• Invitation à la célébration du vingt-cinquième anniversaire
    du soulèvement zapatiste et à une rencontre de réseaux

    EZLN, SCI Galeano, SCI Moisés

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Invitation-a-la-celebration-du-vingt-cinquieme-anniversaire-du-soule

    Une pancarte avertit :

    « Vous êtes en territoire zapatiste. Ici le peuple gouverne et le gouvernement obéit. »

    Et vous vous demandez :

    Qu’est-ce qui maintient ces gens en vie, s’ils ont eu et ont toujours tout contre eux ? Ne sont-ils pas les éternels perdants, ceux qui gisent pendant que d’autres érigent leurs gouvernements, leurs musées, leurs statues, leurs « triomphes historiques » ? Ne sont-ils pas les sinistrés de toutes les catastrophes, la chair à canon de toutes les révolutions entreprises pour « les sauver » d’eux-mêmes ? Ne sont-ils pas les étrangers de la terre qui les a vus naître ? L’objet de moqueries, du mépris, des aumônes, des charités, des programmes de gouvernement, des projets « durables », des directives, des proclamations et des programmes révolutionnaires ? Ne sont-ils pas les irrémédiables analphabètes, ceux qu’il faut éduquer, diriger, ordonner, commander, assujettir, soumettre, dominer, c-i-v-i-l-i-s-e-r ? (...)

    #Mexique #Chiapas #EZLN #anniversaire #soulèvement_zapatiste #rencontre #réseaux

    • Leçons élémentaires d’économie politique :

      Un. Le capital ne sait pas lire, il ne tient pas compte des réseaux sociaux, de la presse, des enquêtes, des votes, des consultations, des vidéos, des programmes du gouvernement, des bonnes ou des mauvaises intentions, des leçons de morale, des lois, de la raison. Le capital ne sait qu’additionner, soustraire, multiplier, diviser, calculer des pourcentages, des taux d’intérêts, des probabilités.

      Deux. Le capital ne tient compte que des bénéfices, des plus grands et des plus rapides. Comme les prédateurs, le capital a bon odorat pour le sang et la destruction car ils signifient argent, beaucoup d’argent. La guerre est un business, le meilleur.

      Trois. Le capital a ses propres juges, policiers et exécutants. Dans le monde du mur, ces inquisiteurs s’appellent les “marchés”.

      Quatre. Les marchés sont les limiers du grand chasseur : le capital. Dans le monde du mur, le capital est dieu et les marchés sont ses apôtres. Ses ouailles sont les policiers, les armées, les prisons, les fosses communes, les limbes des disparitions forcées.

      Cinq. Le capital ne se domine pas, il ne s’éduque pas, il ne se réforme pas, il ne se soumet pas. On lui obéit... ou on le détruit.

      Six. CQFD, ce dont ce monde a besoin c’est d’hérétiques, de sorcières écarlates, de mages, d’enchanteresses. Grâce à la charge pesante de son péché originel, la rébellion, le mur sera détruit.

      Sept. Même une fois cela, il restera à faire ce qui s’ensuit : est-ce que, en tant que successeur, un autre mur se lèvera ? ou, est-ce qu’à sa place s’ouvriront les portes et les fenêtres, ces ponts dont le monde a besoin et qu’il mérite.

      Huhu et Marcos et Moisés qui cite Keny Arkana :)


  • Arranca nuevo Gobierno de México con más de 250 muertos en una semana - RT
    https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/298669-arranca-nuevo-gobierno-mexico-254-muertos

    En 24 estados mexicanos, del total de 32 que tiene el país, se registraron al menos 254 asesinatos solo durante la última semana.

    A ce rythme-là, un fléau de plus de 1500 morts par an.

    #mexique

    • … et donc un très fort ralentissement !…
      sur la base des chiffres ci-dessous, on est autour de 610 par semaine pour le premier semestre 2018 et 520 l’année d’avant pour l’ensemble du pays.

      Les 254 de la semaine ne concerne que 3/4 des états, difficile d’extrapoler (augmenter d’un tiers, soit 340), la répartition par état n’étant certainement pas « homogène » et ne connaissant pas la liste des états recensés.

      Mexique : les cartels de la drogue ont fait 11 000 morts en six mois, selon une ONG (article du 25/07/2018)
      https://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/drogue/mexique-les-cartels-de-la-drogue-ont-fait-11-000-morts-en-six-mois-selo

      Des tueurs à gage, payés par des trafiquants de drogue, ont tué au total 11 241 personnes au Mexique, entre janvier et juin cette année.

      Il s’agirait d’un « record historique ». Depuis le début de l’année, 11 000 assassinats liés au trafic de drogue ont été recensés au Mexique, a annoncé l’ONG Semáforo Delictivo, mardi 24 juillet. 

      « L’année dernière a été très mauvaise, mais cette année est pire », a déploré Santiago Roel, fondateur de cette organisation menant des études de sécurité publique, lors d’une conférence de presse, mardi. Pour obtenir ce bilan, l’ONG a comparé les chiffres du gouvernement avec des enquêtes en ligne, ainsi que des données de consultants. 

      Selon son étude, des tueurs à gage payés par des trafiquants de drogue ont tué 11 241 personnes au Mexique entre janvier et juin cette année. Ces meurtres représentent une grande majorité des homicides volontaires dans le pays. Au premier semestre, 15 973 assassinats ont été perpétrés, contre 13 503 un an plus tôt, selon le ministère de l’Intérieur.


  • Victor Serge sur le fil des derniers temps

    Victor Keiner

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Victor-Serge-sur-le-fil-des-derniers-temps

    C’est une corde de sisal que personne n’avait touchée depuis plus de soixante ans qui attache le trésor : des calepins, cahiers et agendas où étaient consignées les années 1941, 1942, 1943 et 1946 des Carnets de l’apatride Victor Serge, né à Bruxelles en 1890 et mort à Mexico en 1947. Une corde qui se désagrège sitôt dénouée par Ivonne Chávez, archiviste à la Fondation Orfila-Séjourné d’Amecameca (Mexique), et Claudio Albertani, sergien érudit. On aime bien la force symbolique de l’image : une corde lâchant prise et libérant, enfin, le récit des derniers temps de l’auteur d’Il est minuit dans le siècle. Des mots écrits au plus noir des défaites et sur le fil d’une histoire tragique dont l’entêté Victor Serge pensait qu’elle pouvait encore accoucher d’un autre socialisme — disons libertaire ou simplement, mais essentiellement, démocratique.

    La découverte, en 2010, du « fonds Victor Serge » d’Amecameca provenant des archives de Laurette Séjourné, sa dernière compagne, et son exploitation par Claudio Albertani et Claude Rioux ont permis d’établir cette édition — sinon définitive, du moins la plus complète à ce jour au vu de ce qu’il existait — des Carnets de Victor Serge couvrant les onze dernières années de son existence. (...)

    #Victor_Serge #Mexique #socialisme_libertaire #URSS #anarchisme #stalinisme


  • Transformación y transformismo
    https://www.cetri.be/Transformacion-y-transformismo

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador inicia su gobierno con la confianza popular pero en un clima político regional dominado por el auge de nuevas derechas. Con una coalición de gobierno diversa y contradictoria, se propone realizar la « cuarta transformación » de México. Su discurso, que agita a las masas y tiene carácter plebeyo, anuncia políticas que podrían desandar el camino del neoliberalismo. Sin embargo, sus propuestas son menos ambiciosas de lo que podría parecer. La coyuntura global no es (...)

    #El_Sur_en_movimiento

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Mexique, #Election, #Nueva_Sociedad


  • Notes anthropologiques (XXVI)

    Georges Lapierre

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Notes-anthropologiques-XXVI

    Mexico 2018
    De l’idéologie et de la réalité (II)

    Dans les notes anthropologiques précédentes, j’ai pu noter que la réalité se présentait comme le Léviathan, un monstre qui s’autocréait et s’inventait sans répit à partir de sa propre pensée. À ce sujet, il me semble assez justifié de parler d’autogenèse. Cette autogenèse du réel s’accompagne d’une réflexion de la part de ceux que l’on appelle les intellectuels ou les idéologues sur sa nature, soit pour la justifier, soit pour la critiquer. Cette réflexion est idéologique et elle n’a qu’un lointain rapport avec la réalité elle-même (qu’un lointain rapport avec la pensée proprement dite). L’idéologie accompagne la réalité et a le plus souvent une fonction de propagande, mais elle n’est pas la réalité et il ne faudrait pas confondre idéologie et réalité (idéologie et pensée). Seule la réalité est en mesure de critiquer la réalité. Seul le Léviathan a été en mesure de critiquer le dragon ailé de la société médiévale. Seule la pensée critique la pensée. D’ailleurs je me rends compte que l’idéologie loin de critiquer le monde que nous connaissons, dominé par l’activité marchande et ce qu’elle implique, l’accompagne dans son développement et son progrès. (...)

    #Mexique #réalité #idéologie #histoire #Léviathan #zapatistes #Notre-Dame-des-Landes #Amérique_latine #Hegel #Marx



  • México : La cuarta transformación
    https://www.cetri.be/Mexico-La-cuarta-transformacion

    El próximo domingo asume la presidencia de México Andrés Manuel López Obrador, usualmente nombrado por sus siglas, AMLO, quién ganó la elección presidencial el 1o de julio recién pasado en la primera vuelta, con mayoría absoluta de algo más del 53 % de los votos válidos, por sobre otros tres candidatos ; mayoría absoluta también en treinta y una de las treinta y dos entidades federativas que constituyen el país ; y mayoría absoluta de parlamentarios electos para el Senado y la Cámara de Diputados. El amplio (...)

    #El_Sur_en_movimiento

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Mexique, #Election, #Other_news


  • Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

    Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change.


    https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/why-the-migrant-caravan-story-is-a-climate-change-story-20181127
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_environnementaux #Amériques #caravane #Mexique #Amérique_centrale #Amérique_latine #réfugiés_climatiques #climat #changement_climatique #Honduras

    Countries, like the U.S., that have emitted the most CO2 are fortifying their borders against people from countries who have emitted the least.

    #responsabilité


  • Who writes history? The fight to commemorate a massacre by the Texas #rangers

    In 1918, a state-sanctioned vigilante force killed 15 unarmed Mexicans in #Porvenir. When their descendants applied for a historical marker a century later, they learned that not everyone wants to remember one of Texas’ darkest days.

    The name of the town was Porvenir, or “future.” In the early morning hours of January 28, 1918, 15 unarmed Mexicans and Mexican Americans were awakened by a state-sanctioned vigilante force of Texas Rangers, U.S. Army cavalry and local ranchers. The men and boys ranged in age from 16 to 72. They were taken from their homes, led to a bluff over the Rio Grande and shot from 3 feet away by a firing squad. The remaining residents of the isolated farm and ranch community fled across the river to Mexico, where they buried the dead in a mass grave. Days later, the cavalry returned to burn the abandoned village to the ground.

