Contact Group Resolution on Venezuela Fails to Obtain Unanimous Support

The international conference to promote dialogue in Venezuela was attended by eight European Union countries and five Latin American countries. After the conclusion of the international conference on the political situation in Venezuela and the promotion of dialogue as a peaceful solution, held on Thursday in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital, the final declaration was not…

Mexico is a Massive Clandestine Grave

In Mexico 40,000 missing persons, more than 26,000 unidentified bodies, and 1,100 mass graves prompted the AMLO government to call the country a huge clandestine grave. The undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas of Mexico said Monday that Mexico in itself is a clandestine grave. Mexico has 40,000 registered…

The Ongoing Lessons of the Zapatista Revolution 25 Years On

Hilary Klein In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings. (Photo by Tim Russo) What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, 2019 marked 25 years since the Zapatistas…

Mexico: 200 Indigenous People Violently Evicted from Temporary Homes

Over 200 Indigenous Mexicans who were displaced by poverty demand justice after being illegally and violently evicted from a temporary home. A rights group denounced the eviction of more than 200 displaced indigenous people from an empty lot in the municipality of Tlapa, Mexico, by a legal representative of the owner’s property. Constancio Sanchez Campos, the legal representative, showed…

Mexico’s EZLN: The Fourth Transformation?

Gilberto López y Rivas The arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to the Presidency of Mexico and the triumph of Morena as the first political force in the Congress of the Union, the governorships of four states, the leadership of the Mexico City Government, numerous city and municipal governments, demands reflecting, with critical thought,…

A New Day for Mexican Workers

David Bacon NAFTA had been in effect for just a few months when Ruben Ruiz got a job at the Itapsa factory in Mexico City in the summer of 1994. Itapsa made auto brakes for Echlin, a U.S. manufacturer later bought out by the huge Dana Aftermarket Group. In the factory, asbestos dust from brake…

Communiqué from the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Governing Council for the 25th Anniversary of the Armed Uprising of the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Commanders enter La Realidad for the 25th Anniversary celebration. January 2, 2019 To the Zapatista National Liberation Army: To the CIG Support Networks: To the Resistance and Rebellion Networks: To the people of Mexico: To the peoples of the world: To the communications media: The peoples, nations and tribes that form the National Indigenous Congress…

Mexico: EZLN Warn They Will Block “Death Projects”

“It’s not easy to face political parties and bad governments are the current one: dishonest and deceitful,” said Subcomandante Moises. Mexico’s National Liberation Zapatista Army (EZLN) has declared it won’t allow the “death projects” of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in its territory, vowing to maintain autonomy based on Indigenous customs. “We will fight, we…

Fourth World Under Unprecedented Threat

Wayne Madsen Never in recent times has the Fourth World – the 370 million indigenous peoples who have no states of their own – been under assault, as it is now, from a combination of proto-fascist governments and resource-grabbing corporations. The basic tenets of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples…

New Era for Mexico’s Zapatista Liberation Army 25 Years After Uprising

Raul Fernando Since the 1994 uprising, the National Liberation Zapatista Army has been a global reference for revolutionary movements. “We’re the product of 500 years of struggles: first against slavery in the independence war led by insurgents against Spain, then avoiding being absorbed by North American expansionism, then for promulgating our Constitution and expelling the…

At the Arizona Border, Activists Protest US Foreign and Migration Policy

Katharine Davies Samway On November 18, 2018, Taide Elena spoke movingly on the Mexican side of the border in Nogales to a group of border activists. She was speaking on behalf of her grandson, José Antonio Elena Rodriguez. In 2012, Border Patrol officer Lonnie Swartz killed José Antonio when he was 16 years old, shooting…

Mexico’s Indigenous People Reject AMLO’s Approval of ‘Mayan Train’

Over 80 Indigenous communities in Mexico’s Yucatan say the president is creating a ‘false narrative’ that they approve of and identify with the 1,500km Mayan Train. Mayan communities in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula are speaking out against the president’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday for a high-speed ‘Mayan Train’ set to be built across the region…

Mexico’s Solution to the Border Crisis: A Latin American Marshall Plan

Patrick Lawrence With President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatening to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his wall, it’s good that someone in a position of authority actually has a workable solution to the migrant crisis festering on the Mexican border with the U.S. The day after Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office…

Women Rising in the Americas

Dawn Paley & Laura Weiss Sisterhood, friendship, and love motivate us to come together and to gather strength so that we can live and rebel against the rot of capital, patriarchy, and nationalism. A demonstration against feminicide in Mexico in 2013 (LUCERO GONZÁLEZ/FLICKR) This issue of the NACLA Report is written, illustrated, and edited by…

Mexico: President AMLO’s Inaugural Speech Offers ‘New Hope’

Martin Varese After receiving the presidential sash in the Mexican National Congress, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador  gave a speech outlining an ambitious and encouraging government plan, based on bids to slash corruption, overturn neoliberalism and make important public investments. AMLO started his speech by thanking outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto: “Mainly I recognize the fact…

Mexico: “So Far from God, So Close to the United States”

Roger D. Harris The full quote by Porfirio Díaz is: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.” Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich…

Honduras: One Year Later – A Call to Solidarity

Honduran regime uses violence against its people – US uses violence against refugees fleeing Honduras. On Monday, November 26, 2018, Honduran authorities fired massive amounts of tear gas and opened fire with live bullets on a large protest march in Tegucigalpa to mark the one year anniversary of the November 2017 election fraud. At least…