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Undocumented in America
Has the mass immigrants’ rights campaign of 2006 been asphyxiated by the Democrats’ embrace? Two Los Angeles activists recount the movement’s progress since the Chicano struggles of the 60s, and current defence of America’s sans-papiers from state and vigilante attacks.
Mexico: Permuting Power
Mexico’s new Foreign Minister discusses his country’s prospects under Fox, and explains the thinking behind the ‘Buenos Aires Consensus’ programme for Latin America which will face its first major test there. What is in store for the country after eight decades of PRI rule?
A Guerilla with a Difference
An indistinct trumpet from faraway in the middle of the night. This is how news spread from one hamlet to another, from valley to valley, by long sounds on the horn. Marcos and the mayor Moisés, ever cunning, sitting under a silk-cotton tree, look at each other, inquiring. Although only . . . read more
Roots of the Postmodern Rebellion in Chiapas
The Indian uprising in Chiapas that burst upon the world scene in January is a postmodern political movement.footnote1 The rebellion is an attempt to move beyond the politics of modernity, be they of the Salinas de Gortari government or of past national liberation movements. And even more fundamentally, it seeks . . . read more
Democracy in Mexico: Will the First Be Last?
Against the trend of democratization that is establishing itself in Latin America, complete with the accompanying debacle of its various state-party regimes, Mexico alone continues to postpone the transition to a legitimate and representative polity. The party dictatorship described as ‘perfect’ by Mario Vargas Llosa, the former candidate of the . . . read more
Mexico: The 'Sabotage' of the Agrarian Reform
There are two Spains, one wet and one dry, and there are also two Mexicos: one very rainy, especially near the Gulf of Mexico and along the Pacific, in the cocoa-growing area of Soconusco. But the greater part of the country is dry—the whole of the central plateau, and the . . . read more