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Privileged and Oblivious in Mexico: The Legionaires of Christ Must Change

By Cordelia Rizzo We knew that something was wrong with Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, former leader of the Legionaires of Christ, and his order, long before he was openly accused of child abuse in the ’90s. Last month, two years after Maciel’s death, Vatican has finally officially condemned Maciel’s behavior and is effectively imposing martial […]

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Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

Cuba, Mexico and Arizona

At this point, it is unlikely that anyone has missed word of Arizona’s new immigration law. SB 1070 was signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23 and is the nation’s toughest law on unauthorized immigration. For the month since its passing, the country and the hemisphere have been abuzz debating the controversial nature of […]

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The Human Toll of Mexico’s War on Drugs

By Cordelia Rizzo The recent deaths of two graduate students from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (the “Tec”), caught in a fight between the Mexican armed forces and a drug cartel gang, challenged the traditional view of the human toll of the country’s war against drugs. They showcased a singular feeling […]

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Socialism and Energy

Socialism and energy have a peculiar relationship to each other.  In most countries, no matter who owns the surface land, the subsurface rights to the oil, gas, or (sometimes) minerals, belongs to the national government, and, in theory, the people of the country. The idea did not start with the 20th century: kings and rulers […]

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When Police Become Killers

A new story today by the BBC details the growing problem of police violence in Nigeria.  The morgue at the Nigeria University Teaching Hospital overflows with bodies brought in by police, often unnamed but reported to be suspected criminals, such as armed robbers or thieves.  In some cases, that may be the case but in […]

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Recession’s Impact on Migration

The global economic recession has had mixed effects on migration. In some cases it led to clear decreases in remittance-sending, while many migrants also lost their jobs. In the United States, for example, a large number of immigrants worked in low-skilled industries such as construction, where available jobs dropped precipitously after the collapse of the […]

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Vigil for Marcelo Lucero, Ecuadorian Immigrant

A little over one year ago a 37-year old immigrant from Ecuador, Marcelo Lucero, was stabbed to death in Patchatogue, NY, a town on Long Island. The community recently held a vigil and called for increased understanding. One can only hope that the memorial service helps to spread open-mindedness and serve as a counterweight to […]

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Hondurans, Unlike Mexicans, Increasingly Seek Work Abroad

Over the past months significant press attention has focused on the Honduran government, after the ouster of its former president. Manuel Zelaya, however, is not the only person dislocated by the political crisis. Today, a National Public Radio (NPR) story highlighted the increased northward movement of Hondurans, as they seek employment, not to mention a […]

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Kidnappings of Migrants in Mexico on the Rise

As if the passage northward were not dangerous enough for a migrant trying to enter the US without documentation, human rights organizations now report an epidemic of kidnappings. Irregular migrants are often beaten and detained by their captors until they provide the contact information of family members, who must then send money for their release. […]

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Mocking Affirmative Action in the Mexican Congress

It is no secret that Mexico lags well behind European, North American and other Latin American countries in regards to women’s participation in government. Though Mexican women have been legally entitled to vote and stand for election since 1953, there is still a wide gap in terms of their equal representation in the three branches […]

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“Which Way Home”: A Story of Migration in Latin America

“Which Way Home”: A Story of Migration in Latin America

On August 24th HBO presented a new documentary titled “Which Way Home”. This film follows a number of children, as young as 9-years old, on their perilous journey from Central America into the United States. While seeking to enter the US illegally, they dream of building better lives. Venezuelan migrants do not live in the […]

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Human Rights News Round Up

We usually only post once a day here at the Human Rights Blog, which means we can only cover so many human rights stories.  But to keep you informed, here are some of the other stories that came across my desk this past week. Niger:  For the People, By the people . . . Niger’s […]

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Mexico Too

Yet another major emerging economy is planning to come to the table in Copenhagen ready to contribute.  Mexico aims to bring CO2 cut plan to climate talks reports Reuters.  Adrian Fernandez, the president of the National Ecology Institute, said “If Mexico can bring a plan for cuts through 2020 to the table with a detailed […]

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Two Economic Indicators in Mexico

With the global economic crisis still dominating headlines following inconclusive results from Davos, I’d like to focus on two effects on Mexico’s economy. One indicator is remittances.  Worldwide, remittances bring in several times more money than foriegn aid.  In Mexico, these bring in the second-largest amount of foreign money after oil.  In 2008, remittances slowed […]

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