Extractivism

The Inter-Oceanic Corridor Lacks Water

The megaproject puts greater pressure on water resources in a region where abundance and overexploitation of the resource coexist. For example, according to Conagua figures, of the 21 aquifers in Oaxaca, five show a deficit, and in Veracruz, of the 20 phreatic mantles (water tables), five suffer excessive extraction, such as the Papaloapan river basin. All these areas are on the route of the Interoceanic Corridor.

Mining in Mexico, an Activity of Speculation and Dispossession

In the run-up to the signing of NAFTA, Mexico entered into an extractivist boom, repealing limiting legislation from the Constitution and opening its territory to foreign investment. This exponential increase in territory under concession, as revealed by a recent investigation, has brought only dispossession and environmental degradation, and as it has in Chiapas, an increase in organized crime.

Organized Crime Takes Control of Mining Territory in Chiapas

In the last week of May, the deadly Sinaloa and CJNG Cartels ravaged the southern border of Chiapas in a dispute over territory. Residents were forcibly conscripted and threatened with their lives for four days before any State authorities intervened. While many factors are at play, this article fills in a few details of the history and allure of the region for these criminal players.

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