Mexico: Over 9,000 Children Disappeared Amid Violent Security Policy

Since 1995 over 9,000 children in Mexico have disappeared, the country’s public defender Luis Raul Gonzalez announced Wednesday during the 3rd National Conference on the Rights of Children and Adolescents. Almost 5,000 disappeared during the 6-year government of Enrique Peña Nieto. Sandra Mejia, of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (Redim), said…

Narco-states vs Freedom

Raúl Zibechi Translation by Chiapas Support Committee Wealth accumulated by the one percent is being protected by an alliance between drug trafficking networks and sectors of the state apparatus that serve the interests of large multinationals but at the same time have been formed as an important factor of power. This alliance operates by clearing…

Plan Colombia Version 2.0

Wayne Madsen The election of Colombian narcotics syndicate- and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia will herald the second run of the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s discredited “Plan Colombia.” Plan Colombia saw the systematic murder of farm workers, labor activists, and indigenous peoples by Colombian right-wing paramilitary units like the United Self-Defense…

Colombia: Drug Trafficking, Business of War and Presidential Elections

María Fernanda Barreto It is now time of presidential elections in Colombia. Fear is the main electoral strategy. The Colombian electorate is frightened by the ghost of “Chavism”, with the guerrillas that became a political party, with a former social-democratic guerrilla or with an alleged “invasion” of Venezuelans. Xenophobia as an expression of fear of…

Indigenous Social Activist Murdered in Cherán, Michoacán

Organized crime, behind the murder of activist in Cherán Photo of the activist Guadalupe Campanur on the front page of La Jornada Ernesto Martínez Elorriaga Cherán, Michoacán Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, 32, “was very active in the community rounds, in the work of the forest guards and in the cultural workshops. And finally, she was a…

Narco-Politics in Chiapas: A Time Bomb that Increases the Risk of Another Massacre

Blocked roads, populations under siege, shootings every night, dozens of houses burned and the absence of authority, are some of the conditions that some 6,000 displaced persons from Chenalhó and Chalchihuitán suffer. Photo courtesy of the priest Marcelo Pérez Blanche Petrich Three weeks ago, the parish priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Pérez, started to tour the…

CRAC-PC: Take Up Arms and Forge Our Own Destiny in Guerrero, Mexico

CRAC-PC ON LIBYA 360° INTERNATIONALIST NEWS AGENCY CRAC-PC, TAKE THE ARMS AND THE DESTINY OF OUR LIVES! (DOCUMENTARY ABOUT CRAC-PC, ARMED GROUP IN GUERRERO, MEXICO) Ruptura Colectiva (RC) SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH History is written with the look and the despair screams, not only with the happening ink. CRAC-PC (Regional Coordinator of Communitary Authorities – Communitarian…

“Our First Message is of Peace”: CRAC-PC to the Government of Guerrero

Source: Desinformémonos Translated by It’s Going Down “The first message that we give is of peace, and not a message of war. However, in spite of the aggressions that you have carried out, we will not disarm and we will continue in struggle…” said members of the Coordinadora Regional de Autoridades Comunitarias-Policía Comunitaria (CRAC-PC) and…

Insumisión: Community Self-Defense Against Narcos and the State

Originally published to It’s Going Down By Scott Campbell As those of us in the U.S. come together to plan for the incoming Trump regime, hopefully we can find some inspiration and affinity with the ongoing resistance happening in Mexico. After this summer’s teachers’ strike and popular mobilizations collapsed, communities and organizations in Mexico have…

The US Hand In War & Peace In Colombia

A man walks his dog next to a mural depicting former President Alvaro Uribe, in Bogota, Colombia/Photo: AP Over 100,000 students and members of the general public took to the streets of Bogotá on Oct. 5 in support of the peace accords which had been rejected by razor-thin margin in a public referendum three days…

Narco, Zetas and Paramilitaries: The New Reality in Chiapas.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas Source: Proceso Translated by Ruby Zajac for the UK Zapatista Translation Service In the north, Los Altos and the border between Chiapas and Guatemala, there’s a fight going on between different organised crime groups, and almost no one wants to talk about it. These are areas that even the Zapatista…

The US War for Drugs and of Terror in Colombia

By Dan Kovalik I just had the pleasure of reading an important new book entitled, Cocaine, Death Squads and the War on Terror (U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia). This book, which was ten years in the making, is written by Oliver Villar & Drew Cottle and published by Monthly Review. The premise of…

The Wages of Plan Colombia Have Been Death

Plan Colombia’s 15th anniversary will be celebrated in Washington Thursday. But the legacy of the plan is marked by massacres, mass graves, and death squads. By Daniel Kovalik According to Colombia’s Victims Unit, the number of victims of Colombia’s civil war has surpassed 7 million. This number includes those who have been killed, disappeared or displaced since…

After Ayotzinapa : Building Autonomy in a War Against the Narco-terrorist Mexican State

Confronted with the escalating violence of state-supported narco-capitalism, ordinary Mexicans are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. By Alessandro Zagato A vicious war is tormenting Mexico: a silent war that rarely reaches the headlines of the international media. An inner war which many occidental powers have been following carefully, always monitoring their own interests…