• Obrador and Mexico’s Watershed Election

    Uncertainties, Contradictions and Struggle The July 1 national election in Mexico is likely to be a watershed in Mexican history. The splintering of the three old parties, their unprincipled tactical electoral alliances across party boundaries, the rapid movement of key party figures from one party to another, have made understanding the labyrinth of Mexican elections even … Keep reading »

  • Mexico Elections and NAFTA

    Despite fierce opposition from Big Business and the media, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be elected President of Mexico on July 1 and have a majority in both houses of Congress. How did this rejection of the major parties come about? Is he a “leftist” or “populist” as widely purported in the North … Watch video »

  • What Could a Left Presidency Look Like in Mexico?

    Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador could become Mexico’s first progressive president in generations, but what would such a presidency actually look like? It is not an easy question to answer, though his time as leader of Mexico’s largest city could offer some insights. Keep reading »

  • Mexicans Denounce Canadian Mega-Mining Projects

    As Prime Minister Trudeau makes his first official visit to Mexico, writes Mining Watch Canada, “the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People” (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian … Keep reading »

  • The NAFTA Consensus

    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks started on August 16 with very little of the fire and fury Donald Trump had promised during his campaign. His pledge to abolish the deal has largely been replaced with a plan to modernize it. Some currents within the Trump administration would certainly like to get rid … Keep reading »

  • Neoliberal Violence and the Mexican state

    Toronto — 20 March 2015. Presentations by: Hepzibah Munoz Martinez is professor in the History and Politics department at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus). She has done accompaniment work with the United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila since 2012. Her blog nomorebloodinmexico.org focuses on solidarity work between Mexico and Canada in … Watch video »

  • Education and Mobilization in Contested Mexico

    Situating Ayotzinapa Toronto — 18 March 2015. On September 26, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Teachers’ College were attacked by police and gunmen in the town of Iguala. Three were killed, dozens injured and 43 student-teachers were taken away, never to be seen again. This atrocity is part of a landscape of violence and impunity carried … Watch video »

  • Partners in Crime

    Toronto — 12 December 2014. The Mexican state, North American Capitalism, and the 43 Missing Students The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement came with the promise of prosperity and jobs for all and the extension of human rights. These are, it needs hardly saying, promises unkept. On September 26th 2014, over 100 students … Watch video »

  • 43 Students and the Future of Mexico

    Nearly two months ago, on September 26, a group of students from the Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos – a boarding school for student teachers in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero – was soliciting funds in nearby Iguala when they were attacked by local police, acting under orders. Six people were killed; the remaining 43 students were arrested … Keep reading »

  • Partners in Crime: The Continental Capitalist Offensive and the Killing Fields of Mexico

    State Terror and the Murder of 43 Students The Mexican government, welcomed as a partner of the Canadian and U.S. governments in continental economic development (North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA) and continental security also happens to partner in crime and the slaughter of its own people. The murders and disappearances of the students from … Keep reading »

  • Continental Crucible: Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

    A Book Review by Chris Schenk Continental Crucible, written by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco and published by Fernwood in 2013, examines the clash between what the authors term the “corporate offensive” and the movements of resistance on a continental level. The conflict of these forces can be seen through the prism of free trade agreements … Keep reading »

  • No Silver Medal: Mexican Farmers Battle Canadian Mine for Control of Their Land

    Civil disobedience has halted production at Mexico’s “top grade producer of silver.” Farmers of the La Sierrita village, a close knit community of about 50 families, located 40 minutes north of the city of Gomez Palacio, Durango, have shut down the La Platosa mine owned by Canadian firm Excellon Resources for over a month. This … Keep reading »