It’s been 25 years since Mayan guerrillas in Chiapas, known as Zapatistas, rose up in opposition to NAFTA and the Mexican government. While they did not topple the government, they have shown staying power, leading local governments that have benefitted 250,000 Mayans and articulating a political philosophy that has influenced democracy activists worldwide.
Described as “the largest binational metropolitan region in the world,” the cities of San Diego and Tijuana are a study in contrasts. Still, 42 artists are doing their best to foster a cross-border dialogue that underscores historical injustices even as it celebrates human connections.
Over the past few days, we’ve all watched a number of situations where accounts of what’s occurring inside the Beltway conflict. The resignation of four highly placed state department officials reported yesterday has been characterized by major media sources as 1) a firing, 2) a resignation in advance of Tillerson’s assuming the lead and in protest of the tone being set, or 3) just normal turnover. So the fact that for a while it was somewhat unclear who cancelled the meeting next week between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is no surprise. It seems that the media is, as with some other issues, trying valiantly to get a straight story out of the administration as one set of assertions quickly supplants another. In the case of Mexico, it’s something of a who-broke-up-with-whom scenario, but with about $600 billion a year’s worth of stakes.
As President-elect Trump looks toward his administration, reproductive rights activists are preparing for Trump’s likely decision to reinstate the Mexico City policy, impacting international family planning charities along the way.