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Mexico: the Wound of the World and international solidarity

 México, la herida del mundo. Video informativo sobre la situación en México.

#AyotzinapaGlobalForum

Here’s a look at other expressions of solidarity from around the region:

From Colombia:

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From Bolivia:

From Venezuela:

From Argentina:

From Ecuador:

From Nicaragua and Brazil:


Latin American solidarity with Mexico grows over case of 43 missing students

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Hundreds of Uruguayans marched on their capital city on Monday. Photo/ Stephen Kurczy

Más allá de la compartición

La compartición es algo más allá.

Compañeras y compañeros de la Sexta de México y del mundo.

Para nosotras y nosotros la compartición fue un darnos las manos, un vernos de cómo estamos y qué pensamos.

Un conocernos las y los que somos de abajo y originarios de estas tierras.

No representantes, no líderes, nosotras y nosotros de las bases de los pueblos, naciones y tribus, las y los que no habíamos tenido la oportunidad de darnos las manos y conocernos y tocarnos nuestros corazones desde hace más de 520 años.

ezlnCrisisEn La Realidad, Caracol de los zapatistas, se hizo realidad nuestra convivencia de indígenas originarios, se hizo realidad lo de cruzar las palabras de unos y otros, de unas y otras. Cuando hablamos nosotras y nosotros y no líderes, nos entendemos las bases, nos comprendemos, nos sentimos en lo común. Y no es otra cosa lo que nos hace que nos entendemos tan pronto, es por la vida en que nos está pasando, de la vida tan mala que vivimos, ya no solamente nosotras y nosotros estamos ya así, sino también los hombres ciudadanos pobres y las mujeres ciudadanas pobres.

Nos platicamos cómo nos tienen el capitalismo y por qué así nos tienen, y qué es lo que va a pasar de nosotras y nosotros, si vamos a seguir estando como nos tienen los capitalistas.

En 5 días nos pusimos de acuerdo en las 28 lenguas que hablamos los que nos reunimos, para ver cuál va ser nuestro caminar con los pueblos explotados del campo y la ciudad.

Se hicieron grandes nuestras miradas y llegamos de acuerdo que tenemos que unirnos de la ciudad y del campo. Necesitamos compartirnos con las y los compañeros de la Sexta de México y del mundo. Para saber cómo son sus luchas de rebeldía y cómo es su lucha de resistencia. Queremos que lleguen a compartirnos las compañeras meras de bases y de compañeros meros de bases. Es ahí donde les decimos que los mero de base de abajo son los que saben cómo debe ser nacido una nueva sociedad. No saben ni viene en partidos políticos, ni en nuevos partidos políticos, ni en personas politiqueros, servidores del capitalismo.

Pueblos, nación, tribus. Barrios pobres, las y los pobres trabajadores(as) explotadas del campo y de la ciudad son los que saben cómo debe ser un nuevo mundo, un nuevo sistema de gobernar. ¿Por qué? Porque ellas y ellos han padecido injusticia, miseria, desigualdad. Han padecido tristeza, el dolor, la amargura, la soledad. Han padecido las cárceles, torturas, las desapariciones. Han padecido siglos y siglos de engaños, discriminación, cosas muy horribles, crueldades inhumanas, han padecido humillaciones, han padecido despojos y desalojos, son siglos y siglos de burlas y de vida sin paz, por culpa de los de arriba, el sistema capitalista. Y ahí están embarrados ya los partidos políticos de políticos. Nuestras espaldas ya está hecha escalera sólo para que ahí suben los políticos al poder, trillada las tienen ya nuestras espaldas por tanto subir y bajar en el poder esos mafiosos.

Muchas otras cosas más platicamos, salió cientos de propuestas y uno sólo lo principal que tomamos acuerdo para trabajar, que es: regresar en nuestros pueblos, naciones y tribus y hacer grande esta primera compartición, es decir a multiplicar la compartición y preparar la otra compartición con las compañeras y compañeros de la Sexta nacional y mundial.

