Indigenous and Teacher Protest from Oaxaca, Part One

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Oaxaca — In the tourist city of Oaxaca in this poor Southern Mexican state, teachers and a group of indigenous Triqui people are occupying the Zocalo.  The teachers are fighting education reforms that will privatize public schools, standardize curricula, and require all Mexican teachers to pass a standardized test or else lose …

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40,000 Zapatistas March peacefully on Five Chiapas Cities

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Tim Russo reported in Upside Down World that 40,000 indigenous people marched to five cities in the Mexican state of Chiapas on December 21, 2012. They marched in the unseasonable rain, masked and unarmed, out of the jungles, in silence. They occupied the city squares of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Ocosingo, …

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Is the Arizona Border a War Zone?

The border wall, Sonora, Mexico

The Real News Network cuts through the hyperbole about spill over violence, travelling to the Arizona border with Mexico. Includes footage of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and interviews with Santa Cruz County Sherriff Tony Estrada and Maureen Meyer with Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). More at The Real News  

Caravan for Peace in Tucson August 16

Sicilia Speaking

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After his 24-year-old son was murdered by drug traffickers, Javier Sicilia, one of Mexico’s best-known poets, founded the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity to urge an end to drug violence. Over the past six years an estimated 60,000 people have been killed in drug violence in Mexico; 10,000 people have …

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The Second Mexican Earthquake

COUNTERPUNCH? Thoughts on the Presidential Election There have been two major Mexican earthquakes in recent years, the telluric one that killed thousands of people in 1985 and the electoral one July 1 that didn’t kill anyone but made a lot of people mad. Emerging details of the voting reveal manipulations of Byzantine complexity and vast …

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