2019 Latin America in Review: Year of the Revolt of the Dispossessed

Roger Harris A year ago, John Bolton, Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, invoked the 1823 Monroe Doctrine making explicit what has long been painfully implicit: the dominions south of the Rio Grande are the empire’s “backyard.” Yet 2019 was a year best characterized as the revolt of the dispossessed for a better world against the…

López Obrador, Alberto Fernández, Regional Integration and the Communion of Ideas

Gerardo Villagrán del Corral Alberto Fernández and López Obrador Just over a month after taking office as president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez made his first trip abroad to Mexico, to meet for three hours with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, to discuss trade complementation, investment, foreign policy and regional integration. “A meeting, more than…

Operation Gatekeeper: A Continuation of U.S. Imperialism and Colonialism

San Diego PSL The SD Coalition to Close the Camps protests U.S. border policies, Oct. 13, 2019. | Liberation photo. The history of San Diego County is riddled with colonialism. Missionaries first invaded Kumeyaay [Native American people of the extreme southwestern United States and northwest Mexico] territory in 1769. The 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico,…

Neoliberalism and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America

Ollantay Itzamná Quechuas in Machupiccchu. OI. It is clear that the neoliberal system advanced in Latin America until it found social resistance in the indigenous territories. It seems that “sovereignty” and “dignity” are no longer disputed in the jurisdiction of national states, but in indigenous territories. Neoliberalism, as a stage in the accumulation/speculation of capital…

Clouds at the Border: Threatened by the Wall

Martín Zícari Gabriela Lizarraga Juárez leaves her house in Sonoyta, a border city with the United States in the Mexican state of Sonora, and heads to the nearby coastal city of Puerto Peñasco. She takes a taxi provided by the local municipality to cross the last bit of the Sonoran Desert. The soil turns slowly…

US Follows Anti-Black Model in Immigration

The US has criminalized immigrants, just as it has used the criminal justice system to control and oppress African Americans, said Ben Ndugga Kabuye, of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. The crime bills of 1994 and 1996 “criminalized immigration at a level that has never been seen before,” making a host of offenses grounds…

Mexico: Mining, Murder, and Impunity

Katarina Sabados A memorial to Mariano Abarca Roblero. 2010. (Credit: Dawn Paley) A Mexican activist’s family has been looking for answers for a decade, even in Canadian courts. In a small town in southern Mexico, a public square is decorated with the bust of Mariano Abarca Roblero, a beloved father whose violent death remains unsolved….

USMCA Pits Rural People in Each Country Against One Another

Numerous sections of the [US-Mexico-Canada] agreement propose trade policy changes that will worsen the social, economic, and environmental crises facing rural communities across North America. Many of problem areas in the agreement include: the privileging of corporate interests over those of laborers and family farmers; the focused attempt to attack Mexico’s ability to protect its…