Despite some encouraging signs in the economy, Brazil’s president Michel Temer faces an abysmal approval rating as the entire political class—and the president himself- continues to be embroiled in corruption scandals.
With the Ayotzinapa case still unsolved, the students still disappeared, the motives still unknown and the masterminds still unpunished, the spy scandal adds another layer of injustice. It indicates what many of us have believed from the beginning– that the Mexican government is more concerned with damage control than truth because, for them, the truth could be very damaging.
This viacrucis, or Stations of the Cross, was made up of about 300 migrants, including women and children, who traveled through Mexico, ending up in Mexico City. According to one of its communiqués, its fundamental purpose is “to escape the southern border, which has condemned many people without papers to precarious work, discrimination and the absence of state protection.”
Tribal chairmen decried the newly finished Dakota Access Pipeline when reports surfaced that its first crude oil spill in South Dakota occurred even before the private infrastructure project went into service.
May Day is a transnational event in the Paso del Norte borderlands of El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-southern New Mexico. At this year’s demonstrations, U.S. and Mexican activists joined together to denounce Trump administration immigration policies, current and looming wars, Peña Nieto administration economic and labor reforms, femicides, the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa college students, attacks on workers, and Mexico’s pending internal security law.