Democracy and Society

Maquiladora Workers, the Missing Faces in the NAFTA Renegotiation

Escrito por  |  12 / October / 2017

Low wages paid to Mexican workers continue to be a contentious issue as the three-way talks for a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) proceed.

‘Forced Disappearance is a Crime of Terror’: Ariel Dulitzky

Escrito por  |  10 / October / 2017

Ariel Dulitzky, Argentine lawyer, University of Texas Law School Professor and former member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, in an exclusive interview to Americas Program on Operation Condor, its influence in current operations, and today’s wave of forced disappearances in the context of the war on drugs.

Mexico City Quakes Show Vulnerability, Strength of Women Garment Workers

Escrito por  |  10 / October / 2017

Despite the confusion in the information and the silence of the city government, we can see many parallels between the seamstresses of 1985 and the workers of 2017. The most evident is that they worked in unsafe places that did not comply with minimum standards of construction.

Sanders Outlines Vision of a Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy

Escrito por  |  27 / September / 2017

The most unique aspect of the Sanders speech was his focus on global inequality, a glaring phenomenon that is rarely discussed by U.S. politicians. He called out not only the banks and the oil companies, but also U.S. arms companies that have too often used their influence to distort U.S. foreign policy in ways that make war more likely.

Court Blocks Guatemalan President’s Order to Expel Anti-Corruption Chief

Escrito por  |  29 / August / 2017

Should Morales be impeached, or resign, Vice President Cabrera will take over his job, yet press reporting indicates Cabrera is implicated in the same crimes as Morales; protesters are also calling for Cabrera’s prosecution. Should both the President and Vice President be impeached, Congress will choose the successor.

The Trump-Peña call

Escrito por  |  7 / August / 2017

The Washington Post published the full transcript of the January 27 phone call between Donald J. Trump and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto and it has stirred up the usual voyeuristic interest in the inner workings of the U.S. president’s disturbed mind. But more than that, it reveals the bizarre relationship between an ego-driven domestic agenda and a rudderless and opportunistic foreign policy.

What’s Behind Trump’s Obsession with Bashing Mexico?

Escrito por  |  4 / August / 2017

Mexico's President Peña Nieto and Donald Trump finally meet at the G20. And it does not
go well.