Women Taking Control of Their Reproductive Health, Pre-Hobby Lobby Edition

By: Saturday June 28, 2014 9:32 am

Next week, SCOTUS is expected to rule on the Hobby Lobby case, challenging the requirement that private employers that provide insurance to their employees must include contraceptives in the list of services covered with no co-pay. While legal scholars have been watching to see how this decision plays out, women have been taking action, demonstrating their desire to control their own reproductive lives. HHS just released a report showing a very positive picture of women using the provisions of ACA to deal with their reproductive choices, and Erica Hellerstein at The Atlantic painted a more disturbing picture of an underground DIY approach as safe and legal access to abortion is limited or eliminated.

One way or another, women will make their own decisions.

 

No Turning Back: Mexico’s Looming Fracking, Offshore Oil & Gas Bonanza

By: Monday May 12, 2014 7:05 pm

After generations of state control, Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves will soon open for business to the international market.

DEA Partnered With Guzman’s Mexican Drug Cartel for Over a Decade

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 10:20 am

Another dark alliance? According to an investigation by El Universal between 2002 and 2012 the DEA had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was led at that time by recently arrested Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Citigroup Fraud in Mexico Slices Profits

By: Friday February 28, 2014 2:17 pm

Citigroup cut its fourth quarter and full year 2013 estimates today due to problems in Mexico, specially involvement in fraudulent loans. The fraud cuts Citigroup’s profit by $235 million after it was revealed the loans were made to a company that had phony collateral. Citigroup’s credit analysts appeared to not even know the company was in danger of being prevented from having access to the government contracts it was claiming would create the revenue to payback the loan with.

Get ready for a painfully ridiculous public statement.

A Halloween Nightmare in Juárez

By: Thursday October 31, 2013 7:15 pm

On October 24 in Ciudad Juárez, the Dulces Blueberry maquiladora, a low-wage manufacturing plant that specializes in American Halloween candy, turned into a real-life house of horrors when an industrial explosion killed four workers, injured several dozens more and showered the area with a cloud of dust.

Conflicting Reports On Who Knew About NSA Spying Program

By: Tuesday October 29, 2013 11:00 am

How can President Obama give all these public assurances about what the NSA is and is not doing if he is “out of loop”?

NSA Spying Scandal Spreads To Spain

By: Monday October 28, 2013 6:40 am

As representatives of the European Union meet with American officials today to discuss reports of NSA spying in France and Germany, another country may want to shortly send a representative. According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the NSA spied on 60 million Spanish phone calls in one month. This could get awkward.

NSA Spying Scandal Causes Uproar In France and Mexico

By: Monday October 21, 2013 2:32 pm

The NSA spying scandal is causing an uproar in capitals around the world as revelations surface that the US intelligence agency has been spying on citizens of friendly countries in France and Mexico. In France the US ambassador was summoned to explain why French telephone data was recorded by the NSA between December and January of this year. The allegation was published in France’s paper of record Le Monde.

Mexico’s Abortion Wars, American-Style

By: Saturday September 7, 2013 8:00 am

On May 1, a familiar anti-abortion story line played out on Azteca 13, a popular television channel in Mexico. In the opening scenes of an episode of Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres (What We Women Keep Silent), a Lifetime-like telenovela series about “real-life” stories, a pretty brunette with a heart-shaped face, Alondra, discovers she is pregnant when overtaken by a sudden bout of morning sickness. Her sister Sofía is concerned, but later that night, when Alondra’s boorish boyfriend comes home and she breaks the news, he asks if it’s his, then tells her to abort.

The Ancestral Values We Inherited: Protecting Indigenous Water, Land, and Culture in Mexico

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:45 am

Within our indigenous community of Xoxocotla, we continue to hold the ancestral values we inherited. It never crosses our mind to leave them behind. Because in daily life we are always in contact with nature, with our lands, with our water, with our air. We live in harmony with nature because we don’t like the way that modernity is advancing, destroying our territory and our environment. We believe technological modernity is better named a death threat.

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