    These, historians broadly agree, are the facts of what happened at Porvenir. But 100 years later, the meaning of those facts remains fiercely contested. In 2015, as the centennial of the massacre approached, a group of historians and Porvenir descendants applied for and was granted a Texas Historical Commission (THC) marker. After a three-year review process, the THC approved the final text in July. A rush order was sent to the foundry so that the marker would be ready in time for a Labor Day weekend dedication ceremony planned by descendants. Then, on August 3, Presidio County Historical Commission Chair Mona Blocker Garcia sent an email to the THC that upended everything. Though THC records show that the Presidio commission had been consulted throughout the marker approval process, Garcia claimed to be “shocked” that the text was approved. She further asserted, without basis, that “the militant Hispanics have turned this marker request into a political rally and want reparations from the federal government for a 100-year-old-plus tragic event.”

    Four days later, Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton sent a follow-up letter. Without identifying specific errors in the marker text, he demanded that the dedication ceremony be canceled and the marker’s production halted until new language could be agreed upon. Ponton speculated, falsely, that the event was planned as a “major political rally” for Beto O’Rourke with the participation of La Raza Unida founding member José Ángel Gutiérrez, neither of whom was involved. Nonetheless, THC History Programs Director Charles Sadnick sent an email to agency staff the same day: “After getting some more context about where the marker sponsor may be coming from, we’re halting production on the marker.”

    The American Historical Association quickly condemned the THC’s decision, as did the office of state Senator José Rodríguez, a Democrat whose district includes both Presidio County and El Paso, where the ceremony was to be held. Historians across the country also spoke out against the decision. Sarah Zenaida Gould, director of the Museo del Westside in San Antonio and cofounder of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, responded in an email to the agency that encapsulates the views of many of the historians I interviewed: “Halting the marker process to address this statement as though it were a valid concern instead of a dog whistle is insulting to all people of color who have personally or through family history experienced state violence.”

    How did a last-gasp effort, characterized by factual errors and inflammatory language, manage to convince the state agency for historic preservation to reverse course on a marker three years in the making and sponsored by a young Latina historian with an Ivy League pedigree and Texas-Mexico border roots? An Observer investigation, involving dozens of interviews and hundreds of emails obtained through an open records request, reveals a county still struggling to move on from a racist and violent past, far-right amateur historians sowing disinformation and a state agency that acted against its own best judgment.

    The Porvenir massacre controversy is about more than just the fate of a single marker destined for a lonely part of West Texas. It’s about who gets to tell history, and the continuing relevance of the border’s contested, violent and racist past to events today.

    Several rooms in Benita Albarado’s home in Uvalde are almost overwhelmed by filing cabinets and stacks of clipboards, the ever-growing archive of her research into what happened at Porvenir. For most of her life, Benita, 74, knew nothing about the massacre. What she did know was that her father, Juan Flores, had terrible nightmares, and that in 1950 he checked himself in to a state mental hospital for symptoms that today would be recognized as PTSD. When she asked her mother what was wrong with him, she always received the same vague response: “You don’t understand what he’s been through.”

    In 1998, Benita and her husband, Buddy, began tracing their family trees. Benita was perplexed that she couldn’t find any documentation about her grandfather, Longino Flores. Then she came across the archival papers of Harry Warren, a schoolteacher, lawyer and son-in-law of Tiburcio Jáquez, one of the men who was murdered. Warren had made a list of the victims, and Longino’s name was among them. Warren also described how one of his students from Porvenir had come to his house the next morning to tell him what happened, and then traveled with him to the massacre site to identify the bodies, many of which were so mutilated as to be virtually unrecognizable. Benita immediately saw the possible connection. Her father, 12 at the time, matched Warren’s description of the student.

    Benita and Buddy drove from Uvalde to Odessa, where her father lived, with her photocopied papers. “Is that you?” she asked. He said yes. Then, for the first time in 80 years, he began to tell the story of how he was kidnapped with the men, but then sent home because of his age; he was told that the others were only going to be questioned. To Benita and Buddy’s amazement, he remembered the names of 12 of the men who had been murdered. They were the same as those in Harry Warren’s papers. He also remembered the names of the ranchers who had shown up at his door. Some of those, including the ancestors of prominent families still in Presidio County, had never been found in any document.

    Talking about the massacre proved healing for Flores. His nightmares stopped. In 2000, at age 96, he decided that he wanted to return to Porvenir. Buddy drove them down an old mine road in a four-wheel-drive truck. Flores pointed out where his old neighbors used to live, even though the buildings were gone. He guided Buddy to the bluff where the men were killed — a different location than the one commonly believed by local ranchers to be the massacre site. His memory proved to be uncanny: At the bluff, the family discovered a pre-1918 military bullet casing, still lying on the Chihuahuan desert ground.

    Benita and Buddy began advocating for a historical marker in 2000, soon after their trip to Porvenir. “A lot of people say that this was a lie,” Buddy told me. “But if you’ve got a historical marker, the state has to acknowledge what happened.” Their efforts were met by resistance from powerful ranching families, who held sway over the local historical commission. The Albarados had already given up when they met Monica Muñoz Martinez, a Yale graduate student from Uvalde, who interviewed them for her dissertation. In 2013, Martinez, by then an assistant professor at Brown University, co-founded Refusing to Forget, a group of historians aiming to create broader public awareness of border violence, including Porvenir and other extrajudicial killings of Mexicans by Texas Rangers during the same period. The most horrific of these was La Matanza, in which dozens of Mexicans and Mexican Americans were murdered in the Rio Grande Valley in 1915.

    In 2006, the THC created the Undertold Markers program, which seemed tailor-made for Porvenir. According to its website, the program is designed to “address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics, and proactively document significant underrepresented subjects or untold stories.” Unlike the agency’s other marker programs, anyone can apply for an undertold marker, not just county historical commissions. Martinez’s application for a Porvenir massacre marker was accepted in 2015.

    Though the approval process for the Porvenir marker took longer than usual, by the summer of 2018 everything appeared to be falling into place. On June 1, Presidio County Historical Commission chair Garcia approved the final text. (Garcia told me that she thought she was approving a different text. Her confusion is difficult to understand, since the text was attached to the digital form she submitted approving it.) Martinez began coordinating with the THC and Arlinda Valencia, a descendant of one of the victims, to organize a dedication ceremony in El Paso.
    “They weren’t just simple farmers. I seriously doubt that they were just killed for no reason.”

    In mid-June, Valencia invited other descendants to the event and posted it on Facebook. She began planning a program to include a priest’s benediction, a mariachi performance and brief remarks by Martinez, Senator Rodríguez and a representative from the THC. The event’s climax would be the unveiling of the plaque with the names of the 15 victims.

    Then the backlash began.

    “Why do you call it a massacre?” is the first thing Jim White III said over the phone when I told him I was researching the Porvenir massacre. White is the trustee of the Brite Ranch, the site of a cross-border raid by Mexicans on Christmas Day 1917, about a month before the Porvenir massacre. When I explained that the state-sanctioned extrajudicial execution of 15 men and boys met all the criteria I could think of for a massacre, he shot back, “It sounds like you already have your opinion.”

    For generations, ranching families like the Brites have dominated the social, economic and political life of Presidio County. In a visit to the Marfa & Presidio County Museum, I was told that there were almost no Hispanic surnames in any of the exhibits, though 84 percent of the county is Hispanic. The Brite family name, however, was everywhere.

    White and others in Presidio County subscribe to an alternative history of the Porvenir massacre, centering on the notion that the Porvenir residents were involved in the bloody Christmas Day raid.

    “They weren’t just simple farmers,” White told me, referring to the victims. “I seriously doubt that they were just killed for no reason.” Once he’d heard about the historical marker, he said, he’d talked to everyone he knew about it, including former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Mona Blocker Garcia.

    I visited Garcia at her Marfa home, an 1886 adobe that’s the same age as the venerable Marfa County Courthouse down the street. Garcia, 82, is Anglo, and married to a former oil executive whose ancestry, she explained, is Spanish and French Basque. A Houston native, she retired in the 1990s to Marfa, where she befriended the Brite family and became involved in local history. She told me that she had shared a draft text of the marker with the Brites, and they had agreed that it was factually inaccurate.

    Garcia cited a story a Brite descendant had told her about a young goat herder from Porvenir who purportedly witnessed the Christmas Day raid, told authorities about the perpetrators from his community and then disappeared without a trace into a witness protection program in Oklahoma. When I asked if there was any evidence that the boy actually existed, she acknowledged the story was “folklore.” Still, she said, “the story has lasted 100 years. Why would anybody make something like that up?”

    The actual history is quite clear. In the days after the massacre, the Texas Rangers commander, Captain J.M. Fox, initially reported that Porvenir residents had fired on the Rangers. Later, he claimed that residents had participated in the Christmas Day raid. Subsequent investigations by the Mexican consulate, the U.S. Army and state Representative J.T. Canales concluded that the murdered men were unarmed and innocent, targeted solely because of their ethnicity by a vigilante force organized at the Brite Ranch. As a result, in June 1918, five Rangers were dismissed, Fox was forced to resign and Company B of the Texas Rangers was disbanded.

    But justice remained elusive. In the coming years, Fox re-enlisted as captain of Company A, while three of the dismissed lawmen found new employment. One re-enlisted as a Ranger, a second became a U.S. customs inspector and the third was hired by the Brite Ranch. No one was ever prosecuted. As time passed, the historical records of the massacre, including Harry Warren’s papers, affidavits from widows and other relatives and witness testimony from the various investigations, were largely forgotten. In their place came texts like Walter Prescott Webb’s The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense, which played an outsize role in the creation of the heroic myth of the Texas Rangers. Relying entirely on interviews with the murderers themselves, Webb accepted at face value Fox’s discredited version of events. For more than 50 years, Webb’s account was considered the definitive one of the massacre — though, unsurprisingly, he didn’t use that word.

    An Observer review of hundreds of emails shows that the state commission was aware of potential controversy over the marker from the very beginning. In an email from 2015, Executive Director Mark Wolfe gave John Nau, the chair of the THC’s executive committee, a heads-up that while the marker was supported by historical scholarship, “the [Presidio County Historical Commission] opposes the marker.” The emails also demonstrate that the agency viewed the claims of historical inaccuracies in the marker text made by Mona Blocker Garcia and the county commission as minor issues of wording.

    On August 6, the day before the decision to halt the marker, Charles Sadnick, the history programs director, wrote Wolfe to say that the “bigger problem” was the ceremony, where he worried there might be disagreements among Presidio County residents, and which he described as “involving some politics which we don’t want a part of.”

    What were the politics that the commission was worried about, and where were these concerns coming from? Garcia’s last-minute letter may have been a factor, but it wasn’t the only one. For the entire summer, Glenn Justice, a right-wing amateur historian who lives in a rural gated community an hour outside San Angelo, had been the driving force behind a whisper campaign to discredit Martinez and scuttle the dedication ceremony.

