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Mexico’s late-breaking sunshine rules open new era of toxics reporting

Escrito por  |  30 / January / 2014

Mexico’s Jan. 24 federal register notice laying out the 200 pollutants that factories now must report annually opens the curtain for the sun to shine after a nearly 20-year-long grassroots crusade to secure the public’s right to know about hazardous waste.

The Criminalization of Poverty in Brazil, a Global Power

Escrito por  |  25 / January / 2014

In the year of elections and the FIFA World Cup, the country that aims to be a global military and energy power must face the challenges of popular sectors, who demand inclusion and access to the same goods and rights enjoyed by half of Brazilians.

Hyperglobalization Still on Course

Escrito por  |  10 / December / 2013
World commerce between 1980 and 2012 (measured in millions of USD: WTO data

Has globalization stalled or are we seeing “hyperglobalization”? The question is important since the choice of proposals or actions differs depending on whether globalization is retreating, stalled or moving ahead.

Colombia: The Triumphant Return of the Peasantry

Escrito por  |  9 / October / 2013
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Five decades of war made things worse. Landowners bought up more and more land, expelling and expropriating campesinos with force. The agricultural strike was the “Enough!” of a population that won’t put up with it any longer.

Women in the Teachers’ Movement: A Lesson in Resistance

Escrito por  |  13 / September / 2013

Women in the Mexican teachers’ movement describe why they are protesting, the conditions they face in their communities and classrooms and the urgent need for democratic change.

Obama Downplays Drug War, Recasts Mexico, Central America as Economic Allies

Escrito por  |  30 / May / 2013

President Obama touched down in Mexico and then flew to Costa Rica in a short trip with ambitious goals. The president sought to re-set the image of U.S. involvement in the region by downplaying the increasingly controversial drug war that is currently the focus of U.S. aid and engagement, instead highlighting trade and integration.

Cartes’ Election: What it means and the challenges ahead

Escrito por  |  3 / May / 2013

Horacio Cartes, tobacco tycoon and political novice, had a resounding victory in Paraguayan presidential elections, bringing back to power the Colorado Party, which ruled the country with a tight grip of power for over sixty years until 2008.
Cartes, who has accusations of narcotrafficing, smuggling and money laundering[CP1] all of which he was denied, won the elections with 45.8% of the votes, while second runner-up, Efrain Alegre, got 36.94%. 68.57% of the more than 3.5 million Paraguayans that could vote went to the polls to cast their ballots and choose not only president and vice president, but also members of congress, governors and representatives to the Mercosur parliament.