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Mexico News and Analysis: October 1 - 7

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN166
2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
3 - FRIENDLY FIRE BLAMED FOR BORDER PATROL DEATH
4 - PROTESTERS PUT INCOMING PRESIDENT ON NOTICE

The Junta of Good Government in the northern zone of Chiapas issued an unprecedented third public denunciation of armed attacks, displacements, threats, robbery and intimidation directed against Zapatista support bases from the community Comandante Abel. Paramilitaries from the communities Union Hidalgo and San Patricio are responsible for the illegal activities. A detailed description is available at http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/.

2 - FEDERAL POLICE SUSPECTED IN CARTEL ATTACK ON C.I.A.
Federal police working for a major drug cartel are suspected in the August 24th ambush of two CIA agents working near Cuernavaca in central Mexico. Police apparently knew the agents worked for the CIA and specifically targeted them under orders from the Beltran Leyva cartel, according to knowledgeable Mexican and US officials. The attack on an armored SUV with diplomatic license plates wounded two CIA agents after hundreds of rounds from high-powered weapons were fired at close range, overwhelming some of the armor plating.

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MEXICO NEWS AND ANALYSIS: SEPT 24-30, 2012

1 - HUMAN RIGHTS CARAVAN PUBLISHES VIDEO TESTIMONY
2 - US ELECTION MAY PRECIPITATE NEW TRADE WAR
3 - LOWER HOUSE APPROVES LABOR BILL
4 - MSN PROGRAMS

1 - HUMAN RIGHTS CARAVAN PUBLISHES VIDEO TESTIMONY

A human rights caravan organized by the Network against Repression and for Solidarity published video testimony this week from residents of the community Comandante Abel, which is under attack by paramilitary groups in Chiapas.

 

2 - US ELECTION MAY PRECIPITATE NEW TRADE WAR

Florida’s 29 Electoral College votes may precipitate a trade war between the US and Mexico as the Obama administration seeks to end a 16-year agreement controlling tomato imports. About half the tomatoes consumed in the US are produced in Mexico, while many of the rest are produced by a handful of powerful families in Florida. The complex trade agreement, in place since 1996, sets a minimum price for imported Mexican tomatoes, allowing corporate growers south of the border to control at least US$1.8 billion of the US market, particularly the rapidly expanding vine-ripened market. US growers want the Commerce Department to end the agreement, which would open the door for formal charges against Mexican growers for unfair trade practices, including dumping tomatoes at below the cost of production. The Obama administration may agree, in a play for Florida’s critical Electoral College votes. Mexican growers are willing to establish a higher floor price for imports, arguing that abolishing the agreement would threaten 350,000 jobs in Mexico, but US growers are unlikely to bend since they wield substantial political clout on the eve of the presidential election. Mexican authorities threatened retaliation through tariffs on US produced goods.

MEXICO NEWS AND ANALYSIS: SEPTEMBER 3-23, 2012

1 - ZAPATISTAS UNDER ATTACK

2 - PENA NIETO DECLARED PRESIDENT
3 - NEW LABOR LAW
4 - MSN PROGRAMS

1 - ZAPATISTAS UNDER ATTACK
Over the past month, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) denounced increasingly violent attacks by paramilitary groups, including the Regional Organization of Coffee Growers (ORCAO) and the misnamed "Peace and Justice." The attacks include the use of firearms, forced dislocations and invasions of autonomous Zapatista territory. In the community Comandante Abel, in the northern zone of Chiapas, the situation is critical, characterized by forced displacements, kidnappings and disappearances. The Zapatista Junta of Good Government in the region has tried to dialogue on numerous occasions to resolve the disputes, but the paramilitaries continue their attacks with the support of local and state government officials. The Network against Repression and for Solidarity (RvsR) calls on national and international civil society to mobilize in support of the Zapatista communities under attack, particularly Comandante Abel. 

