September 26, 2016, marked the two-year anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students at the hands of the Mexican government. On Monday, concerned citizens and family members of the 28,000 Mexicans who have been disappeared in the course of the Drug War gathered to protest impunity and call for justice in Mexico. To commemorate and keep alive the memory of these students, we have adopted a new multimedia project, The Ayotzinapa Timeline, a bilingual page that visually tracks key moments in the case, and society's responses. Ayotzinapa was also the subject of this week's online forum on the memories, legacies, and next steps for the case and for human rights in Mexico.
Also on Monday, FARC leaders and the Colombian government signed a peace agreement after over five decades of civil war. On Sunday, Colombians will go to the polls to vote on the fate of the agreement which will officially end the war. But with the peace deal around the corner, new hope brings with it new anxieties.
Some of these anxieties are underlined by the ongoing threat of free trade in the region, revealing itself in new ways through extractivism, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and new challenges and opportunities posed by the diplomatic reopening of Cuba to the United States. This is the subject of our latest print issue of NACLA, Free Trade 2.0. Stay tuned for information about an upcoming New York-based event launching the issue and discussing these themes!
As always, en solidaridad,