    “There are radicals in the ‘brown power’ movement that only want the story told of Rangers and [the] Army and gringos killing innocent Mexicans,” Justice told me when we met in his garage, which doubles as the office for Rimrock Press, a publishing company whose catalog consists entirely of Justice’s own work. He was referring to Refusing to Forget and in particular Martinez, the marker’s sponsor.

    Justice has been researching the Porvenir massacre for more than 30 years, starting when he first visited the Big Bend as a graduate student. He claims to be, and probably is, the first person since schoolteacher Harry Warren to call Porvenir a “massacre” in print, in a master’s thesis published by the University of Texas at El Paso in 1991. Unlike White and Garcia, Justice doesn’t question the innocence of the Porvenir victims. But he believes that additional “context” is necessary to understand the reasons for the massacre, which he views as an aberration, rather than a representatively violent part of a long history of racism. “There have never been any problems between the races to speak of [in Presidio County],” he told me.

    In 2015, Justice teamed up with former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Sul Ross State University archaeologist David Keller on a privately funded excavation at the massacre site. He is working on a new book about the bullets and bullet casings they found — which he believes implicate the U.S. Army cavalry in the shooting — and also partnered with Patterson to produce a documentary. But they’d run out of money, and the film was taken over by noted Austin filmmaker Andrew Shapter, who pitched the project to PBS and Netflix. In the transition, Justice was demoted to the role of one of 12 consulting historians. Meanwhile, Martinez was given a prominent role on camera.

    Justice was disgruntled when he learned that the dedication ceremony would take place in El Paso. He complained to organizer Arlinda Valencia and local historical commission members before contacting Ponton, the county attorney, and Amanda Shields, a descendant of massacre victim Manuel Moralez.

    “I didn’t want to take my father to a mob scene,” Shields told me over the phone, by way of explaining her opposition to the dedication ceremony. She believed the rumor that O’Rourke and Gutiérrez would be involved.

    In August, Shields called Valencia to demand details about the program for the ceremony. At the time, she expressed particular concern about a potential Q&A event with Martinez that would focus on parallels between border politics and violence in 1918 and today.

    “This is not a political issue,” Shields told me. “It’s a historical issue. With everything that was going on, we didn’t want the ugliness of politics involved in it.” By “everything,” she explained, she was referring primarily to the issue of family separation. Benita and Buddy Albarado told me that Shields’ views represent a small minority of descendants.

    Martinez said that the idea of ignoring the connections between past and present went against her reasons for fighting to get a marker in the first place. “I’m a historian,” she said. “It’s hard to commemorate such a period of violence, in the midst of another ongoing humanitarian crisis, when this period of violence shaped the institutions of policing that we have today. And that cannot be relegated to the past.”

    After communicating with Justice and Shields, Ponton phoned THC Commissioner Gilbert “Pete” Peterson, who is a bank investment officer in Alpine. That call set in motion the sequence of events that would ultimately derail the marker. Peterson immediately emailed Wolfe, the state commission’s executive director, to say that the marker was becoming “a major political issue.” Initially, though, Wolfe defended the agency’s handling of the marker. “Frankly,” Wolfe wrote in his reply, “this might just be one where the [Presidio County Historical Commission] isn’t going to be happy, and that’s why these stories have been untold for so long.” Peterson wrote back to say that he had been in touch with members of the THC executive committee, which consists of 15 members appointed by either former Governor Rick Perry or Governor Greg Abbott, and that an email about the controversy had been forwarded to THC chair John Nau. Two days later, Peterson added, “This whole thing is a burning football that will be thrown to the media.”

    At a meeting of the Presidio County Historical Commission on August 17, Peterson suggested that the executive board played a major role in the decision to pause production of the marker. “I stopped the marker after talking to Rod [Ponton],” Peterson said. “I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking with the chairman and vice-chairman [of the THC]. What we have said, fairly emphatically, is that there will not be a dedication in El Paso.” Through a spokesperson, Wolfe said that the executive committee is routinely consulted and the decision was ultimately his.

    The spokesperson said, “The big reason that the marker was delayed was to be certain about its accuracy. We want these markers to stand for generations and to be as accurate as possible.”

    With no marker to unveil, Valencia still organized a small commemoration. Many descendants, including Benita and Buddy Albarado, chose not to attend. Still, the event was described by Jeff Davis, a THC representative in attendance, as “a near perfect event” whose tone was “somber and respectful but hopeful.”

    Most of THC’s executive committee members are not historians. The chair, John Nau, is CEO of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor and a major Republican party donor. His involvement in the Porvenir controversy was not limited to temporarily halting the marker. In August, he also instructed THC staff to ask the Presidio historical commission to submit applications for markers commemorating raids by Mexicans on white ranches during the Mexican Revolution, which Nau described as “a significant but largely forgotten incident in the state’s history.”

    Garcia confirmed that she had been approached by THC staff. She added that the THC had suggested two specific topics: the Christmas Day raid and a subsequent raid at the Neville Ranch.

    The idea of additional plaques to provide so-called context that could be interpreted as justifying the massacre — or at the very least setting up a false moral equivalence — appears to have mollified critics like White, Garcia and Justice. The work on a revised Porvenir massacre text proceeded quickly, with few points of contention, once it began in mid-September. The marker was sent to the foundry on September 18.
    “It’s hard to commemorate such a period of violence, in the midst of another ongoing humanitarian crisis, when this period of violence shaped the institutions of policing that we have today.”

    In the end, the Porvenir descendants will get their marker — but it may come at a cost. Martinez called the idea of multiple markers “deeply unsettling” and not appropriate for the Undertold Marker program. “Events like the Brite Ranch raid and the Neville raid have been documented by historians for over a century,” she said. “These are not undertold histories. My concern with having a series of markers is that, again, it casts suspicion on the victims of these historical events. It creates the logic that these raids caused this massacre, that it was retribution for these men and boys participating.”

    In early November, the THC unexpectedly announced a dedication ceremony for Friday, November 30. The date was one of just a few on which Martinez, who was still planning on organizing several public history events in conjunction with the unveiling, had told the agency months prior that she had a schedule conflict. In an email to Martinez, Sadnick said that it was the only date Nau could attend this year, and that it was impossible for agency officials to make “secure travel plans” once the legislative session began in January.

    A handful of descendants, including Shields and the Albarados, still plan to attend. “This is about families having closure,” Shields told me. “Now, this can finally be put to rest.”

    The Albarados are livid that the THC chose a date that, in their view, prioritized the convenience of state and county officials over the attendance of descendants — including their own daughters, who feared they wouldn’t be able to get off work. They also hope to organize a second, unofficial gathering at the marker site next year, with the participation of more descendants and the Refusing to Forget historians. “We want people to know the truth of what really happened [at Porvenir],” Buddy told me, “and to know who it was that got this historical marker put there.”

    Others, like Arlinda Valencia, planned to stay home. “Over 100 years ago, our ancestors were massacred, and the reason they were massacred was because of lies that people were stating as facts,” she told me in El Paso. “They called them ‘bandits,’ when all they were doing was working and trying to make a living. And now, it’s happening again.”

    #mémoire #histoire #Texas #USA #massacre #assassinat #méxicains #violence #migrations #commémoration #historicisation #frontières #violence_aux_frontières #violent_borders #Mexique


  • Un défi, une autonomie réelle,
    une réponse, plusieurs propositions
    et quelques anecdotes sur le nombre 300

    SCI Galeano, SCI Moisés

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Un-defi-une-autonomie-reelle-une-reponse-diverses-propositions-et-qu

    Suite et fin de la participation de la Commission Sexta de l’EZLN à la rencontre des réseaux de soutien au Conseil indigène de gouvernement et à sa porte-parole. Août 2018.

    (...) dans notre autonomie et à propos d’elle — vu qu’on discute de savoir si elle va être reconnue ou ne va pas être reconnue —, nous avons fait ce raisonnement : l’autonomie officielle et l’autonomie réelle. Celle qui est officielle est celle qui est reconnue par les lois. La logique serait : vous avez une autonomie, maintenant je la reconnais dans une loi, alors votre autonomie commence à dépendre de cette loi et ne conserve plus ses formes, puis, quand il va y avoir un changement de gouvernement, alors vous devez soutenir le « bon » gouvernement, et voter pour lui, promouvoir le vote pour lui, car si arrive un autre gouvernement, ils vont vous enlever la loi qui vous protège. Ça fait donc de nous les pions des partis politiques, comme cela s’est produit pour des mouvements sociaux dans le monde entier. Ce qui compte, ce n’est plus ce qui s’effectue dans la réalité, ce qui est défendu, mais ce que la loi reconnaît. La lutte pour la liberté se transforme ainsi en lutte pour la reconnaissance légale de la lutte elle-même. (...)

    #Mexique #Chiapas #EZLN #autonomie #réseaux_internationaux #résistance #rébellion


  • L’Escargot de notre vie
    Le festival de cinéma Puy ta Cuxlejaltic

    Joani Hocquenghem

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/L-Escargot-de-notre-vie-Le-festival-de-cinema-Puy-ta-Cuxlejaltic

    Sur l’écran géant, les participantes à la Rencontre internationale des femmes en lutte de mars dernier au Caracol de Morelia chantent et dansent, échangent des expériences et des idées. Suivent les portraits filmés de la commandante Ramona, d’Angela Davis, celui de Marichuy, la candidate des zapatistes et du Congrès national indigène à l’élection présidentielle, et des épisodes de sa tournée de l’an dernier à travers le pays (La candidata imposible et Gira).

    Dans l’Auditorio Comandanta Ramona, la salle tout neuve, immense, 30 mètres sur 35 à vue de nez, au sol étagé suivant la pente de la colline, où trône le gros projecteur 2K flanqué de baffles qui assurent un son dolby tonitruant, deux mille ombres alignées sur les bancs, silhouettes masquées de foulards et de passe-montagnes, les « bases d’appui » des cinq zones zapatistes, cultivateurs de maïs et de café tsotsiles, tseltales, choles, tojolabales, mames, zoques, observent, prennent des notes sur des calepins, font des remarques, réagissent ou restent silencieux, jaugent ou se distraient, chuchotent ou somnolent. (...)

    #Mexique #Chiapas #EZLN #cinéma #zapatistes #festival #Alfonso_Cuarón #Gael_García_Bernal #Jacques_Kebadian


    • 3 articles (en anglais et en espagnol) sur le projet en cours de négociation entre les USA et le Mexique visant à faire en sorte que les demandeurs d’asile restent au Mexique durant leur demande d’asile, à moins qu’ils ne démontrent des risques qu’ils encourent à rester sur le territoire mexicain. Cela s’inscrit dans la droit ligne du projet d’accord dit de « pays tiers sûr » dont les négociations n’ont pas abouti avant la fin du mandat du président sortant. On ignore pour l’instant ce qui est proposé en échange

      Trump plan would force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as cases are processed, a major break with current policy

      Migrants line up to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday. (Gregory Bull/AP)

      Central Americans who arrive at U.S. border crossings seeking asylum in the United States will have to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed under sweeping new measures the Trump administration is preparing to implement, according to internal planning documents and three Department of Homeland Security officials familiar with the initiative.

