Law for the Promotion and Protection of Corn: A New Legal Attack Against The People?

By Ana de Ita & Ramón Vera Herrera On March 24, the Senate approved the Federal Law for the Promotion and Protection of Native Corn (LFFPMN) after a year of corrections and discussion by the Senate and House of Representatives. In the latest version, although there were adjustments, the core content was maintained, which brings with it enormous problems, as pointed out by the Network in Defense of Corn in its position of October 2, 2019. San Juan Chamula, Chiapas Photo: Mario Olarte On March 24, the Senate approved the Federal Law for the Promotion and Protection of Native Corn …

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Federal Government Takes Advantage of the Current Situation to Advance the Mayan Train: Indigenous Communities

Mexico City / Desinformémonos The Official Journal of the Federation published this Tuesday the assignment granted by the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT) to the company Fonatur Tren Maya “to build, operate and exploit the general railway communication route called Tren Maya, the provision of public service of rail transport of cargo and passengers, which includes permits to provide the required auxiliary services,” for a period of 30 years. For their part, communities, activists, collectives and organizations defending indigenous peoples rejected the fact that the construction of the Tren Maya continues despite the health emergency caused by the coronavirus …

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Joint Pronouncement for Life

To the people of Chiapas To the EZLN Good Government Council To indigenous and peasant organizations To the federal, state and municipal governments To the federal, state and district health authorities San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, April 20, 2020 From the South of Mexico, social organizations, civilians and diverse collectives came together to share information, analyze and generate strategies to face this pandemic in solidarity COVID 19. In this collective effort we find those who have been working for years for the defense and promotion of human rights: civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental in the state …

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The Beast Knows No Shame

“The capitalist hydra, the destructive beast, tries to hide behind other names in order to attack and defeat humanity. One of the names behind which it hides its project of death is “megaproject,” which means the destruction of territory—the entirety of a territory, including the air, water, land, and people. The beast uses the megaproject to snarf down entire peoples, mountains and valleys, rivers and lagoons, men, women, others, and children. Once it finishes its destruction in one place, it’s off to another territory to do the same thing.” SubComandante Moises for the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee- General Command on …

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Bayer-Monsanto Celebrates the Law to Promote Native Seed

By Silvia Ribeiro On March 24, in the midst of the crisis by Covid-19, the so-called federal law for the promotion and protection of native corn was approved with the unanimous vote of the Senate. With such a title many will have assumed that it would be a rule to stop the assault of transnational GM companies on seeds, indigenous peoples and peasant communities. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Beyond the intention of its promoters, this provision favors key interests of the companies that have wanted to advance in the country with their GM and other high-tech seeds for …

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