The recent meeting of UNASUR Defense ministers and the Brazilian parliamentary debate on defense reveal that the region has made the decision to defend itself in the face of the intensifying global climate of war.
50,000 drug war-related homicides; hundreds of thousands wounded, orphaned, disappeared, displaced and traumatized, human rights violations, gender-based violence, impunity–if for no other reason, we should care about the violence in Mexico because it represents a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions.
Ciudad Juarez is a sad city, terrorized and weakened, inside and out, leveled by profound emptiness and hopelessness, and brought to its knees by organized crime and the incapacity of the authorities to provide even basic safety.
Ordered by Felipe Calderón in December 2006, the war came to Chihuahua in March 2008 with “Joint Operation Chihuahua”. This is a binational war–the only way to understand it is to think about the decision-making, capital flows, social networks, institutions, and beneficiaries on each side of the border.
The link between trade liberalization and food availability is becoming a critical factor that, far from improving living conditions, threatens to deepen and entrench the structural causes of hunger, violence and malnutrition in the region.
Sebastian Fernandez, 25, a graduate student born in Colombia, works the Spanish information desk of the Occupy Wall Street camp on the edge of Zucotti Park. At the corner of Liberty and Broadway, flanked by hot dog vendors and police barricades, he sits at a folding table laden with Spanish-language copies of the protest’s newspaper, the “Occupy Wall Street Journal”.
Wages that have less buying power than in China, “temporary” work contracts, firings to undermine labor organizing, and phantom “unions” are just a few of the day-to day realities experienced by Mexican electronic workers,