Americas Program: What to Expect at the North American Summit

Escrito por  |  18 / February / 2014

The Toluca summit will be aimed at building support for Mexican President Peña Nieto’s neoliberal reforms, in particular the privatization of oil and gas exploration and development and promotion of the controversial Transpacific Partnership.

Indigenous group defends water, land against dam threat

Escrito por  |  16 / February / 2014

The Cora people oppose a reservoir in the San Pedro Mezquital River that would inundate or endanger 18 sacred sites, and would restrict their traditional cultural practices.

How NAFTA Unleashed the Violence in Mexico

Escrito por  |  7 / February / 2014

The drastic transformation of public agricultural policies–brought about by structural adjustment programs and the trade opening with NAFTA–generated the conditions for the emergence of multiple forms of violence in the Mexican countryside.

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.

Rethinking the Drug War in Central America and Mexico (Full Report)

Escrito por  |  21 / January / 2014
Policia Estatal

U.S. security policy in Mexico and Central America, focused on militarized counter-narcotics efforts known as the war on drugs, has had severely negative effects on the region. This report analyzes the effects in four areas – militarization, drug policy, violence against women and forced migration—and examines the impact of this security policy on three countries: Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.

Reflections from Yucuyoco

Escrito por  |  16 / January / 2014

The values inherent in the village life of Yucuyoco are happily present to one degree or another in most of the indigenous communities of the Americas, and probably of Africa and Asia as well. But in Latin America perhaps more than elsewhere at the moment, these values are regaining their voice.