Coffee, the Woodsman and the Bear

by Luis Hernández Navarro The small coffee growers are upset and disappointed with the federal government. They reproach the federal government for unduly granting privileges to the transnational Nestlé. They are also angry that the government has refused to dialogue and agree with them on fundamental issues of the industry. According to the Veracruz Commission of Price Monitoring for Coffee, made up of the five most important coffee associations in the state, the government’s alliances with the company opened the way for the placement of officials in Sader (Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development)and the Secretary of Economy to promote …

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IACHR Asks the Government for Investigation and Punishment in Aldama Case

By: Angeles Mariscal Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asked the Mexican government for “the commitment to arrest those responsible” for the armed attacks on the indigenous population of Aldama Municipality. The president of the IACHR, the executive secretary Tania Reneaum Panszi, and two specialists from the precautionary and provisional measures section of that body, visited Aldama municipality, located in the indigenous zone of the Chiapas Highlands, in whose favor the humanitarian organism asked for the implementation of measures that guarantee the safety and life of its population, relentlessly persecuted by armed groups …

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Forced displacement, burning of houses and belongings of 6 Zapatista families in Chilón, Chiapas

New attacks on Support Bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation Six families from the town of “El Esfuerzo”, Comandanta Ramona Autonomous Municipality. The Federal and State Governments of Chiapas are oblivious in the face of permanent violence and dispossession against autonomous territories. San Cristóbal de las Casas Ejidatarios of Muculum Bachajón directed by the president of the ejidal commission, and along with municipal police and Civil Protection agents, burned houses and displaced 6 Zapatista National Liberation Army (BAEZLN) support base families in the community of El Esfuerzo, belonging to the autonomous municipality of Comandanta Ramona, denounced the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas …

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