Jen Wilton

UN Grills Mexico Over Handling of 43 Missing Students

GENEVA—“Let us stand for a minute of silence,” Emmanuel Decaux, chairperson of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), told those gathered on February 2 in this Swiss city to discuss the grave problem of involuntary disappearances in Mexico. A high-level government delegation and a sizeable civil society contingent traveled from Mexico to attend the […]

  • Feb 14, 2015
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Ayotzinapa: A Game Changer for Mexico?

The apparent massacre of students from Ayotzinapa in Iguala has completely shocked the Mexican public and provoked outrage across the globe. Some have called this a game changer for Mexico. In some ways it clearly is, but maybe not in the ways we imagine. The case of Ciudad Juárez The brutal massacre at Iguala is far from […]

  • Nov 12, 2014
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The Last Words of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos

“These will be the final words that I speak in public before I cease to exist.” So begins the moving communiqué from Zapatista leader Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. In the newly-released statement (available here in English), Marcos gives a brief account of the Zapatistas’ history, which he has had a leading role in since the armed […]

  • May 28, 2014
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Latina Leaders Courageously Fight to End Violence Against Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, here is the second part of our series. In the U.S., incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault are rife, but the true extent of the problem is largely hidden from view. A staggering one-quarter of women have experienced domestic violence and more than six million children witness domestic […]

  • Mar 25, 2014
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Wave of Indigenous Resistance Sweeps Colombia

In the northeastern tip of Colombia, fierce resistance to Cerrejón, one of the world’d largest open-pit coal mines, has seen indigenous communities block highways and railway lines in recent weeks. These protests take place in the context of a wider movement of indigenous people trying to safeguard their territories.  “In 30 years of pillaging natural […]

  • Nov 19, 2013
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#LatinoLit Book Review: Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Quesadillas is the second novel by Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos, author of the brilliantly comic Down the Rabbit Hole (nominated for the 2011 Guardian first book award). Where his earlier book gave a first hand account of life inside a Mexican cartel boss’ palatial home, told from the perspective of the kingpin’s son, his latest efforts […]

  • Nov 4, 2013
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The Dramatic Fall of “La Maestra”

News outlets in Mexico this week have been overrun by the sudden announcement of the arrest and detention of Elba Esther Gordillo Morales, known simply as ‘La Maestra’ and dubbed by many as the most powerful woman in Mexico. Gordillo was the head of the powerful SNTE teachers union in Mexico—which is in fact the […]

  • Mar 3, 2013
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#LatinoLit Banned Book Review: “Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.” by Luis J. Rodriguez

In this powerful autobiography, Luis J. Rodriguez relates stories from his youth growing up in an impoverished East Los Angeles barrio. The son of Mexican immigrants, from an early age Rodriguez constantly faces barriers to success from a system designed to keep him out. As a result, Rodriguez and his peers are forced to invent the […]

  • Jan 4, 2013
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Peña Nieto’s Promises of Change Ring Hollow in the Streets of Mexico

On December 1 Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) was inaugurated as Mexico’s 57th president. During the inauguration speech in Mexico City he said the first aim of the new government “is to bring peace to Mexico” and that the country “had lost ground” in the 12 years that his party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), had […]

  • Dec 2, 2012
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The High Cost of Silver and Gold: Deadly Consequences in Mexican Mines

San José del Progreso, Oaxaca – In a small, dry town in the south-west of Oaxaca, Mexico there is a deadly political battle being waged over local resources. By all accounts the town has been split in two—those in favor of and those who oppose the Cuzcatlán silver mine that started operations in the vicinity in […]

  • Nov 13, 2012
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