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The Goldman Murders

Environmental activism in Latin America very frequently pits indigenous local leaders against rapacious companies backed by foreign money and the full military weight of the state. As IB’s Brian Hagenbuch writes here, the separate murders of two recent winners of the prestigious Goldman Prize over the past year, in Mexico and Honduras, threw a spotlight on a much larger pattern of violence and intimidation that claimed dozens of lives in the region.

Mark Baumer’s final blog post on January 21, 2017 was morbidly prophetic.

Trump Suggests a Friendly Little Invasion

Whether Donald Trump’s suggestion he might send US troops to Mexico was a threat, as this article suggests, or a friendly offer, as the White House today claimed, the idea of US troops on the soil of a country that lost half its territory to the United States in various wars is raising a firestorm in Mexico. From Proyecto Puente, Dolia Estevez’s scoop which sent a minor shockwave through Mexico yesterday:

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, told his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, that the United States does not need Mexico

For Mexicans, the Double Curse of a Pushover President in the Face of Trump

Twice now since August, Donald Trump has treated the Mexican president with open contempt, and been met with shocked and feeble hesitation, writes the Mexico City daily La Jornada. A president and a political class which have somehow still failed to apprehend the kind of man they are now dealing with in Washington:

“When you don’t make a decision soon enough,” the old proverb says, “someone will make it for you.”

The American Dream Was Never for You

Hell. Photo CC: Thomas Hawk

The end of ‘America.’ Millions of people in the United States today awoke to a new dread that will sleep beside them for years to come. From Mexico’s Aristegui Noticias, a powerful essay on the dream of an America that was never meant to be for millions of Latin Americans, and of the expiration of a vision of ‘America’ that stood at the head of a world order whose time has now passed.

Today is Wednesday Dec. 9, 2016. It is the morning after the presidential elections in the United States.

The Nuclear Banana Republic Votes at Last

The Big Orange Head. Illustration CC: Donkey Hotey.

From Mexico’s Aristegui Noticias, a dyspeptic dismissal of what’s left of political order up in Gringolandia.

At last the electoral circus in the world’s largest and most dangerous Banana Republic, the United States, is coming to an end.

The Things They Carry

Olivia Vivanco. Click on image to enlarge it.

From Altair Magazine, Olivia Vivanco’s powerful photographs of Central American migrants on their way to the United States, bearing the only thing they can offer to the free market: their hands.

‘It is a series with a simple photographic composition, but conceptually very powerful.

A Pleasant Waystation on this Road Through Hell

The ‘invisible diaspora,’ Simone Dalmasso calls this human chain that stretches from the ruined lands of Central America, through the mountains of Guatemala and Mexico and across the Rio Grande to the uncertain promised land of the North. Hard, dangerous lives she finds at temporary respite in a Franciscan hostel in southern Mexico, named for 72 fellow migrants savagely murdered, men women and children, by Mexican narcotraffickers six years ago.

The real struggle to reach the North begins at the frontier between Guatemala and Mexico.

Trump Gate-Crashes Mexico

Donald Trump by DonkeyHotey. Photo Creative Commons.

A surprise meeting with the Mexican president today, ahead of his “major immigration speech” in Arizona: Donald Trump announced it on Twitter yesterday. But according to the Bajo Reserva column in Mexico City’s daily El Universal, Trump more or less proclaimed the meeting without consulting with the Mexican government, setting the date to fit with his US speech, catching President Enrique Pena Nieto flatfooted.

Basically, the Republican candidate to the White House has spectacularly crashed the gates of the Mexican government.

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