Although the new administration of Enrique Peña Nieto, which came into office in December, declared that it was to take a new approach to the issue of violence and insecurity in Mexico, little evidence has been shown that any shift in strategy has occurred.
By Dawn Paley - April 23, 2013
Ismael and his wife Manuela...had faced-off against many powerful forces: banks, governments, and wealthy well drillers. But something was different this time. Tensions rose quickly; the conflict heated up, and in a matter of months Manuela and Ismael were dead. In the months before he was killed, Solorio denounced death threats he received and aggression by people he said were paid by the mining company, and demanded the government provide protection. His requests were ignored.
All kinds of indigenous movements draw their inspiration from the Zapatistas, using direct action to secure their rights. Nearly three hundred indigenous families, more than a thousand people, have occupied a large tract of land near the center of the city since last June.
On the afternoon of January 31, we working men and women of Mexico dressed for mourning. Once again, the female and male Pemex workers have suffered the consequences of the negligence of the Pemex authorities. At least 32 people died, and in the media, there is talk of around 121 people injured and 30 people trapped. This extremely serious accident was caused by a lack of maintenance in the system of boilers of a building that houses around 20,000 female and male workers.
By LTS-CC, Mexico
Monday, December 31, 2012
From the Liga de Trabajadores por el Socialismo, we greet the release of the 14 male and female prisoners from the North Prison and from Santa Maria Prison, as a first step in the struggle for their unconditional freedom. This is a result of the national and international mobilization of social organizations, collectives, human rights, students’, workers’, and parents’ organizations, as well as the actions carried out by the prisoners themselves and legal assistance from the lawyers of the December 1 League.
By LTS-CC, México
Thursday, December 20, 2012
In Mexico, the rights of women are considered worse than garbage. 75% of women have suffered violence, and it is increasing with impunity, under the cover of militarization. In just the last two years, 4,112 murders of women were committed, and 3,976 women disappeared.
By LTS-CC, Mexico
Saturday, December 1, 2012
From very early, the Federal Police attacked demonstrators with rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannon, oarlocks, and shields, leaving more than ten people seriously injured...We condemn the lie that the hospitalized comrades were injured by firecrackers; the rubber bullets shot at the contingents by the police caused their injuries, and the new, incoming government, the presidential staff, and the Federal Police are responsible.
By Rafael Azul - 5 September 2012
On August 24, Mexican police shot two US intelligence officers under mysterious circumstances. Initially reported to be Drug Enforcement Administration agents (DEA), they turned out to be CIA agents working with the Mexican Navy...US and Mexican authorities subsequently gave several failed explanations that only raised more questions.
By David Bacon - July 26, 2012
For over two decades in many parts of Mexico, large corporations -- mostly foreign owned but usually with wealthy Mexican partners -- have developed huge projects in rural areas. Called mega-projects, the mines and resource extraction efforts take advantage of economic reforms and trade treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement.
By Dave Zirin - July 25, 2012
Smith and Carlos sacrificed privilege and glory, fame and fortune, for a larger cause — civil rights. As Carlos says, “A lot of the [black] athletes thought that winning [Olympic] medals would supersede or protect them from racism. But even if you won a medal, it ain’t going to save your momma. It ain’t going to save your sister or children. It might give you 15 minutes of fame, but what about the rest of your life?”
Like its northern neighbor, wealth and power dominate Mexican politics.
By Cyril Mychalejko - Znet Commentary
Since President Felipe Calderon deployed the military to combat narco-trafficking in December 2006, over 50,000 people have been murdered...Much of this violence, which has been carried out by the Mexican government, military, and police, has been subsidized by U.S. taxpayers though the Merida Initiative, a counter-narcotics policy modeled after Plan Colombia, which provides Mexico with $1.6 billion in aid that is supposed to have human rights requirements.
By Noam Chomsky - Znet
Though sidelined by the Secret Service scandal, last month’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, was an event of considerable significance. There are three major reasons: Cuba, the drug war and the isolation of the United States...The meetings ended with no agreement because of U.S. opposition on those items...Continued U.S. obstructionism may well lead to the displacement of the Organization of American States by the newly-formed Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, from which the United States and Canada are excluded.
By Rafael Azul - 1 May 2012
Hundreds of police attacked students demanding more resources for education...in Morelia, Mexico. The police occupied three student hostels...and brutally assaulted the protesters...Behind the police crackdown is a wholesale attack on the right of Mexico’s working class and rural students to an education.
24 April, 2012 - Yahoo News
When Veronica Castro was in a Canadian detention centre awaiting imminent deportation back to Mexico, she wrote a letter to a friend saying she feared the worst: "I will really need your prayers"...She wrote that her deportation was a matter of "life or death … I'm shaking and terrified every time I think about my deportation. I am really scared"...Thirty-three days after being deported back to Mexico, on Jan. 12, 2012, Castro was murdered.