      According to DHS memos obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday, Central American asylum seekers who cannot establish a “reasonable fear” of persecution in Mexico will not be allowed to enter the United States and would be turned around at the border.

      The plan, called “Remain in Mexico,” amounts to a major break with current screening procedures, which generally allow those who establish a fear of return to their home countries to avoid immediate deportation and remain in the United States until they can get a hearing with an immigration judge. Trump despises this system, which he calls “catch and release,” and has vowed to end it.

      Among the thousands of Central American migrants traveling by caravan across Mexico, many hope to apply for asylum due to threats of gang violence or other persecution in their home countries. They had expected to be able to stay in the United States while their claims move through immigration court. The new rules would disrupt those plans, and the hopes of other Central Americans who seek asylum in the United States each year.

      [Trump lashes out at judge after order to allow illegal border crossers to seek asylum]
      Trump remains furious about the caravan and the legal setbacks his administration has suffered in federal court, demanding hard-line policy ideas from aides. Senior adviser Stephen Miller has pushed to implement the Remain in Mexico plan immediately, though other senior officials have expressed concern about implementing it amid sensitive negotiations with the Mexican government, according to two DHS officials and a White House adviser with knowledge of the plan, which was discussed at the White House on Tuesday, people familiar with the matter said.
      The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

      According to the administration’s new plan, if a migrant does not specifically fear persecution in Mexico, that is where they will stay. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is sending teams of asylum officers from field offices in San Francisco, Washington, and Los Angeles to the ports of entry in the San Diego area to implement the new screening procedures, according to a USCIS official.

      To cross into the United States, asylum seekers would have to meet a relatively higher bar in the screening procedure to establish that their fears of being in Mexico are enough to require immediate admission, the documents say.

      “If you are determined to have a reasonable fear of remaining in Mexico, you will be permitted to remain in the United States while you await your hearing before an immigration judge,” the asylum officers will now tell those who arrive seeking humanitarian refuge, according to the DHS memos. “If you are not determined to have a reasonable fear of remaining in Mexico, you will remain in Mexico.”

      Mexican border cities are among the most violent in the country, as drug cartels battle over access to smuggling routes into the United States. In the state of Baja California, which includes Tijuana, the State Department warns that “criminal activity and violence, including homicide, remain a primary concern throughout the state.”

      The new rules will take effect as soon as Friday, according to two DHS officials familiar with the plans.

      Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for DHS, issued a statement late Wednesday saying there are no immediate plans to implement these new measures.

      “The President has made clear — every single legal option is on the table to secure our nation and to deal with the flood of illegal immigrants at our borders,” the statement says. “DHS is not implementing such a new enforcement program this week. Reporting on policies that do not exist creates uncertainty and confusion along our borders and has a negative real world impact. We will ensure — as always — that any new program or policy will comply with humanitarian obligations, uphold our national security and sovereignty, and is implemented with notice to the public and well coordinated with partners.”

      A Mexican official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that current Mexican immigration law does not allow those seeking asylum in another country to stay in Mexico.

      On Dec. 1, a new Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will be sworn in, and it’s also unclear whether his transition team was consulted on the new asylum screening procedures.

      The possibility that thousands of U.S.-bound asylum seekers would have to wait in Mexico for months, even years, could produce a significant financial burden for the government there, especially if the migrants remain in camps and shelters on a long-term basis.

      [At the U.S. border, migrant caravan will slow to a crawl]
      There are currently 6,000 migrants in the Tijuana area, many of them camped at a baseball field along the border, seeking to enter the United States. Several thousand more are en route to the city as part of caravan groups, according to Homeland Security estimates.

      U.S. border officials have allowed about 60 to 100 asylum seekers to approach the San Ysidro port of entry each day for processing.
      Last week, BuzzFeed News reported that U.S. and Mexican officials were discussing such a plan.

      Mexico also appears to be taking a less-permissive attitude toward the new migrant caravans now entering the country.

      Authorities detained more than 200 people, or nearly all of the latest caravan, who recently crossed Mexico’s southern border on their way to the United States. This is at least the fourth large group of migrants to cross into Mexico and attempt to walk to the U.S. border. They were picked up not long after crossing. The vast majority of the migrants were from El Salvador, according to Mexico’s National Immigration Institute.

      After the first caravan this fall entered Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration offered migrants the chance to live and work in Mexico as long as they stayed in the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. Most chose not to accept this deal, because they wanted to travel to the United States.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-plan-would-force-asylum-seekers-to-wait-in-mexico-as-cases-are-processed-a-major-break-with-current-policy/2018/11/21/5ad47e82-ede8-11e8-9236-bb94154151d2_story.html
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      Plan “#Quédate_en_México” sería aceptado por López Obrador

      WASHINGTON (apro) – El gobierno del próximo presidente mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, estaría aceptando el plan “Quédate en México”, diseñado por el mandatario estadunidense Donald Trump, para que los centroamericanos solicitantes de asilo en Estados Unidos se queden en territorio mexicano mientras está en procedimiento su caso, reveló a Apro una fuente gubernamental.
      “Va a pasar… el gobierno de Trump lo está negociando con el equipo del presidente electo”, indicó el funcionario que habló con el reportero sobre el plan Quédate en México, dado a conocer este jueves por el diario estadunidense The Washington Post.
      De acuerdo con la fuente que dio a conocer detalles del asunto y de las negociaciones bajo la estricta condición de que se mantuviera en reserva su nombre y puesto en el gobierno mexicano, las negociaciones del plan “Quédate en México” están siendo directamente revisadas y orquestadas por Mike Pompeo, secretario de Estado en el gobierno de Trump, y por Marcelo Ebrard, próximo secretario de Relaciones Exteriores en el de López Obrador.
      “Lo que está por definirse son los parámetros del plan, los tiempos (de estancia en México de los centroamericanos), los costos y financiamiento de su deportación en caso de que no se acepte su solicitud en los Estados Unidos y otros aspectos en ese sentido”, apuntó el funcionario en entrevista telefónica.
      De acuerdo con la información obtenida por Apro, Ebrard y Pompeo se reunieron la semana pasada en Houston, Texas, para darle seguimiento a las negociaciones del plan “Quédate en México”.
      La nueva medida migratoria de Trump tiene como objetivo evitar que los miles de migrantes centroamericanos integrantes de la caravana que está en Tijuana, y las otras que están en tránsito hacia el norte por el territorio mexicano, no puedan ingresar a Estados Unidos.
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      Trump quiere que solicitantes de asilo se queden en México durante el trámite: TWP
      “Quédate en México” es un plan alternativo del gobierno de Trump al cumplimiento de las leyes de asilo de los Estados Unidos.
      Por medio del mecanismo que estaría aceptando el próximo presidente de México, los centroamericanos a quienes las autoridades migratorias estadunidenses les acepte analizar su caso de petición de asilo, deberían quedarse en el territorio mexicano hasta que las cortes de inmigración de Estados Unidos emitan un fallo.
      Con la adopción del plan por parte del gobierno de López Obrador, los centroamericanos solicitantes de asilo a quienes el gobierno de Estados Unidos les reciba su caso, podrían permanecer en México meses o hasta años; es decir el tiempo que tome a un juez migratorio estadunidense determinar si es válida o inválida la petición.
      El pasado 8 de noviembre, Trump firmó una proclama con la cual cambio las leyes de asilo en su país. La decisión de Trump establecía que, se aceptarían peticiones de asilo de centroamericanos, sólo si estos entraban por los puestos de inmigración en la frontera con México y tuvieran una causa probable en su petición.
      La media definía que contrario a lo que dictan las leyes de asilo, no se aceptarían peticiones de extranjeros que ingresaran como inmigrantes indocumentados a los Estados Unidos.
      Otro aspecto de la proclama de Trump es que a los peticionarios que entraran “legalmente” a pedir asilo, no se les liberaría en Estados Unidos como dictan las leyes; sino que se les enviaría a un albergue temporal donde estarían encerrados el tiempo que durase el procedimiento en las cortes de su caso. Este martes, la Corte Federal de Apelaciones del Noveno Distrito en San Francisco, California, emitió la orden de anular la implementación de la proclama firmada por Trump.

      https://www.proceso.com.mx/560664/plan-quedate-en-mexico-seria-aceptado-por-lopez-obrador
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      Trump quiere que solicitantes de asilo se queden en México durante el trámite: TWP

