20 days after the massacre of the Ayotzinapa normalistas (students studying to be teachers) and the disappearance of 43 of them, the indignation of the people in Mexico has grown, as has the disapproval of President Enrique Peña Nieto, who a few months ago was hailed by Time magazine and the international financial institutions for achieving the "Mexican miracle", i.e. the privatization of Pemex.
Article by Larry Cohen, "CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections"
On September 26, 2014, police in Iguala, Guerrero killed six people and detained 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural School, who have since been disappeared. Numerous mass graves have since been found outside of Iguala, but they are not believed to contain the bodies of the missing students. The search for the disappeared young men continues, led by family members and local organizations.
Thirty-two years after the Rio Negro/ Chixoy Dam ['Chee-Shoy'] massacres of over 440 villagers, and the violent, illegal evictions of more than two dozen Mayan communities, the government of Guatemala has agreed to provide $154,000,000 to enable the implementation of the Chixoy Dam Reparations Plan. As reported by the Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre (October 14, 2014).
Article by Melissa del Pozo: "Inside the Mexican College Where 43 Students Vanished After a Violent Encounter With Police" and update by Dawn Paley: "43 Missing Students, State Crimes & Resistance in Mexico".
Carta Abierta a CGN y Hudbay Minerals, por motivo del quinto aniversario del asesinato de Adolfo Ich, el ataque armado de guardias de seguridad que trabajaban para Hudbay Minerals y la CGN que dejó con parálisis a Germán Chub y heridos a al menos siete hombres Maya Q’eqchi…
Telesur TV, article "Guatemalan Government, Canadian Mining Industry Responsible for Violent Conflicts" by Cyril Mychaljeko
Article "Hudbay Actions In Guatemala Call Integrity Into Question" By Lynn Carey.
A nonviolent vigil on Parliament Hill, Monday, October 6, 3-5 pm. Drop in when you can.
Article "Why 'Corporate Social Responsibility' Is A Crock" By Larry Haiven, September 24, 2014. Beyond the vastly increasing profits corporations are making, while touting their CSR "philanthropy", this article does not address a further reason "why CSR is a crock": that powerful, wealthy countries - Canada, U.S., etc - keep in place a global double accountability standard, ensuring impunity and immunity from legal prosecution for our corporations and investment firms when they cause and benefit from environmental and health harms and human rights violations in other countries ... like those of Central America.