Mexico

New hope on the Mexican left?

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Pablo Velasco

At a precipitous time in the history of Mexico, is the left finally getting its act together and forming a viable alternative?

Certainly Mexico is a state in crisis. Economically, it is suffering from the first wave of shocks as the oil price has slumped over the last six months. With oil a vital source of government revenue, both borrowing and debt are up and social welfare programmes under more pressure.

The Mexican working class has been savagely exploited for decades. There are however some optimistic signs that the revolutionary left is getting its act together at last.

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“Alive we want them back!”

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Thais Yáñez

On 26 September, students at the Mexican Normal de Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Iguala, Guerrero were planning to go to Mexico City to join a protest.

The students peacefully took over three buses, common for protests in Mexico, and were asking fellow passengers for money to fund their trip when they were ambushed by the police who started shooting indiscriminately.

In the Tlatelolco massacre of 2 October 1968, between 30 and 300 students were shot by police in Mexico City. Sadly, 46 years later, Mexico is still struggling to become a democratic country.

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Terror on the US-Mexico border

There’s not a clean, pleasant capitalism in one place –— glitzy, high-tech, full of good food and happy people — and a separable, unfortunate area of poverty, unemployment and misery. The whole system contains both.

Capitalism’s scientists create fantastic drugs that are then denied to people who haven’t enough money to pay for them; amazing electronic gadgets are made by people paid pennies; shiny new products are produced, as rivers and skies are polluted and the planet heads for meltdown.

A review of 'Amexica' by Ed Vulliamy.

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Terror on the US Mexico border

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Dan Katz

There’s not a clean, pleasant capitalism in one place – glitzy, high-tech, full of good food and happy people – and a separable, unfortunate area of poverty, unemployment and misery. The whole system contains both. Capitalism’s scientists create fantastic drugs that are then denied to people who haven’t enough money to pay for them; amazing electronic gadgets are made by people paid pennies; shiny new products are produced as rivers and skies are polluted and the planet heads for meltdown.

How narco-gangs are spreading according to market rules. A review of Ed Vulliamy's Amexica.

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Oaxaca teachers demand political freedom

Author: 

Charlie Salmon

Two years after the great uprising, in Oaxaca, Mexico, Section 22 of the Sindicato Nacional de los Trabajadores (SNTE) teachers union has mounted a fresh 21 day long strike demanding an end to political repression and the democratisation of their union and local schools.

On 22 May 2006 teachers led by Section 22 took strike action demanding increased pay, better conditions and investment into food and uniforms for students.

Two years after the great uprising, in Oaxaca, Mexico, Section 22 of the Sindicato Nacional de los Trabajadores (SNTE) teachers union has mounted a fresh 21 day long strike demanding an end to political repression and the democratisation of their union and local schools.

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