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

Escrito por  |  17 / June / 2015
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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
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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
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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.

Mexico’s Grassroots Caravans for Water, Land, Work and Life

Escrito por  |  9 / June / 2015
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The three contingents of the Caravan in Defense of Water, of the Land, and of Work and Life converged in Mexico City on May 22. The Yaqui tribe led the caravans, heading out May 11, to traverse the entire country from three routes: northwest, northeast and the south.

China reorganizes Latin America’s economic map

Escrito por  |  9 / June / 2015
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Changes in the regional scenario are proceeding at a surprising velocity. At the opening of the first China CELAC forum in Beijing on January 8th, President Xi Jinping of China announced plans to double bilateral trade, to $500 billion in 2025.

In Brazil, Demarcation of Indigenous Lands Stalls and Violence Worsens

Escrito por  |  9 / June / 2015
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Adenilson da Silva Nascimento, a 54-year-old indigenous man better known as Pinduca Tumpinambá, grew up and lived his entire life in his village in the region known as Serra desTempes, Olivença, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia. This year, on the first of May, he was returning from a day’s work fishing with his wife and two of his six children – a one-year-old baby and a girl of 15 — when they were ambushed by three armed, hooded men who instantly killed Pinduca.

Martelly Remakes Authoritarian Rule in Haiti

Escrito por  |  25 / May / 2015
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President Michel Martelly of Haiti began to rule the island nation by decree on January 13, 2015, after allowing the National Assembly to collapse.