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Mexico News and Analysis: February 6-19, 2012

1 - STATE DEPARTMENT REISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY
2 - BILLBOARD CALLS FOR END OF U.S. WEAPONS IN MEXICO
3 - ANONYMOUS STRIKES AGAIN
4 - U.S. INFLUENCING MEXICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
5 - CATHOLIC CHURCH JOINS ELECTION BATTLES
6 - FAMILY OF FORMER CHIAPAS GOVERNOR IN HOT WATER  

In anticipation of Spring Breakers travelling south, the State Department reissued a travel advisory that includes 14 Mexican states, mainly along the US border.  Travel updates have become an annual event in anticipation of thousands of US students vacationing in Mexico in March.  In addition to border states, the latest advisory includes parts of Aguascalientes, Guerrero and Nayarit.  About 50,000 people have been killed over the past five years in drug-related violence, with US citizens accounting for about 400 deaths.  Despite the drug-related violence, Mexico attracted a record number of tourists last year as 22.7 million foreign visitors arrived by air.  These figures do not include the millions of US tourists who travel by land.  Visitors from the US travelling by air declined by 3%, possibly due to increased airline prices since the demise of Mexicana Airline, but Brazil, Russia, China and Peru registered sizable increases over 2010.  Tourism is Mexico's fifth largest source of foreign currency, following migrant remittances, illegal drug sales (mainly to the US market), petroleum exports and maquiladora production.

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WANTED: Professor/Organizer to join MSN's team

*New job opening* for a full-time professor/community organizer with the Mexico Solidarity Network. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join a hardworking team that is dedicated to fighting for justice by building community power, long-term autonomous political projects, and international solidarity.

Work will include a combination of the following:

-Professor/organizer in a master's program in Community Organizing. Responsibilities include teaching political economy, political/power analysis, popular education, and the theory and practice of community organizing. The two-year program is based in the Albany Park Autonomous Center on the northwest side of Chicago in a largely Latino immigrant barrio. Responsibilities also include recruitment of students and accompanying students in community practicum.

WANTED: Professor/Organizer to join MSN's team

 

*New job opening* for a full-time professor/community organizer with the Mexico Solidarity Network. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Come join a hardworking team that is dedicated to fighting for justice by building community power, long-term autonomous political projects, and international solidarity.

Work will include a combination of the following:

-Professor/organizer in a master's program in Community Organizing. Responsibilities include teaching political economy, political/power analysis, popular education, and the theory and practice of community organizing. The two-year program is based in the Albany Park Autonomous Center on the northwest side of Chicago in a largely Latino immigrant barrio. Responsibilities also include recruitment of students and accompanying students in community practicum.

NEWS AND ANALYSIS JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2012

1 - OECD REPORT CRITICIZES PHONE INDUSTRY
2 - NEARLY $1 TRILLION LOST TO CORRUPTION AND CRIME
3 - POLITICAL CLASS FULLY ENGAGED IN FIGHT FOR POWER
4 - JUAREZ POLICE TAKE REFUGE IN HOTELS
5 - HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST ATTACKED AGAIN
6 - ACTEAL ASSASSINS RELEASED FROM PRISON

A report issued this week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) criticized Mexico's telephone industry for monopoly pricing that overcharged consumers US$13.4 billion per year from 2005 to 2009, leaving many families unable to afford telephone or internet service. Carlos Slim, the world's richest man and owner of TelMex and America Móvil, rejected the report, accusing authors of "pulling data out of thin air." Slim's companies control about three-quarters of Mexico's telephone industry. The Mexican government commissioned the study as part of an ongoing battle between Slim and the National Action Party (PAN). Mexico's telephone industry generates over US$30 billion in sales per year, but the OECD report concluded companies missed out on an additional US$12.4 billion in sales because of high prices.

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Mexico News and Analysis: January 16-29, 2012

1 - NEWS FROM THE OTHER CAMPAIGN - http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/
2 - PRI AND GORDILLO SPLIT
3 - BORDER PATROL INCREASING PENALTIES FOR UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS
4 - NAFTA TRIBUNAL TO HEAR SME CASE
5 - HACKERS SHUT DOWN GOVERNMENT WEB SITES
6 - NAZAR HARO DEAD

-The Union of Campesinos in Defense of the Land, Water and Ejido Coahuila denounce forced dislocations from their lands and waters.
-The Digna Ochoa Human Rights Center denounces government repression directed against the National Network against High Electricity Tariffs in Veracruz.
-The Fray Bartolome Human Rights Center denounces repression against Zapatista support bases by groups affiliated with the PRI in Tenejapa, Chiapas.