      WASHINGTON (apro) – El presidente Donald Trump, pretende implementar un plan al que llamarán “Quédate en México”, bajo el cual los migrantes centroamericanos que soliciten asilo en Estados Unidos deberían permanecer en territorio mexicano y no en el estadunidense, mientras se procesa su caso y se determina la validez de su petición.
      De acuerdo con el periódico estadunidense The Washington Post, que reveló el nuevo proyecto de Trump para contener al flujo de migrantes centroamericanos que llegaron a Tijuana como parte de las caravanas que viajan por el territorio mexicano, el nuevo plan de la Casa Blanca podría iniciar a implementarse este viernes 23.
      “De acuerdo con memorandos del Departamento de Seguridad Interior”, que obtuvo el Washington Post, “los centroamericanos que no puedan demostrar una causa razonable de miedo o persecución en México no se les permitirá entrar a los Estados Unidos y se serán regresados a la frontera”, destaca el despacho del diario capitalino y uno de los más importantes e influyentes de Estados Unidos.
      El nuevo proyecto de Trump, es otra de las estrategias que pretende implementar su gobierno luego del revés que sufrió tras la orden de la Corte Federal de Apelaciones del Noveno Circuito en San Francisco, California, que anuló la instrumentación de la proclama que firmó el mandatario el pasado 8 de noviembre y que congelaba la aceptación de peticiones de asilo de parte de los migrantes centroamericanos.
      “El plan llamado ‘Quédate en México’ representa un quiebre mayor con los actuales procedimientos de escrutinio que, generalmente permiten a todos aquellos que establecen una causa creíble de miedo para regresar a sus países de origen; eviten la deportación inmediata y permanecer en los Estados Unidos”, matiza el Washington Post.
      Desde que Trump ha magnificado la situación y realidad da la peregrinación de caravanas centroamericanas que viajan a la frontera sur de Estados Unidos por México, el mandatario ha buscado métodos de contención y disuasión a través de acciones anticonstitucionales y militares, como la proclama con la que buscaba anular los procesos de solicitudes de asilo y el despliegue de unos cinco mil 800 elementos del Pentágono en la zona limítrofe.
      El Washington Post, que además consiguió documentos internos del Departamento de Seguridad Interior sobre el plan “Quédate en México” y habló con funcionarios familiarizados con el tema, apuntó que no se sabe si la Casa Blanca ha consultado con el próximo presidente mexicano, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, o su equipo, la intención de mantener en el territorio mexicano a los peticionarios de asilo.
      Bajo las leyes estadunidenses de asilo, todo peticionario tendría que quedarse en Estados Unidos mientras su analiza y determina su caso.
      La proclama que firmó Trump el pasado 8 de noviembre definía que, sólo aceptarían solicitudes de asilo de peticionarios que ingresaran “legalmente” a los Estados Unidos por los puertos de ingreso migratorios en la frontera con México y que estos se quedarían en centros de detención y no serían liberados todo el tiempo que tomará el procedimiento de su caso ante las cortes de inmigración.
      La proclama determinaba que serían deportados a México todos los solicitantes de asilo que ingresaran como inmigrantes indocumentados a Estados Unidos, sin embargo, la intervención de la Corte Federal de San Francisco congeló la orden ejecutiva de Trump.
      El rotativo capitalino apunta en su despacho publicado en la primera plana de su edición impresa de este jueves que es Stephen Miller, el principal asesor de Trump, el patrocinador del plan “Quédate en México”.
      La nota de primera plana acota que hay cierto desasosiego en la Casa Blanca, debido a la problemática para implementar el proyecto por la sensibilidad de las negociaciones con el gobierno mexicano.
      El gobierno de Trump no ha cesado en insistir en concretar con México un acuerdo para delegar en las autoridades mexicanas el proceso de peticionarios centroamericanos de asilo en Estados Unidos y su deportación.
      En un principio Trump quería concretar con el gobierno saliente de Enrique Peña Nieto, el acuerdo de convertir a México en un Tercer País Seguro.
      Bajo este compromiso, rechazado por la intervención directa de Marcelo Ebrard, próximo canciller mexicano en el gobierno de López Obrador, Trump pretendía que todos los centroamericanos o ciudadanos de otros países que pidieran asilo e Estados Unidos, primero lo hicieran en México y que, bajo la determinación tomada en ese país de su caso, posteriormente se canalizara a Estados Unidos.
      Sobre la deportación de los migrantes centroamericanos a quienes se les rechazará la aceptación de su petición o el asilo, el gobierno de Trump asignó 20 millones de dólares a la llamada Iniciativa Mérida, para que el gobierno mexicano cubriera con ello el costo del regreso a sus países de origen de las personas rechazadas por el sistema de inmigración de los Estados Unidos, sin embargo, nuevamente por la intervención de López Obrador y su equipo, se rechazó la medida unilateral.
      Katie Waldman, la vocera del Departamento de Seguridad Interior, y luego de que se diera a conocer el despacho del Washington Post, emitió la noche del miércoles un comunicado de prensa para indicar que no hay planes inmediatos para instrumentar el proyecto “Quédate en México”.
      “El Departamento de Seguridad Interior no implementará esta semana dicho programa”, indica el comunicado de prensa de Waldman.

      https://www.proceso.com.mx/560666/trump-quiere-que-solicitantes-de-asilo-se-queden-en-mexico-durante-el-tr


  • Trump border wall construction underway in #Chihuahuita in Downtown #El_Paso

    Construction of the border wall in the Chihuahuita neighborhood of Downtown El Paso continued Wednesday beneath the Stanton Street International Bridge. The U.S. Border Patrol announced Friday that the new wall would replace existing fencing south of Downtown El Paso and that construction would begin Saturday as part of President Donald Trump’s executive order authorizing construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.
    The wall starts in Chihuahuita and continues east for four miles. Chihuahuita is El Paso’s oldest neighborhood, with about 100 people currently living in the area. The southern boundary of the neighborhood is the border fence separating El Paso from #Juárez.

    The existing fence will be removed, and an 18-foot-high steel bollard wall will be constructed in its place. The construction project is expected to be completed in late April. The estimated cost for the project is $22 million.


    https://eu.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2018/09/26/trump-border-wall-construction-underway-downtown-el-paso-texas/1437573002
    #murs #barrières_frontalières #frontières #mexique #usa #Etats-Unis

    • Border Wall Gate Construction Begins Friday

      Construction of several border wall #gates along the Rio Grande Valley border is set to begin Friday.

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to #Gideon_Contracting LLC in early October.

      The agencies approved over $3.5 million for the San Antonio-based company, which is set to install the first seven border wall gates and includes options for four additional gates.


      http://www.krgv.com/story/39562919/border-wall-gate-construction-begins-friday

    • TPWD: Border wall will be built on #Bentsen State Park property in Mission

      The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has confirmed the border wall will be built on #Bentsen_State_Park property in Mission.

      The department wrote several letters to Customs and Border Protection on their concerns on the border wall, even suggesting an alternative design.

      According to Josh Havens, spokesperson for Texas Parks and Wildlife he says since the federal government has federal domain over the park, construction will go as planned.

      Bentsen State Park is considered to be one of the top bird watching destinations in Texas.

      “At first, we came for three or four days. Last year, we came for seven and this time we are coming for eight days,” said Charles Allen, who has been visiting the park for several years now.

      Allen says the border wall would be a setback for the park.

      “It would really be a disaster for the plants and the butterflies and for people who come to visit,” stated Allen.

      CBP announced the construction of the border wall on the IBWC levee earlier this month.

      The levee stretches through Mission and lies on park property.

      “The federal government has confirmed with us that the initial six miles, I believe, of the construction of the wall is going to go across the levee that is at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park,” said Havens.

      According to Havens, the construction will split the park into two, separating the main visitor center from the rest of the park.

      CBP plans to clear out 150 feet south of the levee for the construction, according to Havens.

      “The native plants here have some purpose either a butterfly or several butterflies, or moths or some other birds or other larger animals,” said Allen.

      Havens says they are aware of the ecological importance the vegetation of the park has and is planning to work with CBP on minimizing the vegetation loss.

      Still park visitors feel there should be something else done to protect the park.

      “I hate to see them tear this park in half can there be other way to be done? I’m sure there are options,” mentioned Larry McGuire, a winter Texan who visits the park.

      According to Havens, it is way too early to tell if the park will close after the construction of the border wall.

      They will have to gauge visitation after construction to determine that.


      https://valleycentral.com/news/local/tpwd-border-wall-will-be-built-on-bentsen-state-park-property-in-miss


  • Mexico
    Solidarité avec la Ké Huelga Radio
    Contre l’opération d’éradication

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Solidarite-avec-la-Ke-Huelga-Radio-Contre-l-operation-d-eradication

    Le 31 octobre, le très généreux Institut fédéral des télécommunications (IFT) a renouvelé la concession de l’un des marchands les plus importants du secteur de la communication mexicain, M. Ricardo Salinas Pliego, qui pourra continuer à faire des profits jusqu’en 2041. L’IFT a fait de même concernant le plus grand empire médiatique du pays, en renouvelant les concessions de Televisa pour une petite vingtaine d’années. Cette décision a été prise un mois avant le début du nouveau mandat présidentiel, trois ans avant la fin des concessions de ces deux monstres médiatiques, autant dire que cette décision anticipée a pris les devants pour éviter tout éventuel problème avec le nouveau gouvernement.

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    #Mexique #radio_libre #solidarité


  • Notes anthropologiques (XXV)

    Georges Lapierre

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Notes-anthropologiques-XXV

    Mexico 2018
    De l’idéologie et de la réalité I

    Il est grand temps de distinguer l’idéologie de la réalité, et vice versa ! La fin visée par une autre anthropologie est d’arriver après un voyage mouvementé à la vaste plage de la réalité. Le plus souvent nous parlons idéologiquement de la réalité. Tous ceux qui prétendent décrire ou analyser la réalité dans laquelle nous nous trouvons sont des idéologues et, bien souvent, les idéologues sont aussi des militants qui cherchent à imposer leur vision ou une certaine vision de la réalité. Ces idéologues sont en général payés par l’État et leur vision de la réalité ne s’éloigne pas de celle voulue par la pensée dominante, leur appréhension ne s’écarte guère d’un convenu plus ou moins implicite et ce qu’ils présentent comme des nouveautés a la saveur du bon sens et du bon goût reconnaissable entre mille, et dans laquelle tous se reconnaissent avec une certaine satisfaction. Quand ils ne sont pas directement payés par l’État, les idéologues portent en eux l’idée de l’État, quoi qu’ils disent et quoi qu’ils fassent. L’idéologie est le propre d’une pensée séparée. (...)

    #Mexique #réalité #idéologie #histoire #Jérôme_Baschet #présentisme #capitalisme


  • Tear Down Walls, Those Manifestations Of Superficial Thinking – OpEd – Eurasia Review
    https://www.eurasiareview.com/31102018-tear-down-walls-those-manifestations-of-superficial-thinking

    By Jonathan Power*

    At first I was a bit surprised to find that the English admonition, “Good fences makes for good neighbours” exists in many other languages. I shouldn’t have been taken aback. A moment’s reflection should have told me that fences and walls to divide off peoples have been going on for millennia.

    There’s nothing in particular new about the fence between the U.S. and Mexico, the Cold War wall between East and West Germany or the one between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. Look at the Great Wall of China.

    The Mexicans have a joke about the planned wall to replace the fence. “It’s not built to keep Mexicans out of the U.S.; it’s built to keep Donald Trump out of Mexico!”

    #murs #frontières


  • La privatisation du vivant - pratiques
    https://pratiques.fr/La-privatisation-du-vivant

    Pratiques : Le corps des femmes est particulièrement exploité.

    À l’échelle internationale, le commerce d’ovules est très organisé. Certaines femmes indiennes peuvent accéder à la FIV parce qu’en contrepartie, elles donnent leurs ovules. Ce commerce se développe beaucoup au Mexique. En Europe, ce sont l’Espagne et Chypre qui en sont la plaque tournante.

    Ce commerce sert à la recherche, mais il est aussi très bien connu des citoyens français, anglais… On sait qu’en général les gens vont acheter des ovules en Espagne parce qu’ils proviennent de femmes d’Europe de l’Est qui ont des caractéristiques génétiques recherchées : blondes aux yeux bleus, grandes… Et dans le cadre de la grossesse pour autrui (GPA), ils vont aller faire porter les grossesses par des femmes indiennes. Ce sont des enjeux raciaux et d’exploitation graves. Il y a là plusieurs femmes en jeu, ce qui complexifie encore plus ce commerce des corps. Les impacts sur les mères porteuses sont au premier plan, mais pour les pourvoyeuses d’ovules, les conséquences sur leur santé semblent occultées. Ce sont souvent de très jeunes femmes, les stimulations ovariennes à répétition, les prélèvements d’ovules affectent leur propre santé reproductive, d’autant que lorsqu’elles repartent chez elles, elles n’ont pas toujours le suivi nécessaire. Des documentaires, tels que Eggsploitation aux États-Unis, montrent les effets de l’hyperstimulation ovarienne sur ces jeunes filles, dont certaines ont développé des cancers en lien avec l’utilisation massive d’hormones. Ce sont les femmes invisibles de tous ces discours, les gens ont très peu de connaissances sur les procédures médicales utilisées pour amener une femme à produire dix à quinze ovules dans un mois. C’est dans une logique de marché : transformer le corps des femmes pour qu’il soit plus productif.

