The Power of Narco-Trafficking in Mexico

Adalberto Santana Mexican Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Mexico City, 2017 U.S. judicial system policies have led to the prosecution of two prominent figures from Mexico’s past governments in separate trials on charges of serving the drug trade. One of them has been Genaro García Luna, former Secretary of Public…

Mexico: The Supporters of Impunity

Miguel Angel FerrerThe opposition to the López Obrador government is present and expressed on several fronts. The first and most conspicuous and noisy is, obviously, the media. Another is represented by the governors, legislators and mayors of the old regime. Another, of course, is that of the discredited political parties of the right: PRI, PAN,…

Chiapas on Fire

Luis Hernández Navarro 2001, Zapatista leadership, Photo: Bill Hackwell Chiapas is on fire.  The bosses of the paramilitary forces have turned them loose and they have become bold enough to act in their typical way.  They are attacking rebel communities with firearms and are even showing up armed and in uniform, to disarm government police…

Mexico: First the Poor

Roger Stoll Por el bien de todos, primero los pobres (“For the good of all, first the poor.”) —AMLO Mexico is a semi-colony with a population of 129 million. Its political, financial and business elites are bound to the US, which receives 80% of Mexican exports. International corporations feast on Mexico’s cheap labor and resources,…

The Greatness of a Small Island

Fernando Buen Abad It was expensive, for my monetary resources at age 16, to send a telegram to Cuba from Mexico. However, I made “the thousand and one” and was able to put a message in the telegraph office: “Comandante Fidel Castro: happy anniversary of July 26th”. To what address are you sending it,” the…

Border Wall Threatens Kumeyaay Nation Burial Sites

Zola Fish Photo: Bobby Wallace Members of the Kumeyaay Nation gathered in Boulevard, Calif., on June 30 to halt the building of Donald Trump’s border wall. The Army Corps of Engineers has been using dynamite to blast an existing wall which is located on sacred burial sites of the Kumeyaay ancestors. Indigenous artifacts and bones…

The Far-Right Oligarchs Working to Topple Mexico’s Progressive President AMLO

José Guadalupe Argüello III A Trump-like Mexican oligarch, Gilberto Lozano, is leading a coalition of corporate leaders and far-right fanatics called FRENA to try to overthrow President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election marked a historic feat, promising a respite from a roughly 40-year period of continuous…

Is the Deep State Attempting a Hybrid War in Mexico?

Nino Pagliccia An important article by journalist Ben Norton appeared on the online outlet The Grayzone describing the content of a leaked document that consists “of an executive summary of ‘Project BOA,’ outlining what it calls a ‘plan of action’ – a blueprint of concrete steps the opposition alliance will take to unseat AMLO.” AMLO…

US Sanctions Mexican Companies for Their Relationship with Venezuela

Misión Verdad Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed a document with an alleged opposition plan to overthrow his mandate in 2022 The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) blacklisted three Mexican citizens and a total of eight Mexican-registered companies linked to the oil-for-food program with Venezuela. According to the official website of the…

Indigenous People of Latin America in the COVID-19 Era

Gerardo Szalkowicz Without basic services, excluded by the health system, without documentation to access social programs, and with roads cut off from food supplies, how does the pandemic impact on indigenous communities in Latin America? “In this pandemic we are not all in the same boat, we are all in the same sea; some in…

COVID-19 in Guayaquil: “There is no Room for the Living or the Dead”

A man carries a cardboard coffin outside a cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 7, 2020. Photo: Reuters. The city of Guayaquil has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Ecuador and one of the most affected locations in Latin America. In a recent interview with AFP, the city’s mayor, Cynthia Viteri, said that…