Democracy and Society

“El Bronco” Upsets Bipartisan Rule in Mexico’s Industrial Center

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015

Nuevo Leon opened up a new channel for democratization in Mexico by breaking the bipartisan lock on the state in an election that many describe as historic.This is the first time an independent candidate has won a governorship, only recently allowed under a new electoral law. The win is particularly significant given that the state comprises Mexico’s third largest regional economy.

Federal Police Open Fire Against Civilians in Tlapa After a Failed Operation

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015

On June 7, 2015, around 14:30 pm during election day, two patrols – numbered1699 and 1566 – of the Federal Police (FP), with at least 24 policemen, arbitrarily raided the office of the Union of Education Workers of Guerrero (Coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores de la Educación de Guerrero – CETEG) in the neighbourhood of Tepeyac in the city of Tlapa de Comonfort, next to the Regional Delegation of the Ministry of Education of Guerrero.

With No Clear Winner, Mexico’s Midterm Elections Reveal Nation’s Strife

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015

Election day participation has not dissipated discontent. Mexico under the incoming politicians will face as much—or more—protest and mistrust in the system as it did under the old ones.

Martelly Remakes Authoritarian Rule in Haiti

Escrito por  |  25 / May / 2015

President Michel Martelly of Haiti began to rule the island nation by decree on January 13, 2015, after allowing the National Assembly to collapse.

A Harvest of Justice in San Quintin?

Escrito por  |  18 / May / 2015

The farm workers of the San Quintin Valley have gotten the federal government to commit to facilitating negotiations for a wage hike. But movement leaders warn that the the agreement is still not a victory.

Intellectuals and Zapatista Base Communities Meet to Assess “Critical Thought and Capitalism”

Escrito por  |  16 / May / 2015

The seminar “Critical thinking against the Capitalist Hydra”, organized by the EZLN in San Cristobal de Las Casas (Chiapas) from May 3-9 raised issues of extractivism, elections, defense of the land and women’s organizing.

Brazil Needs New Cycle of Mobilization to Curb the Right

Escrito por  |  21 / April / 2015

While the president addressed the nation on television on the evening of March 8, part of the population responded by banging on pots and pans and jeering in a dozen cities. It was Dilma Rousseff’s first public appearance since the list came out of 47 politicians to be investigated for embezzlement.