    #GPA #don_d'organes


  • La caravana migrante, desde dentro | Internacional | EL PAÍS
    https://elpais.com/internacional/2018/10/22/actualidad/1540171146_773800.html

    “Con todo y los sacrificios, para mí la caravana es una experiencia bonita, ¿sabes por qué”, pregunta sonriente Castillo, que fue deportada hace tres meses en Arriaga, 275 kilómetros al norte de la
    frontera entre México y Guatemala, y desde hace una semana intenta llegar otra vez a Estados Unidos. “Porque puedo ser solidaria con mi gente, eso es lo que más me gusta”, dice la migrante de San Pedro Sula, antes de resguardarse de la lluvia que arrecia Tapachula debajo de un pequeño trozo de lona. Mañana salen otra vez.

    Quelques témoignages de l’intérieur.

    #caravane #migrants


  • Words matter. Is it @AP style to call migrants an “army”—above a photo of mothers tending to their infants and toddlers, no less? This is not only incorrect, but it enables a racist narrative sold by this @POTUS and his supporters. Armies invade. These people are running away.


    https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/1054163071785037824
    #armée #terminologie #préjugés #invasion #afflux #mots #vocabulaire #migrations #réfugiés #médias #journalisme #presse

    • #Polly_Pallister-Wilkins sur la marche de migrants qui a lieu en Amérique centrale...

      Dear media reporting on the Central American migrant caravan, can you please be attentive to how you talk about it? 1/n
      People are walking, walking not pouring, flowing, or streaming. Walking. They are walking along roads, they will be tired, hungry, their feet will hurt, they will have blisters and sore joints. They are not a natural liquid phenomenon governed by the force of gravity. 2/n
      Their walking is conditioned by the infrastructures they move along like roads, the physical geographies they traverse like hills and rivers and the human controls they encounter like border controls and police checkpoints. 3/n
      All of these things are risky, they make the walk, the journey more difficult and dangerous, esepcially the police checkpoints and the border controls. These risks are the reason they are travelling as a caravan, as a large group attempting to minimise the risks of controls 4/n
      And the risks from gangs and criminals that migrants on their journeys routinely face. Their journey is a deeply embodied one, and one that is deeply conditioned both by the violence they are leaving and the violence of the journey itself. 5/n
      So media please try and reflect this in your storytelling. These people are not a river obeying gravity. They have made an active yet conditioned choice to move. When they encounter a block in their path this can be deadly. It can detain, deport, injure, rape, or kill. 6/n
      And these blockages are not boulders in a riverbed around which the river flows. These blockages, these #checkpoints, border controls or police patrols are human blockages, they are not natural. So please try and reflect the political structures of this journey. Please. End/
      Addendum: there is a long history of caravans as a form political resistance in Central America.

      https://twitter.com/PollyWilkins/status/1054267257944227840
      #marche #migrations #Honduras #Amérique_centrale #mots #vocabulaire #terminologie #média #journalisme #presse #caravane #métaphores_liquides #risque #gravité #mouvement #contrôles_frontaliers #blocages #barrières #résistance #Mexique

    • Migrants travel in groups for a simple reason: safety

      A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to through Mexico to the United States to seek asylum is about halfway through its journey.

      The caravan began on Oct. 13 in Honduras with 200 people. As it has moved through Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico, its ranks have grown to over 7,000, according to an estimate by the International Organization of Migration.

      The migrants have been joined by representatives from humanitarian organizations like the Mexican Red Cross providing medical assistance and human rights groups that monitor the situation.

      Journalists are there, too, and their reporting has caught the attention of President Donald Trump.

      He has claimed that the caravan’s ranks probably hide Middle Eastern terrorists. Trump later acknowledged there is no evidence of this, but conservative media outlets have nevertheless spread the message.

      It is reasonable for Americans to have security concerns about immigration. But as a scholar of forced migration, I believe it’s also important to consider why migrants travel in groups: their own safety.
      Safety in numbers

      The Central Americans in the caravan, like hundreds of thousands of people who flee the region each year, are escaping extreme violence, lack of economic opportunity and growing environmental problems, including drought and floods, back home.

      Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico have some of the world’s highest murder rates. According to Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care in crisis zones, 68 percent of the migrants and refugees it surveyed in Mexico had experienced violence. Nearly one-third of women were sexually abused.

      Whether crossing Central America, the Sahara desert or the mountains of Afghanistan, migrants are regularly extorted by criminals, militias and corrupt immigration officials who know migrants make easy targets: They carry cash but not weapons.

      Large groups increase migrants’ chance of safe passage, and they provide some sense of community and solidarity on the journey, as migrants themselves report.
      Publicizing the dangers they flee

      Large groups of migrants also attract media coverage. As journalists write about why people are on the move, they shed light on Central America’s many troubles.

      Yet headlines about huge migrant caravans may misrepresent trends at the U.S.-Mexico border, where migration is actually decreasing.

      While the number of Central American families and children seeking asylum in the U.S. has increased in the past two years, Mexican economic migrants are crossing the border at historically low levels.

      And while most migrant caravan members hope to seek asylum in the U.S., recent history shows many will stay in Mexico.

      In response to Trump’s immigration crackdown, Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to welcome Central American refugees — and try to keep them safe.


      https://theconversation.com/migrants-travel-in-groups-for-a-simple-reason-safety-105621

      #sécurité

    • Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This

      The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.

      On Tuesday, October 16, President Donald Trump started tweeting.

      “The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!”

      “We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!”

      Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted:

      “Spoke to President Hernandez of Honduras about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. Delivered strong message from @POTUS: no more aid if caravan is not stopped. Told him U.S. will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty.”

      The apparent impetus for this outrage was a segment on Fox News that morning that detailed a migrant caravan thousands of miles away in Honduras. The caravan, which began sometime in mid-October, is made up of refugees fleeing violence in their home country. Over the next few weeks, Trump did his best to turn the caravan into a national emergency. Trump falsely told his supporters that there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” in the caravan, a claim that had no basis in fact and that was meant to imply that terrorists were hiding in the caravan—one falsehood placed on another. Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered more troops to the border. A Fox News host took it upon herself to ask Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen whether there was “any scenario under which if people force their way across the border they could be shot at,” to which Nielsen responded, “We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people.”

      Pence told Fox News on Friday, “What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela … So the American people, I think, see through this—they understand this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people.”

      The Department of Homeland Security’s Twitter account “confirmed” that within the caravan are people who are “gang members or have significant criminal histories,” without offering evidence of any such ties. Trump sought to blame the opposition party for the caravan’s existence. “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted on October 22. “Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

      In the right-wing fever swamps, where the president’s every word is worshipped, commenters began amplifying Trump’s exhortations with new details. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida wondered whether George Soros—the wealthy Jewish philanthropist whom Trump and several members of the U.S. Senate blamed for the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and who was recently targeted with a bomb—was behind the migrant caravan. NRATV, the propaganda organ of the National Rifle Association, linked two Republican obsessions, voter fraud and immigration. Chuck Holton told NRATV’s viewers that Soros was sending the caravan to the United States so the migrants could vote: “It’s telling that a bevy of left-wing groups are partnering with a Hungarian-born billionaire and the Venezuelan government to try to influence the 2018 midterms by sending Honduran migrants north in the thousands.” On CNN, the conservative commentator Matt Schlapp pointedly asked the anchor Alisyn Camerota, “Who’s paying for the caravan? Alisyn, who’s paying for the caravan?,” before later answering his own question: “Because of the liberal judges and other people that intercede, including George Soros, we have too much chaos at our southern border.” On Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, one guest said, “These individuals are not immigrants—these are people that are invading our country,” as another guest asserted they were seeking “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      Peter Beinart: Trump shut programs to counter violent extremists

      In the meantime, much of the mainstream press abetted Trump’s effort to make the midterm election a referendum on the caravan. Popular news podcasts devoted entire episodes to the caravan. It remained on the front pages of major media websites. It was an overwhelming topic of conversation on cable news, where Trumpists freely spread disinformation about the threat the migrants posed, while news anchors displayed exasperation over their false claims, only to invite them back on the next day’s newscast to do it all over again.

      In reality, the caravan was thousands of miles and weeks away from the U.S. border, shrinking in size, and unlikely to reach the U.S. before the election. If the migrants reach the U.S., they have the right under U.S. law to apply for asylum at a port of entry. If their claims are not accepted, they will be turned away. There is no national emergency; there is no ominous threat. There is only a group of desperate people looking for a better life, who have a right to request asylum in the United States and have no right to stay if their claims are rejected. Trump is reportedly aware that his claims about the caravan are false. An administration official told the Daily Beast simply, “It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate … this is the play.” The “play” was to demonize vulnerable people with falsehoods in order to frighten Trump’s base to the polls.

      Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat morning, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to nearly a dozen Trump critics and another killed two black people in a grocery store after failing to force his way into a black church.

      Before committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jews for the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that he was furious at HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that helps resettle refugees in the United States. He shared posts on Gab, a social-media site popular with the alt-right, expressing alarm at the sight of “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.” And then he wrote, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

      The people killed on Saturday were killed for trying to make the world a better place, as their faith exhorts them to do. The history of the Jewish people is one of displacement, statelessness, and persecution. What groups like HIAS do in helping refugees, they do with the knowledge that comes from a history of being the targets of demagogues who persecute minorities in pursuit of power.

      Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man as “very passionate.” Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend neo-Nazi rioters as “fine people.” They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surge in anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party. For the past few decades, most American politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, have been careful not to urge their supporters to take matters into their own hands. Trump did everything he could to fan the flames, and nothing to restrain those who might take him at his word.

      Many of Trump’s defenders argue that his rhetoric is mere shtick—that his attacks, however cruel, aren’t taken 100 percent seriously by his supporters. But to make this argument is to concede that following Trump’s statements to their logical conclusion could lead to violence against his targets, and it is only because most do not take it that way that the political violence committed on Trump’s behalf is as limited as it currently is.

      The Tree of Life shooter criticized Trump for not being racist or anti-Semitic enough. But with respect to the caravan, the shooter merely followed the logic of the president and his allies: He was willing to do whatever was necessary to prevent an “invasion” of Latinos planned by perfidious Jews, a treasonous attempt to seek “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.

      As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/caravan-lie-sparked-massacre-american-jews/574213

    • Latin American asylum seekers hit US policy “wall”

      Trump’s new restrictions mean long waits simply to register claims.

