Central America

Land Grabbing Responsible for Persecution and Refugee Crisis, in Myanmar and Central America

Saskia Sassen
The extreme violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar (Burma) is closer to extermination than religious persecution. One key factor insufficiently recognized is the massive land grabbing that is happening in Burma and has now reached into the poorest state, Rakhine. Land grabbing has become a major factor in multiple displacements, including in Central America. Too many explanations stop short from seeing a larger economic vortex of land grabbing.

The Inter-American Development Bank’s ‘Investment Shock’ Will Not Benefit Central American Workers

Leo Baunach
Equal Times
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the US Chamber of Commerce that are at the centre of plans for an “investment shock” to create jobs for would-be Central American migrants. In a region beset by violence against workers and a legacy of economic exploitation without development, concern is growing that the Bank is inadequately prepared to ensure inclusive economic growth and basic rights

How Trump Is Riding on the Shoulders of Obama's Interventions in Central America

Brigitte Gynther, Azadeh Shahshahani
AlterNet
Trump’s policies against immigrants are an intensification of the Obama administration’s targeting of Central American refugees through raids going after women and children in January 2016 as well as using large scale family detention as a deterrence mechanism aimed at stopping others fearing for their lives from fleeing to the US. The Trump administration is flagrantly exacerbating harmful U.S. immigration and foreign policies implemented for over a century.

Why are Mexican Teachers Being Jailed and Killed for Protesting Education Reform?

David Bacon
The Nation
They're peacefully resisting US-style neoliberal measures intended to crush the unions-a backbone of Mexico's social-justice movements. Taking union leaders hostage, murdering unarmed teachers and students, firing thousands, and closing one of Mexico's most progressive institutions are serious violations of human and labor rights, and of the rule of law itself. Now, 200,000 doctors to join teachers in Mexico national strike.

The Zika Virus: Government Responses Add to Women’s Burden

Maisie Davies
Red Pepper
The Zika virus, and responses to it, have shone a light on the inadequacies of abortion and family planning laws in Latin America. Nevertheless, the Zika outbreak represents an opportunity for Latin America to review its sexual health policies and address long overdue issues, from access to contraception and abortion to a machismo culture that fosters sexual violence and discrimination.

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