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.

A Rough Guide to Obama’s Mexico Visit

Escrito por  |  2 / May / 2013

Obama last visited Mexico during the G-20 summit in Los Cabos last June. He and his entourage will touch down again today for talks with Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Since his election, Peña Nieto’s team has worked to shift media focus away from violence related to the drug war and towards the economy, something that will likely be reinforced during this visit.

Development or Armed Robbery: World Bank Funding, SouthCom Militarization Displace Indigenous and Campesino Communities

Escrito por  |  2 / May / 2013

As foreign investment in mines and dams throughout Guatemala and Honduras have indigenous communities under threat and violent attack,, the  Continue Reading »

Uruguay: Birth of a Movement Against Mining and Extractivism

Escrito por  |  24 / April / 2013

On March 7 one of Uruguay’s strongest myths was broken: trust in state enterprises. That day those who turned on  Continue Reading »

Threat of the Trans-Pacific Agreement

Escrito por  |  23 / April / 2013

This week negotiations begin again in Singapore on the Transpacific agreement, a project hailed by its promoters as the biggest, most ambitious trade agreement ever. Eleven countries participate: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, United States, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zeeland, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. It’s billed as a tool for growth, employment and prosperity, but the reality will be quite different.

Noopemig: The Global Rallying Cry from Capulálpam

Escrito por  |  23 / April / 2013

Recently, I attended the Gathering of Mesoamerican Peoples where I heard this: “Faced with the threat that the mining industry  Continue Reading »

“We are All Guerrero”: Mexico’s New Popular Revolt Takes on the State

Escrito por  |  22 / April / 2013

Catalyzed by a teachers’ strike against federal education reform, a new popular movement is gaining momentum in Mexico. And in expanding its agenda to encompass long-standing grievances ranging from environmental destruction to insecurity and indigenous rights, the movement is posing a serious challenge to not only the policies of new President Enrique Pena Nieto, but the broader economic and political direction of a country ravaged by three decades of neo-liberalism as well.