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…

Mexico: Police Open Fire on Rural Students, One Seriously Injured

El Enemigo Común Rural activism by normal school (teacher-training) students has once again become the target of armed repression by the Mexican state. On Wednesday, June 21, students from the Vasco de Quiroga Rural Normal School in Tiripetío, Michoacán, were brutally repressed by Special Operations Group police (GOES) who detained, beat and shot at 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…

Mexico: Plundering by the State

By Pedro Miguel Source La Jornada Translated By Cuba-Network in Defense of Humanity In times of Peña Nieto, the process of redistribution of wealth goes like this: the higher-ranking members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) loot the treasury while the lower-ranking ones loot the Chedraui supermarket chain.This caricature illustrates what happened in the first…

“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…