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 Ayotzinapa: ‘I'm tired of fear’

Ayotzinapa: ‘I'm tired of fear’
Shot, burned in a garbage dump and thrown into a muddy river in black plastic bags. That was the fate of the 43 missing student teachers, known as normalistas in Spanish, who vanished on September 26, 2014, according to Mexico's federal attorney general on November 7. Jesus Murillo Karam’s words ....

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Now Brazil faces its toughest opponent
Nearly three thousand kilometers north of São Paulo sits the city of Fortaleza, the commercial capital of Brazil's phenomenal, if sputtering economic boom. In a city of two and a half million, fronting the Atlantic and host to five World Cup games, tales of boom and bust jockey for position as the....
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The World Cup exposes Brazil's injustices
On June 12th the World Cup kicks off in Brazil; the country has been beset by protest in the run up to the tournament. Last year up to a million people demonstrated across Brazil: protesting the vast expense of the World Cup, calling for better public services and an end to corruption. On June 3rd....
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‘Because we remember, we sow justice’
March 24th was the 38th anniversary of the coup d’etat in Argentina that brought military dictatorship to that the South American nation. That same week marked the beginning of the Movement for Peace with Dignity in México, catalyzed by the March 28th assassination of seven young people, including....
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Climate of violence continues in Venezuela
The death toll of at least 32 after six weeks of massive public demonstrations for and against the government in Venezuela will keep rising unless all sides commit to human rights, said Amnesty International. On February 18th, Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after a mass an....
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What is happening in Venezuela?
On February 12th, (Venezuelan Youth Day and the commemoration of the independence battle of La Victoria) some university students and traditional conservative opposition groups took to the streets in Venezuela. In Caracas students and others attacked a government building, burned cars and damaged ....
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How NAFTA unleashed violence in México
The Mexican countryside is not the same twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Rural México is on fire, and not just because of the “bad guys”–the drug cartels and groups of hit men and thugs. Criminal violence is not the only kind of violence, nor is it the factor th....
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Re-Emergence: Zapatistas at twenty
There are two tests of social change movements: endurance and regeneration. After two decades, México’s Zapatista movement can now say it passed both. Thousands of Zapatistas turned out last month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation ....
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Taking Olympic games up a notch
Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe is the definition of a Renaissance man. Besides being, well, a certified prince, von Hohenlohe is also a pop singer, a photographer, and oh yeah, a world class skier. Sochi will be his fifth Winter Olympic games. He will be competing in Alpine skiing in the slalom ev....
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NSA spy revelations: México’s muted response
Last month’s analysis of Snowden leaks from the German magazine Der Spiegel was a bombshell for México. “The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years,” reads the opening line in the Oct. 20 issue. The article goes on to detail three major programs that togethe....
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United States exporting unrest to Colombia
After shutting down major highways and key trucking routes for nearly two weeks, two million farmers and workers brought the Colombian government to the negotiating table to reform trade policy. Didn’t know about that? Well, few in the United States are taking note and it’s hardly making our head....
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Laureates standing in solidarity with survivors
Five women Nobel Peace laureates last week called for Guatemala to respect the rights of the survivors of atrocities committed under the rule of former de facto head of state Efrain Rios Montt. The women, convened in Northern Ireland for a conference organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, iss....
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La reunión del SICA que nunca se realizó
La visita de Obama a Costa Rica, con motivo de la reunión del SICA, no fue más que una pantalla para cualquier otro motivo, excepto la reunión del SICA, por cuanto en realidad nunca hubo intención de llevar a cabo tal encuentro. Resultó para muchos costarricenses sorpresivo leer en los medios inf....
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Zapatistias: ‘We are here’
Imagine close to 50,000 people marching in absolute silence, in five different townships, from two to five hours apart. Not a word, nor even a greeting. Just a raised fist in a sign of strength, determination and unity. Streets overflowing with masked faces and wordlessness. On December 30th, it w....
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The contradictions of the “new” Juárez
The push to rebrand and re-sell the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is in full swing. With violence way down as 2012 draws to a close, business and political leaders are extolling the return of security, inaugurating public works and opening new restaurants. According to the electronic indust....
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