Ciudad Juarez on the Chihuahua-Texas border has historically been a nexus of migration and global capital flows. Now that the presidency of Donald Trump has revived international debates on both, the international small farmers’ organization, Via Campesina, gathered from around the world there in early November to examine the connections between low-wage work, migration and the environment.
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.
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.
Ten days after the earthquake that shook Mexico City, the official death toll is 358 dead throughout the country, with 217 in Mexico City alone. Thousands of people are coming to the aid of strangers, and an almost-forgotten sense of community has arisen in one of the world’s largest cities.
Tuesday marked three years since the search began for the 43 students disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero. Meanwhile dozens of families marked one week searching for their loved ones trapped in collapsed buildings after the September 19th earthquake.