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.

In Mexico, Mining Law Reform is “Half-Baked.”

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador published, on May 8th in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), the reforms to the Mining, National Waters, Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection, and Prevention and Integral Waste Management Laws, approved on April 28 by the Plenary of the Senate of the Republic.

While the changes were celebrated by many environmental activists and organizations, the agrarian lawyer who is part of the legal team of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), Carlos González, classified the reforms as “half-baked.”

The Coveted Mineral That Threatens Life in Chiapas

This article was published in 2015 by Avispa Midia. While the article is nearly 8 years old, it describes well the politics and ethos of unabated extraction that drives the current dispossession and violence in the Mexican Southeast. Pushed by international interests, and restrictions on environmental protections, indigenous lands rich in biodiversity, water and other common goosds are being expropriated for …cell phones.

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