      The movement of thousands of Central American asylum seekers and migrants north from Honduras towards the southern border of the United States has precipitated threats from US President Donald Trump – ahead of next week’s midterm elections – to block the group’s entry by deploying troops to the US-Mexican border.

      Under international law the United States is obligated to allow asylum seekers to enter and file claims. However, immigration officials at the country’s southern border have for months been shifting toward legally dubious practices that restrict people’s ability to file asylum claims.

      “Make no mistake, the administration is building a wall – one made of restrictionist policy rather than brick and mortar,” said Jason Boyd, policy counsel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

      As a result, hundreds, possibly thousands, of asylum seekers have been left waiting for extended periods of time on the Mexican side of the border in need of shelter and basic services. Firm numbers for those affected are difficult to come by because no one is counting.

      Some of those turned away explore potentially dangerous alternatives. Aid and advocacy groups as well as the Department of Homeland Security say the wait has likely pushed some to attempt to enter the United States illegally, either with smugglers or on their own via perilous desert routes.

      While some of those in the so-called “migrant caravan” are searching for economic opportunity, others are fleeing gang violence, gender-based violence, political repression or unrest – all increasingly common factors in Central America and Mexico that push people to leave their homes.
      Menacing phone calls

      When people from the migrant caravan reach the southern border of the United States, they may find themselves in a similar position to Dolores Alzuri, 47, from Michoacan, a state in central Mexico.

      In late September, she was camped out with her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and aunt on the Mexican side of the DeConcini port of entry separating the twin cities of Nogales – one in the Mexican state of Sonora, the other in the US state of Arizona.

      Alzuri and her family were waiting for their turn to claim asylum in the United States, with only a police report in hand as proof of the threats they faced back home. Camping beside them on the pedestrian walkway just outside the grated metal door leading to the United States, nine other families waited to do the same.

      Over the preceding month Alzuri had received several menacing phone calls from strangers demanding money. In Michoacan, and many other parts of Mexico where criminal gangs have a strong presence, almost anybody can receive calls like these. You don’t know who’s on the other end of the line, Alzuri explained, but you do know the consequences of not following their orders.

      “If you do not give [money] to them, they kidnap you or they kidnap your family,” Alzuri said. “They destroy you. They kill you. That is why it is so scary to be in this country.”

      Other people she knew had received similar calls. She also knew that those who didn’t pay ended up dead – pictures of their bodies posted on Facebook as a macabre warning of what happens to those who resist.

      Fearing a similar fate, Alzuri packed her bags and her family and travelled north to ask for asylum in the United States. A friend had been granted asylum about nine months ago, and she had seen on television that other people were going, too. It seemed like the only way out.

      “I had a problem,” she said, referring to the phone calls. “They asked us for money, and since we did not give them money, they threatened us.”

      Before leaving her home, Alzuri said she filed a police report. But the authorities didn’t care enough to act on it, she said. “They are not going to risk their life for mine.”
      No way out

      Despite the danger at home, Alzuri and others in similar situations face an increasingly difficult time applying for asylum in the United States. At the Nogales crossing, asylum seekers must now wait up to a month simply to be allowed to set foot inside a border office where they can register their claims, aid workers there say.

      Those waiting are stuck in territory on the Mexican side that is controlled by gangs similar to the ones many are fleeing, though local aid groups have scrambled to find space in shelters, especially for women and children, so people will be safer while they wait.

      The situation hasn’t always been like this.

      In the past, asylum seekers were almost always admitted to register their claims the same day they arrived at the border. Since May, however, there has been a marked slowdown in registration.

      US Custom and Border Protection (CBP), the federal law enforcement agency responsible for screening people as they enter the country, says delays are due to a lack of capacity and space. But asylum advocates say similar numbers have arrived in previous years without causing a delay and the real reason for the slowdown is that CBP has shifted resources away from processing asylum seekers – not just in Nogales but across the southern US border – resulting in people being forced to wait for long periods or turned away altogether.

      This is happening despite the insistence of high-ranking Trump administration officials that asylum seekers present themselves at ports of entry or face criminal prosecution for crossing the border irregularly. Such contradictory policies, asylum advocates argue, are part of a broad-based effort by the Trump administration to dramatically reduce the number of people able to seek protection in the United States.

      “Our legal understanding is that they have the legal obligation to process asylum seekers as they arrive,” said Joanna Williams, director of education and advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a Nogales-based NGO. “There’s no room in the law for what they are doing right now.”
      A system in crisis

      In the past decade, migration across the southern border of the United States has undergone a dramatic change. Every year since the late 1970s US Border Patrol agents apprehended close to a million or more undocumented migrants entering the country. In 2007, that number began to fall, and last year there were just over 310,000 apprehensions – the lowest number since 1971.

      At the same time, the proportion of people entering the United States from the southern border to claim asylum has increased. Ten years ago, one out of every 100 people crossing the border was seeking humanitarian protection, according to a recent report published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a non-partisan think tank in Washington DC. Today that number is about one in three.

      According to Boyd of AILA, the increase is being driven by ongoing humanitarian emergencies in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, an area of Central America known as the Northern Triangle. These countries have some of the highest homicide rates in the world and are wracked by gang violence, gender-based violence, extortion, and extra-judicial killings. “Many of the individuals and families arriving at the US southern border are literally fleeing for their lives,” said Boyd.

      But the system that is supposed to provide them protection is in crisis. Beginning in 2010 the number of asylum requests lodged in the United States started to balloon, mirroring an upward trend in global displacement. Last year, 79,000 people approached the US border saying they had a credible fear of returning to their home country, compared to 9,000 at the beginning of the decade.

      The increase in credible-fear claims, as well as asylum requests made by people already in the United States, has strained the system to a “crisis point”, according to the MPI report. This has led to a backlog of around 320,000 cases in US immigration courts and people having to wait many months, if not years, to receive a hearing and a decision.
      Crackdown

      Senior officials in the Trump administration, including the president, have consistently lumped asylum seekers and economic migrants together, positing that the United States is being “invaded” by a “massive influx of illegal aliens” across the southern border, and that the asylum system is subject to “systematic abuse” by people looking to gain easy entry to the country.

      People working on the ground with asylum seekers refute this. Eduardo Garcia is a communication coordinator at SOA Watch, an organisation that monitors the humanitarian impact of US policy in Latin America. He has spent time in Nogales speaking with people waiting to claim asylum.

      “The stories of many of the people we have talked to… are stories of people fleeing gang violence, are stories of people fleeing because one of their sons was killed, because one of their sons was threatened, because one of their family members [was] raped,” he said. “They have said they cannot go back to their countries. If they are sent back they are going to be killed.”

      Still, the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration – responsible for the recent child-separation crisis – has also included measures that have restricted access to asylum in the United States.

      In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would begin criminally prosecuting everyone who irregularly crossed the US southern border, including asylum seekers. In June, that policy was followed by a decision that the United States would no longer consider gang and sexual violence – precisely the reasons so many people flee the Northern Triangle – as legitimate grounds for asylum. Around the same time, CBP appears to have deprioritised the processing of asylum seekers at ports of entry in favour of other responsibilities, leading to the long waits and people being turned away, according to humanitarian workers and a recent report by the DHS’s Office of Inspector General.

      And even as these restrictive policies were being put in place, Trump administration officials have been encouraging asylum seekers to try. “If you’re seeking asylum, go to a port of entry,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in an 18 June press conference. “You do not need to break the law of the United States to seek asylum.”

      Nogales, Mexico

      “I came here with the hope that if I asked for asylum I could be in the United States,” said Modesto, a 54-year-old from Chimaltenango, Guatemala. In mid-September he was sitting in a mess hall run a couple hundred meters from the US border run by KBI, which provides humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.

      Modesto had already been in Nogales, Sonora for several months. Like Dolores Alzuri, he fled his home because criminal gangs had tried to extort money from him. “I worked a lot and was making a living in my country,” Modesto explained. “The problem in particular with the gangs is that they don’t let you work… If you have money they extort you. If you don’t have money they want to recruit you.” And people who don’t cooperate: “They’re dead,” he added.

      The situation Modesto found when he arrived in Nogales, Sonora was far from what he expected. For starters, there was the long wait at the border. But he also discovered that – as an adult travelling with his 18-year-old son – even once he entered the United States he would likely end up in a detention centre while his case slowly made its way through the overburdened immigration courts – a practice that has also increased under the Trump administration. “I don’t want to cross… and spend a year in prison when my family needs my help,” he said.

      Modesto is in some ways an exception, according to Williams of KBI. Many of the people arriving in Nogales, Sonora are families with children. Once in the United States they will likely be released from immigration detention with ankle monitoring bracelets to track their movements. These people often choose to wait and to claim asylum at the port of entry when there is space.

      After more than 100 people piled up to wait at the border in May, local humanitarian groups set up a system to organise and keep track of whose turn it was to submit an asylum claim to US immigration officials. They also scrambled to find spaces in shelters so people were not sleeping on the walkway over the weeks they needed to wait.

      Now, only people who are likely to enter soon are camped on the walkway. When IRIN visited, about 40 asylum seekers – mostly women and children – sat on one side of the walkway as a steady stream of people heading to the United States filtered by on the other. Some of the asylum seekers were new arrivals waiting to be taken to a shelter, while others had been sleeping there for days on thin mats waiting for their turn. Volunteers handed out clean clothing and served pasta, as a CBP agent opened and closed the metal gate leading to the United States, just a few tantalisingly short feet away.

      The slowdown of processing “leaves people stranded – in really dangerous situations sometimes – on the other side of the border, and completely violates our obligations under both domestic and international law,” said Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an NGO that advocates for women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis.

      As a result, some people arrive, find out about the wait, and leave. “We’re fairly certain that those are individuals who then end up crossing the border through other means,” Williams said.

      The DHS Office of the Inspector General came to a similar conclusion, finding that the contradiction between Trump administration rhetoric and policy “may have led asylum seekers at ports of entry to attempt illegal border crossings.”
      Border-wide

      The situation in Nogales, Sonora is far from isolated, according to Boyd of the AILA. “Recent turnbacks of vulnerable asylum seekers have been documented throughout the US southern border,” he said, including at many ports of entry in Texas and California. In those states, asylum seekers have reported being stopped as they approach the border and told they cannot enter because immigration officials don’t have the capacity to process their claims.

      “Turnbacks form part of a comprehensive set of practices and policies advanced under this administration that appears aimed at shutting out asylum seekers from the United States,” Boyd continued.

      Meanwhile, people like Dolores Alzuri – and most likely some of the thousands of Central Americans who are travelling north from Honduras in the hope of claiming asylum – are left with little choice but to wait. Moving somewhere else in Mexico or returning home is not an option, said Alzuri. “The violence is the same in every state,” she said. And crossing the desert, “that’s a big danger.”

