaque on the 6-ft. obelisk marking the U.S.-Mexico border. My friend and I had stopped to look at the boundary monument, and were trying to decipher the lettering (English on north side of monument, Spanish on so...
Zapatistas: 18 Years of Rebellion and Resistance
MARCELA SALAS CASSANI
Hundreds of activists and academics from around the world gathered at the International Seminar “Planet Earth: Anti-Systemic Movements” to discuss the importance of the 1994 Zapatista uprising on its 18th anniversary. In the context of the popular insurrections that h...
AMLO and the Loving Republic
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The most outspoken and loved/loathed politician in Mexico is back – five years after they said the fallout to the 2006 election had sunk his political career. The man who tried to steer the nation to the left in an era of “Drug War” milit...
The Drug War Transformed
TOM BARRY
“This is a terrorist insurgency,” says Connie Mack, the Republican who chairs the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mack, who introduced the Enhanced Border Security Act in mid-December, believes that the Merida Initiative ...
Why Should We Care About Mexico?
LAURA CARLSEN
The cold, hard numbers of the poor and the dead are familiar. Instead we are told that we should care—or rather, worry—about Mexico for a very different reason. The State Department, the Pentagon, the press and members of Congress tell us, with increasing shril...
Mexicans Call on Int’l Criminal Court to Investigate Both Mexican State and Drug Gangs
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The same week that a coalition of Mexican activists appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Felipe Calderon for war crimes, a leading member of the country’s peace movement was gunned down in the northern s...
Who Killed Joaquin Luna?
JOSEPH NEVINS
Last Friday Joaquin Luna put on a white shirt and black tie—the same ones he wore every Sunday at the church he attended. The eighteen-year-old high school senior then kissed family members, went into the bathroom of his mother’s house in south Texas, and shot and kil...
Labor Movement Honors A “Truly Courageous Man”
DAVID MACARAY
On November 16, Napolean Gomez Urrutia, General Secretary of the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalurgicos y Similares de las Republica Mexicana (National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied Workers of the Mexican Republic), commonly known as “Los Mine...
The Mexican Race for 2012
PAUL IMISON
It could get fun now. Five years after he and 17 million other Mexicans were cheated out of the presidency in the fraud-marred election of 2006, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) of the Democratic Party of the Revolution (PRD) has won his party’s candidacy for 2012. Th...
The US Casts Its Vote in the Mexican Election
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The Mexican presidential election won’t take place until next July, but with the Institutional Party of the Revolution (PRI) riding high in the polls, Washington is already making it clear who gets their – and the US corporate-industrial/NA...
The Drug War in Mexico
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City How quickly a large Mexican city can go from relative tranquillity to a powder keg fought over by drug gangs was recently illustrated clearly in the Gulf resort of Veracruz. Until two months ago, the historic port – which witnessed the arriva...
Big Government Breaks Bad in Drug War
TOM BARRY
Rick Perry and the other Republican presidential candidates are right. Americans are fed up, as Perry writes in his book Fed Up!, with “old guard politicians” dedicated to protecting the “establishment” and the federal government’s “culture of waste.” ...
Calderon’s Last Grito
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City Many Mexicans may breathe a sigh of relief that last Thursday’s “Grito de Independencia” (the “Cry of Independence” enacted every September 15) was the last under “drug warrior” Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term has unleashed n...
US Drug War Turns to International Combat
TOM BARRY
The Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, released in late July by the White House, offers the strategic context for the increasing rhetorical focus of the Obama administration on “transnational crime,” “transnational threats,” and “transnat...
The Sweet Deal With ‘El Narco’
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City The plea filed in a US federal court by Mexican drug-trafficker Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla – one of the top members of the Sinaloa Cartel – that he was protected by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in exchange for information ...
Capulalpam
MIGUEL ?NGEL V?SQUEZ
For two days, Capulalpam de la Sierra Ju?rez in Oaxaca turned into a modern Babel of land disputes. The town was the site of the Third National Forum Building Resistance to Protect our Land, May 20 and 21, and the indigenous participants spoke a variety of differen...
Mexico’s Biggest Drug Lord
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City Rhen Osama Bin Laden bit the dust in Pakistan last month, the world’s media rushed to speculate as to who might replace him as the World’s Most Wanted Man. The name thrown up most frequently, on account of how mysticall...
On the Road With Mexico’s Peace Caravan
LAURA CARLSEN
Javier Sicilia, leader of Mexico’s growing movement to stop the drug war, called on the U.S. government to change its strategy and criticized the U.S. Merida Initiative as “an initiative that only has imagination for violence and war.”...