Former Russian minister jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe

Moscow, December 15 A Russian court on Friday sentenced former economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in a penal colony for taking a USD 2-million bribe from an ally of President More »

DPRK: UN official stresses urgency of reducing tensions

In this Dec 9, 2017 photo, UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, center, arrives at an airport in Beijing, China. Feltman met Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and had two sessions More »

Georgian ex-president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine

Ex-Georgian citizen, ex-president and ex-governor of Odessa region Michael Saakashvili was arrested by Ukrainian secret police on December 8. It was the second attempt. The first one was not fruitful. Firstly Saakashvili More »

Trump’s decision on Jerusalem provoked general strike in Palestine

Thousands of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank took to the streets on Thursday in protest of US President Donal Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians held More »

Violence escalates in Yemen between anti-Saudi forces

Heavy smoke billowed over Sana’a, Saturday, as clashes between Houthi fighters and forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh continued for the fourth consecutive day. The fighting has reportedly involved heavy More »

 

Mexico | Binational Call Against ‘the Wall of Shame’

Shortly after 9/11, the administration of George W. Bush moved to tighten “border security,” ultimately leading to the adoption of the Secure Fence Act in October 2006 that created a fortified wall and a virtual fence (with sensors and cameras) over 700 miles of the 1,990-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico | In Mexico, Solidarity Versus the State

by Christy Thornton

The horrifying coincidence of this week’s devastating earthquake in central Mexico, coming on the 32nd anniversary of the temblor that killed more than 10,000 people in 1985, has led observers and survivors to draw constant parallels between the two disasters. But if the corruption and ineffectiveness of the state took some by surprise in 1985, unraveling the last threads of legitimacy of PRI single-party rule, today there is no ambiguity. The truth that Mexicans came to know in 1985 has only been reinforced: once again they insist, as they have so many times in recent years, and again in recent days, fue el estado. It was the state.

Mexico | Zapatistas launch Anti-Trump coffee to help immigrants

Mexico’s Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) has announced it will begin selling organic coffee from Chiapas to help migrants persecuted by US President Donald Trump.

Working alongside allied international distributors, the EZLN will use coffee sale funds to provide financial assistance to US deportees in Mexico. They will also use funds to support pro-immigrant resistance groups around the world protesting anti-immigrant governments.

Mexico | 156 Healthcare Workers in the Region of Palenque, Chiapas (Mexico), Reinstated in Their Jobs

By Russell Aguilar Brindis and Misael Palma

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Chiapas, Mexico — On December 20, 2016, the officials of the Ministry of Health in the southeastern state of Chiapas announced that 156 striking healthcare workers in the region of Palenque, who had been fired for protesting against the privatization-destruction of Mexico’s public healthcare system, would be immediately reinstated in their jobs, with full back pay.

Mexico | Over 1,600 people arrested for looting during gas hike protests in Mexico

Over 1,600 people have been arrested for looting across Mexico over the past week, during protests against the sharp rise in gasoline prices, the Interior Ministry announced Tuesday.

In an interview with Mexican TV station, Televisa, the Under-Secretary of the Interior, Rene Juarez, said that around 480 commercial centers had been sacked during acts of vandalism since Jan. 3, especially in the center, east and southeast of the country.

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