October 14, 2011
This week the focus of Bolivia’s TIPNIS conflict shifted to La Paz, with passage of a new law by the Bolivian Congress, massive demonstrations in support of President Evo Morales, and preparations for Sunday’s judicial elections, ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of the indigenous march early...
October 13, 2011
FTA will affect vulnerable sectors in Colombia. Credit: Boston Globe.Yesterday the US congress approved the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Colombia. This agreement will need to be ratified by President Obama, and will enter in effect by August 2012. In the meantime, the sobering reality of...
October 13, 2011
Approximately 250,000 Oaxacans migrate to northern Mexico or the United States each year, and close to 1.5 million live in the United States—a significant percentage for a state whose population is 3.8 million. Also, despite evidence of decreased cross-border migration, the economic pressure...
October 11, 2011
There is some disagreement in Mexico as to whether the state and civil society are engaged in a tough battle (winning or losing, intelligent or short-sighted) against organized crime, or whether organized crime has so permeated the institutions of the state and civil society that it is no longer a...
October 10, 2011
U.S. Congress (onepennysheet.com)The U.S. congress is expected to approve the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the United States and Colombia this Wednesday. The alarms are already sounding among many sectors in Colombia, especially the producers of rice, corn, wheat, and dairy products....
October 07, 2011
Last week the protest against Bolivia’s TIPNIS highway reached Washington, D. C., with a small but boisterous demonstration of some 100 people in front of the White House. But upon closer examination, these folks seemed less concerned with protecting the TIPNIS national park and indigenous...