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Walls of Silence

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Mexico’s Government Is ‘Dysfunctional and Corrupt,’ So Why Does Obama Support It?

The disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero has shed light on Enrique Peña Nieto’s failures as president; a study shows a last name can still “set you up for life”; meanwhile, Google Glass may not be a success, but smart glass technology may yet prevail. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Human Rights Groups Accuse Mexican Authorities of Abusing Power to ‘Quell Mass Protest Movement’

Human rights groups are speaking out about the 11 peaceful demonstrators who they believe were unjustly arrested at a Mexico City march spurred by the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



Mexico’s Breaking Point

So deeply has this incident shaken the country that, as author Ruben Martinez describes it, “To understand the historical significance—and the moral and political gravity—of what is occurring, think of 9/11, of Sandy Hook, of the day JFK was assassinated.”

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Mexicans Have Had Enough of U.S.-Backed Violence and Exploitation

The U.S. funding of a “war on drugs” in Mexico, which was supposed to take aim at the traffickers, has instead largely fueled collusion between law enforcement, politicians and criminal syndicates. 

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Mexican People Will Not Let Their Government Bury the Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Though a Mexican official called the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero “very successful,” the parents of the youth, accompanied by a violence-wary populace, will not let the case close; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to run for president; meanwhile, harrowing information about Greece’s neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn has been revealed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



Will the Mexican President Resign Over the Ayotzinapa Student Disappearance?

Not only did President Enrique Peña Nieto handle the current crisis facing his nation with cowardly indifference, but as the call for his resignation resounds throughout Mexico, more evidence of his ineptitude comes to light.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



#YaMeCanse: Mexico Turmoil Reaches Boiling Point as Protests Over Students’ Disappearance Continue

Setting fire to the door of a palace built for Hernan Cortés, which Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto uses for official ceremonies, is an appropriate symbolic act for a wary nation abused and abandoned by corrupt officials, continually plagued with bloodshed and fear.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE


This ‘Daily Show’ Segment Reveals the Absurd Misconceptions Behind U.S. Anti-Immigration Sentiment

Who knew immigrating to America came with free computers and health care?

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Good News About Solar Energy From Disparate Parts of the World

Morocco, Mexico and India, among others, have some good news to spread regarding solar energy.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE



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What Does the U.S. Have to Do With the 43 Students Missing in Mexico?

The only possible sign of the nearly four dozen students who disappeared in Guerrero, Mexico, during a clash with police last month is a mass grave with 28 currently unidentifiable bodies.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Los Angeles Called ‘Epicenter’ of Cartel Money Laundering

Agents from the FBI and ICE swept through downtown L.A.’s fashion district on Wednesday, grabbing $65 million that allegedly belongs to Mexican drug traffickers.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Gridlock on Capitol Hill Over Immigration Plan Surprises Precisely No One

So there’s this plan circulating in Congress, hatched by Senate Democrats, that would call for some $2.7 billion to attempt to deal with one pressing aspect of the immigration quandary: what to do about the growing ranks of migrant children crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. Think it’ll fly?

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction

About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



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An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



We All Must Become Zapatistas

The most important anti-globalization movement of the last two decades has shown us how to resist. And it grasps, as Subcomandante Marcos made clear in his final public appearance, that resistance must be wedded to nonviolence.

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



What Is Killing All the Starfish?

Scientists are making some headway in figuring out what is killing millions of sea stars in the waters off the Pacific Coast, from British Columbia to Mexico.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



Will This Deal Solve Mexico’s Vigilante Problem?

The rise of thousands of vigilantes bearing assault rifles to rout a drug cartel in western Mexico’s Michoacan state has presented the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto with a policy nightmare.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Even the 99 Percent Get Kidnapped in Mexico

Once the plutocrats’ plague, kidnapping for ransom in Mexico has gone decidedly mass market.

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 READ MORE



Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


What Happens to Immigrants When They’re Deported From the Only Homes They’ve Known?