Muchas otras cosas más tan ricas y a la vez tan claras y verdades la compartición de las bases de pueblos, naciones y tribus.

En la compartición se compartió ahí que siempre estuvieron alguien que hablaba por nosotras y nosotros, diciendo que luchan por nosotras y nosotros y fue 520 años de mentira y de explotación. Se compartió ahí, que la lucha del pueblo pobre de México de 1810 y de 1910 fue aprovechada para subir al poder los hacendados terratenientes, y son los tataranietos que hoy están en el poder jodiendo y destruyendo nuestra madre tierra de este país que se llama México. Todas y todos nos regresamos con fuerza y con dignidad como los compañeros GALEANO Y DAVID, que siempre estarán con nosotros. Al igual que tod@s nuestr@s caíd@s en la lucha.

Nos regresamos con trabajos para buscar un camino mejor para nuestro futuro.

Hoy ya nos conocimos y se aprende mucho, pero mucho, y nos hace falta mucho más para conocernos los originarios de esta tierra, tanto nacional y mundial y para allá va este caminar. Queremos luchar juntos aunque no sean indígenas, compañeras y compañeros de la Sexta, hermanas y hermanos del campo y la ciudad, sólo que los queremos para luchar, porque nadie va a luchar por nosotras y nosotros.

Así que a prepararse compañeras y compañeros, por el encuentro de compartición mundial del 22 de diciembre del 2014 al 3 de enero del 2015.

Ahí con nuestra sabiduría saldrá y nos dirá cómo va seguir nuestra lucha en esa compartición.

Que sean nuestras bases que mandemos en esa compartición y que ellas y ellos hablen, platiquen, expliquen nuestras luchas que hacemos allá donde cada quien estamos viviendo, trabajando y luchando. Porque ya se vio que es la más mejor que las bases hablen. No lo decimos nosotros las y los zapatista. Lo dice la realidad de lo que se hizo en la compartición del caracol de La Realidad, que las bases que hablaron y salió como debe de ser. Pueblo manda.

Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés

México, agosto del 2014. A veinte años del inicio de la guerra contra el olvido.

republished from censored news

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“We Obey the People, Not the Government” Nahua Communities of Michoacán Warn

Facing the demobilization of the autodefensas in the state, the coastal community of Santa María Ostula, located in the municipality of Aquila, found that members of its community police won’t be registering as rural police.

“Who we obey are the people, not the federal government”, they warned.

The commander of the community guard, Semeí Verdía, will present to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) the agreement from the meeting held on April 27 on Thursday in which they paid protest to the commanders and police of each of the 23 “managements”.

In total, 150 villagers total those who occupy this position voluntarily during the year.

The list includes the names of the people who make up the community security and the weapons that each will carry.

“The commissioner Alfredo Castillo agreed to respect our traditional forms of organization. He said that with indigenous peoples the process will be different”, Semeí Verdía said during an interview.

Only he and a few others are going to register as rural police in order to be able to move around armed and to ensure that when they enter into a “unified command”, they themselves will be the ones who will be entering the community as a security authority.

What we don’t want is for them to send people from outside.

- there’s much more to read, from borderland beat, “We Obey the People, Not the Government” Nahua Communities of Michoacán Warn

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michoacan PARADOJAS. Autodefensas encapuchados registran a policías de Nueva Italia, municipio de Múgica, Michoacán. AP Paradoxes. AUC hooded policemen recorded at New Italy, Miigica municipality, Michoacan.

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Crece tensión social en Michoacán; autodefensas toman Nueva Italia

Growing social tension in Michoacán; AUC take Nueva Italia

 

 

 

 

drug cartel money laundering accounted for 85 percent of global economy for 2012

In a 2010 interview with the Bloomberg News, Martin Woods, the former director of Wachovia’s anti-money-laundering unit in London remarked that “It’s the banks laundering money for the cartels that finances the tragedy… If you don’t see the correlation between the money laundering by banks and the 22,000 people killed in Mexico (2014 estimates exceed 100,000 – rlr), you’re missing the point.” This connection becomes incredibly clear when we look to the connection of HSBC helping the Mexican cartels funnel hundreds of billions of dollars.

