Over the last few years, inhabitants of the western Mexican state of Michoacán have been forced to evacuate, a difficult task considering the high proportion of livelihoods tied to agriculture, or adapt to an increasingly insecure environment. This insecurity is of course tied to the infiltration of drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) which have permeated private and public spheres of everyday life in Michoacán by causing violence and instability, disrupting trade and commerce, and corrupting public officials if not holding office outright.
In an election with high turnout (219.000 voters, 72% of affiliates) militants of the Mexico’s main right-wing party, the Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN), re-elected Gustavo Madero as their president for four more ye
As the one year anniversary of the Democrat-dominated Senate passing a comprehensive immigration bill commenced this week, President Obama announced his willingness to pursue unilateral action toward addressing the steadily rising influx of Central American children crossing the southern border sans guardians.1 He has declared the issue a “humanitarian crisis.” Nearly 52,000 unaccompanied minors, most of them girls under the age of 13, have crossed the Rio Grande since October, a number over double the usual annual statistic.2 The law that currently stands
Recently, a group of seven cuban immigrants found themselves on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.1 This group of seven was attempting to traverse the 90-mile stretch of ocean from Cuba to Florida, but instead ended up in Mexico. Due to this longer than expected journey, two died, while the rest were in critical condition upon rescue by the Mexican Navy who found them off the coast of the peninsula. After recovery, the Cubans were deported back to Cuba, while their hopes of making it to the United States remain unfulfilled.
On September 22nd and 23rd, the United Nations held its first annual International Conference on Indigenous Villages. Indigenous representatives from around the world gathered in New York City to discuss indigenous rights in order to bring equality to a group of people that have been oppressed and discriminated against since colonization. The indigenous population of the world totals 370 million people, which constitutes 5% of the total world population and they represent about one third of people living in poverty.1
"Gobierno o individuo que entrega los recursos naturales a empresas extranjeras, traiciona a la patria." Lázaro Cárdenas, Presidente de México (1934-1940)
The Mexican federal police have taken control of 13 towns in southern Mexico in the latest chapter of the missing students’ saga. The 13 towns all lie within a 125-mile radius of the city of Iguala, the site of the initial protest that led to the disappearance of 43 students.
Las escuelas normales rurales son escuelas destinadas a la formación de maestros para las áreas rurales de México, a la que acuden hijos de campesinos y de comunidades indígenas. Surgieron en el espíritu de la revolución mexicana, cuando fue nombrado José Vasconcelos a cargo de la Secretaría de Educación Pública en 1921, bajo el gobierno de Álvaro Obregón. Desde 1927 se legisló para que tuvieran internado y becas para sus alumnos.
Tengo una interesante discusión con una amiga colombiana sobre la (no) normalización de la violencia por parte de niños en contextos como los que aquejan a ambos países. Cuando la iniciamos, estábamos a la mitad de la inauguración de la exposición “El arte de testimoniar” entre fotografías de Juan Manuel Echavarría, mantas tejidas por parte de las integrantes del “Costurero de la memoria” y “Cartongrafías de la memoria” hechas por niños.