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Mexico News and Analysis: January 2-12, 2012

1 - ZEDILLO CLAIMS IMMUNITY
2 - MEXICO CITY ELITE BEATS PARKING ATTENDANT
3 - HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION DOCUMENTS OFFICIAL VIOLATIONS
4 - MEXICO CITY BOONDOGGLE WASTES MILLIONS
5 - CALDERON VETOES EMERGENCY AGRICULTURE FUNDS
6 - PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR A LOST CAUSE, BUT BLACK BEARS HAPPY   

Ernesto Zedillo claimed immunity from prosecution for the 1997 murder of 45 people in Acteal, Chiapas, in court documents filed Friday.  A lawsuit filed last year in Connecticut accuses the former Mexican president of crimes against humanity for allowing paramilitary groups to carry out the massacre, then cover up the killings.  Zedillo currently lives in New Haven, CT, where he teaches at Yale University, his alma mater.   Ten mysterious, unnamed plaintiffs claiming to be from Acteal are demanding US$50 million in damages.  The Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, which represents the Acteal families, has no knowledge of the suit or of the corporate Miami law firm that is bringing the case. 

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Commemorate MLK and Canvass to resist foreclosure and eviction- 1/15, 10am

62 In 1966, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. moved to Chicago's West Side to help fight for an end to slums and racial discrimination in housing. Forty-six years later, Chicago has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, devastating Black and Latino communities most severely. Banks and their wealthy stockholders ruined our economy, and after we bailed them out with our tax dollars those same banks want to take our homes and evict us.

Join Communities United against Foreclosure and Eviction and the Albany Park Autonomous Center for support and collective action.

On Sunday, January 15th meet at the Albany Park Autonomous Center (3460 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625) at 10am. There will be a one-hour canvassing training, followed by three hours of knocking on the doors of homes in foreclosure to invite people to regular foreclosure and eviction reisitance meetings.

Mexico News and Analysis: Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2012

1 - POVERTY INCREASING
2 - ENRIQUE KRAUZE ON THE REAL MEXICO
3 - POPE TO VISIT MEXICO
4 - MICHOACAN ELECTION ANULLED

More than half of Mexico's population now lives below the official poverty line, in large part because the economy is so tightly linked to the United States. About one-third of Mexico's production is exported, with 90% headed to the US. Mexico boasts the world's richest man, Carlos Slim, worth about US$74 billion, or about 7% of the annual GNP, while 58 million Mexicans live on less than US$150 per month. Economic growth under Felipe Calderon has averaged 2.2% annually, about half the overall rate for the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite the dismal figures, Calderon continues to bank on his expensive and largely ineffective "war on drugs" as the foundation of his political program.

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NEWS AND ANALYSIS: DECEMBER 19-25, 2011

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER
2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

1 - OBAMA CUTS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ALONG BORDER

The Obama administration will cut most of the National Guard troops working along the US-Mexico border, following an article criticizing the deployment published two weeks earlier by the Washington Post.  The Post found the Guard troops to be largely a publicity effort that wasted taxpayer money and pandered to Republican Party demands for more border security in the midst of a presidential campaign.  Obama will reduce the National Guard deployment in January from the current 1,200 troops to 300, saving about US$60 million annually.  The remaining troops will focus on aerial surveillance missions.  Military border deployments began under the Bush administration in 2006 and were extended by Obama, with a total cost of US$1.35 billion.

 

2 - VERACRUZ POLICE FORCE FIRED

The entire police force in Veracruz, Mexico's busiest harbor, was fired on Wednesday and replaced temporarily by 2,400 Navy troops.  More than 800 officers and 300 administrators, many either willingly or forcibly aligned with the powerful Zeta cartel, lost their jobs.  Governor Javier Duarte and recently appointed Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire made the announcement.  New police officers will have to pass federally mandated exams, including drug testing, a lie detector test, and financial reviews.  The testing program is relatively new, and it is unclear if it has been successful in cleaning up police departments where it has been implemented.

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Mexico News and Analysis: Dec 12-18, 2011

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO
2 - RACIST ARIZONA SHERIFF UNDER INVESTIGATION
3 - FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR RAPE BY ARMY TROOPS
4 - US SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON STATE IMMIGRATION LAWS
5 - US SECURITY AGENCIES HIRE FORMER MEXICAN OFFICIALS
6 - MSN PROGRAMS: Contact msn [at] mexicosolidarity [dot] org or (773) 583 7728   

1 - POLICE KILL TWO STUDENTS IN GUERRERO

Police killed two students from a teacher's college in Guerrero on Monday, part of a group of 500 students protesting efforts by the federal government to close the normal school system.  Unarmed students blocked a major highway near Chilpancingo demanding a meeting with Governor Angel Aguirre and the re-opening of the Raul Isidro Burgo normal school in Ayotzinga, a town about 90 miles from Chilpancingo.  Protestors complained the governor had canceled four previously scheduled meetings.  Blocking highways is a common protest tactic in Mexico.  Federal, state and ministerial police working with army troops and armed paramilitaries used tear gas and live ammunition to clear the highway, killing Gabriel Echeverria and Jorge Herrera.  

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