According to legal documents for the case filed in 2012, HSBC admitted that it failed to apply legally required money laundering controls to $60 trillion in wire transfers alone, in only a three year period, $670 billion of which came from Mexico. $60 trillion—that is approximately 85 percent the entire world’s GDP in 2012. In a settlement to put an end to the probe into their money laundering activities in late 2012, HSBC agreed to pay a fine of $1.9 billion. While HSBC may have been associated with the largest money laundering operation in U.S. banking history, it is by no means alone.

In 2010, Wachovia was sanctioned for failing to apply adequate money laundering controls on $378.4 billion in transfers originating from Mexico. Until HSBC was caught, it was the largest violation of the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act—which according to the U.S. Treasury Department requires that “U.S. financial institutions to assist U.S. government agencies to detect and prevent money laundering.” However, under a deferred prosecution agreement, Wachovia only had to pay a $160 million fine for its role in laundering hundreds of billions of dollars. Jeffery Sloman, the federal prosecutor who handled the case remarked that “Wachovia’s blatant disregard for our banking laws gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations.”

Bank of America has also been connected to Mexican drug money, as accounts in Oklahoma City were used to buy planes to transport cocaine, according to a Bloomberg investigation. Additionally, in 2006, the Bank of America acknowledged that it had overseen the laundering of $3 billion originating from South America in a single Manhattan branch. While the monetary figure is comparatively small in relation to the scandals that HSBC and Wachovia would later involved in, when pressed as to why no indictments were sought against the bankers involved, Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau simply remarked “because we don’t want to put banks out of business.” This remark was later echoed by Justice Department prosecutor Lanny Breuer, who stated that “Had the U.S. authorities decided to press criminal charges, HSBC would certainly have lost its banking license in the United States, the future of the institution would have been under threat, and the entire banking system would have been destabilized.”

It has become very clear that banks such as HSBC, Wachovia, and the Bank of America are integral components of the drug trade, which operate with impunity. While El Chapo may deservedly so spend the rest of his life behind bars, there are many more in the financial sector who have similarly profited off of crime and should be there with him. Whistleblower Martin Wood highlights this connection stating that “These are the proceeds of murder and misery in Mexico, and of drugs sold around the world. But no one goes to jail. What does the settlement do to fight the cartels? Nothing. It encourages the cartels and anyone who wants to make money by laundering their blood dollars.” While pushing further on the topic of direct, multifaceted U.S. involvement in the international drug trade is a taboo subject, to ignore its role as a key source of profit for banks, prisons and the military is even more dangerous and costly.

- from NACLA - El Chapo’s Arrest: Money Laundering and Mexico’s Drug War

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autodefensias in mexico: betrayed by government

Mexico is ours, not the Government’s!

This is our place, this is our land, these are our hills, these are our rivers, this is our people, this is our heaven, our parents are buried here and our children were born here.
Mexico is ours!
Yes, we want to legalize, because our movement is constitutional, that’s why we will demand to be legalized as National Guard, a force which is civil, democratic, federal and Constitutional; as it exists in all democratic countries, as it exists in countries in which you cannot be  killed with impunity, not by the Government, nor by criminals.
We’ll make ourselves heard internationally, we ask for the minimum, fundamental rights: right to live, to work, to have a family!
Is this too much to ask? Can we be guaranteed that?
Then do not deny us the right to form Autodefensas.
We are the worthy people rising and defending Michoacán, not all want to be policemen, but we all consider ourselves according to our constitutional law, soldiers of the National Guard!
Brothers and sisters remember: we do not have a return path!
We still have two paths: self-defense or sacrifice!
Mexico is ours!
Viva Mexico!
there’s so much more to this excellent post from BorderlandBeat, especially for those of you unfamiliar with the history of mexico and the people’s heroic efforts to cast away the shackles of the conquistadors, and their offspring and bootlickers.
the end of the mexican revolution of 100 years ago resulted in the most far-ranging reform of a society ever attempted, but interference from extremely wealthy foreign interests have meddled in mexico’s affairs constantly, always attacking the gains promised by the constitution so many ordinary mexican people gave their lives to create.
throughout mexico’s insurgent history, there has been one constant theme: betrayal of the people by the government.
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HERE”S MORE:

