About: Laura Carlsen
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Following a week of accolades abroad, President Enrique Peña Nieto returned home to face the worst political crisis of his administration. Protests rage after local police forcibly disappeared 43 students of Ayotzinapa, a rural teaching college in the state of Guerrero. As investigations continue, the crisis has laid bare the violence and corruption that control large parts of the nation.
Written on October 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Acapulco looks like it’s in hurricane mode. But despite the government campaign to create fear among the local population, close to ten thousand people marched to demand the safe return of 43 education students, forcibly disappeared by local police on Sept. 26 in the nearby city of Iguala .
The outrage will likely grow. It is all too predictable that at some point the disappeared will cross over into the column of the murdered and more families will lose the last ray of hope. One thing though is certain–Mexico is undergoing a shift of conscience.
Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Mexican indigenous leaders accused President Enrique Peña Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home.
After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the U.S. border. Although the coverage often began with moving stories of the hardships these young migrants faced, it soon turned ugly. For right-wing pundits and politicians, the “humanitarian crisis” has become a crackdown on kids.
Written on July 21, 2014 at 11:08 am
Categories: Latin-American Affairs
Recent Comments by Laura Carlsen
- July 3, 2014 on Confronting the Central American Refugee Crisis
- April 27, 2014 on La frontera mortal
- April 15, 2014 on Brazil’s World Cup Security Turns Repressive
- February 23, 2014 on The Capture of El Chapo Guzman–What Happens Next?
- June 22, 2013 on Delegation Finds Militarization Causes Suffering, Family Separation and Death at the Border