President Obama has broken the record for deporting undocumented immigrants from the United States.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



Yearning for Home: Undocumented Immigrants Challenge the Border

When I asked Edgar Torres how he felt about the fact that he would soon be spending the night at a detention center he said, “I honestly don’t mind, I borderline don’t care. All I want is to simply be able to go back home.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


The Drug Trade

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Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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NAFTA Partners Meet to Negotiate TPP Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is like NAFTA on steroids, so it makes some sense that Canada, the United States and Mexico hope to fix the old, ostensibly bad trade deal with another, bigger one.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



Now You See Me

Growing up in a well-heeled suburban community, I absorbed our society’s distaste for dissent long before I was old enough to grasp just what was being dismissed, which is why I traveled thousands of miles to a Zapatista “organizing school” in the heart of the Lacandon jungle in southeastern Mexico to try to sort out just what I’d been missing.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins

Twenty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1994, a trade deal championed by Democratic President Bill Clinton went into effect. The North American Free Trade Agreement was meant to integrate the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico by breaking down trade barriers among them, creating jobs and closing the wage gap between the U.S. and Mexico.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Rest of World Gaining on American Obesity Rate

Although the United States has been riding the cutting edge of the global obesity trend for decades, other countries, including some in the developing world, are catching up. This is not progress.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Taibbi: ‘Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is a Joke’

British bank HSBC received a settlement deal from the Justice Department for laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of international banking laws. Matt Taibbi calls the preferential treatment “the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who’s ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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As NAFTA Nears 20 and the TPP Nears Birth, the Middle Class Nears Death

As a look at NAFTA’s track record shows, the only beneficiaries from the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership are global corporations. So why is a former community organizer like Barack Obama so hot for trade deals that destroy communities? Easy: He’s living in a new neighborhood now.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Latin American Clowns Dissociate Themselves From Drug Lord Slaying

After a member of a drug cartel was shot by a killer disguised in a colorful wig and rubber nose, professionals attending a clown convention in Mexico City are exclaiming that no one in their line of work would have committed the crime.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



Chips Ahoy Maker Wants to Spy on You

The company that owns Ritz, Nabisco and other snack brands wants to install grocery shelves that track the age and gender of passers-by; the NSA accesses Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s email; meanwhile, the stenographer who went on a Freemason-themed rant in Congress says God made her do it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE


Dialogue with the Government

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Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Dreaming With Dignity

Undocumented students use a bold new strategy in their pursuit of documents, diplomas and immigration reform.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE


Police in Mexico

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Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Machismo and Married Men Spread HIV in Mexico

Sexist behavior is nothing new in Mexico, but perhaps what some don’t realize is the effect it’s had on female health as men refuse to use condoms, and women, fully dependent on their partners, are left without a choice. In the state of Chiapas, the most common way to contract HIV is from a lifelong partner or husband.

Posted on Sep 18, 2013 READ MORE



Teresa Forcades: No Nonsense Nun

Many have joined the Spanish sister’s anti-capitalist Catalan independence movement; Wharton business school is now offering large parts of its MBA courses online for free; the NSA hasn’t figured out how to treat Mexico. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Teachers Confront Cops in Mexico City

In preparation for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first Independence Day celebration this weekend, police emptied the Mexican capital’s main square of protesters Friday by using tear gas and water cannons. The Zócalo had been filled with teachers on strike demonstrating against the new administration’s education reform.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE



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NSA Spied on Latin American Presidents

The National Security Agency spied on the communications of presidents of Mexico and Brazil, according to a report produced by a Brazilian news program and co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke news of President Obama’s spying program at the beginning of the summer.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE



AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini

Final Arellano Felix Brother Sentenced

The infamous Tijuana drug cartel was run by the Arellano Felix family for years. Now, the last of the clan is headed to prison.

Posted on Aug 20, 2013 READ MORE



Revolutionary Learning: The Zapatistas’ First School

More than a thousand students have enrolled in the leftist group’s la escuelita de libertad to learn about the Mexican rebels’ life philosophies; a Canadian teenager protests Monsanto by eloquently refuting a bumbling TV host; meanwhile, same-sex marriage is garnering immense support in Latin America. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Border

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Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE


Border Security Industry

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Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Trek West for the Big Picture

At this very moment, John Davis is trekking 6,000 miles through a chain of mountain ranges that stretches like a spine across North America from the Sierra Madres of Mexico through the Rockies of the American West up into Canada. He and his partners along the route are advocating for what they call “landscape connectivity” on a continental scale.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


Violence in Mexico

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Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE


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