We have lived the oppression under two parts: one by action on the part of the Caballeros Templarios and the other by omission on the part of the Government.
Despite this, oppression develops. We have the right to oppose, we coordinate with the authority and then we sat at their tables, they called us allies, were advancing together, photos were removed with us that were seen around the world in an effort to distort, while  trying to convince public opinion that Michoacán was already controlled.
Both publicly and privately they called us valid partners, called us members of the Council of self-defense, investigated us and told us we were honest and reliable people.
They gave some protection, but they wanted one change, silence. When I was injured and convalescent, the Secretary of the Interior publicly exonerated me from any suspicion, (Chong) but when I spoke my opinion they left me lying in bed and at the mercy of murderers.
Is this how friends act? Is this how allies act?
Hipólito Mora, now a prisoner, recognized by all as the founding leader and a friend and ally of the Government, but when pressure was applied there was a breach of all agreements by the Government.
So now they are efficient and have charged Mora with 35 complaints including looting, robbery, extortion and murder. And now they come for us; they want to intimidate us, they want us annihilated.
 I wish I could retire, hopefully I could live in peace, and hopefully the Government had control of the territory, hopefully, hopefully.
But not so, Caballeros Templarios rule Michoacán. Everyday life has changed, but worse now the Caballeros Templarios, the Government, the army, Navy and all the police persecute us.
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Hipolito Mora, a leading citizen self-defense groups La Ruana. / P. COMPANYS
A week ago the Commissioner was sitting at Hipólito side and knew nothing of the allegations; three days later Hipólito is a criminal. How very sad; they are very misguided, what a grand error on their part.
If the imprisonment of the leaders of the Autodefensas or our colleagues addressed the reality of the Michoacán, warmly we would willingly go to jail. Either way, we are condemned to death.
But it is not so. Although the leaders disappear, reality does not change. The Michoacán population, territory, has no Government much less any justice.
That is why brothers and sisters, we’ve been brave, if we know our destination.  I summon you to unite and to not give up, or you will pay with your life.

 

Call for an international week of Solidarity with anarchists facing repression in Mexico (March 17-24, 2014)

This is a call for a week of solidarity with anarchists in Mexico, who face repression, whether they are behind bars in prison or in hiding fighting for their freedom.

There Have Been several recent instances of targeted repression of anarchists in Mexico: the arrest of Mario Tripa in 2012 and his recent re-arrest in January 2014, the Ongoing detention of Mario Gonzalez, the kidnapping and incarceration of several anarchist comrades, the barring of Alfredo Bonanno from entering the country, and the torture, interrogation, and deportation of Gustavo Rodriguez. There has-been a strong response to this repression by anarchists in Mexico, Who Have Celebrated the courage of Their comrades through sustained attacks in active solidarity. Between March 17-24th, we are calling for international strength and solidarity to be shown with anarchists in Mexico facing repression. Now, at a time When the eyes of the state and Their dogs have turned towards our comrades, we are Urging the act to be returned in kind.

“However,  given the state of control there are still  those who aren’t frightened, Those who by day or by night, alone or collectively, with fire, fire-works, Blockades, explosives or firearms, show That this is not the life we want, that – At least from our perspective – this system must be totally destroyed. Their damned social peace is a myth That They attempt to impose on us. Only conflict exists … It’s clear That info we have to take Control of our lives and our spaces, to be able to Achieve it there is no way out other than Social War “.

Mario “Gut” Lopez

mexico - reposted from instinto salvaje