Land and Territory

China Stakes Its Claim in Latin America

Escrito por  |  13 / March / 2015
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“The United States is no longer our privileged partner. Now the privileged partner is China,” Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño stated at the close of the third summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Costa Rica on January 29th.

Grassroots Movement Blocks Water Privatization in Mexico

Escrito por  |  13 / March / 2015
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The ruling party (PRI) and its allies, the National Action Party (PAN), the Partido Verde and New Alliance, lost a battle when the General Water Law to privatize Mexico’s water resources was shelved in the Chamber of Deputies. Grassroots mobilization played a key role in the victory.

Government Documents Reveal Canadian Embassy Backed Mining Abuses in Mexico

Escrito por  |  25 / February / 2015
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A new report based on internal documents concludes that Canadian diplomats in Mexico were complicit in Toronto-based Excellon Resources Inc.’s efforts to avoid redressing a violated land use contract and poor working conditions, and supported repression against a peaceful protest.

Tourist Development Behind State Repression of Non-Violent Indigenous Movement

Escrito por  |  2 / February / 2015
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The masked representative of San Sebastián Bachajón, Chiapas, described how residents of this Tzeltal indigenous community reclaimed the entrance to the Aguas Azules waterfalls on Dec. 21, 2014. Although the government once again controls the Aguas Azules tollbooth, the resolve of the movement for local autonomy has not flagged after more than seven years of struggle.

Mining, Megaprojects, and Metrosexuals in Sonora

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
AMSAC president Joaquin Rojo de la Vega Ulloa speaking at 2011 AMSAC meeting. /Mundo Minero

NOTE: This article is the thirteenth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the U.S.-Mexico  Continue Reading »

Making Mining Dreams Come True in Mexico

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
Smelting gold at Mulatos mine in Sahauripa / Alamos Gold Inc.

NOTE: This article is the twelfth in a series by the CIP TransBorder Project that examines the water crisis on the  Continue Reading »

Mining Water in Sonora: Grupo México’s “Irregular” Water Permits in the Sonora, Yaqui, and San Pedro River Basins

Escrito por  |  15 / December / 2014
La Caridad copper mine adjacent to La Angostura dam and reservoir with aqueduct in foreground.

Sonora like its neighboring states on either side of the international border is caught in a deepening water crisis — one that is largely its own making but now made ever more grim by the onslaught of climate change with its more extreme weather, prolonged droughts, and rising temperatures.

Grupo México is a major player in this crisis because of massive consumption of water. The virtual absence until recently of public, media, and governmental scrutiny of Grupo México’s water-use and environmental practices is a testament to the company’s privileged status in Mexico and especially in Sonora.