The Ayotzinapa Timeline, FARC reintegration, Journalist Killings, Trouble in Nicaragua and more!

Dear Naclistas, 

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,

NACLA editors



Débora Silva
September 29, 2016
The historic peace deal between the FARC and the Colombian government holds unique challenges for the thousands of female combatants reintegrating into Colombian society.
Laura Carlsen
September 28, 2016
It has been two years since the crime of Ayotzinapa. The anniversary provoked a moment of soul-searching for Mexico - Part three in our series on Ayotzinapa after two years.
Janice Gallagher, Paula Martinez Gutierrez and Camila Ruiz Segovia
September 27, 2016
What can we learn from analyzing data around organizing and media responses to the Ayotzinapa case? Part two in our series on Ayotzinapa after two years.
Yunuhen Rangel
September 26, 2016
Cristina Bautista, the mother of Benjamín, one of the missing Ayotzinapa students, opens NACLA’s series commemorating two years since the disappearance of the 43.
Laura Embree-Lowy
September 22, 2016
Amidst corruption allegations and media attacks, Mauricio Funes, El Salvador’s president from 2009-2014, receives political asylum in Nicaragua.
Timothy Dunn
Border Wars
September 21, 2016
The most comprehensive study on Mexican migration yet demonstrates how the past two plus decades of increasing border enforcement have led to the opposite of intended outcomes.
Jennifer Goett and Courtney Desiree Morris
September 16, 2016
Political repression in the country has its roots in U.S. intervention.
Patrick Timmons
September 14, 2016
In Veracruz, Mexico, 17 journalists have been murdered and five have gone missing in the last six years. Noé Zavaleta, aProceso reporter from the state, has found himself forced to “take a break.”
James N. Green
September 7, 2016
Dilma Rousseff’s ouster raises concerns that the many social gains the Brazilian Left has achieved over the last two decades could be quickly reversed.
Laura Hobson Herlihy
September 6, 2016
Farmers, cattle-ranchers, and extractive industries threaten the livelihood of Nicaragua’s Miskitu people while the government of Daniel Ortega looks the other way.
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