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Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (septiembre 2012)

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Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 14 (sept 2012)
1. Eventos del Centro
2. Luchando por una moratoria 
3. Que Pasa y Que Viene

Luchando Por Una Moratoria
    El movimiento por vivienda del Centro Autónomo, junto con miembros de la Coalición para Vivienda Justa en Chicago (Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction- CUAFE) y del movimiento ANTI-EVICTION, participaron en una reunión pública el 9 de Agosto con Toni Prekwinkle, presidenta de la junta del Condado de Cook, y Tom Dart, alguacil de la Ciudad de Chicago. El propósito de la reunión era demandar una moratoria para que durante un año no se realicen desalojos  en el Condado de Cook. La moratoria es necesaria debido a la crisis de vivienda que está afectando a miles de personas en Chicago, pues nuestra ciudad es uno de los lugares en los EEUU con más embargos y desalojos de vivienda.
     La reunión, que se convirtió en un acto político donde los afectados expusieron algunos de los casos más críticos, fue posible debido a la presión que CUAFE ha ejercido sobre el sheriff  Dart, mediante la realización de una gran manifestación el 16 Mayo de 2012, enfrente de su oficina. En dicha ocasión se le entregaron más de dos mil firmas de gente afectada que se han organizado y demandan la moratoria de embargos y desalojos por un año.  La asistencia fue nutrida, pues había más de 150 personas, afectadas pero con un montón de ánimo.  Cada pausa que había en la reunión la gente gritaba: “¡Queremos una Moratoria!” “¿Y cuándo la queremos?” “¡Ahora!”

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Caravan for Peace and Justice with Dignity stops at the Centro Autónomo

When:  Tuesday, September 4 from 6-8pm. See flyerbelow

Where: Centro Autónomo, 3460 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, Illinois on the corner of St Louis and Lawrence two blocks west of the Kimball Brown Line. 

Phone: 773 583 7728 for more information 

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/365236126880728/

See Video: Javier Sicilia on the importance of the caravan. 

For more information direct yourself to http://emergenciamx.org

Mexico News and Analysis: August 13 - 26, 2012

1 - ZAPATISTA NEWS (www.enlacezapatisa.ezln.org.mx)
2 - EGG SHORTAGE THREATENS NUTRITION
3 - U.S. EMBASSY VEHICLE ATTACKED BY FEDERAL POLICE
4 - DISPUTE OVER WIRELESS FREQUENCIES TURNS POLITICAL
5 - SUPREME COURT LIMITS APPLICATION OF MILITARY LAW
6 - ELECTION DISPUTE CONTINUES
7 - WALMART LAUNDERING MONEY AND EVADING TAXES

-The Junta of Good Government in La Realidad denounces land theft, attacks and provocations by government authorities, the Green Party and the PRD. 
-The Junta of Good Government in Morelia denounces an armed attack by members of ORCAO on August 2. The Regional Organization of Coffee Growers of Ocosingo (ORCAO) is affiliated with local PRD leaders.

2 - EGG SHORTAGE THREATENS NUTRITION
Egg prices are spiking at double the levels of only a few weeks ago as Mexicans face a shortage of their most important source of protein. A June bird flu epidemic in Michoacan- the heart of the country’s egg industry -wrought havoc in Mexico’s egg markets, with a kilo now priced at more than US$3. Mexicans typically consume 350 eggs per person per year, the highest consumption rate in the world. As the Calderon administration struggles to replace more than 11 million chickens slaughtered to control the flu epidemic, low-quality imports from the US and Central America are beginning to enter the market, often at usurious prices.

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Periódico Comunitario del Centro Autónomo (agosto 2012)

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¡Lea nuestro nuevo periódico: edición 13 (agosto 2012)!
1. Eventos del Centro
2. Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo: Jornada por la Justicia
3. Que Pasa y Que Viene


Sin Papeles, Sin Miedo: Jornada por la Justicia
101 El 29 de julio, un autobús con 30 personas salió de Phoenix hacia Carolina del Norte. Los participantes de esta jornada no tenemos documentos. Venimos de varias partes del EE.UU, incluyendo Illinois, California, Tennessee y Alabama. Somos de diferentes edades, de diversas ocupaciones e identidades. Vamos a cruzar todo el sur del país, participando en talleres y acciones organizadas por las diferentes comunidades donde paremos, declarando nuestro estatus migratorio públicamente y llevando nuestras historias y mensajes de amor por nuestras familias y comunidades hasta la Convención Demócrata Nacional. 

