Ayotzinapa and the continuous struggle for justice and equality in Mexico

by Ricardo Velazquez, Oscar Garza and Viviana Ramirez

November 20th is the date when the start of the Mexican Revolution is celebrated. Back in 1910, that day marked the beginning of a 10 year struggle for justice and equality that transformed Mexican society. Despite important achievements obtained during the twentieth century, inequality remained extremely high and corruption was not only not rooted out of the political system, but it eventually grew as the government privileged the capitalist development of the country and private and public interests became intertwined.
Historical social injustices, aggravated in recent decades by neoliberal reforms that have stagnated economic growth and triggered a rise in rates of poverty and inequality, represent the background to the wave of crime and violence that has spread throughout Mexico since 2006. Indeed, these internal factors and the corruption of the political and judicial systems have coalesced with external ones, like the unlimited supply of weapons and demand for drugs from the United States, to trigger a surge in levels of crime and violence that have generated a human rights crisis unprecedented in Mexico’s recent history. Continue reading

Beyond the ceasefire: Securing safety for Palestinian children

By Jason Hart

(This blog is a repost – originally posted at THE CONVERSATION here)

Beyond the ceasefire'

Beyond the ceasefire’

Amidst the cycle of fighting and ceasefire between the Israeli military and Hamas the safety of children remains severely threatened. Continue reading

Great Expectations: Aspiration, Uncertainty, and Schooling in Rural Rwanda

By Timothy Williams

The capacity to aspire

The capacity to aspire

Since the 1994 genocide, recovery and redevelopment efforts in Rwanda have concentrated on establishing a new economic trajectory — one that places emphasis on macroeconomic stability, wealth creation, and transformation to a formally educated, knowledge-based economy. Central to this approach have been efforts to expand access to basic levels of schooling for young people. Continue reading