      She and her family don’t have a back-up plan. “Let’s hope that I do get [asylum], because I really do need it,” she said. “You don’t live comfortably in your own country anymore. You live in fear that something will happen to you. You can’t walk around on the streets because you feel that you’re being followed.”

      https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/10/29/latin-american-asylum-seekers-hit-us-policy-wall
      #USA #Etats-Unis #fermeture_des_frontières #Mexique

      Commentaire Emmanuel Blanchar via la mailing-list Migreurop:

      Un article intéressant car il rappelle opportunément que la « caravane des migrants » en route vers les Etats-Unis est également composée de nombreuses personnes qui souhaiteraient pouvoir déposer des demandes d’asile. Or, si la frontières Mexique-USA est loin d’être encore mûrées, un mur administratif empêche déjà que les demandes d’asile puisse être déposées et traitées dans le respect des droits des requérant.e.s.

      #mur_administratif #asile

    • No es una caravana, es un dolor que camina

      La caravana de migrantes es sólo la primera manifestación pública y masiva de la crisis humanitaria en la que vive la mayoría de la población; negada por el gobierno, por la oligarquía, embajadas, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y por algunas agencias de cooperación que le hacen comparsa a la dictadura.

      Esta crisis humanitaria es provocada por el modelo económico neoliberal impuesto a sangre y fuego, que sólo pobreza y violencia ha llevado a las comunidades, que ante la ausencia de oportunidades y ante el acoso de los grupos criminales no tienen otra alternativa que la peligrosa e incierta ruta migratoria; prefieren morir en el camino que en sus barrios y colonias.

      El infierno en que se ha convertido Honduras tiene varios responsables. En primer el lugar el imperialismo, que a través de su embajada promueve la inestabilidad política en el país con el apoyo directo al dictador, que para granjearse ese apoyo les ha entregado el país, hasta el grado del despojo y de la ignominia, como puede observarse en los foros internacionales.

      Otro responsable es el dictador, que además de la incertidumbre que genera en lo económico, en lo político y en lo social, ha profundizado y llevado al extremo las políticas neoliberales, despojando de sus recursos a comunidades enteras, para dárselas a las transnacionales, principalmente norteamericanas y canadienses.

      La oligarquía corrupta, mediocre, salvaje, inepta y rapaz también es responsable de esta crisis humanitaria, quien se ha acostumbrado a vivir del presupuesto nacional a tal grado de convertir al Estado en su patrimonio, por medio de un ejército de ocupación, de diputados y presidentes serviles y títeres, que toman las decisiones no para el pueblo, sino que para sus insaciables intereses.

      Hay otro actor importante en esta crisis y es el Ejército Nacional, fiel sirviente de los intereses imperiales y de la oligarquía, que sólo sirve para consumir una gran tajada del presupuesto nacional y más que un ejército defensor y garante de la soberanía nacional es una fuerza de ocupación; listo para asesinar, torturar y matar aquellos que se oponen al dictador, al imperio y la oligarquía.

      Desgraciadamente esta caravana la conforman los miserables, los desheredados de la tierra, los parias: “los que crían querubes para el presidio y serafines para el burdel” como dijo en su poema, Los Parias, el poeta mexicano Salvador Díaz Mirón.

      Estos miserables y desheredados no huyen de la patria, la aman, la adoran y la llevan convertida en un dolor sobre sus hombros, huyen de los verdugos y carniceros que nos gobiernan y de los otros responsables de esta crisis humanitaria. Los que huyen aman a esta tierra más que los que nos quedamos.

      https://criterio.hn/2018/10/29/no-es-una-caravana-es-un-dolor-que-camina
      #douleur


  • Le Jour des morts... Offrande et calaveras

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Le-Jour-des-morts-Offrande-et-calaveras

    L’Association pour l’estampe et l’art populaire a le plaisir de vous inviter
    à l’exposition « Le Jour des morts... à Paris ! Offrande et calaveras ».

    Exposition ouverte tous les jours
    du 1er au 11 novembre 2018
    de 15 à 20 heures
    au 49 bis, rue des Cascades
    Paris XXe (métro Jourdain)

    Vernissage le jeudi 1er novembre à partir de 18 heures.

    Depuis 2001, ce sera la dix-septième année consécutive que l’Association pour l’estampe et l’art populaire fête les morts à la manière mexicaine, il y aura une offrande ainsi que des gravures satiriques. Comme chaque année, le soir du vernissage, vous pourrez goûter la soupe mexicaine et boire à la santé des trépassés. Aussi, il y aura un petit numéro de calavera-clown dans la soirée.

    #Paris #Mexique #Jour_des_morts #calaveras #exposition #offrande #rue_des_Cascades


  • Un continent comme arrière-cour,
    un pays comme cimetière, une pensée unique
    comme programme de gouvernement, et une petite,
    très petite, minuscule, rébellion

    SCI Galeano, SCI Moisés

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Un-continent-comme-arriere-cour-un-pays-comme-cimetiere-une-pensee-u

    Suite de la participation de la Commission Sexta de l’EZLN à la rencontre des réseaux de soutien au Conseil indigène de gouvernement et à sa porte-parole.

    (...) Nous continuons à marcher avec deux pieds : la rébellion et la résistance, le non et le oui ; non au système et oui à notre autonomie, ce qui signifie que nous avons à construire notre propre chemin vers la vie. Il se fonde sur certaines des racines des communautés originaires (ou indigènes) : le collectif, l’entraide mutuelle et solidaire, l’attachement à la terre, le fait de cultiver les arts et les sciences, la vigilance constante contre l’accumulation de richesses. Cela, ainsi que les sciences et les arts, c’est notre guide. C’est notre « façon », mais nous pensons que dans d’autres histoires et identités, c’est différent. C’est pourquoi nous disons que le zapatisme ne peut pas être exporté, pas même sur le territoire du Chiapas, mais que chaque calendrier et chaque géographie doit suivre sa propre logique.

    Les résultats de notre cheminement sont visibles pour ceux qui veulent voir, analyser et critiquer. Bien sûr, notre rébellion est tellement, tellement petite, qu’il faudrait un microscope ou, mieux encore, un périscope inversé pour la détecter. (...)

    #Mexique #EZLN #Amérique_latine #Amérique_centrale #peuples_originaires #capitalisme #Trump #mur #migrants #féminicides #État #nation #López_Obrador #gouvernement #pensée_unique #marché #autonomie


  • Une finca, un monde, une guerre, peu de probabilités

    SCI Galeano, SCI Moisés

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Une-finca-un-monde-une-guerre-peu-de-probabilites

    Participation de la Commission Sexta de l’EZLN à la rencontre des réseaux de soutien au Conseil indigène de gouvernement et à sa porte-parole.

    Commençons par expliquer notre façon de faire notre analyse et notre évaluation.

    Nous commençons par analyser ce qui se passe dans le monde, puis nous descendons à ce qui se passe sur le continent, puis nous descendons à ce qui se passe dans le pays, puis dans la région et ensuite localement. Et de là, nous trouvons une initiative et nous commençons à passer du local au régional, au national, au continent et au monde entier.

    Selon notre pensée, le système dominant dans le monde est le capitalisme. Pour nous l’expliquer, à nous et aux autres, nous utilisons l’image d’une ferme. (...)

    #Mexique #EZLN #capitalisme #peuples_originaires #exploitation #État #nation #marché #crise #migration


  • Mexico 68

    Joani Hocquenghem

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Mexico-68

    Vue de son premier gratte-ciel, la Torre Latinoamericana qui depuis 1953 la surplombe de ses 180 mètres, la ville est énorme déjà, gonflée par l’exode rural. Débordant du vieux centre colonial autour du zócalo, elle s’étire à perte de vue au long de ses deux axes presque perpendiculaires, le paseo de la Reforma et l’avenue Insurgentes.

    Au-delà d’une mince rangée de buildings, elle s’étale de tous côtés en constructions d’une hauteur rapidement décroissante, immeubles de quatre ou cinq étages, vecindades horizontales autour de cours fermées, puis au sud et à l’ouest en banlieues résidentielles, villas des quartiers de Polanco et de Las Lomas, espaces verts où les vastes casernes du Camp militaire numéro 1 font une tache plus sombre, et au nord et à l’est, au-delà des halles de la Merced et du pénitencier de Lecumberri, en masures, hangars et bidonvilles sous le ciel brouillé par les fumées des fonderies, usines à papier, cimenteries, centrales électriques et de l’énorme raffinerie du quartier d’Azcapotzalco. (...)

    #Mexique #1968 #Tlatelolco #massacre #Elena_Poniatowska


  • Opération Juan Diego

    Joani Hocquenghem

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Operation-Juan-Diego

    — ¡Señor Obispo ! ¡Señor Obispo !

    L’Indien court à perdre haleine sur les pentes caillouteuses de la banlieue du XVIe siècle. Les pans de sa tunique volent, ses sandales dérapent. La route est longue du mont du Tepeyac au centre-ville.

    Au portail de l’évêché, il frappe à coup redoublés jusqu’à ce qu’un diacre lui ouvre. Ce n’est qu’à Son Excellence en personne qu’il délivrera le message qu’il apporte. À l’endroit exact où l’on adorait la déesse Tonantzin, il a vu apparaître une femme très belle et très douce, mi niña la más bonita comme il l’appelle tendrement.

    — Seigneur Évêque, elle m’a dit de vous trouver, elle veut que lui soit construit son temple.

    Le prélat ne s’en laisse pas compter, l’Indien est éconduit.

    — L’évêque me demande une preuve, je n’ai pas su le convaincre, ô toi ma fille la plus belle, dit-il à l’apparition qui attend la réponse du haut de sa colline. (...)

    #Mexique #religion #histoire #Georges_Lapierre


  • Pour un Réseau de résistance et rébellion
    propositions de l’EZLN

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Pour-la-construction-d-un-Conseil-qui-integre-les-luttes-de-tous-les

    Lors de la Rencontre des réseaux d’appui au Conseil indigène de gouvernement, dans le caracol de Morelia, en août 2018, l’EZLN a présenté un long texte en trois parties développant une analyse de la situation au Mexique et dans le monde. Dans sa partie finale, il formule des propositions de portée internationale pour poursuivre et amplifier le processus engagé avec le Conseil indigène de gouvernement. C’est cet extrait qui est traduit ici.

    (...) Nous voulons construire un Conseil qui n’absorbe ni n’annule les différences, mais au contraire permette d’accroître leurs potentialités dans le cheminement avec d’autres qui ont le même objectif. Suivant le même raisonnement, ces paramètres ne devraient pas avoir pour limite la géographie imposée par les frontières et les drapeaux : il devrait donc tendre à devenir international. Ce que nous proposons, c’est non seulement que le Conseil indigène de gouvernement cesse d’être uniquement indigène, mais aussi qu’il cesse d’être national. (...)

    #Mexique #zapatistes #propositions #réseau #résistance #rébellion