Los riesgos que asumimos para defender nuestros derechos al ir en esta jornada varían por persona. Tenemos diversas historias de inmigración y de encuentros con las autoridades. Algunos llegamos de niños y otros de adultos. Unos han cruzado la frontera varias veces, otros están peleando sus casos en la corte y otros son elegibles para la acción deferida que el Presidente Obama prometió. Todos hemos construido nuestras vidas aquí y no estamos dispuestos a dejar que las políticas nos definan e intimiden a nuestras comunidades.

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 23-29, 2012

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1 - PARTIAL VICTORY IN PATISHTAN CASE

2 - LUIS H ALVAREZ, ALWAYS THE OPPORTUNIST

3 - WALMART EARNINGS INCREASE DESPITE SCANDAL

4 - HSBC FINED US$28 MILLION

5 - UN FAILS TO CONTROL INTERNATIONAL ARMS TRADE AFTER US BALKS
 

Political prisoner and Zapatista support base Alberto Patishtan, unjustly imprisoned for the past 12 years, won a small victory this week when he moved from a high security prison in Sinaloa to the Amate medium security prison in Chiapas. This may not seem like much, but it means a great deal to Patishtan. In Sinaloa, he spent most of his time in isolation in a small cell and was allowed only one 15-minute phone call per month. In Chiapas, he will be free to move among the general prison population where he has many political allies and his family will be able to visit regularly. Patishtan was moved to Sinaloa after leading a hunger strike organized by Solidarios de la Voz del Amate, a prison group made up mostly of indigenous prisoners like Patishtan. The  Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center handled the legal challenge that forced officials to return him to Chiapas. The Network Against Repression demands the immediate release of Patishtan and a dozen other political prisoners held in Chiapas jails.

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Mexico News and Analysis: July 9 - 22, 2012

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1 - DEMOCRACY IN MEXICO?
2 - HSBC BANK ACCUSED OF MONEY LAUNDERING
3 - CONGRESSIONAL REPORT CRITICIZES MEXICAN WAR ON DRUGS

In 1988, PRIista Carlos Salinas de Gotari stole the presidential election. PRD candidate Cuauhtémoc Cardenas was leading when ballot-tallying computers suddenly failed. Two days later, both the computers and the vote count were repaired, putting Salinas ahead. An irate and mobilized public looked to Cardenas, a former PRI politician himself and son of a popular 30s era PRI President, for leadership. Always the consummate insider, Cardenas refused to call for demonstrations and instead funneled popular energy into building the current PRD. Salinas assumed the Presidency with little additional fuss. He proceeded to become perhaps the most hated figure in Mexico over the past half century.

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS JULY 2 - 8, 2012

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1 - PRI STEALS ANOTHER ELECTION
2 - REMITTANCES INCREASE IN MAY
3 - CALDERON VETOES CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION LAW

The PRI is back, suborning Mexico’s already limited democracy with a not so subtle mixture of the most up-to-date digital vote-buying techniques and well-worn old school practices to re-install last century’s “perfect dictatorship.”  Remember 1988, when a mysterious “computer malfunction” saved PRI candidate Carlos Salinas de Gotari from certain defeat?  Salinas became perhaps the most hated man in Mexico when, in 1994, he handed a bankrupt country and the pending “tequila crisis” to another PRI President, Ernesto Zedillo.  While that election may have been technically clean, the real contest was decided months earlier when populist PRI candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, in some ways the anti-Salinas, was assassinated during a campaign stop, almost certainly the result of internal party struggles, though the case was never solved.  In 2000, former Coco-Cola president Vicente Fox captured the “voto util” (useful vote), a popular response to 70 years of PRI corruption that was really a vote for “anyone else.”   Then in 2006, PAN candidate Felipe Calderon called on former PRI operator extraordinaire Elba Esther Gordillo and a stacked Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to manipulate returns and guarantee a presidency marked by six years of death – 55,000 and counting – in a failed “war on drugs.”  Reload to 2012, and another parody of democracy that will likely give the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, a cute but largely vacuous “new face of the party,” yet another perverted presidential victory. 

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