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Since former Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s declaration of War on Drugs in 2006, 18,000 deaths have occurred due to drug war related violence. Among the thousands dead was the son of Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet and activist.
On Oct. 30, Sicilia spoke at...
by Angelique Dakkak
November 1, 2013

The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to condemn the U.S. commercial, economic and financial embargo against Cuba for the 22nd year in a row.

The symbolic vote was 188-2, with three abstentions. The United States and Israel voted against it. General Assembly...

by Peter James Spielmann
October 29, 2013

Javier Sicilia knows all too well about violent drug cartels in Mexico.

Sicilia’s son, Juan Francisco, was 24 when he was murdered by gangsters, reportedly because one of his friends had provided police with information about the criminals.

A poet and author in Mexico, Sicilia set...

by Bob Young
October 25, 2013


On July 22, Ontario Superior Court Justice Carole Brown ruled in a landmark decision that lawsuits against the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals regarding shootings, murder, and rapes at its...

Kevin Edmonds
July 25, 2013

Recently the Latin American “dirty wars” of the 1960s through 1980s have resurfaced in mainstream media discussion. One reason is the trials in Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, and Uruguay against some of the late twentieth century’s most vicious criminals, who are collectively...

Kevin Young
July 22, 2013

On May 10, 2013, before a packed courtroom, a Guatemalan court declared that it had found former de-facto president General José Efraín Ríos Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. The conviction was handed down for crimes committed against Guatemala’s Maya Ixil indigenous...

Jo-Marie Burt
June 18, 2013

Several local labor rights organizations mobilized May 21 during a shareholders’ meeting at Gap headquarters in downtown San Francisco, Calif., to urge the retail clothing giant to sign on to an international accord that aims to protect the rights of employees in Bangladesh’s garment factories...

By Sunita Sohrabji
June 3, 2013

It gave me a deep sense of personal satisfaction and renewed faith in my fellow man when I learned, at long last, that leaders of the member countries of the Organization of American States – the western hemisphere's most influential international organisation – had initiated the first serious...

by Javier Sicilia
May 31, 2013

When you ask Rachel Jackson about Oklahoma's "radical" past, she has plenty of examples.

"First off, most people don't know that Oklahoma had a really strong organized labor and Socialist Party presence," says Jackson, who has been researching all of this for a dissertation at the...

By Mary Forgione
May 14, 2013

US President Barack Obama has admitted that guns from his country are partly to blame for deadly violence in Mexico, as he pledged to forge an equal partnership between the two neighbours as they battle powerful drug cartels.

Obama also said he sees a "new Mexico" emerging, with a...

May 3, 2013

President Obama has much to discuss with Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, when they meet in Mexico City this week. No issue, however, is more urgent than the search for peace, justice and dignity for and between our peoples.

For seven years, Mexico has been living a nightmare...
by Javier Sicilia
May 2, 2013

March 25, 2013

Washington, DC -- The “Raise the Bar, Hershey!” coalition ( welcomed last week’s announcement from the Hershey Co. (HSY) that it has set deadlines to achieve its 100% certification...

March 25, 2013

(SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2013)

We won!
After years of pressure from Fair Trade activists like you, Hershey's recently announced its next...
Global Exchange
March 21, 2013

The election of Pope Francis has brought many issues to the fore that represent not just the complexity of a person, but the complexity of the Catholic Church. This was especially true at the time the most controversial chapters in his history were being written.

Kyle Barron
March 20, 2013

Washington, DC — Based on data revealed this week at the Department of Labor’s Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG), the non-profit groups behind the Raise The Bar, Hershey campaign (Global Exchange, Green America, the...

Raise the Bar, Hershey! Campaign
March 14, 2013

An appeals court in Buenos Aires has convicted ex-President Carlos Menem of illegally selling 6,500 tonnes of arms to Croatia and Ecuador in the 1990s.

March 8, 2013

Victims of violence in Mexico, Javier Sicilia, and organizations from Mexico and the United States, gathered in the Second Conference of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Mexico City on January 27, 2013, express our support for President Obama’s proposals that to stop the...

Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity
January 29, 2013

As the Obama administration considers gun law reforms in response to the Sandy Hook massacre, a bi-national petition seeks to halt arms smuggling from the U.S. to Mexico

(San Francisco, CA, Jan. 14) —Amidst efforts by the Obama administration to reform the nation’s gun laws in...

Global Exchange
January 14, 2013

(Reuters) - Mexico should legalize the export of marijuana after voters in two U.S. states opted to allow possession and sale of the drug for recreational use, an ally of incoming Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

Cesar Duarte, governor of Chihuahua, one of the Mexican states...

By Dave Graham
November 8, 2012

Teresa Carmona’s son Joaquin was an architecture student at a public university in Mexico City when in August, 2010, two days before his fifth semester, he was murdered in his apartment. “Someone broke a bottle, then they broke his head and he was strangled,” says Carmona. “And there’s no one...

By Gloria Williams
November 7, 2012